Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department / School


First Advisor

Wayne E. Hoogesraat


The purpose of this study was to determine the nature of the speech communication offerings in the Bible colleges of the independent Christian Churches and Churches of Christ in the United States. More specifically, answers were sought for the following four major questions: 1. Is any function of speech communication a part of the general or specific objectives of the various Bible colleges as set forth in their catalog or bulletin? 2. What is the nature of the speech communication offerings of each college? Which courses and which course categories or course types are taught by each college? In the process of reviewing the data it was discovered that the course offerings of these colleges fall within thirty-four categories of course types as follow: fundamentals of speech, advanced speech, oral interpretation, speech seminar, cross cultural communication, small group communication/discussion, interpersonal communication, communication in the church, persuasion, communication theory, reader's theatre, parliamentary law and procedure, field work/internship, debate, advanced debate, homiletics, advanced homiletics, expository preaching, evangelistic preaching, special forms of address, preaching seminar, history of preaching, restoration preaching, preaching workshop/lab, pastoral preaching, preaching from the Old Testament, preaching from the New Testament, varieties of preaching, types of sermons, planned preaching, minister's study, preaching values in literature, research in preaching, and contemporary homiletics.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Bible colleges -- United States -- Curricula
Oral communication -- Study and teaching (Higher) -- United States



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South Dakota State University