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.