1003. Fundamentals of Public Speaking.
An introduction to preparing, organizing, delivering, and evaluating a speech delivered to an
audience. Also listed as COMM 1003. [CAC-W and CAC-O] Fall, Spring.
2043. Small Group Communication.
A study of the factors affecting the success or failure of small, problem-solving groups/work teams.
Topics include the advantages and disadvantages of working in groups, the phases of group
development, group roles, decision-making, and leadership in groups. Also listed as COMM 2043.
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing. Fall.
3003. Advanced Public Speaking.
The course covers advanced topics in public speaking such as handling multiple visual aids within
one speech, introducing speakers (and being introduced), and moderating question & answer
periods. Students will also present eulogies, speeches to inspire, and after-dinner speeches.
3033. Interpersonal Communication.
This research-based course examines communication interactions between individuals. The course
focuses on how people attempt to achieve their presentational, relational, and instrumental goals by
using the tools of perception, listening, language, and nonverbal communication. The course also
explores how certain personality variables may impact an individual’s communication. Prerequisite:
Sophomore standing or consent of instructor. Fall, Spring.
3073. Argumentation and Debate.
The study and practice of developing and refuting logical arguments. Prerequisite: Sophomore
standing or consent of instructor. Fall.
3091. Teaching Speech in the Secondary School.
A study of the methods of teaching speech communication at the secondary level. On Demand.
3783. Great Speeches.
Students will study some of the greatest speeches in U.S. and world history. All students will
research the historical context and biographical information of their chosen speeches/speakers,
present the information on the historical context and biographical background of the speakers, show
(or read) the speech, and then apply an established theoretical model to critique the speech. Fall.
4053. Organizational Communication.
A study of the functions of speech communication – how people relate and communicate – in
organizations of all kinds with emphasis on being goal-oriented and people-conscious agents for
change. Prerequisite: Junior standing. Also listed as COMM 4053. Spring of odd numbered years.
4093. Broadcast Performance.
Advanced on-air performance techniques focusing on radio, film and television work. Intensive instruction/analysis includes individual and group performance specialties. Focus includes vocal performance/articulation and overall presentation. Also listed as COMM 4093. Prerequisites: COMM 1043; SPCM 1003. Spring.
4313. Intercultural Communication.
A study of the principles that impact the success (or failure) of the communication process between people from different cultures. Students will learn to “exegete” a cultural audience and create strategies for communicating important messages, biblical or otherwise, to that culture. Also listed as MSSN 4313. Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of instructor. Spring of odd-numbered years.
4363. Issues in Speech Communication.
An in-depth study of the theory, principles, and literature of various issues and concepts in the field of speech communication. Topics will vary each year, and may include Gender Communication, Research Methods in Communication, and Communication Theory. Because the topics will vary, the course may be repeated once for credit. Spring.
4433. Family Communication.
This course examines the function of communication in families and explores various types of
familial relationships. The course covers concepts, definitions, patterns, problems, and theories
related to family communication. The purpose of the exploration is to develop a deeper
understanding of the role of communication in the family experience. Spring.
4463. Conflict in Communication.
This course explores the principles of managing conflict in interpersonal (or international)
relationships developed by the Harvard Negotiation Project. Research findings from the field of
Speech Communication, such as the types of conflict, conflict styles, and conflict outcomes,
supplement the primary texts. Spring of even-numbered years.
4801-4893. Special Studies in Speech Communication.
Courses arranged to meet the needs of speech communication majors and minors. Independent
study possible in most of the areas listed above. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. On Demand.
4821. Debate Practicum.
Participation in one or more competitive collegiate debate tournaments as a debater or as a judge.
Prerequisite: SPCM 3073 or consent of the instructor. On Demand.