Are you interested in learning how people communicate as individuals, in organizations, as a society, and across various cultures? The Communication major at the University of Central Arkansas will enable you to explore various communication phenomena, including interpersonal, group, intercultural, organizational, health, and international communication. Additionally, you may decide to study such areas as mediation, crisis communication, rhetorical theory and criticism, and political communication. Whatever plan of study you choose, your knowledge of communication theories and practices will help you improve your own communication and will also enable you to better assess the communication of others. You will also be better equipped to meet the expectations of potential employers, as surveys indicate that good communication skills are among the most important qualities managers look for when hiring new employees.
As a Speech Communication major at UCA, you’ll have access to all of the distinct advantages that make the UCA experience unique among the nation’s comprehensive universities. Just a few of the benefits of our program include:
- Expert Faculty: Our professors’ extensive professional and academic experience and diverse academic credentials, make them leaders in the communication discipline. Our instructors are dedicated to the success of their students, in the classroom and in future careers. Instructors cultivate a student-centered learning environment, providing individual academic and career mentoring, as well as opportunities for service learning and other engagement activities. Internships are also available through our connections to various professional, governmental, and non-governmental organizations.
- Student Organizations: Communication students may apply for membership in our award-winning chapter of the Lambda Pi Eta National Communication Honors Society (twice recognized as national chapter of the year). Communication students are also welcome to participate in UCA’s award-winning Forensics Team, sponsored by the Department of Communication, and which competes in national and regional competition in debate and other speaking events. The Forensics Team also sponsors both a major high school and college debate tournament on the UCA campus each year.
- Professional Development: Communication majors are afforded valuable on-campus networking opportunities, such as the annual Hilliard Speech Competition, which engages students in presentational speaking and critical problem-solving activities. Communication majors may also attend The Public Forum Series, which brings notable guest speakers to campus to share their experiences with the community through presentations and workshops. Students are also encouraged to participate in the regional, national, and international Communication Associations, which provide opportunities to attend and present at conferences, meet professionals in the field, and contribute original undergraduate research projects.
- Employment Opportunities: Communication graduates are equipped to begin successful careers in such diverse fields as government, business, education, entrepreneurship, public relations, mass media, and even freelance communication consultation. Many pursue graduate or professional degrees in communication, law, business, and other fields where knowledge of human communication theory and practice is a prerequisite for success.
To learn more about the exciting opportunities for personal and professional development available to you through the Communication major at the University of Central Arkansas, visit http://uca.edu/communication/programs/speech-communication/.