Speech Courses Offered
Speech 60: Introduction to Communication
This course is designed for students who need an introductory course in oral communication. It will aid them in conversation, small group interaction, identification of speaking purposes, supporting ideas, and listening skills. Videotape is used as an evaluation tool.
Speech 100: Fundamentals of Oral Communication
An introduction to the field of communication, with emphasis on the history of communication study, theories important to all areas of communication, the contexts in which communication occurs, and the issues that must be faced by students of communication. Also serves as an introduction to the strands of communication study: interpersonal/small group, rhetoric, intercultural, organizational and mass communication.
Speech110: Intercultural Communication
Provides an introduction to communication between people from different cultures. Course content focuses on the application of theory and research to intercultural communication. The topics and activities are designed to develop communication skills that improve competence in intercultural situations.
Speech 120: Interpersonal Communication
Introduction to principles and skills of effective communication between individuals. Study of verbal and non-verbal channels, person perception, conflict resolution, listening and communication barriers. Individual and small group activities.
Speech 130: Fundamentals of Public Speaking
Instruction in public speaking stressing audience analysis, organization and support of ideas. Students prepare and deliver speeches on topics of current concern. Videotaped replays and instructor evaluation provide feedback on performance.
Speech 132: Fundamentals of Small Group Communication
Introduction to communication skills in task-oriented small groups. Includes focus on planning, participating in, and leading meetings; decision-making and problem-solving methods; forms of discussion; and social dimensions. Small group projects.
Speech 140: Oral Interpretation of Literature
This course focuses on the analysis and interpretation of both prose and verse literature, including study of voice production, structure and content of literature and techniques of effective oral communication of meaning from the printed page.
Speech 145: Storytelling
This course is the an introduction to the history of storytelling and the techniques of listening, preparation, and the presentation of stories to various age groups an in various settings. Students acquaint themselves with various literary genres-folk tales, sagas, epics, legends, myths, poetry, and drama.
Speech 150: Organizational Communication
This course presents theories and principles of communication with an emphasis on application of concepts relevant to workplace communication. This course focuses on variables that influence the communication process within the context of business and organizations. The combined application of speaking, listening, writing, and reading skills in business and professional settings will be emphasized.
Speech 200: Contemporary Communication Topics
This is a specialized course designed to present and acquaint students with communication theories and principles relevant to improving communication effectiveness. It focuses on those issues that reflect the evolutionary nature of communication in a variety of contemporary communication areas. The special topic will be decided by the course instructor and announced in the Schedule of Classes. This course may be taken a maximum of 4 times.
Speech 235: Argumentation & Persuasion
Develops skills of inquiry and advocacy, including critical analysis and rules of evidence. Practice in using, planning, delivering and refuting arguments in a variety of extemporaneous formats.
Speech 236A Forensics Activity 1
Speech 236B Forensics Activity 2
Speech 236C Forensics Activity 3
Speech 236D Forensics Activity 4
Courses provide beginning, intermediate and advanced training as well as supervised preparation for participating in collegiate competitive speech activities such as debate, public speaking and oral performance of literature. Requires coaching hours outside of the classroom and participation in interscholastic competition at two or more forensics tournaments (held on weekends).