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The Wayne State College Speech Communication Program trains individuals to serve in the public and private business sectors. Students completing the program are prepared to enter careers in corporate communications, public relations, and marketing communications. Graduates are also prepared for further academic study in such areas as Speech Communication, law, public service, corporate relations, community relations, public relations, educational administration, and marketing.
Relation to Wayne State College Mission
Wayne State College is an open-admission institution serving northeast Nebraska. The College’s mission is as follows:
Wayne State College has a two-fold mission: to develop students’ academic abilities by emphasizing student-faculty interaction both in and outside the classroom; and to enhance the quality of life in out service regions through community development, the arts, and cultural activity.
The Speech Communication Program addresses this mission in five essential ways:
In addition, communication studies offers elective courses for students in other majors, such as criminal justice, pre-law, counseling, business, sport management,sciences, and education.
Why study Speech Communication?
Historically, communication study has been recognized as central to work effectiveness and life satisfaction. Communications research surveying the attitudes of workers and managers have found that people in the workplace spend about a third of their worktime in conversations and meetings and that the most effective employers are those who spend the majority of their time listening and speaking. Research also shows that organizational productivity and leadership are tied to communication: as responsibility in an organization increases, the amount of time spent in communication activities increases as well.
A report in the Chicago Tribune (reprinted in the Omaha World Herald, 11/15/92) noted that communications programs provide backgrounds in theories of communications, research methods, public speaking, crisis management, organizational communication, leadership, mass communication, rhetorical analysis, and interpersonal skills. These are all skills central to public and private sector organizational communication.
Alumni are working as advertising copywriters, technical writers, attorneys, teachers,account executives, media personalities, college fund raisers, corporate trainers, business writers, bank managers, college administrators, and as professionals in public relations, civic promotions, student services, human resource management, and religious work.
Diversity and Global Awareness
The Speech Communication program supports diversity in several ways: Faculty have been involved in annual Martin Luther King Day activities; they have given presentations and published on issues of diversity and its impact on the U.S., and they are involved in programs on the nearby reservations and in studies which have investigated discrepancies between different cultural groups’ community needs. In addition, senior research projects often focus on the role of culture and gender in communication. Courses which deal considerably with diversity include Intercultural Communication, Gender Communication, Public Address, Interpersonal Communication, Family Communication, Language and Human Behavior, Persuasion, and Instructional Communication.
Outreach and Regional Service
While the program does not have formal partnerships with public agencies, faculty are active in public service activities. Community service has included work with many area businesses and institutions in class projects:
Students and faculty from the Speech Communication Program have attended meetings of the Siouxland Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America, the National Communication Association, and The Popular Culture Association.
Part of outreach is the ongoing connection between the department and students and faculty with off-campus visitors, guest speakers, and area experts in communication issues.
Strengths of the Wayne State College Speech Communication Program
For more information, please contact:
Deborah Whitt, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
Department of Communication Arts
1111 Main St .
Wayne State College
Wayne , NE 68787
FAX: (402) 375-7130