Department of Speech Communication

General Information | Degree Requirements | Courses in Speech Communication

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Ulmer, Robert, R., Professor

Driskill, Gerald W.,
Thompson, Carol L.

Associate Professor:
McIntyre, Kristen
Mirivel, Julian
Thombre, Avinash

Assistant Professors:
Fuller, Ryan

Senior Instructors:
Johnston, Cheryl
Johnston, Melissa

Halford, Katie

The mission of the Department of Speech Communication is to foster the co-creation of better social worlds through positive communication.

Core Course in Speech Communication

The department offers SPCH 1300, which is a part of the UALR core curriculum. The course helps fulfill the written and oral literacy requirement. Students who feel they already possess the competencies developed in SPCH 1300 may attempt to complete the course requirement by testing out.

For information about test dates, required fees, and test content, students should contact the Office of Testing Services and Student Life Research. A student who successfully tests out will receive three credit hours towards graduation and a grade of Credit (CR). SPCH 1300 is a prerequisite for all other courses in the department.

General Information

Major in Speech Communication

The curriculum in the major is designed to support the learning needs of students with a desire to communicate more effectively in their personal and professional lives. Effective communication skills and knowledge are highly sought after by employers. Our students work in for profit, non profit, health care, and governmental contexts.

The major requires 34 credit hours beyond Speech Communication 1300, including Speech Communication 2310, 2311, 3320, 4300, 4110; three courses chosen from 3316, 3322, 3323, 3340, 4321; four courses chosen from 3300, 3315, 3350, 4310, 4311, 4312, 4313, 4350.

Recommended minors for this curriculum are psychology, management, journalism, professional and technical writing, human services, and general business. Potential majors may secure an advisor by contacting the department. A grade of C or greater must be attained to fulfill a course requirement for the major.

Admission requirements include successful completion of at least 12 semester hours with a GPA of at least 2.00, RHET 1311, and SPCH 1300 with a minimum grade of C.

Minor in Speech Communication

The minor in speech communication requires 18 hours beyond SPCH 1300, including SPCH 2310, 3320, and 12 upper-level hours in speech communication.

Minor in Professional Communication

The minor in professional communication is designed to enhance communication skills necessary for success in a student’s chosen career. The minor requires 18 hours beyond SPCH 1300, including SPCH 2310, 3320, nine hours from 3316, 3322, 3323, 3330, 3340, and 4311 and 3 additional upper-level hours in speech communication.

Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communications

General: 120 minimum total hours, including 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), and 30 hours in residence

First-Year Colloquium (0-3 hours)

Required of full-time freshmen entering college for the first time and transfer students with less than 12 hours of credit. (See page 36 for details)

Core (44 hours)

See page 25 for requirement details.

Second Language Proficiency (0-9 hours)

Completion of 2000-level second language course or demonstrate equivalent proficiency. See page 26 for details.

Major (34 hours)

Foundational Courses (9 hours)
    SPCH 2310 Human Communication Concepts
    SPCH 2311 Intro to Communication Research
    SPCH 3320 Advanced Public Speaking
Emphasis on Professional Communication (Select 9 hours)
    SPCH 3316 Interviewing
    SPCH 3322 Small Group Communication
    SPCH 3323 Conflict Management
    SPCH 3330 Professional Communication
    SPCH 3340 Communication Ethics
    SPCH 4311 Organizational Communication
Capstone (4 hours)
    SPCH 4300 Senior Seminar
    SPCH 4110 Senior Presentation
Electives (Select 12 hours)
    SPCH 3300 Interpersonal Communication
    SPCH 3315 Gender Communication
    SPCH 3350 Nonverbal Communication
    SPCH 4312 Intercultural Communication
    SPCH 4313 Seminar: Studies in Communication
    SPCH 4324 Organizational Communication II
    SPCH 4323 Family Communication
    SPCH 4100 Independent Study
    SPCH 4201 Independent Study
    SPCH 4314 Internship
    SPCH 4315 Cooperative Education in Speech Communication

Minor (typical minor requires 18)

Unrestricted General Electives

Remaining hours, if any, to reach 120 minimum total hours, 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), or 30 hours in residence.