North Central College - Naperville, IL

Program and Degree Options

Broadcast Communication
This major prepares you to work in the radio and television industries. To earn a B.A. in broadcasting, you need to complete at least 33.5 credit hours, including
• SPC 100 Speech Communication
• SPC 185 Mass Media and Society
• SPC 262 Radio Production and Direction
• SPC 269 Television Production
• SPC 273 Station Programming
• SPC 287 Advanced Public Speaking
• SPC 325 Communication Law
• SPC 412 Media Criticism

• Two courses on writing for TV and film - SPC 265 Broadcast News (1.50), SPC 267 TV/Film & Screen Writing (1.50) or SPC 277 Broadcast Copywriting

• One advanced production course from the following:  SPC 405 Advanced Radio Production and Direction or SPC 417 Advanced Video Production

• One additional course from the following:  SPC 223 Oral Interpretation, SPC 367 Persuasion Theories or THE 182 Acting I

• Three separate terms of one type or any combination of the following:   credit or non-credit SPC 113 TV Performance, SPC 117 Radio Performance or SPC 119 Forensics; credit or non-credit internships; department approved independent study.

You can earn a minor in broadcasting by taking 18 credit hours from the courses listed above, including three courses above the 100- level and at least one at the 300- or 400- level.

Organizational Communication
The organizational communication major focuses on communication in businesses and other institutional settings and is ideal for careers in management, public relations or customer relations. To earn a B.A. in organizational communication, you need to complete at least 45 credit hours, including:

• SPC 100 Speech Communication
• SPC 214 Group Process
• SPC 230 Business & Professional Communication
• SPC 287 Advanced Public Speaking
• SPC 330 Organizational Communication Theory
• SPC 430 Advanced Organizational Communication
• PHL 210 Professional Ethics
• One communication context course - SPC 185 Mass Media and Society, SPC 200 Interpersonal, SPC 260 Introduction to New Media

• Two advanced Speech Communication courses - such as SPC 317 Intercultural Communication, SPC 350 Public Relations

• Two additional writing courses - such as ENG 200 Professional Writing for Digital Platforms and ENG 345 Digital Journalism

• Two specialty courses drawn from a list that includes courses in business, leadership, psychology and political science

You can earn a minor in organizational communication by taking at least 21 credit hours to include SPC 330 and SPC 430, plus 15 credit hours from the Organizational Communication core.

Speech Communication
The Speech Communication major studies how, why and with what effects people create, interpret and evaluate verbal and nonverbal messages, especially in face to face contexts. Graduates may pursue advanced degrees in communication careers in such areas as community affairs liaison, media analyst, lobbyist, speech writing, human resources, marketing or sales to name a few.  To earn a B.A. in speech, you must complete at least 39 credit hours including:
• SPC 100 Speech Communication
• SPC 200 Interpersonal Communication
• SPC 214 Group Process
• SPC 223 Oral Interpretation
• SPC 285 Argumentation and Debate
• SPC 287 Advanced Public Speaking
• SPC 300 Communication Theory
• SPC 367 Persuasions Theory
• SPC 410 Rhetorical Criticism

• One of the following courses:  SPC 185, SPC 230, SPC 260 or ENG 270

• Three of the following courses:  SPC 317, SPC 330, SPC 389, SPC 391/491, SPC 392/492, SPC 397/497, SPC 399/499, SPC 412, SPC 493 

You can earn a minor in speech by taking 18 credit hours from the courses listed above, including three courses above the 100- level and at least one at the 300- or 400- level.