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Degrees Offered

Bachelor of Arts in Speech

- Options:

- Professional Communication

- Single Subject Teaching

Master of Arts in Speech

- Options:

- Speech Communication

- Telecommunications and
- Film


Speech Communication



Program to qualify students

for Single Subject Credential

in English



Communication consulting

Community college or

university professor

Industrial training





Public relations

Public service


Secondary school teacher

is concerned with the study of
human symbolic interaction. Some of the specific areas of
study are communication in one-to-one situations and
small groups, organizational communication, public
speaking and persuasion, social-political movements, and
the aesthetic bases of speech.

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Communication
provides sound training for those who want to develop
perceptiveness and skill in the various aspects of
communication among people. The program is structured to
provide a foundation for careers in business, law,
government service, health, theology, teaching, public
relations, media communication, and other professions in
which an understanding and utilization of the process of
communication is essential.

Designed to meet the needs of both career-oriented
students and those planning to pursue graduate education,
the undergraduate major offers courses in theories of
communication; dimensions of public discourse;
interpersonal, small group, and intercultural
communication; organizational communication and
interviewing; persuasion and social influence; language,
symbolic processes, and aesthetic dimensions of speech;
instructional development; and forensics, debate, and
readers' theatre.

Students in the program have the opportunity to
participate in nationally recognized debate, individual
events, and readers' theatre activities.

The Master of Arts degree in Speech Communication
emphasizes the study of human discourse, employ ing
empirical and critical methods. Using both rhetorical and
communication theory traditions, the program utilizes
comprehensive study in its generalist approach to speech
communication. The graduate program is a sound liberal
arts program which provides experience in such skills as
problem solving and research techniques that can be used
in a number of contexts and career fields.

Speech Communication majors may join the campus
chapters of Golden Key and Phi Kappa Phi national honor
societies which are open to qualified students in all
academic disciplines. Numerous scholarships are available
to students in all disciplines who meet established


Faculty and areas of

Mohammad Auwal
(M.F.A., Ohio University, Athens)

Organizational and development communications;
communication theory

Kevin Baaske (Ph.D., University of Southern

Debate and forensics; argumentation; rhetorical theory
and criticism

Beryl Bellman (Ph.D., University of California,

Intercultural and organizational communication;
communication and technology

Lena Chao (Ph.D., University of Southern

Interpersonal and intercultural communication; public
relations; conflict resolution

Tim Downs (Ph.D., University of Oklahoma)

Organizational and instructional communication;
communication theory

Judith Hamera (Ph.D., Northwestern University)

Performance studies; contemporary rhetorical and critical

Keith Henning (Ph.D., University of Southern

Oral traditions/performances; interpersonal; gender and
family communication

Julia Johnson (Ph.D., University of
Massachusetts, Amherst)

Rhetoric; performance studies; intercultural; critical

Michael Kelley (Ph.D., University of

Public discourse; gender communication; rhetorical

David Olsen (Ph.D., Northwestern University)

Public address; rhetorical theory and criticism;
performance studies


California State University, Los
Angeles has an enrollment of 18,000 students. The campus
is located on a 175-acre hilltop at the interchange of
the San Bernardino and Long Beach freeways at the western
end of the San Gabriel Valley, about five miles east of
the Los Angeles Civic Center.

To secure an application for admission,
call (323) 343-3901. The General Catalog and Schedule of
Classes are available for purchase from the University
Bookstore in the University-Student Union.

Cal State L.A. does not discriminate on
the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual
orientation, national origin, age, marital status,
pregnancy, disability, disabled veteran's or Vietnam Era
veteran's status, or any other classification that
precludes a person from consideration as an individual.

For further information, contact the Department of Communication Studies at (323) 343-4200 or the Office of Admissions
and University Outreach
(323) 343-3178. California State University, Los
Angeles, 5151 State University Drive, Los Angeles, CA
90032-8530. University home page:

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