College of Arts & Science & University Studies
What Can I Do With a Major in Speech Communication?
Speech communication is the study of how and why people communicate interpersonally, in a group, within various organizations, and in public contexts. Miami's major in speech communication has three areas of focus. Each focus begins with the building of a strong base in communication theory. This includes courses in persuasion, interpersonal and small group communication, advocacy, and rhetoric. The organizational communication focus emphasizes the effect of organizations on communication and the use of communication to increase the effectiveness of an organization. The interpersonal/relational focus creates a detailed understanding of how people use verbal and nonverbal communication to define, negotiate and change their relationships. The rhetorical influence focus involves exploration of the relationships among sources, messages, and audiences in a variety of social influence/persuasion contexts.
A general interest in communication processes and their effects, with an emphasis on analysis, diagnosis, and intervention regarding communication issues/concerns in interpersonal, group/organizational, and public contexts
Applying persuasive skills
Working as part of a team
Working against deadlines
Attending to accuracy and
- Synthesizing in communication events
Gathering information and data
- Designing projects
Sizing up situations
- Research analyst
Customer service representative
Employee relations staff
- Educational writer
- Human Relations
- Community affairs administrator
Public relations representative
Note: Some of the listed career options may require additional education and/or training beyond the bachelor's degree.
Opportunities - Graduate/Professional School
Students with a degree in speech communication may continue on to graduate study in communication, business administration, teacher education or other related fields. A speech communication major also prepares students for law and other professional schools.
Opportunities - Experiential
Summer or volunteer work and internships at public relations agencies, governmental agencies, and businesses, as well as involvement in student organizations such as the American Advertising Federation, the American Marketing Association, the Public Relations Student Society, American Women in Communication, Inc., and the Forensics Team.
- Department of Communication (162 Bachelor Hall, 529-7472)
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* Career Opportunities
- Career Services (200 Hoyt Hall, 529-3831)
- * Career Resource Center
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* Career Assistance Center
* Computerized Career Development Program
* Dictionary of Occupational Titles
* Occupational Outlook Handbook
- Arts and Science Academic Advising (146 Upham Hall, 529-3031)
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* Career Decision Making
Developed by the College of Arts and Science Advising Office and the academic departmental offices with adaptations from Liberal Arts and Sciences - Skills - Career Opportunities, Career Planning and Placement Office, University of Michigan.