No matter what we do that involves other people, we must be able to communicate if we are to succeed. Those who communicate the best, no matter what their goal, usually succeed the most.
Speech communication, whether speaking to one other person, in a small group, or to an audience of hundreds, is an art form involving creativity and imagination. It is also a skill involving critical thinking and theoretical application.
Speech communication focuses on two areas: the presentational and the relational. The presentational area involves designing, delivering, and critiquing speeches while the relational area involves learning how to communicate successfully with others in a one-on-one or small group setting. We believe a solid grounding in both areas prepares students for successful careers and supports the ideal of a liberal education.
As a speech major you will learn to
be confident in speaking in all types of communication settings,
be competent in communicating in various informal settings (such as one-on-one encounters, a small group meeting, and intercultural exchange, and so on)
be competent in the design, delivery, and evaluation of speeches.
Notable Speech Communications Graduates
Ben Cline (’14)
General Assignment Reporter KNWA
Alyse Eady Lemmond (’10) News Anchor THV11 Little Rock, Ark.
Devan Malone (’13) Marketing Coordinator Arkansas Publishing Group Little Rock, Ark.