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Speech Communication100 |200 |300 |400 |Graduate Courses |500 |
(Administered by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences)
Program Faculty: Goodwin, LaWare, Ringlee, Slagell
As a unit within the LAS College, the Program in Speech Communication provides students opportunities to develop their understanding and appreciation of the human communication process and to enhance their oral and written communication practice. More specifically, speech communication students develop an awareness of the importance of oral communication and listening for success in their personal, civic, and professional lives; become familiar with behavioral research in persuasion; understand how language is used to create social change; develop competent delivery skills; assess the quality of arguments; evaluate information found in research and public discourse; and cultivate rhetorical sensitivity in order to better connect with individuals and audiences. In this way, the program contributes to the humanistic, aesthetic, and critical development of liberally educated students in order to prepare them for full and effective participation in society.
The cross-disciplinary program in speech communication offers introductory courses designed for all students as part of their general education and as a complement to professional training. It also offers a major or minor in speech communication as well as an additional endorsement for secondary teachers who already have an endorsement in another content area.
Students who major or minor in speech communication will prepare themselves for a wide variety of employment opportunities in business, industry and government, as well as in non-profit and educational organizations. With their effective oral communication, listening, teamwork, problem-solving and leadership skills, speech communication students find positions in general business management: human resources, benefits, sales and marketing and serve various organizations as recruiters, trainers, promotions managers, communication specialists, community outreach personnel and event planners. The program also prepares students for the study of law, theology, and for graduate level work in speech communication or related disciplines.
The program participates in the following interdisciplinary undergraduate minor programs: the interdisciplinary program in linguistics and the interdisciplinary program in technology and social change.
A student electing to major in speech communication must earn at least 120 credits with 45 credits at the 300/400 level. A minimum of 33 of those credits must be earned in Speech Communication courses where the student earns a grade of C or better. Our flexible curriculum with few prerequisites can help you meet the 33 hour requirement in a timely way.
Core Requirements (18 credits)
Additional Coursework (Choose at least 5 of the following for 15 credits)
Credits in Sp Cm 290, 499, or 590 cannot be applied toward the minimum required credits for the major.
The Communication Proficiency requirement may be met by (1) completion of Engl 150, 250 (or 250H), or its equivalent, with a grade in each of C or better; (2) one additional writing course beyond Engl 250 with a grade of C or better from the following approved list: Engl 302, 303, 304, 305, 309, 314, 415; Jl MC 201.
The area's courses also provide a minor concentration for students in various majors such as business, English, journalism, world languages and cultures, and the social sciences. The requirements for a minor in speech communication may be fulfilled by credit in Sp Cm 212 plus at least 15 additional hours from the lists above, of which 9 credits are in courses numbered 300 or above. No credits in 290, 490, 499, and 590 may apply toward the minor.
Students seeking a secondary endorsement in speech communication as an additional area prepare to teach speech, dramatic arts, and media at the secondary school level. In addition, they prepare to direct co-curricular and extra curricular activities such as drama, speech and debate.
Each student seeking an additional endorsement in speech communication must meet a 29 hour requirement by taking the following courses: Sp Cm 110 or ComSt 102, Sp CM 212, Sp Cm 313, Sp Cm 322, Sp Cm 412, Sp Cm 495A, Sp Cm 495B, Thtre 255, Thtre 358 and Jl MC 101.
The program offers courses for a graduate minor in speech communication as well as supporting work for other disciplines. The Program of Speech Communication also participates in the interdepartmental program leading to a master's degree in Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies.
Courses open for nonmajor graduate credit: Sp Cm 305, 323, 324, 327, 412, 416, and 417.
Courses primarily for undergraduate students
Sp Cm 110. Listening. (3-0) Cr. 3. F.S.SS.Theory, principles, and competency development in comprehensive, therapeutic, critical, consumer, and appreciative listening. The impact of listening in relationships and partnerships.
Sp Cm 205. Popular Culture Analysis. (Cross-listed with Engl). (3-0) Cr. 3. F.S.Prereq: Credit in or exemption from Engl 150. Analysis of how information and entertainment forms persuade and manipulate audiences. Study of several forms that may include newspapers, speeches, television, film, advertising, fiction, and magazines. Special attention to verbal and visual devices.
Sp Cm 212. Fundamentals of Public Speaking. (3-0) Cr. 3. F.S.SS.Theory and practice of basic speech communication principles applied to public speaking. Practice in the preparation and delivery of extemporaneous speeches.
Sp Cm 223. Intercollegiate Debate and Forensics. Cr. 1. Repeatable. F.S.Prereq: Permission of instructor. Participation in intramural and intercollegiate debate and other forensic events.
Sp Cm 290. Special Projects. Cr. 1-2. Repeatable. F.S.SS.Prereq: 3 credits in speech communication; permission of department chair.
Sp Cm 305. Language, Thought and Action. (Cross-listed with Ling, ComSt). (3-0) Cr. 3. F.S.SS.Prereq: Engl 250. The study of symbolic processes and how meaning is conveyed in words, sentences, and utterances; discussion of modern theories of meaning; and an exploration of relationships among language, thought and action. Nonmajor graduate credit.
