SLCC General Catalog

Speech Communication AS

Associate of Science (AS)
63 credits minimum

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Program Description

An Associate of Science degree may be obtained while pursuing coursework in Communication. The AS requires a minimum of 63 semester credit hours with a cumulative grade-point average of 2.0 or better (2.6 or better is required for students transferring to the University of Utah). Elective hours may be selected from department-approved lists to emphasize the student’s interest area within communication. Communication courses range from basic introductory course (COMM 1010) to specialized courses in broadcasting, journalism, public relations, rhetoric, persuasion, interpersonal communication, small group communication, organizational communication, public speaking and conflict resolution. CO-OP Internship (COMM 2000) is strongly recommended. Students may earn a portion of their elective credits by accepting and successfully fulfilling an available student internship within their area of interest.

The Mass Communication Center (MCC) sets the Communication Department apart from other college programs. MCC provides a valuable step between coursework and working in the real world. The Communication Department and MCC also collaborate to provide students independent study opportunities and valuable internships.

Career Opportunities

Administrative Aide/Consultant, Business Manager, Child Language Specialist, Community Affairs Specialist, Communication Analyst, Community Relations Specialist, Communication Researcher, Corporate Trainer, Crisis Manager, Development (fundraising), Diversity Consultant, Issues Advocate, Events Planner, Negotiation Director, Lobbyist, Political Analyst, Publicist, Speech Writer/Coach, etc.

Transfer/Articulation Information

Admission into a major program at a transfer institution depends upon the receiving institution’s requirements for that major. Some major programs are restricted and require special application as well as a competitive GPA. See an Academic Advisor at both SLCC and the intended receiving institution for specific articulation information.

Estimated Cost for Students

Cost for general student supplies and texts are comparable with other General Education classes. Classes requiring registration for a lab may require a small replacement and disposable fee to cover the cost of the student’s use of lab facilities and supplies.

Estimated Time to Completion

If students follow suggested sample schedule, completion time is four semesters.

General Education Requirements

Core Skills:

Composition (EN) 6 Credits

Course

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisite

ENGL 1010

Intro to Writing

3

A

WRTG 0990 w/C grade or better or appropriate Accuplacer score

ENGL 2010

Intermediate Writing

3

A

ENGL 1010 w/C grade or better

Quantitative Literacy (QL) Choose One Course (3 Credits) From The Following

Course

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisite

MATH 1030

Quantitative Reasoning

3

A

RDG 0990; within last year MATH 1010 w/C grade or better or appropriate Accuplacer score

OR

 

 

 

 

MATH 1040

Intro to Statistics

3

A

RDG 0990; within last year MATH 1010 w/C grade or better or appropriate Accuplacer score

American Institutions (AI) Choose 3 Credits From One Of The Following

Course

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisite

ECON 1740

Econ History of US

3

A

RDG 0990 w/C grade or better or appropriate Accuplacer score

HIST 1700

American Civilization

3

A

RDG 0990 w/C grade or better or appropriate Accuplacer score

POLS 1100

US Govt & Politics

3

A

RDG 0990 w/C grade or better or appropriate Accuplacer score

Institutional Requirements:

Lifelong Wellness (LW) 1 Credit

Student Choice (IN Or Depth) 3 Credits

Course

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisite

COMM 1010

Elem of Effective Com

3

A

Distribution Areas:

Choose one course (three credit hours) from each of the following distribution areas.  One of the courses must also be a Diversity course (DV).

Course

Credits

 

 

Biological Science (BS)

3-4

 

Fine Arts (FA)

3-4

 

Humanities (HU)

3

 

Interdisciplinary (ID)

3

 

Social Science (SS)

3

 

Physical Science (PS)

3

 

NOTE: COMM 1050 is recommended for the Humanities (HU) Distribution requirement.

 

Required Courses: (6-9 Credits)

Select 6-9 credits from the following courses which articulate to the Communication Major at the University of Utah.  Students are encouraged to complete all three courses:

Course

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisite

COMM 1020

Prin/Public Spkg (CM,IN)

3

A

 

COMM 1270

Analysis of Argument

3

F, Sp

 

COMM 2110

Interpers Comm (ID, HR)

3

F, Sp

 

Speech Communication Courses: (Select 6 – 10 Credits From The Following)

COMM 1080

Conflict Mgt/Div(SS,DV)

3

F, Sp

 

COMM 1120

Prin of Interviewing

3

F, Sp

 

COMM 2000

Comm CO-OP/Intern

2-4

A

Departmental approval

COMM 2120

Small Group Comm

3

F, Sp

 

COMM 2150

Intercultural Comm (ID, DV)

3

A

 

COMM 2170

Organizational Comm

3

F, Sp

COMM 2020

Persuasion Practices

3

F, Sp

Electives

Select 13-14 credits from any college level course numbered 1000 or higher.

