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Program Snapshot
Academic CredentialAssociate in Arts (AA)
Total Credit Hours60
Average Time to Complete2 yrs.
Academic PathwayHumanities, Arts, Design, Communication
AdvisorSandra Pugh
Associate Professor, Language and Literature
850.769.1551 ext. 2879

Senior Administrative AssistantBrandon Bowling

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Speech, AA

Want to Master the Art of Public Speaking?

The purpose of this program is to prepare you for the art of public speaking. You will engage in critical thinking and apply principles of reasoning to your ideas, and to the ideas of others. The track includes the study and execution of significance to setting, audience and purpose.

Upon graduation you may work in communication-related fields. Earning your Associate in Arts degree in communication prepares you for professions in law, ministry, education, speech writing, management, lobbying and sales. 

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Speech Course Requirements


English I & II
Visual and Performing Arts
Select 6 hours from a list of Math Courses
Physical Science
Biological Science
Behavioral Sciences
Introduction to Public Speaking

A complete list of courses with descriptions can be found in the Catalog

What can you do with a Speech Degree?

In this field, people find careers as:

Speech Writer
News Anchor
Religious Leader
Motivational Speaker

Gulf Coast alumni of this program have continued their education at:

University of Florida
Miami Dade College
Florida International University
Broward College
University of Central Florida

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Meet Sandra Pugh

"Many students are pleasantly surprised that they have such a fun time delivering speeches. Preparing and delivering speech presentations to a peer audience will further develop and enhance communication and critical listening skills. If you’re willing to communicate with confidence and competence, you can affect change in the world. " – Assistant Professor of English 

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Consult the Gulf Coast State College Catalog for specific program and course information.


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