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Oratory and Public Speaking, Minor

The minor in Oratory and Public Speaking will provide students with opportunities to improve their writing skills as well as furthering their speaking skills.

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The oratory and public speaking minor is for students seeking to develop exemplary oral communication skills. While many universities recognize the importance of writing in their curricula, oratory and public speaking skills are often ignored. Employers are increasingly looking for employees with exemplary communication skills, in both their writing and in their speaking. While most universities across the country have emphasized the importance of writing in their curricula, oratory skills are almost completely ignored. The Communication Studies Department has an abundance of expertise in the area of Oratory and Public Speaking, as illustrated by the courses offered in professional speaking, argumentation, and rhetoric. Drawing on professionals and scholars in these fields, the Department prepares students to speak confidently, argue persuasively, and establish themselves as confident professionals.

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Interests of Oratory and Public Speaking, Minor Students

  • audio
  • communication
  • entertainment
  • mass communication
  • oatory
  • oral
  • political
  • politics
  • public speaking
  • rhetoric
  • speech

Co-op Opportunities

  • Zipcar
    Boston, MA
  • Wayfair
    Boston, MA
  • TJMaxx and HomeGoods
    Framingham, MA
  • Strong Women Strong Girls
    Boston, MA
  • Southwest Airlines
    Dallas, TX
  • Liberty Mutual
    Boston, MA
  • Johnson & Johnson
    Boston, MA
  • John Hancock
    Massachusetts, US
  • Institute of Contemporary Art
    Boston, MA
  • Eaton Vance Management
    Boston, MA
  • Donna Karan International
    Boston, MA
  • Dana Farber Cancer Institute
    Boston, MA
  • Constant Contact
    Waltham, MA
  • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
    Boston, MA
  • Arnold Worldwide
    Boston, MA
  • Amazon
    Seattle, WA
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Career Opportunities

  • Multidisciplinary Skills
    • ability to work under pressure
    • creative problem-solving skills
    • critical thinking thinking
    • leadership skills
    • listening
    • performance and presentation skills
    • project management skills
    • verbal and written communication skills
  • Careers of Tomorrow
    • account executive
    • brand manager
    • campaign manager
    • campaign worker
    • creative director
    • development officer
    • health educator
    • human resources professional
    • lawyer
    • legislative assistant
    • lobbyist
    • media planner
    • meeting/event planner
    • personnel recruiter
    • public information officer
    • public relations specialist
    • researcher
    • sales representative
    • social media manager
    • speech writer
    • writer

Oratory and Public Speaking, Minor Requirements

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Resources for Current Students

Course Catalog

Visit the Registrar website for a course catalog and information on university core requirements.

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Department Chair:

Dale Herbeck

Department Chair, Professor

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Angela Chin

Administrative Officer

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Alexandra Kilgore

Administrative Officer

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Academic Advisors:

Valerie Falasca, M.Ed

Academic Advisor

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Co-op Advisors:

Bill Jackson

Co-op Faculty Coordinator

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Jacqui Sweeney

Co-op Faculty Coordinator

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Emily Hornsby

Assistant Co-op Coordinator

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