Core Courses

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Introduction to Speech Communication

SPCH 1311: Introduction to Speech Communication

Introduction to Speech Communication explores the theories and practice of speech communication behavior to promote communication competence in interpersonal, small group, and public speaking situations. Students completing this course will complete at least one assignment to assess interpersonal communication skills, one assignment to assess small group communication skills, and one assignment to assess public speaking skills. Students will also complete at least two exams.  More detail about this course is available in the SPCH 1311 Master Syllabus.  Course options: Contextualized course for health sciences majors, honors course, course with service learning option

 

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Public Speaking

SPCH 1315: Public Speaking

Public Speaking is the application of communication theory and practice within the public speaking context. Emphasis is placed on audience analysis, speaker delivery, ethics of communication, cultural diversity, and speech organizational techniques to develop students’ speaking abilities. Students completing this course will complete at least four speeches. Students will create outlines and source documentation for at least two of these speeches. Students will also create and use a visual aid for at least one of these speeches. This course also requires students to complete at least two exams. More detail about this course is available in the SPCH 1315 Master Syllabus. Course options: Honors course

 

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Interpersonal Communication

SPCH 1318: Interpersonal Communication

Interpersonal Communication applies communication theory to interpersonal relationship development, maintenance, and termination in friendships, romantic partnerships, families, and workplace relationships.  The course explores theories and practice in verbal and nonverbal communication with a focus on interpersonal relationships.  This course emphasizes improving interpersonal skills and increasing communication competence in everyday social exchanges. Students completing this course will complete at least three assignments to reflect on their interpersonal skills, at least two graded oral demonstrations of interpersonal skills, and at least one assignment to analyze interpersonal communication concepts. More detail about this course is available in the SPCH 1318 Master Syllabus.

 

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Business and Professional Communication

SPCH 1321: Business and Professional Communication

Business and Professional Communication is the study and application of communication within the business and professional context. This course explores oral communication competences in dyads, interviews, groups/teams, and presentations. Special emphasis is given to using technologically mediated formats in the workplace. Students completing this course will complete at least one assignment to demonstrate interviewing skills, at least one assignment to demonstrate teamwork skills, and at least one assignment to demonstrate business presentation skills. Students will also complete at least two exams. More detail about this course is available in the SPCH 1321 Master Syllabus