The Department of Speech Communication

Shih Hsin University was the first educational institution in Taiwan to offer a degree in speech communication. Dedicated to the advancement of the field, the Department of Speech Communication is extending new academic horizons for speech communication in Taiwan.

Program Characteristics
The undergraduate program is divided into three areas: media representation, interview and communication skills, and conflict and coordination proficiency. Within these areas, the department trains students in five professional competencies: (i) leadership and communications, (ii) professional presentation skills and eloquence, (iii) coordination and negotiation, (iv) persuasion and marketing, and (v) project planning and execution. Four additional components are taught: rhetorical sensitivity, interpersonal relationship awareness, structural awareness, and intercultural sensitivity.
The graduate program is based on rhetoric and communication and covers four additional areas: (i) language and the political process, (ii) language and social relations, (iii) language and structural operations, and (iv) language and multicultural sensitivity.

Courses the department delivers for other students include Speech Communication for the College of Journalism and Communications and Communications Skills for all Shih Hsin students. The department has partnered with the departments of Chinese Literature, Journalism, and Radio, Television & Film to launch a course in Show Hosting and Anchoring. In partnership with the Department of Business Administration, it offers an innovation and communication course.

Department juniors are encouraged to take up internships in the summer break before their senior year. In recent years, students have been placed at TV stations, news agencies, magazine publishers, radio stations, public relations and advertising agencies, and theater houses. The department has also launched the following summer programs: Speech Communications Seed Lecturers, Top-Performing Orators, and Rising Stars: Presentation Designs.

Employment Prospects
Our graduates have accepted positions as in event planners, corporate consultants, communications consultants, campaign publicists, customers service specialists, assistants to lawmakers, human resources officers, museum or gallery guides, radio show hosts and anchors, news producers, merchandisers, and administrators.

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