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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.

Co-Op Opportunities

  • Zipcar
  • Wayfair
  • TJMaxx and HomeGoods
  • Strong Women Strong Girls
  • Southwest Airlines
  • Liberty Mutual
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • John Hancock
  • Institute of Contemporary Art
  • Eaton Vance Management
  • Donna Karan International
  • Dana Farber Cancer Institute
  • Constant Contact
  • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • Arnold Worldwide
  • Amazon


Career Opportunities

  • 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

Multidisciplinary Skills

  • ability to work under pressure
  • creative problem-solving skills
  • critical thinking
  • leadership skills
  • listening
  • performance and presentation skills
  • project management skills
  • verbal and written communication skills


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