Speech Pre-major

Department Chair: John Frisco, 847-635-1958, jfrisco@oakton.edu

Oakton’s speech curriculum explores the role of public speaking, presentation and group dynamics in both formal and informal settings to assist students professionally and personally. The mastery of speech can provide students with superb career qualifications in whatever field they may choose to pursue and also offers a sound foundation for further academic endeavors.

The following pre-major is designed for students who have not decided upon a specific four-year college or university. Once a transfer school is selected, students are strongly encouraged to consult the Office of Advising, Transitions, and Student Success and the transfer institution’s catalog to select courses that will meet both Oakton and transfer institution requirements.

For more information on course selection or program-specific advising, contact the department chair. Part time students should also consult the Office of Advising, Transitions, and Student Success for part-time pre-major recommendations. General Education courses should be selected from the list of IAI General Education Courses.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Semester OneHours
EGL 101 Composition I 3
SPE 103 Effective Speech 3
MAT 125
General Education Mathematics
or Elementary Statistics
4
Select one of the following: 3-4
Note: At least one science course with lab is required for degree completion  
Introduction to Life Science (lab)  
Human Genetics (non-laboratory course)  
Introduction to Environmental Science (lab) 1  
Plants and Society  
General College Biology I (lab)  
Select one of the following: 3
Western Culture and the Arts: Renaissance through the 20th Century  
Introduction To Art  
Introduction To Theater  
Introduction To Film  
Music Literature And History  
 Hours16-17
Semester Two
EGL 102 Composition II 3
Select one of the following: 3
Training Of The Speaking Voice  
Interpersonal Communication Across Cultures 2  
Fundamentals Of Acting  
Stage Movement  
Acting for the Camera  
Select one of the following: 3-4
Note: At least one science course with lab is required for degree completion  
Introductory Chemistry (lab)  
Introduction to Earth Science (lab)  
Physical Geology (lab)  
Introduction To Weather And Climate  
Descriptive Astronomy  
Select one of the following: 3
Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology 1  
Elements of Economics  
American Government  
Introduction To Psychology  
Introduction To Sociology 2  
Introduction to Global Studies 1  
or other Social and Behavioral Sciences course
 
Select one of the following: 3
Introduction To Drama  
Introduction to Global Literature  
Introduction To Philosophy  
Logic  
World Religions 1  
or other Humanities/Fine Arts course
 
 Hours15-16
Second Year
Semester One
Select one of the following: 3
Multicultural Literature in the U.S. 2  
Women and Literature 2  
Sociology Of Marriage and Family: Relationships, Intimacy and Commitment 2  
Sociology of Race and Ethnicity 2  
Introduction To Ethnic Studies 2  
Select one of the following: 3
Oral Interpretation  
Basic Sign Language 2  
Debate  
Competitive Speaking  
Intermediate Acting  
Select one of the following: 3-4
Introduction To Fiction  
Introduction To Literature  
Introduction To Shakespeare  
Western Culture and the Arts: Beginnings through the Middle Ages  
Introduction To Art  
Global Cinema 1  
Modern Language course (2021 or higher) 3
 
Select one of the following: 3
World Regional Geography 1  
Comparative Government 1  
International Relations 1  
Introduction to World Music 1  
World Mythologies 1  
Select one of the following: 3
Cultural Geography 1  
United States History To 1877  
Western Civilization To 1650  
Social Psychology 2  
Social Problems 4  
Introduction To Ethnic Studies  
or other Social and Behavioral Sciences course
 
 Hours15-16
Semester Two
Select one of the following: 3
Basic Sign Language II  
Professional Presentations  
Persuasive Speaking  
Debate  
Directing  
Select one of the following: 3-4
Introduction to Journalism  
Writing for the Web  
Introduction to Mass Communications  
Introduction to Visual Communication  
Introduction to Broadcasting and Electronic Media  
Introduction to Business Telecommunications.  
Communication Strategies  
Select one of the following: 3
Introduction To Archaeology  
United States History from 1877  
Western Civilization Since 1650  
Human Development  
Adult Psychology  
The Individual in Modern Society  
or other Social and Behavioral Sciences course
 
Choose one Humanities or Modern Language course (2021 or higher) 3 3-4
Choose one Fine Arts course 3
 Hours15-17
 Total Hours61-66

Note: Pre-major is a recommended sequence and selection of courses. See Associate in Arts (A.A.) page for degree requirements.