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Speech Communication (BA)

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Why Speech Communication?

The power of speech: you know the phrase. It’s a recognition of the way communication empowers individuals, inspires organizations, and transforms society. That’s why effective communication skills are highly valued by employers in every field—and why Speech Communication offers you so many avenues to expression and achievement.

Why Study Speech Communication at Iona?

We’ll help you become a strong, effective, and ethical communicator, and put you on the path to career success. In this program, you’ll pursue the theoretical and practical study of effective communication in many environments.

We offer many service-learning and volunteer opportunities in our classes and you will begin to network as soon as you declare the major. Putting theory into practice, you’ll learn appropriate skills to become a strong, competitive professional.

You’ll benefit from our small class sizes and supportive teaching, which provides one-on-one attention and guidance. Our faculty are active practitioners in the field who can help you make the professional connections you’ll need as you enter the workplace.

Our large alumni network helps facilitate internship and service-learning opportunities, and we regularly invite guest speakers into the classroom to keep you abreast of opportunities and best practices in the field.

What You’ll Learn

You’ll study communication theories in public speaking, interpersonal communication, self-communication, intercultural communication and group communication. And, you’ll learn to incorporate these theories into your own speaking style.

Our program is guided by the National Communication Association’s (NCA) eight public speaking competencies. From interpersonal speech through business and professional speaking, from story telling and narrative to communication for the healthcare professional, and gender differences in communication, you’ll have the opportunity to build a solid foundation for further study as well as to identify career opportunities in diverse areas.

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Program Overview with Dr. Gerometta

Students work directly with patients and professors are “in it to help students succeed”.

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Through our internship program, you will have outstanding opportunities for off-campus placement with organizations such as the March of Dimes, American Diabetes Association, area nursing homes and other internship sites.

Access to Speakers' Center

Our Speakers' Center provides a place to explore and practice your unique communication style. You can rehearse your public speaking assignments, work on overcoming stage fright and get vocal coaching in a relaxed, supportive environment

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Alumni Network

Our large alumni network also helps facilitate internship and service-learning opportunities, and we regularly invite guest speakers into the classroom to keep you abreast of opportunities and best practices in the field.

Early Acceptance Program

If you're an incoming freshman intent on pursuing a career as a speech-language pathologist, this program is designed for you. You'll earn both your bachelor's and master's degrees through Iona's own Communication Sciences & Disorders program.

If interested, please contact Jennifer Gerometta, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, chair of the Communication Sciences & Disorders Department, at

Program Details

  • Secure a spot in Iona's MA in Communication Sciences & Disorders program while you start earning your BA in Speech Communication.
  • Skip the GRE the graduate school entrance exam.
  • Applicants should have a combined SAT score of 1100 or greater and an unweighted high school GPA of 3.5
  • Students accepted into the program are expected to maintain a 3.5 GPA during their undergraduate studies.
  • Students in good standing automatically qualify for Iona's highest graduate scholarship.

Careers & Outcomes

Empower yourself or others through key communication skills. Whether it be to improve the speech communication of others or to utilize your own skills to enhance your work experience, speech communication studies is helpful in whatever line of work you choose. 

Job Titles

  • Public Relations Manager
  • Business Reporter
  • Journalist
  • Human Resources Specialist
  • Healthcare Administration