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Academic Programs

Associate in Arts (610)

To transfer as a junior into a baccalaureate speech communication program, students must complete at least 60 semester credit hours (64 for Associate degree). Community college students are strongly encouraged to complete an Associate degree before transfer. Freshmen and sophomores who plan to transfer in speech communication are encouraged to fulfill general education requirements. Most major courses should be taken at the upper-division level.

Students who have already chosen the university to which they plan to transfer should consult that institution's catalog or department advisor and an SVCC academic advisor in planning their program. Students contemplating careers as high school speech teachers should meet with an academic advisor.

Program Contacts at Sauk Valley Community College
Academic Advising, 815/835-6354;
Patricia Fulfs, Associate Professor of Communication, 815/835-6224;
Paul Edleman, Professor of Speech/Political Science, 815/835-6265;.
Noel Berkey, Assistant Professor of English, 815/835-6207

Speech Communication

First Semester - Sem/Hrs: 16

  • Humanities 3 Semester hour(s)
  • Math 3 Semester hour(s)
  • Social/Behavioral Science 3 Semester hour(s)

  • ENG 101 - Composition I 3 Semester hour(s)
  • FYE 101 - First Year Experience 1 Semester hour(s)
  • SPE 131 - Introduction to Oral Communication 3 Semester hour(s)

Second Semester - Sem/Hrs: 15

  • Fine Arts 3 Semester hour(s)
  • Social/Behavioral Science 6 Semester hour(s)

  • ENG 103 - Composition II 3 Semester hour(s)
  • SPE 231 - Public Speaking 3 Semester hour(s)

Third Semester - Sem/Hrs: 16-17

  • *Foreign Language 4 Semester hour(s
  • **Life Science 3-4 Semester hour(s)

  • SPE 151 - Interpersonal Communications 3 Semester hour(s)
  • SPE 181 - Introduction to Mass Communication 3 Semester hour(s)
  • THE 232 - Introduction to Performance of Literature 3 Semester hour(s)

Fourth Semester - Sem/Hrs: 16-17

  • *Foreign Language 4 Semester hour(s)
  • **Physical Science 3-4 Semester hour(s)
  • Social/Behavioral Science 3 Semester hour(s)
  • Humanities/Fine Arts 3 Semester hour(s) OR
  • Electives 3 Semester hour(s)

  • SPE 161 - Group Discussion 3 Semester hour(s)

Total Credits: 64


*Three to four semesters of a college level foreign language or three to four years of a high school level foreign language may be required for a Bachelor of Arts degree.

**One lab science required.


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