Speech Transfer Program

The Speech Program is designed to give students the coursework needed to pursue advanced degrees in Communication studies and Speech Communication. All of the courses are designed for transfer, enabling students to move to a 4 year institution to pursue their Bachelor’s degree. Additionally, speech courses work well with almost any field of study at a four year college or university. The program includes public speaking as well as Interpersonal and Intercultural coursework.


The mission of the Speech program at South Suburban College is to provide a comprehensive education in the area of speech and human communication to prepare students to move on for advanced degrees. The program is also designed to provide coursework and experience to enhance skills in any other areas of study and employment.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

  • Students will use communication theory with the practice of oral communication skills.
  • Students will practice and use critical thinking skills, listening, reading, and writing in the speech development process.
  • Students will construct well-focused thesis statements, effective outlines, and presentational aids for oral presentation.
  • Students will develop strategies to cope with speaker anxiety.
  • Students will clearly and effectively present their messages using oral and written communication.
  • Students will develop skills in both verbal and nonverbal communication in dyadic settings.
  • Students will develop self-assessment skills to increase communication competency.
  • Students will develop skills to transcend cultural and ethnic differences to facilitate effective communication.
  • Students will be able to discuss how a culture’s worldview affects intercultural communication.
  • Students will define culture and describe the way in which cultures develop and change

Recommended AA Transfer Curriculum for Speech

This is only a suggested transfer program and might not be appropriate for every student. Some four-year institutions accept more than 62 credit hours in transfer to fulfill requirements in Speech. Consult the Transfer Center for help in selecting courses appropriate for the program at the college or university where you plan to transfer.

Faculty are available during scheduled office hours to advise students about their courses and program. Peruse some of the offerings in the Department of Communications and Humanities.

All full-time transfer students are required to take OCS 121.

Overview for College Success Credits
OCS 121 Overview for College Success 1
Overview for College Success (OCS 121) is a class that will help you plan and assist you in becoming a better student and support you in your work/life balance. OCS 121 credit is not calculated in the course minimum credit totals listed in this section.

Minimum General Education (39)

Communications (9) Semester Hours
ENG 101 Composition and Rhetoric 3
ENG 102 Composition and Research 3
SPE 108 Oral Communication 3
Humanities and Fine Arts (9)
Select from Group II 9
Social and Behavioral Science (9)
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
Select from Group III 6
Mathematics (3)
MTH 115
MTH 126
General Education Mathematics
Fundamentals of Statistics
Select from Group IV
Physical and Life Science (7-8)
Select from Group V (Must include one lab) 7-8
Area of Concentration/Electives (25-26)
COM 105 Mass Communication 3
COM 106 Interpersonal Communication 3
COM 107 Intercultural Communication 3
DRM 157 Acting I 3
Suggested electives: Consult the Transfer Center for help in selecting courses.
DRM 151 Theatre Appreciation 3
DRM 152 Plays and Playwrights 3
DRM 157 Acting I 3
DRM 167 Acting II 3
HFA 108 Introduction to Film Appreciation
HFA 109 Introduction to Film History
Minimum for AS Degree 62