Why Choose Applied Speech Communication?
Speech communication is an interdisciplinary field of study that draws upon its historic roots in rhetoric as well as theory and research in anthropology, psychology and sociology. Students take foundational courses in public presentation, group dynamics and interpersonal communication. Additional coursework includes studies in intercultural communication, organizational communication, communication ethics, and communication theory and research.
One unique feature of the Applied Speech Communication program is the "Application to the Workplace" which requires students to take at least six courses in their chosen career area. Students must also complete an internship for the purpose of gaining real-world experience that employers value. Students may also select a Minor (18 or more credits) from the options available.
A degree in Applied Speech Communication provides students with specific skills and in doing so prepares them for a variety of careers in today's ever-changing job market. Program graduates are working in customer service and sales, community outreach and advocacy, human resources and management, and the mass media field such as broadcasting. Careers are pursued in both the public and private sectors.
First year student admission is open to high school graduates (or equivalent) who demonstrate academic preparedness, maturity and seriousness of purpose with educational backgrounds appropriate to their chosen program of study. High school courses and grade point average, ACT composite score, and ACT reading and mathematics subscores will be considered in the admission and placement process. Transfer students must have at least 12 credits at the time of application with a minimum 2.0 overall GPA including an English and mathematics course, or they must provide their high school records and ACT scores for admission review.
The Applied Speech Communication program leads to a bachelor of science degree. Graduation requires (1) a minimum 2.0 GPA overall, (2) no grade lower than 'C' in any COMM, or ENGL class, (3) a 2.0 GPA in the applications to the workplace courses, (4) at least 40 credits at or above the 300 level, (5) completion of all general education requirements as outlined on the General Education website and (6) completion of a minimum of 120 credits.
Department of Humanities
Ferris State University
1009 Campus Drive/JOH 121
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2280
Program Coordinator: Dr. George Nagel
Advisor: Dr. Sandy Alspach