Speech Communication

Speech communication is the study of how and why people communicate; it includes both spoken language and nonverbal communication. Communication skills are consistently among the top skills most valued by potential employers. Good communication skills are essential in law, business, public relations, sales and in any profession that focuses on human relationships. Interestingly there is a science to how we communicate: our program focuses on the theories, techniques and methods of human communication in a variety of formats, media and contexts.  

Why a degree in Speech Communication from Missouri Valley?

Our program helps you develop effective oral and written communication skills, focusing on public speaking skills, persuasion, argumentation and management and leadership skills in business settings. Valley’s unique, diverse student body provides additional, first-hand experience in intercultural communication. The concepts and skills provided by the major in speech are useful in a wide variety of occupations and will prove useful in the world of communications. Our program combines a strong liberal arts education with communication and business-related coursework to facilitate critical thinking in the business environment.

Career Possibilities

  • Negotiator/Mediator
  • Human Resources
  • Public Opinion Research
  • Lobbying
  • Political Campaign Contributor
  • Advocacy Coordinator
  • Business Training and Development

Graduate Program Possibilities

  • Graduate Program/Credentials
  • Communications
  • Business Administration

Courses & Concentrations

Degree in Speech Communication

The speech communication degree at MVC combines courses in businesses, science, mass communication, public relations and English.

Minor in Speech Communication

The study of communication is essential no matter what your professional aspirations are; but it is especially helpful to students interested in the study of law, politics, marketing, business, and anyone in a profession that focuses on human relationships. Minor requirements include additional coursework in philosophy, English and personal growth and leadership.


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Faculty

Susan Dittmer
Associate Professor of Speech

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