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Speech & Forensics:


Students majoring in communication studies at the lower-division level concentrate on learning the basics of public speaking and performance.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the communication studies program, students will be able to

  • Advocate a specific topic to an audience of any size.
  • Critically assess other speakers’ format, content, and delivery and articulate constructive criticism in an oral critique.
  • Articulate and dissect models of communication and apply such methods in public speaking and interpersonal settings.
  • Research and construct positions on a set topic to communicate and advocate a particular point of view.
  • Critically think about how meaning is exchanged and the implications of our messages.

Contact Directory

Joseph Poshek
Dean, School of the Arts
T: 949-451-5650

Sr. Admin. Assistant, School of the Arts
T: 949-451-5453
F: 949-451-5775

Gary Rybold, PhD
Academic Chair, Communication Studies