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Speech Media Communications

A major in communication arts stresses the diversity of human communication. Required courses have been selected to give you a foundation in most of the key areas of communication research today, while elective options allow you to focus on specific communication areas, such as mass communication or rhetoric.

Our campus television station (TV-19) and your campus radio station (WCCR) provide students with hands-on experience in the production of original programming for the college and the community. Students can also gain valuable journalistic experience through involvement with our campus newspaper, The Patriot. Our classes are small enough to allow you a chance to really get to know your classmates and your teachers. Most classes average around 15 students. We have a nationally recognized Speech and Debate team (affiliated with the National Speech Fraternity Pi Kappa Delta).

You may attain practical experience for credit through forensics, broadcasting practicum, or professional internships.

What Can I Do With This Degree?

Our students learn about all aspects of human communication through a diverse series of classes including Interpersonal Communication, Introduction to Mass Media, Introduction to Public Speaking, Interviewing, Small Group Communication, Communication Criticism and Communication Theory.  Students further refine their degree through elective hours in courses such as Introduction to Television Production, Argumentation and Debate, Television Journalism and Film History.

We also offer an Internship Program which allows students to earn credit for “real life” on-the-job training in radio, TV, public relations, and journalism.

Many students learn about broadcasting through participation with Channel 19, our campus television station.  Our campus radio station, WCCR, took to the airwaves in May.  Students can also sharpen their journalistic skills through participation with our campus newspaper, The Patriot.  We also have a very active program in intercollegiate Debate and Individual Events, with students competing at the state, regional and national level.  Our program is currently the top ranked program in the state of Kentucky.

Overall, our goal is to prepare students to become effective and ethically responsible communicators, who can design, express, interpret and evaluate messages in a variety of contexts, including social, political and career settings.  Many of our graduates find work in the fields of broadcasting, journalism, education, and business.

Top Ten Reasons to Choose UC

one Qualified and experienced faculty.
two Small classes, in classrooms featuring state of the art media support.
three Improve all of your communications skills, including speaking, listening, writing and presentational skills.
four Learn effective strategies for success in a variety of interview situations.
five Fine tune your critical thinking skills.

Perform in shows or work backstage no matter your class level—yes, even first-semester freshman get involved in the main stage productions.


Meet new friends – when in production, your cast becomes another circle of friends. The members of the cast and crew work together, laugh together and are there for each other. This kind of bonding is necessary for strong productions, and this is something that the UC theatre community excels at.


Work in the Kohn Theatre, a flexible space, black box—1 of only 3 theatres in the state of Kentucky with a suspension grid. Yes, we’ll take you up to walk on it.


Network with technical theatre professionals when you join the student chapter of USITT (the United States Institute of Theatre Technicians) and attend the annual conference held each spring.


Strengthen the talents you have; discover the talents you didn’t realize you have.