Speech Communication Department

Frequently Asked Questions About Our Program

If you have any questions that are not answered here, please e-mail Shagun Kaur or Brandon Gainer

Does Speech 10 (Fundamentals of Oral Communication) meet the same requirement as Speech 1 (Public Speaking)?

Yes. Both courses meet the GE requirements for oral communication, but have different areas of emphasis:  Speech 1 focuses on the researching, outlining, developing, delivering, and evaluation of public speeches.  Speech 10 emphasizes principles and methods of oral communication in the context of interpersonal and small group communication as well as public speaking.

Do I have to give speeches in Speech 10?

Yes. Both Speech 10 and Speech 1 have a minimum requirement of four speeches. Any more than four are decided at the discretion of the instructor.

Should I take Speech 8, Speech 9, or Speech 15?

Each class meets De Anza’s A.A./A.S. critical thinking degree requirements, SPCH 8 focuses more on presenting oral arguments, SPCH 9, which also meets the same transfer requirements as EWRT 2 and PHIL 3, has a heavier writing requirement and focuses on formulating written arguments, while SPCH 15 emphasizes group discussion and team projects.

You should also consider what graduation and transfer requirements you are trying to meet. Each course transfers to the CSU system, but only SPCH 9 will transfer to a UC.

What can I do with a Communication Studies Degree?

As an undergraduate degree, a Communication Studies degree can prepare you for a number of career paths in areas such as Business, Law, Medicine, Media, Public Relations, and International Relations.  Below you will find a list of some of the many position titles held by graduates with this degree:

  • Global Account Manager

  • Human Resources Specialist

  •  Talent Development Analyst

  •  Marketing Coordinator

  •  Employee Communication Manager

  •  Executive Director

  •  Communication Director

  •  Digital Product Development Manager

What can I do with a Communication Studies Certificate?

Our certificate is not intended as preparation for a specific occupation.  However, our program is structured in such a way that the courses you take will provide you with a foundation for key communication skills that employers repeatedly express a desire for in employees:  Strong oral communication skills (from SPCH 1, 8, 10) interpersonal skills (SPCH 16), leadership ability (SPCH 15 / 70), and the ability to work both independently, as well as in teams (SPCH 15).

Thus, having a certificate on your resume will certainly make an impression on an employer by conveying that you are proficient in these areas.

How can I get an A.A. Degree in Communication Studies at De Anza College?
For all the details on what courses to take, click to download requirements for the A.A Degree in Speech Communication.
What is the Specialty Area?

The specialty area is a requirement of the Speech Communication A.A. which asks students to create a “focus” consisting of 12 units in non-Speech classes. For example, a student interested in business might create a Business Communication specialty area made up of two business classes and one psychology class. This specialty area allows students to apply their communication knowledge to other academic areas they find interesting.

What is the honors designation?

 Certain speech classes are designated with an “H” as honors classes. These are regular speech classes, but students who are enrolled in De Anza’s Honors program and take it as an “honors” course complete additional work as defined by the instructor. Completing an honors course allows the designation to show up on your transcript, which may communicate a higher level of achievement to future employers and potentially give you an edge when transferring to a 4-year institution.  You can find out more information about De Anza’s honors program here.

 Students who are already signed up for the De Anza Honors program are allowed to enroll

Some Speech Communication classes are offered as Honors (designated with an H).  Honors students who are already signed up for the De Anza Honors program can take these classes.  Honors students participate in a regular speech class but do additional work as defined by the instructor.

What is the difference between the A.A. Degree and the A.A.T. Degree?

Detailed information about the A.A. transfer degree can be found here.  In short, completing this degree and meeting minimum eligibility requirements at De Anza gives you priority admission consideration to the CSU system in a similar major (for example, a Speech Communication AA-T would give you priority consideration for the Communication Studies major at San Jose State or Sacramento State).  Note that this does not guarantee you admission to a specific campus.

The key difference for Speech Communication is that the standard A.A. degree requires a student to complete the specialty area (12 units), while the AA-T does not require it. 

So which one should I pick?  The A.A. or the A.A.T.?

That depends on your goals. Students who are transferring to a UC or who are planning to do a different major entirely (for example, finishing our major at De Anza, but getting your B.S. in Computer Science or Engineering elsewhere) will not see any benefit from an A.A.  Furthermore, while not having to complete the specialty area may be seen as an advantage by some, it also takes away the ability to articulate and focus a major that is perceived as very broad by some.

 However, if you are certain you want to continue on in our discipline, are positive you will be enrolling in a CSU, and want a more streamlined process for transfer, then the A.A.T. may be the best choice for you. Keep in mind that you can petition for both, if you meet the requirements.

How can I get involved with the Speech and Debate Club?

Information about the debate club can be found here.  You may also contact Alex Kramer, head of the debate program, if interested.

How can I get involved with the Facilitator Training Program?

For more information on the Facilitator Training Program, please go here and if you have further questions after, contact Donna Stasio.


Speech Department Co-Chairs

Contact: Russell Hong
Phone: 408.864.5430
Office: F31C

Contact: Brandon Gainer


Last Updated: 8/7/15