Three programs, countless possibilities
Within the communication major, students can choose the general program in communication with an emphasis in speech communication, professional communication, or media studies; a teacher's certificate program in speech; or the honor's program in communication. Minors in communication, argumentation and advocacy, and the teacher's certificate in speech are also available.
The General Program in Communication offers students liberal arts coursework as a supporting program for careers in communication, including but not limited to communication training and development, broadcasting, and public relations. Students must choose one of the following areas of emphasis:
- Speech Communication
- Professional Communication
- Media Studies
Honor's Program in Communication
The Honors Program in Communication is designed for the student who has completed the Freshman/Sophomore Honors Program and wishes to continue that program in the field of communication.
A minor in communication can benefit students from any discipline. Secondary education students should choose the teacher's certificate program in speech.
Teacher's Certificate Program in Speech
If you enjoy the spoken word and working with youth, you may be interested in a career teaching speech to students in grades 7-12. As you pursue a teacher's certificate, you will receive broad training in communication and theatre and learn the techniques and theories taught in education courses. Employment after graduation is influenced by academic achievement combined with successful completion of the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification. This test, designed by the State of Michigan, ensures that certified teachers have the necessary basic skills and content knowledge to perform effectively in Michigan schools. Students interested in teaching outside of Michigan must research the requirements of the state in question.