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Liberal Arts and Science: Speech / Communication Studies

Liberal Arts and Science: Speech/Communication Studies

Associate of Arts
Business and Professional/Public Service

Why Study Speech/Communication Studies?

Employers value strong communication skills. Speech/Communication Studies builds a strong foundation in communication skills – be a better listener, effectively present your views in an interview or small group, and be a confident public speaker. RCC’s Speech/Communication program also provides students with the liberal arts and specialized courses required when transferring to a four-year institution.

Occupational Objectives:

The degree prepares students to continue their education in a choice of majors including speech pathology, journalism, rhetoric/communication theory, performance and other related areas. Prepare for a career in advertising, business, health, media, education, law or speech therapy. Be sure to work with an advisor to select the best set of courses to transfer to a bachelor’s program for your specific concentration.

5 Top Reasons

To Study Speech/Communication at RCC:

  1. VALUE: Affordable tuition. Scholarships while at RCC and for program graduates who continue for a bachelor’s in Speech/Communications.
  2. ACADEMICS: A renowned honors program, award-winning student newspaper, professional theaters, RCC-TV and multi-media production, and a study abroad summer program at Cambridge University.
  3. TRANSFER: Transfer agreements with many four-year colleges. This program meets the requirements to pursue several different four-year degrees.
  4. CAREER: Gain interviewing skills and work experience. Communications internships have included work in public relations and a speech clinic.
  5. FLEXIBILITY: Daytime, evening, weekend and online courses. Free tutoring for all academic subjects.

Opportunities at Rockland Community College:

RCC has four Speech/Communications concentrations: Speech Performance, Communication Theory, Speech Pathology, or Journalism. There are many opportunities to practice and develop your communications skills through the Student Government Association, Speech and Debate Team, Reader’s Theatre, and Speech Contests. RCC also has a very active chapter of the national speech honor society, Sigma Chi Eta.

Sample Courses:

  • Voice and Diction
  • Debate Fundamentals
  • Introduction to Speech and Language Development
  • Freedom of Speech: Theories and Controversies
  • Introduction to Journalism
  • Newswriting and Editing


Degree Sheets Program Guides Academics & Degrees Courses

Program Goals:

The program provides students with a rigorous and dynamic liberal arts foundation within a theoretical and practical speech and communication studies program. Courses in the speech discipline provide students with understanding of complex and diverse social values and viewpoints with respect to speech and communication.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this program, students will:

  • Identify the fundamental concepts of speech and communication studies.
  • Share knowledge and values effectively, including oral and written communication, planning and implementation skills.
  • Develop a variety of skills related to core concepts in speech and communication including critical thinking, reasoning and problem solving skills.
  • Evaluate core concepts in speech and communication within a liberal arts context.
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