Frequently Asked Questions About Our Program
What can I do with a Speech Communication Degree?
As an undergraduate degree, a Speech Communication 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:
What can I do with a Speech Communication Certificate?
How can I get an A.A. Degree in Speech Communication 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?