Communication Studies Department

Saddleback Speech & Debate Team - Spring 2021 National Champions!

The Communications Department offers courses which develop and enhance oral communication skills at all levels. In this rapid-growing, ever-changing world, the ability to express ideas clearly, concisely and with self-assurance is an invaluable tool to anyone regardless of his or her field of endeavor. Students can focus on interpersonal communication, persuasion, group dynamics and leadership, or can improve and enhance their vocal and articulatory control. In addition, the oral interpretation and readers' theatre courses give students a means of communicating the human condition both physically and verbally, while helping them to develop a strong stage presence.

Saddleback College won its first national championship, not in a sports arena, but in a speaker's forum. Since capturing this national title in 1982, forensics students have won numerous regional and state speech and debate competitions, and have consistently placed in the top 10 in national tournaments. Saddleback's forensics program teaches students how to express themselves effectively, concisely, and with confidence, all of which lead to success in the classroom, the job interview, and the work place. Effective public speaking and debate skills are particularly helpful to students considering careers in law, politics, business, and mass communications.

Communication Studies Degrees and Certificates

Communication Studies Associate in Arts for Transfer

Students who complete this program will be able to use enhanced awareness to describe ethical ways of interacting, effectively communicate in front of audiences,demonstrate proficiency in research and citation technique and correctly apply communication theories to enhance the quality of their interactions in their everyday lives.

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Communication Studies Courses

Communication Studies Courses

speech team members

Saddleback Speech Team

For details on how to participate on the Saddleback Speech Team, contact Shawn O'Rourke at (949) 582-4265 or Lucas Ochoa at 949-582-4778.