Preparing for an Exciting Career
“I transferred to UT Tyler from Tyler Junior College and have been deeply involved in campus publishing ever since. I’ve interned with BSCENE magazine and worked as photo editor for Pine Curtain magazine. It has been the best experience.
"I love how UT Tyler’s communication and journalism programs are hands-on. You learn to do something by doing it. Not bound by textbooks, we’ve been able to design logos, movie posters and complete other projects that are so much fun. Plus, there are lots of opportunities to get a byline on a story.
“It’s great to learn from faculty who have actually done what they are teaching. The smaller classes have allowed me to get to know my professors, too, which is a huge asset. The equipment we work with on campus is outstanding.
“After I complete my degree, I hope to one day work for a magazine either as a writer or designer. But, right now, I’m happy getting experience in the field working on Pine Curtain and BSCENE magazines. It’s a rush seeing my name in print.”
Chantel Martin, Dallas, TX
Speech Communication BS Degree / BA Degree
Master Skills Vital to Any Career Field
The ability to communicate effectively is an outstanding advantage in any career and in life. With a bachelor’s degree in speech communication from The University of Texas at Tyler, you will be ready to develop high-impact presentations, conduct effective research and analysis, navigate diverse communication styles and think critically to make well-reasoned decisions.
- Build strong oral and written communications skills that can give you a distinctive edge both personally and professionally.
- Develop cross-cultural communication skills well-suited to today’s international business environment.
Graduates of the UT Tyler speech communication program follow many different career paths, including going on for master’s and doctoral degrees. Some of our graduates are earning advanced degrees in areas such as communication and law. Others are employed in locations such as: Tyler Morning Telegraph, public relations; UT Tyler, Houston recruiter; AlphaMediaHouse; The Salvation Army, grants administrator; and The Lighthouse for the Blind, public relations specialist.
Learn more from the Department of Speech Communication
Bachelor’s in Speech Communication: Broad Scope. Theory-Based.
- Explore communication across a wide variety of contexts including gender and ethnic communications.
- Complete an internship working behind the scenes at a TV station, helping craft a company’s image in a public relations firm or assisting in other professional settings.
- Network with others in the communication field through the Communications Club and in Colloquium where faculty and students present their writings and research.
- Study speech communication in small classes that are highly interactive and engaging, and that offer you valuable mentoring by your professors.
Students may choose to earn a bachelor of science (BS) in speech communication, which does not include four semesters of a foreign language and a final written examination, which are BA requirements.
Speech Communication Faculty: Seasoned Educators. Top Scholars.
- Learn from professors who are frequent speakers at professional conferences on such topics as: Rhetorical Memories of the 2008 Election and Is Compromise a Norm? An Analysis of Japanese Young Adults’ Recall of a Major Conflict With Their Parents.
- Study with faculty members who are respected leaders in the speech communications field and who are published in professional journals on such topics as Me, Myself and I: Personalized Discourse in Parliamentary Debate Rounds; and Great Speeches for Better Speaking.
- Be well-prepared for a dynamic professional environment with the help of professors who keep you abreast of the latest communications media and best practices in the field.
Speech Communication Courses: Relevant. Experiential.
Interpersonal Communication – Complete a study of the human communication process within dyadic relationships. Topics include communication styles, skills and methods of interpersonal communication competency.
Small Group Communication – Study group process and interaction, including the concepts of leadership and effective participation.
Intercultural Communication – Examine the relationship between communication and culture. The general concepts of intercultural communication, intercommunity communication, and relevant contrast-cultural and ethnic groups are examined. Designed to satisfy the multicultural requirements for elementary and secondary teachers.
Religious Communication – Explore how religious belief and action are motivated by different communication practices. Topics include philosophy and theory of communication; Christian, Jewish and Muslim preachment; and apologetics or church-state relations. Class attendance at 3 different religious services (Christian, Jewish, Muslim) may be required.
Career Outlook for Speech Communication
A degree in speech communication provides skills for a range of careers, especially for students planning to go into law, marketing or human resources. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment prospects for lawyers and marketers are expected to grow by 10% and 12%, respectively, through 2022. For more, go to Occupational Outlook Handbook - Lawyers and Occupational Outlook Handbook - Advertising, Promotions and Marketing Managers.