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In this program — the only one of its kind in Canada — you’ll explore the complexities of communication, discover how it creates meaning in our world, and study what makes verbal and non-verbal communication effective.
You’ll learn to master interviewing skills, become adept at public speaking, and communicate effectively as a leader. Study the dynamics of communication in four areas of concentration: intercultural communication, interpersonal and organizational communication, performance studies, and public and digital communication.
Over the course of your degree, you’ll hone your written and oral communication abilities while developing skills in teamwork, research, and analysis — just the kind of skills that employers are hungry for. Enrolling in the co-op stream can also help you gain some work experience along the way.
September to December
January to April
- SPCOM 101 - Theories of Communication
- Arts First requirement 2*
- Three additional courses
After first year
40% of the classes you’ll take will be Speech Communication courses. With your remaining classes, you can choose electives from many of the 100 subject areas at Waterloo.
Sample upper-year courses
Earn a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communications
Co-op = relevant paid work experience
By alternating school terms and paid co-op work terms throughout your degree, you can explore new career areas and types of employers as your career interests evolve.
Sample co-op job titles
- Marketing communications associate
- Media and publications associate
- Research analyst
- Business analyst
- Human resources co-op
- Media relations specialist
- Logistics assistant
Sample co-op employers
- Microsoft Canada
- Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation
- eHealth Ontario
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada
- Shoppers Drug Mart
International exchanges in 25 countries
Offered by the Faculty of Arts
Available as a major and minor
Customize your Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communications degree
You can add additional areas of expertise by including one or more of the minors available to all Waterloo students. Popular choices for Speech Communication students include Theatre and Performance, Human Resource Management, French, and Political Science.
What can you do with a degree in Speech Communication?
Graduates often pursue careers in coordination, human resources, management, and marketing. They often work for universities, technology companies, and financial institutions.
- Marketing Coordinator – Deloitte
- Junior Integrated Marketing Communications Manager – Microsoft Canada
- English Teacher – EF Education First
- Strategic Planning Officer - Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
- Enterprise Account Executive – Shopify Plus
- Customer Experience Specialist – Tesla Canada
For more information on potential careers, check out our page on careers in arts, humanities, social sciences, languages, and creative arts.
Our professional development workshops give you a head start on careers in public relations, politics, marketing, teaching, or broadcasting.
Make lasting connections
Enjoy small classes that range from 15 to 35 students and have the chance to really connect with your classmates and professors.