 

Sample Schedule – Speech Communication

1st Year Schedule

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

  COMM 1010

3

  COMM 1020

3

  MATH 1030

3

  HLAC

1

  ENGL 1010

3

  Distribution

3

  Distribution

6

  COMM 1050

3

 

 

  AI

3

 

 

  COMM REQ OR ELEC

3

Total

15

Total

16

2nd Year Schedule

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

  ENGL 2010

3

  COMM 2110

3

  COMM 1270

3

  COMM REQ

3

  COMM REQ

3

  ELEC

3

  Distribution (2)

6

  ELEC

3

  ELEC

2

  Distribution

3

Total

17

Total

15


Advising Notes

Students are strongly encouraged to take ENGL 1010 and COMM 1010 during their first semester.

It is the student’s responsibility to examine each course description for details of prerequisite classes. Those prerequisites must be satisfied before the designated class may be taken. The semesters in which courses are taught are listed above. Students should check the current class schedule for availability of courses at all sites for day/evening availability and for modification caused by varying enrollments.

Special Advising Note

There are two ways to transfer to the University of Utah Communication Department:

  1. Earn a 2.6 GPA at SLCC and apply to the University of Utah
  2. Complete the COMMStep Program, which requires these steps:
    1. Earn a COMM AS degree at SLCC
    2. Earn a 3.2 GPA (cumulative or COMM class cumulative)
    3. Complete the one credit TIG (Transfer Interest Group) class, COMM 3060, offered by the U COMM Department and taught by Dr. Norm Elliott on the SLCC Taylorsville Redwood campus in spring.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Related College-Wide Student Learning Outcomes

Students completing the AS degree via Communication coursework in either Mass or Speech Communication shall:

  • Acquire substantive knowledge in Communication.
  • Be prepared for further study in Communication or in a related discipline at a four-year college or university.
  • Understand key concepts related to interpretive and social science studies of communication.
  • Demonstrate effective communication in reading, writing, speaking and listening.
  • Demonstrate ability to comprehend and interpret communication texts.
  • Write effectively to business, academic and community audiences.
  • Develop effective public speaking skills.
  • Improve listening skills in the workplace, community, and personal lives.

Students completing the AS degree via Communication with the Speech Communication option must also:

  • Demonstrated a foundational understanding of argumentation, conflict resolution, interpersonal, small group and organizational communication.

Students completing the AS degree via Communication with the Mass Communication Option must also:

  • Demonstrate a solid foundational understanding of broadcasting, broadcast journalism, print journalism, media management and communication technology.

1 – Substantive Knowledge

2 – Communicate Effectively

 

Students completing the AS degree via Communication with the Speech or Mass Communication options will demonstrate the ability to think critically:

  • Recognize basic logical fallacies.
  • Monitor their own communication habits.
  • Use sound reasoning.
  • Incorporate authoritative references.
  • Recognize ethical considerations inherently involved in communication situations. 

4 – Think Critically

 

Students completing the AS degree via Communication with the Speech or Mass Communication options will demonstrate the ability to be civically engaged:

  • Develop cultural sensitivity as a foundation for effective communication with people of diverse backgrounds.
  • Develop an awareness of civil rights and responsibilities for communicators in a democracy.
  • Articulate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Engage in informed dialogue examining conflicting points of view.
  • Respect others’ points of view.
  • Develop an awareness of the role and skills required of communicators as leaders in the workplace and the community.

5 – Civic Engagement and/or Working Professionally

Department Contact Info

Communication and Performing Arts Division

Taylorsville Redwood Campus
Technology Building (TB) 325

General Information
801-957-4073

Program Information
801-957-4130

Communication Department

Academic Advisor
Cindy Clark
SCC W138
801-957-3361

Academic Advisor
Gordon Storrs
SCC W138
801-957-3361

Program Faculty

Professors
Carolyn Clark
Shirley Jones

Associate Professors
Nick Burns
Julie Gay
Art Kanehara

Assistant Professors
Roger Johnson
Tamra Phillips
Shirene McKay
Tyler Smith
Jay Williams