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Speech and Communication Studies Department

The Department of Speech and Communication Studies serves all other college departments and prepares students for four-year colleges and universities by providing required courses in speech and communication. Our courses are designed to foster students' appreciation for the centrality and complexity of communication, to build confidence in their ability to communicate effectively, and to promote their sense of responsibility for communicating capably. The ultimate goal of our program is to develop sensitive and adaptable communicators, in sending and in responding to messages.

For those students seeking speech and communication experience beyond the Lane Community College campus confines, our department sponsors a speech and debate club.

Course Information

The Speech and Communication Studies discipline is not only about speech making. Our department does offer performance classes, but it also offers theory classes to improve your understanding of how communication works in different contexts, including from the listener's perspective. Check our course descriptions.



The National Association of Colleges and Employers ranks as number one the "Ability to verbally communicate with persons inside and outside the organization." One the Institutional Learning Outcomes at Lane Community College is to communicate effectively. At various times sources as diverse as the U.S. Department of Labor, Fortune 500, the Wall Street Journal, and human resource surveys have asserted that oral communication skills help students secure employment and successful job performance. Faculty across disciplines have identified communicating as the first basic competency for every college graduate.

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We offer the following links to assist you in enhancing your academic or career goals with studies in Speech and Communication.

Completing your Speech and Communication Studies outside of Oregon

The National Communication Association (NCA) allows you to develop a login and explore its resources. In its discipline data, you can find a list of other community colleges and undergraduate programs in the field of communication

First Year Students

The Speech and Communication Studies Department supports the college's desire to place students in appropriate classes, to provide meaningful learning experiences, and to design learning opportunities that lead to proficiency in Lane's Institutional Learning Outcomes, particularly in the core ability of communicating effectively.

First-year students should be aware of the following facts about our curriculum:

  • Basic Communication is our lowest-numbered, but not necessarily our easiest course.  It is a survey of communication theory, and theory can be complex. The course requires one speech presentation.
  • If you are not confident in your basic college skills, such as listening, understanding complex lectures, and note-taking, you might benefit from our Listening and Critical Thinking class.
  • If you have difficulty expressing yourself in writing, you should be aware that our communication theory classes require substantial writing. Before registering for these classes, you should consider a basic writing class. Students also can take advantage of free tutoring through Academic and Tutoring Services.
  • If you fear public speaking, our performance classes are specifically designed to help you surmount your fears and build confidence. We believe you will profit by conquering (and not avoiding) public speaking in the supportive atmosphere of our classes.

More about Speech and Communication Studies

Classical works in Speech and Communication fall under the heading of rhetoric, the art of persuasion. The most influential ancient writing was Aristotle's (4th century BC) Ars Rhetorica or The Art of Rhetoric. Many terms used today can be traced to ancient rhetorical classifications of, for instance, figures of speech. Since the ancients, philosophers and educators have carried forward the study of oral communication, as seen in Dr. Gideon Burden's Sylva Rhetoricae.

Today we can access more than two hundred audio and video links to great moments in the history of oratory thanks to Michael Eidenmuller's (University of Texas/Tyler) American Rhetoric website, a fascinating link for the enthusiastic fan of historical speeches (presented both as they actually occurred and as Hollywood interpretations) and for the avid student of speech communication.

Hundreds of colleges and universities support instruction in the field of Speech and Communication and educators remain committed to the importance of Speech and Communication to the education of the whole person and to the health of our democratic and culturally diverse society.