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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

Speech Communication 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 criteria.


Faculty and areas of specialization:

Mohammad Auwal (M.F.A., Ohio University, Athens)
Organizational and development communications; communication theory

Kevin Baaske (Ph.D., University of Southern California)
Debate and forensics; argumentation; rhetorical theory and criticism

Beryl Bellman (Ph.D., University of California, Irvine)
Intercultural and organizational communication; communication and technology

Lena Chao (Ph.D., University of Southern California)
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 theory

Keith Henning (Ph.D., University of Southern California)
Oral traditions/performances; interpersonal; gender and family communication

Julia Johnson (Ph.D., University of Massachusetts, Amherst)
Rhetoric; performance studies; intercultural; critical pedagogy

Michael Kelley (Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh)
Public discourse; gender communication; rhetorical criticism

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 at (323) 343-3178. California State University, Los Angeles, 5151 State University Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90032-8530. University home page: www.calstatela.edu

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