North Central College - Naperville, IL

Speech Communication

Why choose speech communication at North Central College?

Speech communication majors specialize in verbal messages in face-to-face settings, whether it is one-on-one or one-to-many. The speech communication major at North Central College will prepare you for graduate school as well as careers in law, business, high school teaching, higher education and other disciplines that require excellent oral and written communication skills. You may also choose to join our renowned forensics and debate team, ranked No. 1 in the country among schools of similar size for the past 25 years.

You can also:

  • Attend regional and national speech competitions, where many North Central students have earned top finalist honors.
  • Receive individualized coaching when you join our nationally ranked speech and debate team.
  • Apply for scholarships in speech communication.
  • Become a DJ at WONC-FM 89.1, North Central’s student-run, award-winning radio station, or work in the professional TV Studios of Naperville Community Television (NCTV).
  • Participate in study abroad programs or shorter D-Term trips.
  • Present research at local and national undergraduate conferences.


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  • Production/Reporter, NCTV Naperville Community Television, Naperville
  • Intern, NCTV Naperville Community Television, Naperville
  • Morning news reporter, Fox News Chicago WFLD TV, Chicago
  • Production assistant, ESPN 1000, Chicago
  • Marketing and promotions intern, Emmis Communications, Chicago
  • Sport intern, NCTV Naperville Community Television, Naperville
  • Production copywriting intern, WBIG, Aurora, IL
  • Morning show producer, NextMedia Radio, Crest Hill, IL
  • Promotions intern, CBS Radio Inc, Chicago
  • Intern, WXRT-FM, Chicago
  • General morning show intern, WGN, Chicago


Recent graduates in speech communication include:

  • Management consulting
  • Marketing project
  • Financial client service associate
Speech Communication major

When Abigail transferred to North Central as a junior, she found herself enthralled with communication and competition.

“My professor asked me to compete for the forensics speech and debate teams and I fell in love with the activity,” she says. “Competing in forensics and practicing speech every day sparked my interest in studying communication.”

Abigail was in elite company while debating on the forensics team with students from various majors who routinely garner awards in the top tier of competition with colleges and universities. She quickly became a standout performer, becoming one of four North Central debaters to jointly earn the title of State of Illinois Champion in 2014.


Speech Communication

Nicole found everything she was looking for at North Central College, and more. “Location definitely played a role and I was interested in college-level forensics. Walking around campus, I sensed an energy, a vibe that was just contagious.”

A College Scholar, Nicole conducted research on the FBI’s definition of rape and the impact on reporting of accurate crime statistics. She presented her findings at two research conferences and her study formed the basis for her award-winning persuasive speech at forensics competitions. At a national individual events tournament, she placed seventh nationally and was one of 14 students to receive an All-American award for excellence in forensics, academics and...

Speech Communication major

Kacy found her life’s work through her passion for speech and forensics. She joined the forensics team, competing in both individual events and debate team. A State of Illinois finalist in impromptu speaking, she qualified to compete at the National Individual Events Championship Tournament in all of her events.

While at North Central, Kacy also found time to research school bullying and the rhetoric of wedding photography. “Academically, North Central offers opportunities to try just about everything,” she says. “The academic challenges, mixed with the vast number of extra-curricular activities, create very well-rounded students.”

Kacy is now working on a master’s in communication at Northern...

Speech Communication major

As a first-year student, Hailey helped North Central’s forensics team establish new school records. She credits her early success to her professors, who instilled confidence in her the moment she arrived on campus.

“I’ve met inspirational leaders who believe in my ability to achieve higher goals than I ever could’ve imagined for myself,” she says. “The speech program at North Central makes me feel capable of moving mountains with my voice, which is something I never thought I’d be capable of.”

Hailey enjoys having professors and teammates to turn to whenever a new challenge arises.

“There are highly respected...

Speech Communication

David wanted a college close to home in a very lively area—and North Central’s Naperville location fit the bill. “And, the fast-paced, 10-week terms were extremely attractive compared to an 18-week semester schedule.”

In his academic work, David combined speech communication with history. “Interdisciplinary academics are strongly encouraged at North Central. You receive attention from professors in your field who can advise you about any direction you want to go.”

He’s been involved with the College’s speech and debate teams, traveling across the country and amassing numerous honors for his speaking talents. Now, he wants to pursue graduate studies in either communication or history and coach...