Speech Program Courses

SP 111:  FUNDAMENTALS OF PUBLIC SPEAKING
Emphasizes enhancing the relationship between speaker and audience through the content, organization and delivery of short oral presentations. Helps relieve student speech anxiety.
Credits: 3 Lecture: 3

 SP 114:  ARGUMENTATION AND CRITICAL DISCOURSE

Explores theories of argumentation. Students will develop skills of inquiry and advocacy through oral and written discourse, including critical analysis and rules of evidence. Students will also practice planning, constructing and delivering persuasive arguments in a variety of extemporaneous formats. Through this course, students will learn how to more effectively influence others as well as raise their awareness of others trying to influence them.
Credits: 3 Lecture: 3

SP 115:  INTRODUCTION TO INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATI ON

Explores the impact of cultural differences in communication styles and social values and their impact on work, family, legal and economic systems.  
Credits: 3 Lecture: 3

SP 188:  SPECIAL STUDIES : SPEECH
Credits: 1 to 3

SP 199:  SELECTED TOPICS: SPEECH
Credits: 1 to 3

SP 218:  INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATI ON

Promotes enhanced personal and work relationships by presenting the theoretical concepts and practical skills used in effective one-to-one communication.
Credits: 3 Lecture: 3

 SP 219:  SMALL GROUP COMMUNICATION
Provides theory and practice in leadership style, conflict resolution and role playing in the small group situation. The emphasis will be on task-oriented, decision-making groups.
Credits: 3 Lecture: 3

SP 220:  GENDER COMMUNICATION
Introduces students to the differences between masculine and feminine communication styles and gives them the tools to manage those differences. Also reviews how communication is used to create, structure and maintain gender identities in a variety of contexts.
Credits: 3 Lecture: 3

SP 230:  INTRODUCTION TO THE RHETORIC OF FILM
Introduces students to the visual and aural languages of moving pictures (film and video) and gives themthe tools necessary to analyze the social impact of both overt persuasion (in propaganda and commercials) and covert persuasion (in entertainment).  Films that manage audience perceptions of race, class, gender, religion and the environment will be discussed.  Recommended preparation:  WR121
Credits: 3 Lecture: 3

SP 234:  INTRODUCTION TO VISUAL RHETORIC
Gives students the tools they need to analyze the languages of visual communication, including composition, color and content and how such languages are used to produce both overt and covert influence on the ideas, attitudes and behaviors of others.  Recommended preparation:  WR 121
Credits: 3 Lecture: 3

SP 241:  MEDIA, COMMUNICATION, SOCIETY
Analyzes the social and cultural impact of media, including broadcast, print, film and computer-mediated communication. Also examines careers and entrepreneurship in selected areas of media. Recommended prerequisite: WR 121.
Credits: 4 Lecture: 4

SP 250:  LISTENING
Gives students a deeper understanding of and more practical skills in listening to increase understanding and to help others.
Credits: 1 Lecture: 1

SP 252:  TEAM SKILLS
Gives students an understanding of the systems nature of small groups and gives them the skills needed to manage decision-making, leadership and the communication climate of the team setting.
Credits: 1 Lecture: 1

SP 253:  CONFLICT MANAGEMENT
Gives students an understanding of conflict management and the skills needed to become more successful in the conflict situation.
Credits: 1 Lecture: 1

SP 270:  COMMUNICATING LOVE
Provides an overview of the bio-psychological roots of romantic erotic love, a critique of media images of love and offers practical training in communication skills that maintain and enhance longterm love relationships. Recommended prerequisite: WR 121.
Credits: 3 Lecture: 3

SP 280:  CO-OP WORK EXPERIENCE SPEECH INTERNSHIP
Credits: 1 to 3

SP 299:  SELECTE D TOPICS: SPEECH
Explores an area of communication not included in the regular curriculum. Possible topics include gender communication, media issues and relational communication.
Credits: 1 to 3

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