Communication Studies

The Speech 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.


Heidi Ochoa
Speech Instructor / Speech Coach
(949) 582-4404

Lucas Ochoa
Co-Director of Forensics
(949) 582-4778

Shawn O'Rourke
Co-Director of Forensics
(949) 582-4265

Larry Radden
Speech Instructor
(949) 582-4909

Kimberly Stankovich
Speech Instructor / Department Chair
(949) 582-4474

Communication Studies AA-T Degree


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.


Students with an AA in Communication Studies will better understand ethical ways of interacting through enhanced awareness.

Students with an AA in Communication Studies will be able to effectively communicate in front of audiences.

Students with an AA in Communication Studies will be proficient in research and citation technique.

Graduates of Communication Studies will have the ability to correctly apply communication theories to enhance the quality of their interactions in their everyday lives.