During the summer of 1995, Spectra included articles and news items regarding speech communication programs designated for elimination. Some leaders in the discipline warned that this trend would likely continue.
This article argues that departments of communication, operating under federal and state requirements for communication competency, may be well advised to work toward establishing the basic course as the sole fulfillment of their institutions' core requirement in communication and to plan a marketing strategy for their discipline. In addition, this paper suggests that the basic course, taught as public speaking, may be more easily defended in meeting the course requirement, as opposed to the hybrid course and other courses within that discipline.
Handford, Charlene J.
"The Basic Course: A Means of Protecting the Speech Communication Discipline,"
Basic Communication Course Annual: Vol. 8
, Article 10.
Available at: http://ecommons.udayton.edu/bcca/vol8/iss1/10