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  • Program Type
  • School
    School of Arts & Sciences

Learn interpersonal and professional communication skills that are applicable to all career paths.

What You’ll Learn

You’ll combine the study of the theoretical underpinnings of successful communication with practical work in persuasion, public speaking, and on-camera performance.

Explore the Art and Science of Persuasion

See how persuasion functions in areas such as media, advertising, rhetoric, politics, and propaganda.

Practice Public Speaking

Refine your ability to speak across a range of settings and situations, including in traditional classrooms, for special occasions, in debates, and with limited preparation.

See Yourself on Camera

Study and practice particular styles used by media personalities on the news, in commercials, in opinion pieces, and on other television and media channels.

Teach in a Classroom Setting

Communicate and teach speech in a classroom setting when you earn a secondary teaching degree in addition to your speech minor. Mary offers the speech education licensure program to students as needed.

Program Information

Please visit our catalog for admission requirements and a full list of our courses.

Careers & Outcomes

Employment Trends

Whatever career path you choose, the ability to speak effectively — both in one-on-one settings and in front of large groups — is essential to success and professional advancement. The speech minor benefits students preparing for all fields, including business, law, education, and health care.

Career Paths

  • Lawyer
  • Educator
  • Entrepreneur
  • Politician
  • Health Care Professional
  • Journalist
  • Entertainer

Featured Faculty

Marek Dojs

Director of Communication Program, Associate Professor of Communication, Fellow in Catholic Studies

I am a professor of communication with a passion for interdisciplinary work. As an award-winning filmmaker, I explore the world, history, and the human experience. I believe film is one of the most influential art forms of our times and can deeply connect with our humanity. As a professor, I not only teach students the craft of filmmaking but also nurture their appreciation for this profound art.
My personal journey and family history have also cultivated a commitment to Holocaust and Genocide studies. The stories of my survivor family members have given me a unique perspective on this history and the challenges of Human Dignity in today's world. As a PhD candidate, I delve into the transmission of testimony across generations and its impact on the storytellers' identities.
Since 2014, I've proudly been a part of the University of Mary faculty, teaching courses in communication, art, and Catholic studies. Beyond my professional life, I'm a lifelong supporter of Chelsea Football Club, a musician, and together with my wife Madeline, we celebrate over 20 years of marriage and the joy of parenting nine children.

Amy Hollar, MA

Assistant Professor of Communication, Internship Coordinator

Preparing all students to succeed in today’s increasingly dynamic and complex world requires a great deal of effort, passion, and patience. I am a professor who believes it is my responsibility to know who my learners are, what knowledge and experiences they bring forward, and work collaboratively with students to open new doors and new ways of thinking in order to prepare them for their future.

Take Your Next Step in Speech