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
This course explores the basic history, assumptions, principles, processes, variables, methods, and specializations of human communication as an academic field of study. The student develops an understanding of the communication process, the basic elements of improving interpersonal communication, and how to reduce communication apprehension. Also included are leadership, small groups, intercultural communication, interviewing, and speech preparation. This course includes oral presentations, and recording is used as an instructional tool.

Speech 110: Intercultural Communication
This course presents theories and principles of communication with an emphasis on application of concepts relevant to intercultural communication. It has a culture general approach focusing on variables which influence the communication process. Assignments and activities involve students in the analysis of different communication patterns across cultures and the exploration and practice of methods, skills and techniques for improving intercultural communication.

Speech 120: Interpersonal Communication
The interpersonal communication course is an overview of theory and research on human communication. The course is designed with the opportunity to improve students communication skills in a variety of communication contexts. This course includes skill practices, oral presentations, and videotaping as instructional tools.

Speech 130: Fundamentals of Public Speaking
This course focuses on the student's communication of ideas and concepts in various audience settings with emphasis on message organization, supporting amplifying materials, and analysis of audience diversity. Recording is used as an evaluative tool.

Speech 132: Fundamentals of Small Group Communication
As an introduction to the fundamentals of group discussion, this course focuses on the individual's communication in a small group setting; leadership in groups; group communication norms and processes with emphasis on problem solving and conflict reduction techniques. Recording is used as an evaluative tool.

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 an introduction to the history of storytelling and the techniques of listening, preparation, and the presentation of stories to various age groups and in various settings. Students acquaint themselves with various literary genres--folk tales, sagas, epics, legends, myths, poetry, and drama. Videotape is used as an evaluative tool.

Speech 150: Organizational Communication
This course presents theories and principles of communication with an emphasis on application of concepts relevant to organizational 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. Assignments and activities involve students in the analysis of different communication patterns within organizations and the exploration and practice of methods, skills and techniques for improving communication within the professional setting.

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.

Speech 231, Speech 232, Speech 233: Forensics Activity 
This class provides training and supervised preparation for participating in collegiate competitive and non-competitive speech activities, such as debate, public speaking, and oral performance of literature. This class requires coaching hours outside of the classroom and participation in interscholastic competition as a competitor at one or more forensics tournaments (held on weekends).

Speech 235: Argumentation & Persuasion
This course focuses on argument and persuasion in the context of speech communication. This course examines the formation of arguments, the quality and types of evidence used to support claims, the use of language, and the analysis of fallacies. In addition, the course covers the role of the speaker/author, audience and message in argument. Emphasis is on the integration of critical thinking principles with techniques of effective argument, with focus on critiques, essays, debate, and speech writing and delivery.