Frequently Asked Questions

Why take a Communication class?

Good communication contributes to an individual's career success. Studies show that employers want effective communicators. People with good communication skills are effective in informing, persuading and collaborating with others. Therefore, effective communicators are more likely to get promoted or get raises.


Communication skills matter fundamentally in terms of the quality of your relationships with your close partner, your parents, your children and with others in your community. Taking a Communication class will enhance the skills that are going to make a difference in the quality of your life.


If you plan to graduate with an associate degree from Chemeketa, you have the option to take any of the communication classes offered here. However, you should always double check with your advisor for different requirements.


The Speech & Communications department faculty strongly recommend that you take more than one communications course before graduating including at least one public speaking course.

Do you always have to give speeches in a speech class?

This depends on which class you take. If you take COMM 100, COMM 111 or COMM 112, you will give one or more speeches during the term. If you enroll in Interpersonal, Intercultural, Small Group or other communication classes, you may have to present to the class although you will focus more on analytical writing and research.

What if I am really nervous about giving speeches and working with other people?

That is why you have to take a class to learn how to conquer those fears. Our instructors are experts and have years of experience in helping students cope and overcome communication anxieties. They work hard to make the classroom setting challenging but comfortable.

What careers will a speech degree prepare you for?

Though any career would be enhanced by the ability to speak in public or smaller forums, the specific careers that apply may include broadcasting, public relations, professional consulting, marketing, sales, theater, politics and public service, customer service, and teaching.

Why would I want to take a speech class if it's not what I will be majoring in?

One of the skills most asked for by employers is the ability to communicate both orally and in writing. These competencies are also required by the state system of higher education to be a component of any degree program. In reality, these are very important skills for getting and keeping any job as well as assisting you in interpersonal relationships and other areas of your life.

Do all of the speech classes transfer to the universities and other private colleges?

This is an interesting question to ask in a higher education system that is not uniform. The best answer we can give is that if you get an associates degree before you transfer to an Oregon university, you will have whatever speech course you have taken accepted as fulfilling the speech requirement of that college.

If you transfer without an associates degree, it is up the college or university you transfer to to evaluate the course. It is wise to check with the college you plan to attend as to what they will accept.

Is attendance and participation really important for speech classes?

Yes, this is experiential learning where not only are you a speaker, you are also a listener, an audience member, an active small group problem-solver, and a key contributor to the classroom environment. Watching and listening to others speak can enhance your own communication.

Will I have to do any writing in a speech course?

Communicating well includes both writing and speaking. It would be impossible to design a speaking class that would not also require some written analysis or preparation.

Some speech classes are more writing intensive including Interpersonal, Intercultural and Small Group Communication courses and require students to reflect on their personal communication styles and methods.

Public speeches require the same amount of effort and attention to language, structure, and content as a well-written paper. Such effort, however, reaps rewards from an attentive and appreciative audience.