Sp Cm 312. Business and Professional Speaking. (3-0) Cr. 3. F.S.SS.Prereq: 212. Theory, principles, and competency development in the creation of coherent, articulate business and professional oral presentations.
Sp Cm 313. Communication for the Classroom Teacher. (3-0) Cr. 3.Prereq: 212. Communication in the teaching profession; training in classroom-oriented communication activities; use of video recorder for analysis of presentation.
Sp Cm 322. Argumentation, Debate, and Critical Thinking. (3-0) Cr. 3.Prereq: 212. Practice in preparing and presenting argumentative and debate speeches; emphasis on critical thinking and ethical and logical duties of the advocate; analysis, evidence, reasoning, attack, defense, research, case construction, and judging.
Sp Cm 323. Gender and Communication. (Cross-listed with W S, ComSt). (3-0) Cr. 3.Prereq: 212. The rhetorical strategies women and men use to succeed in oral communication; the theory, principles, and practice of effective gender communication in a variety of settings. Nonmajor graduate credit.
Sp Cm 324. Legal Communication. (3-0) Cr. 3.Prereq: 212. Speech communication in the legal system inside and outside the trial process: interviewing and counseling, negotiating and bargaining, voir dire, opening statements, examination of witnesses, closing arguments, judge's instructions, jury behavior, and appellate advocacy. Nonmajor graduate credit.
Sp Cm 325. Nonverbal Communication. (Cross-listed with ComSt). (3-0) Cr. 3.Prereq: ComSt 101 or 102, 203, 301. Theory and research in nonverbal communication; exploration of nonverbal subcodes; function of nonverbal communication in various contexts; student-designed investigations.
Sp Cm 327. Persuasion. (3-0) Cr. 3. F.S.SS.Prereq: 212. Examination of persuasive theories, strategies and research in persuasion. Emphasis on application and analysis; logical, emotional, and ethical proofs. Nonmajor graduate credit.
Sp Cm 350. Rhetorical Theories and Issues in Context. (Cross-listed with Engl, Cl St). (3-0) Cr. 3. S.Prereq: Engl 250. Ideas about the relationship between rhetoric and society in contemporary and historical contexts. An exploration of classical and contemporary rhetorical theories in relation to selected topics that may include politics, gender, race, ethics, education, science, or technology.
Sp Cm 404. Seminar. (Dual-listed with 504). Cr. 3. Repeatable.Prereq: 15 credits in speech communication.
Sp Cm 412. Rhetorical Criticism. (3-0) Cr. 3. S.Prereq: 212 and 6 credits in speech communication. Development of rhetorical theory and practice from Corax to modern times. Application of principles of criticism to current public speaking practices. Nonmajor graduate credit.
Sp Cm 416. American Public Address. (3-0) Cr. 3. S.Relationship between public persuasions and leaders; process of preparing major public addresses; selected speakers and speeches as linked with political or historical events. Nonmajor graduate credit.
Sp Cm 417. Campaign Rhetoric. (Cross-listed with Pol S). (3-0) Cr. 3. Alt. F., offered 2010.Prereq: Sp Cm 212. Backgrounds of candidates for state and national elections; selected speeches and issues; persuasive strategies and techniques of individual speakers. Nonmajor graduate credit.
Sp Cm 490. Independent Study. Cr. 1-3. Repeatable. F.S.SS.Prereq: 18 credits in speech communication, junior classification, permission of department chair. Only one independent study enrollment is permitted within the department per semester.
Sp Cm 495A. Directing Speech Activities. (1-0) Cr. 1. S.Prereq: C I 301; 9 credits in speech communication; minimum grade point of 2.5 in speech communication courses. Problems, methods, and materials related to directing speech activities in secondary schools.
Sp Cm 495B. Teaching Speech. (Cross-listed with C I). (3-0) Cr. 3. F.Prereq: Sp Cm 313; 9 credits in speech communication; minimum grade point average of 2.5 in speech communication courses. Problems, methods, and materials related to teaching speech, theatre, and media in secondary schools.
Sp Cm 497. Capstone Seminar. (3-0) Cr. 3.Prereq: 15 credits in speech communication; junior or senior classification. Students synthesize relevant theory and research culminating in a capstone project/paper.
Sp Cm 499. Communication Internship. Cr. 1-3. Repeatable. F.S.SS.Prereq: 18 credits in speech communication courses, other courses deemed appropriate by faculty adviser; 2nd semester junior or senior standing; cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 overall and 3.0 in speech communication; and permission of the internship committee. Applications should be submitted in the term prior to the term in which the internship is desired. Supervised application of speech communication in professional settings.
Courses primarily for graduate students, open to qualified undergraduate students
Sp Cm 504. Seminar. (Dual-listed with 404). (3-0) Cr. 3. Repeatable. F.S.SS.Topics may include the following:
Sp Cm 513. Proseminar: Teaching Fundamentals of Public Speaking. (1-0) Cr. 1. Repeatable. F.Required of all new Speech Communication 212 teaching assistants. Introduction to the teaching of public speaking. Support and supervision of teaching assistants of Sp Cm 212. Discussion of lesson planning, teaching methods, development of speaking assignments, and evaluation of student speaking.
Sp Cm 590. Special Topics. Cr. 1-4. Repeatable.Prereq: Permission of department chair.