College of Arts and Sciences


Speech Courses
  • SPCH-S 121 Public Speaking (3 cr.) Theory and practice of public speaking: training in thought processes necessary to organize speech content; analysis of components of effective delivery and language. (Fall, Spring, Summer I, Summer II)
  • SPCH-S 122 Interpersonal Communication (3 cr.) Practical consideration of spontaneous human interaction in face-to-face situations. Special attention to perception, language, and attitudes in dyads and small groups. (Fall, Spring, Summer I, Summer II)
  • SPCH-S 223 Business and Professional Speaking (3 cr.) P: SPCH S121 or consent of instructor. Preparation and presentation of speeches and oral reports appropriate to business and professional occupations; group discussion and parliamentary procedures. Does not count toward fulfillment of arts and sciences Group III distribution requirements. (Fall, Spring, Summer I, Summer II)
  • SPCH-S 313 Performance as Communicative Practice (3 cr.) P: SPCH S121 or S122. Introduction to performance as a communicative practice, focusing on performance as a special artistic mode of communication and performance and as a special class of display events in which the values and symbols of a culture and enacted before an audience.
  • SPCH-S 322 Advanced Interpersonal Communication (3 cr.) P: SPCH S122. Advanced consideration of communication in human relationships. Emphasis given to self-concept, perception, language, nonverbal interaction, listening, interpersonal conflict, and communication skills in family, social, and work situations. (Occasionally)
  • SPCH-S 329 Discussion and Group Methods (3 cr.) P: SPCH S122 or consent of the instructor. Leadership and participation in group, committee, conference, and public discussion; logical and psychological aspects of group processes. (Occasionally)
  • SPCH-S 336 Current Topics in Communication (3 cr.) P: Junior standing or consent of instructor. Extensive analysis of selected problems in contemporary speech communication. Topics vary each semester and are listed in the Schedule of Classes. May be repeated once for credit. (Occasionally)
  • SPCH-S 398 Independent Study in Speech Communication (3 cr.) P: Junior standing and approval of instructor. Independent study or practicum experience. Projects must be approved by a faculty member before enrolling. May be repeated up to a total of 6 credits. (Occasionally)
  • SPCH-S 400 Senior Seminar in Speech (3 cr.) P: Senior standing and a minimum of 21 credit hours completed in the major. Study of problems and issues in speech communication. Capstone course. (Spring)
  • SPCH-S 405 Human Communication Theory (3 cr.) P: SPCH S121, S122 and junior standing. Survey of contemporary theories of human communication, with emphasis on the nature of theory construction and contribution of allied disciplines to communication theory. (Occasionally)
  • SPCH-S 414 Topics in Performance Studies and Cultural Communication (3 cr.) P: SPCH S121 or S122. Examination of the relationship between performance and culture in specific domains of social life and aspects of communicative experience. May be repeated with different topic for a maximum of 6 credit hours.
  • SPCH-S 424 Empirical Research Methods in Speech Communication (3 cr.) P: SPCH S121, SPCH S122, junior standing and one mathematics course at the 100- level or above. Focuses on the objective appraisal of behavioral data in the study of speech communica­tion. Introduces the theoretical foundations of empirical social science and offers guidelines for conducting descriptive and experimental studies. (Occasionally)
  • SPCH-S 427 Cross-Cultural Communication (3 cr.) P: Junior standing or consent of instructor. A survey study of national, cultural, and cross-cultural communication in theory and practice. (Occasionally)
  • SPCH-S 440 Organizational Communication (3 cr.) P: SPCH S223 or consent of instructor. Examination of internal and external communication in business and other professional organizations, with emphasis upon theory, techniques, practices, goals, and the social environment in which such communication exists. (Occasionally)
  • SPCH-S 450 Gender and Communication (3 cr.) P: SPCH S121 or SPCH S122 or consent of the instructor. Examines the extent to which biological sex and gender-role orientation and stereotypes influence the process of communication. Focuses on gender differences in decoding and encoding verbal and nonverbal behavior, development of sex roles, cultural assumptions, and stereotypes in communication. Analyzes how the media present, influence, and reinforce gender stereotypes. (Fall, Spring)
  • SPCH-S 480 Personal Narrative Performance (3 cr.) P: SPCH S122. This course is designed to increase understanding of the vocabularies, theory, philosophy and empirical knowledge central to the study of narrative communication. Emphasis is placed on performance as a way of knowing and as a method of communication research through gathering, transcribing and re-performing personal narratives.
  • SPCH-S 490 Profession Practice Internship (3 cr.) P: Junior or senior standing, 21 credit hours of completed communication courses, a 3.0 grade point average in the major, an overall grade point average of 2.5, faculty supervision, and departmental approval. (Occasionally)

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