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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.
Our professional development workshops give you a head start on careers in public relations, politics, marketing, teaching, or broadcasting.
Make lasting connections
At Waterloo, you’ll enjoy small classes that range from 15 to 35 students, so you’ll have the chance to really connect with your classmates.
About the program
Earn a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communications
International exchanges in 25 countries
Offered by the Faculty of Arts
Available as a major and minor
- Apply to Honours Arts or Honours Arts and Business and choose Speech Communication as your major at the end of first year.
September to December
January to April
SPCOM 101 - Theories of Communication
Arts First requirement 2*
3 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
Customize your Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communications degree
You can also add additional areas of interest and expertise by including a minor (or minors) as part of your degree.
Gain relevant work experience through co-op
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. Co-op is available if you study Speech Communication through Honours Arts and Business.
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
- Advancement Coordinator, St. Clement's School
- Manager of First Impressions, MGI Financial
- Human Resources Coordinator, Boehmer Box Corporation
- District Manager, Primerica Financial Services Canada Ltd.
- Senior Analyst, Accenture Inc.