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The Speech Communication emphasis helps to develop the students' ability to think, write, and speak clearly. It stresses efficacious interpersonal and public communication, as well as a broad range of understanding in historical and current communication methods. Dr. Julie Larson, speech communication professor, says that her passion is first and foremost to instill in her students good critical thinking skills. By the time they graduate, her students understand the rules of evidence, the elements of a good argument, the differences between cultures and between cultural worldviews, the historical context of rhetoric, and a biblical perspective for communication theories and methods. Indeed, every class in the Speech Communication emphasis calls for a Christian view of communication.
Dr. Larson says, "If people fail to understand the biblical truths of language and communication, they can easily be led astray by secular myths." She stresses the importance of understanding our communicative abilities in context of how and for what purpose God created them. He structured our language with rules, and the better we understand those rules, the better we will be bale to comprehend His words to us through Scripture and share His glory with one another. Dr. Larson warns that "secular universities distort God's intention for communication."
The Master's College Speech Communication emphasis presents a challenging, biblically sound view of communication that prepares students for a wide range of careers or future studies.Back to the Department of Communication's Main Page.
Interview and write-up by Kelly Lynae Robinson