B.A. Speech Communication

To earn this degree, complete at least 120 units of coursework, which we describe in the sections that follow:  

Be aware that some courses required for your degree may have prerequisites that you must also take. Check the courses in the appropriate subject. (You may be able to count these prerequisites toward your liberal studies or general elective credit.)  


Please note that you must complete NAUís diversity requirements by taking two 3-unit courses, one in ethnic diversity and one in global awareness. These courses may be used to meet other requirements within your academic plan if you choose them carefully. Click here for a list of the available diversity courses.


Also note that NAU requires that at least 30 units of the courses you take for your degree must be upper-division courses (those numbered 300 and above).  


Also be aware that you must meet the following requirements:  

Normally, you must take at least 21 of your major units at NAU. Any exceptions to this requirement must be approved by a speech communication advisor.  


Please refer to the general requirements for all School of Communication major plans at the beginning of this section.  


Finally, please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement; however, you must still meet the total of at least 120 units to graduate. Contact your advisor for details.  

Major Requirements  

You must complete 42 units for this major, including the following 12 units that are common to all emphases:  

In addition, you choose one of three emphasesócommunication studies, organizational communication, or pre-lawóin consultation with a speech communication advisor. The remaining 30 units are specific to your emphasis, as we explain in the following sections.  


All majors must earn the grade of "C" or better in COM 101, COM 200, their freshman composition required course and their foundation mathematics course.

Communication Studies Emphasis  

This emphasis provides you with a general foundation in speech communication. For this emphasis, you complete the following 30 units:  

Organizational Communication Emphasis  

This emphasis concentrates on communication processes and problem-solving relevant to group and organizational contexts. For this emphasis, you complete the following 30 units:  

Pre-Law Emphasis  

This emphasis prepares you for the postgraduate study of law. For this emphasis, you complete the following 30 units:  

In addition, for this emphasis, you replace the required minor with the following 18 units of pre-law area coursework:  

Language Requirement  

You must demonstrate proficiency in a language other than English that is equivalent to four terms of university coursework in the same language. You may satisfy this requirement by taking language courses or by testing out of all or part of it by taking CLEP exams arranged by NAUís Counseling and Testing Center. Click here for more information.

Minor Requirements  

You must complete a minor of at least 18 units from those described in this catalog. In consultation with your advisor, you should select a minor thatís appropriate for your career aspirations and educational needs. Your minor advisor will advise you about this part of your academic plan.  


However, please note that if you choose the pre-law emphasis, you complete 18 units described under that emphasis rather than completing a minor.  


Also note that with your major adviserís approval, you may complete a 15-unit certificate program plus 3 additional units of coursework in place of a minor.  

General Electives  

You must satisfy the university domestic and global diversity requirements if they have not been met in your other courses.


Additional coursework is required, if, after you have met the previously described requirements, you have not yet completed a total of 120 units of credit.  


You may take these remaining courses from any academic areas, using these courses to pursue your specific interests and goals. We encourage you to consult with your advisor to select the courses that will be most advantageous to you. (Please note that you may also use prerequisites or transfer credits as electives if they werenít used to meet major, minor, or liberal studies requirements.)

Fieldwork Experience  

Please note that you may take SC 408 in your final two years before graduation, after completing at least 89 units toward your degree. However, you must apply to and receive prior approval from our speech communication faculty members, and we reserve the right to deny approval based on our assessment of your preparation and competence. You may apply up to 3 units of SC 408 toward your major requirements.


Click here for more information about Speech Communication undergraduate courses, graduate courses, and faculty.