Speech Communication

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The PhD in Speech Communication provides an excellent research and professional education to equip students with the knowledge and skills needed to process symbols for creating, analyzing, and disseminating messages. It is designed to prepare students for leadership in a changing, technology-driven and communication-focused society.

The primary goal of the Ph.D. programs in the Department of Speech Communication is to develop scholars/researchers and teachers who will excel in teaching and research positions. Graduate education in this Department is particularly founded upon the ideal that each advanced learner's individual interests and talents can be recognized, nourished, and honed in a climate of rigorous study. Consistent with this ideal, the Department encourages graduate students in speech communication to engage in individually tailored interdisciplinary study. Specific course requirements have been minimized to provide each student great flexibility in designing a Program of Studies to meet individual interests and goals.

Graduates of this program will be able to critically examine communication theory and research, demonstrate oral communication skills in a variety of contexts, become knowledgeable about multicultural perspectives in communication, and experience individual growth and develop confidence in dealing with different kinds of people.



Previous graduate coursework may be approved as course equivalencies to a student's Program of Studies. Courses to be considered as possible equivalents, students must supply a copy of the course syllabi for evaluation. Discussions about possible course equivalencies should take place early in a student's program.