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About the Speech Program

Our Bachelor of Arts in Speech program prepares credible, convincing public speakers who are authentic and ethical. And, with a minor in business, political science or another area you care about, you will have something to say and be able to say it well. Here is a major that opens lots of doors, providing a highly sought after basic — but uncommon — skill.


Our mission in the Department of Communication and Media is to prepare credible, creative Christian professionals for a world where the mastery of communication skills and technologies is essential. We accomplish our mission by helping students produce, publish and perform original work that is both ethical and effective.

Department of Communication and Media

The speech major is offered by the Department of Communication and Media. Other majors and minors within the department include advertising and public relations, broadcasting, communication studies, cross cultural communication, video and film and visual communication.

Why should you choose SAU’s speech program?

The study of communication at Spring Arbor University is a hands-on experience, with a foundation in classical and Christian perspectives. All students complete a core sequence that promotes a thoughtful and ethical understanding of communication principles and best practices.

Throughout the program you will apply these principles. We offer extracurricular opportunities in writing, acting, broadcasting, designing, producing and researching in addition to practical hands-on experiences in the classroom. Each year, students win awards in state and national competitions and engage in meaningful internships.

Courses, Course Descriptions & Four-Year Plan

The courses for the 49-hour speech major include such subject areas as rhetoric, voice and diction, story telling, acting techniques, oral interpretation, persuasive speaking, and recital. Majors and minors are also available speech and theater education. The speech and theater education major and minor are available for secondary certification only. Contact the School of Education for more information.

View the course requirements and layout, course descriptions, a sample four-year plan, as well as learn more about the speech program at Spring Arbor University in the undergraduate catalog.

Career Opportunities

The study of communication will help you develop useful skills in such fields as ministry, mass media, theatre, business, government and social services. Our program is particularly appropriate for positions involving public relations, broadcasting, corporate communication, public information management, employee communication, training and development, and print journalism.

To learn more about how Spring Arbor helps its graduates prepare for a career, visit our career development section.

On-Campus Opportunities

Within the Department of Communication and Media and throughout campus, there are a wide range of opportunities for students to get involved, apply what they’re learning in the classroom in a practical way, and meet students who have similar passions. Here is a list of just some of the opportunities available that might interest drama students:

  • Porchfest (event) – Quite possibly the most highly anticipated event of the year, this SNL-format variety show brings together the most (and least) talented people that SAU has to offer. Hosted by the men of Ormston Hall, this is one event you’ll remember for years to come.
  • “Will-Shoot-for-Credit” Short Films Screening (event) – The best short films and videos of each semester are shown to an excited campus audience. Video/Film students get to see their hard work pay off, and the community has a night of original entertainment, fresh popcorn, and familiar faces on the big screen.
  • Almost Chapel — A weekly intro show that airs before SAU Chapel, chock full of news, announcements and shenanigans.
  • FM radio stations– Spring Arbor University serves as home to four radio stations: KTGG & WJKN-AM (1540 and 1510 AM), WSAE-FM (106.9 and WJKN-FM (89.3 The Message).
  • Musicals and plays – From dazzling musicals, to cutting-edge black-box theater performances, to award-winning plays, the Spring Arbor theater program offers a wide range of theatrical outlets; enough to sate the appetite of the most enthusiastic theater guru.

See a full list of the various activities and organizations available to students at Spring Arbor University.