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The purpose of speech courses is to provide students with competency in oral communication skills. Students should understand the functions of the communication process as they pertain to improving oral communication in various communication contexts, including public speaking, interpersonal communication, and small group communication. 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 in two-year degree programs by providing them with a general education in speech communication.