2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Jan 23, 2021  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

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Communication Studies (B.S.) - Speech Education Specialization

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Program Coordinator/Contact

Joshua Westwick, Interim Department Head
Department of Communication Studies
Pugsley Center 115, Box 2218
E-mail: joshua.westwick@sdstate.edu
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Program Information

This area of specialization is designed for the person who plans to become a communication educator. While the emphasis is primarily on secondary education, the area can serve as a specialization for teaching higher education as well.

Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates will be prepared to:

  • teach classroom speech.
  • direct drama activities.
  • coach individual speech events, debate and oral interpretation.

Academic Requirements

A minimum grade of “C” or better is required in all major courses.

Course Delivery Format

Courses utilize lecture, laboratory, small group, collaborative and integrative techniques.

Requirements for Communication Studies Major - Speech Education Specialization: 120 Credits

Bachelor of Science in Arts and Sciences

System General Education Requirements

College of Arts and Sciences Requirements

Bachelor of Science Requirements: 13+

  • Natural Sciences  Credits: 10+
    • Any two lab sciences.
    • Coursework must include 2 prefixes.
    • MATH and STATS courses do not count toward the science requirement.
  • AIS 211 - South Dakota American Indian Culture and Education (COM) Credits: 3  
  • One declared minor outside of the major prefix OR a second major OR a teaching specialization. The minor may be a traditional minor within one department or it may be interdisciplinary involving more than one department. The minor can be in a different college. The minor must be declared no later than the student’s third semester of enrollment.
  • Capstone course in the major discipline
  • Upper division coursework Credits: 33

System General Education and/or major coursework may satisfy some or all of the above requirements. Consult program advisor for details. See the College of Arts and Sciences for additional information about Bachelor of Arts specifications.

Teaching Specialization Requirements

Additional Requirements

  • Students must also receive a “C” grade or better in  ,  , and   or higher.
  • There are GPA requirements for entry into and continuation within the teacher education program. For additional information please consult the Secondary Education Handbook.


Taken as needed to complete any additional degree requirements.

Total Required Credits: 120

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