College of Arts and Humanities
2560 Campus Road
Honolulu, HI 96822
Tel: (808) 956-8202
Fax: (808) 956-3947
*M. D. Miller, PhD (Chair)-persuasion and social influence, quantitative methods
*K. S. Aune, PhD-relational management, emotion
*R. K. Aune, PhD-message and information processing, encoding and decoding in relational communication and social influence, research methods
*R. E. Cambra, PhD-interpersonal and instructional strategies, negotiation, intercultural
*A. S. E. Hubbard, PhD-verbal communication, conflict and relational management, research methods
*M. S. Kim, PhD-intercultural/international communication, persuasion and social influence
R. S. Klingle, PhD-persuasion and social influence, health communication
*T. R. Levine, PhD-relational, social influence, research methods
*K. Nishiyama, PhD-intercultural communication
*W. F. Sharkey, PhD-family communication, interpersonal and social relations
Cooperating Graduate Faculty
R. Brislin, PhD-cross-cultural communication
J. H. Bentley, PhD-critical methods
J. G. Carlson, PhD-behavioral medicine
T. Hilgers, PhD-discourse evaluation, language production, comparison of written and oral communication
Degrees Offered: BA in speech, MA in speech
The Academic Program
The Department of Speech (SP) has as its primary objectives the development of knowledge in and instruction concerning the process of speech communication. This involves three fundamental areas of emphasis. The first area is human message processing, which involves understanding the function and structure of the various codes, verbal and nonverbal, used to form messages in speech communication, as well as examining the encoding and decoding processes involved in speech communication. The second is relational communication, which focuses on factors that influence growth, maintenance, and termination of relationships. The third is social influence, dealing with the processing of beliefs, attitudes, and/or behavioral modification, including gaining compliance, conflict resolution, persuasive campaigns, and propaganda.
Speech is predominantly a discipline of systematic, purposeful thinking and communicating. Students obtain a liberal education of considerable breadth and depth in regard to speech communication theory. Furthermore, they are afforded ample opportunity to develop their communicative skills by applying theory in such diverse activities as interviewing, group discussion, organizational communication, intercultural communication, public speaking, interpersonal communication, debate, and performance of literature. Indeed, the basic philosophy of this department-and it is stressed in every course and co-curricular program offered-is that there is no surer preparation for professional life and participation in society than an education that enhances the ability of the individual to maintain lifelong learning and the skills to communicate effectively.
Students must complete 33 credit hours, including:
- SP 201, 251, 302, 381, 364
- SP 370 or SP 470
SP 201 and 302 should be taken no later than the semester after the major is declared.
SP 151 and SP 200 do not count toward the 33-credit-hour minimum.
Students must complete 15 credit hours of speech, including:
- SP 381 and 364
- SP 370 or SP 470
- 6 credit hours of non-introductory elective courses
The department offers an MA focusing on interpersonal and organizational relations. Course work, seminars, and student research in the program develop a cross-situational understanding of theory and research in the three areas central to the discipline: message processing, relational communication, and social influence.
All applicants for the MA program in speech must supplement the application and transcripts required by the Graduate Division with three letters of recommendation (preferably from professors with whom the applicant has worked), a one-page statement of goals, and the GRE General Test scores. These supplementary items should be sent directly to the department.
Intended candidates for the MA should have a strong undergraduate preparation in speech or a closely allied discipline. Students who lack this preparation must make up deficiencies either before or during graduate study. In the latter case, the student will be admitted conditionally, pending removal of the deficiencies.
Further details on the program and the faculty, as well as any changes in course offerings, may be requested from the department.
The department offers both Plan A (thesis) and Plan B (non-thesis) programs. Plan A requires a minimum of 30 credit hours of graduate work, at least 24 of which must be in speech courses numbered 600 and above, including 6 credit hours of SP 700 Thesis Research. Plan B requires a minimum of 30 credit hours of graduate work, at least 24 of which must be in speech courses numbered 600 and above. Speech courses numbered 400 to 499 and courses from allied disciplines may be counted toward the degree only with prior consent of the graduate chair. SP 601 and 602 are required for both Plan A and Plan B programs.
For graduation, each candidate must present an acceptable thesis (applied research report for Plan B) and must pass a final oral examination based on the thesis for Plan A or on course work and the research report for Plan B.