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Applied Speech Communication

Degree Type: Associate in Arts
College(s): College of Arts and Sciences

Why Choose Applied Speech Communication?

Speech communication is a broad and dynamic field of study. Students pursuing an associate of arts degree take foundational courses in public presentation, group dynamics and interpersonal communication. In addition, they are required to take coursework in communication theory. Once they have completed these core courses, students may then choose nine hours of electives that are particularly suited to their individual interests. These include courses in conflict resolution, family communication, gender communication, organizational communication, persuasion and persuasive speaking, interviewing, human relations, nonverbal communication, broadcast presentation, broadcast writing, technical and professional presentation, intercultural communication, and leadership.

Career Opportunities

While technical expertise is important to future employment, surveys of employers continually reveal that among the most desirable qualities of a job applicant are communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a diverse population. The associate degree in Applied Speech Communication provides graduates with a solid foundation in communication which will enhance their marketability in today's competitive job market.

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 an Associate’s degree is here

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

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

Graduation Requirements

The Applied Speech Communication program leads to an Associate in Arts degree. Graduation requires (1) a minimum 2.0 GPA overall, (2) a minimum 'C' grade in all communication courses, (3) completion of all general education requirements as outlined on the General Education website and (4) completion of a minimum of 60 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 Program

Intro to Communication Study
Interpersonal Communication
Fundamentals-Public Speaking
Small Group Decision Making
Theories Human Communication
Program Electives
To reach a minimum of 60 credit hours required.