Mission Statement: The mission of the speech department is to provide students with competency in oral communication skills while engaging in stewardship within the college and broader community. Students should understand the functions of the communication process as they pertain to successful oral communication in various communication contexts, including public speaking, interpersonal communication, and small group communication to enhance their personal and professional lives. 

The core speech courses provide degree-seeking students who are transferring on to baccalaureate programs with a solid foundation in communication competence. The core courses also prepare students to be successful in two-year degree programs by providing them with a general education in speech communication.

Often, people think only of public speaking when they enroll in a Speech course.  While public speaking is a part of most Speech courses, some courses do not include a public speaking unit.  There are many other topics that you might study in your Speech course.  These topics include: