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Applied Speech Communication

Degree Type: Bachelor of Science
College(s): College of Arts and Sciences

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 option to choose an existing FSU minor OR "Application to the Workplace" which requires students to take at least six courses in their chosen career area. Additionally, students must also complete an internship for the purpose of gaining real-world experience that employers value.  

Career Opportunities

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.

Admission Requirements

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/SAT16 composite score, and ACT/SAT16 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/SAT16 scores for admission review.

General Education Requirements

All University General Education requirements for a Bachelor’s degree are here

Please consult this link for a complete listing of General Education Electives.

Consult the Required Courses above or the program advisor for program specific General Education requirements.

Graduation Requirements

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.

More Information

ADVISOR: Dr. Neil Patten
PHONE: 231-591-3621

Department of Humanities
Ferris State University
1009 Campus Drive/JOH 119
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2280
Phone: 231-591-3675

Required Courses
Credit Hours

Applied Speech Communication Requirements

Intro to Communication Study
Interpersonal Communication
Fundamentals-Public Speaking
Small Group Decision Making
Theories Human Communication
Research Methods in Comm
Intercultural Communication
Organizational Communication
Comm Rights-Responsibilities
Practicum in Communication
1 TO 8
Communication Senior Seminar

Major Directed Communication Electives
Consult advisor for proper course selection.
Minimum of 9 credits must be at the 300+ level. 


Application to the Workplace or Minor
Consult advisor for proper course selection.  

To reach the minimum of 120 credit hours required. 

Minimum credit hours required