Speech Communication – Associate in Arts Degree

Top Code: 1506.00

A degree in Speech Communication from Pasadena City College prepares students for upper division (advanced level) coursework and several entry level positions within the field. This area of emphasis is primarily intended to prepare students to transfer and earn a bachelor’s degree in Speech Communication or Communication Studies. Students develop verbal, nonverbal and interpersonal communication skills, apply critical thinking skills, and learn about human communication in multiple contexts. The Speech Communication major helps students to improve their relationship skills in both personal and professional life as well as prepares them for advancements in their careers.

Please Note: The courses that universities and colleges require for transfer vary. When selecting courses for transfer purposes, students should consult with Counseling Services to determine the particular transfer requirements of specific transfer institutions.

Program Outcomes

  1. Articulate the role of communication in multiple contexts.
  2. Demonstrate competencies for ethical communication.
  3. Critically analyze various communication practices.
  4. Demonstrate effective verbal, nonverbal and written communication in diverse forms and contexts. 

Requirements for the major in Speech Communication

All courses must be completed with a grade of C or better. All courses must be numbered 001–099.

Required Courses
SPCH 001FUNDAMENTALS OF SPEECH3
or SPCH 001H HONORS FUNDAMENTALS OF SPEECH
SPCH 006ARGUMENTATION AND DEBATE3
SPCH 010INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION3
Additional courses
Select at least nine additional units of the following: 9
PERSUASION
VOICE AND DICTION
ORAL INTERPRETATION
FORENSICS - SPEECH AND DEBATE TEAM
FORENSICS RESEARCH AND PREPARATION (SPEECH AND DEBATE TEAM)
READERS' THEATER
SMALL GROUP COMMUNICATION
ARGUMENTATION AND CRITICAL THINKING
INTRODUCTION TO SPEECH COMMUNICATION
Total Units18

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General Education Requirements for the Associate in Arts Degree