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Speech Communication

Program Tracks

Program Requirements

Professional Communication Track: The program is offered in the evening and course work can be completed in two calendar years. In this track, students are required to take 33 credit hours which includes twenty-four core hours (8 courses) plus six electives (2 courses) and a final project (3 hours). The twenty-four hour core (8 courses) begins at the start of the fall semester and must be completed in sequence. Two courses (6 hours) of electives are offered during summer semesters, but students seeking to take additional hours during the Fall or Spring may elect to take electives offered during the day or during special weekend (5 week) courses. The final project (Speech 8301 Master’s Research Paper) grows from first year course work and students are guided to complete this project during their second year. Students may also elect to complete a project growing from an internship within a professional setting (Speech 8300 Internship or SPCH 8304/8604 Cooperative Education).

Professional Track: Example Two Year Plan

  • Fall - First Year
    • SPCH 7301 Human Communication Theory
    • SPCH 7321 Organizational Communication Theory
  • Spring - First Year
    • SPCH 7322 Communication Cultures and Context
    • SPCH 7350 Crisis Communication
  • Summer - First Year 3 Hour Elective: e.g, 5311; 5312; 5313; 5324; 7311; 7312, 7324
  • Fall - Second Year
    • SPCH 7330 Communication and Change
    • SPCH 7302 Interpersonal Communication: Theory and Context
  • Spring - Second Year
    • SPCH 7351 Leadership Communication: Capstone
    • SPCH 7323 Conflict
  • Summer - Second Year
    • 3 Hour Elective:: e.g, 5311; 5312; 5313; 5324; 7311; 7312, 7324

Total credit hours for MA in Applied Communication 33

Health Communication Track

Health communication is a field of study that uses communication theory to prepare health professionals to meet the needs of current jobs in health related fields. This track will be offered jointly by UALR and UAMS. The health communication track requires students to complete 15 credit hours of core courses and 15 credit hours of electives plus a three hour master’s project.

Core Courses

  • SPCH 7301 Communication Theory
  • SPCH 7321 Organizational Communication
  • SPCH 7302 Health Communications/Interpersonal Communication
  • SPCH 7311 Communication Assessment
  • SPCH 7350 Crisis Communication

Elective Courses

  • PBHL 5653 Theories of Health Behavior and Health Education
  • PBHL 5783 Health and Mass Communication
  • PBHL 7023 Health Administration
  • Health/PR Campaigns
  • Health Communication and Technology

Example Two Year Plan Fall - First Year

  • SPCH 7301 Human Communication Theory
  • SPCH 7321 Organizational Communication Theory

Spring - First Year

  • SPCH 7311 Communication Assessment
  • SPCH 7302 Health Communication/Interpersonal Communication or SPCH 5550 Risk and Crises Communication

Summer or Spring - First Year

  • SPCH 7350 Crisis Communication

Fall - Second Year

  • Health/PR Campaigns
  • PBHL 5653 Theories of Health Behavior and Health Education

Spring - Second Year

  • PBHL 5783 Health Communication and Mass Communication
  • PBHL 7023 Health Administration

Summer - Second Year

  • Health Communication and Technology
  • A final project is also required. The term during which this requirement is fulfilled should be determined by the student and his/her advisor.

Graduation Requirements

  • Cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on an approved program of study as outlined above
  • Successful completion and defense of internship, master’s paper, or thesis
  • Successful completion of the comprehensive exam
Updated 10.8.2008