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UNDERGRADUATE COURSE INFORMATION

Typical Course Listing

Course Number, Title, Semester Hours
Type of Class (Lec - lecture, Idv - individual, Sem - seminar, Lab - lab, Ind - independent, Wks - workshop, Act - activity, Stu - studio, Rec - recitation, Dsc - discussion.)


Undergraduate Courses

103 Interpersonal Communication
105 Public Speaking
111 Introduction to Speech Communication
200 Advanced Presentation Skills
201 Small Group Communication
203 Introduction to Organizational Communication
204 Oral Argumentation Skills
210 Interracial Communication
213 Introduction to Public Relations
261 Oral Interpretation of Literature
300 Communication in Interviewing
305 Listening
309 Independent Projects in Speech Communication
311 Intercultural Communication
313 Applied Public Relations
315 Technology Applications in Public Relations
323 Interpersonal Communication Theory and Application
329 Communication Research Methods
330 Theories of Communication
331 Gender and Communication
370 Health Communication
403 Organizational Communication Theory and Application
409 Senior Project in Organizational Communication
410 Rhetorical Theory and Criticism
411 Analysis of Political Communication
413 Case Studies in Public Relations
414 Public Relations Campaigns - Planning
415 Public Relations Campaigns - Programming and Implementation (Senior Project in PR)
419 Special Topics in Speech Communication
421 Computer-Mediated Communication
422 Family Communication
423 Interpersonal Communication Issues/Topics
424 Senior Project in Interpersonal Communication
430 Persuasion and Social Influence
433 Language and Speech Communication
434 Nonverbal Communication
461 Strategies for Teaching Speech Communication
491 Internship in Speech Communication

Undergraduate Course Descriptions

103-3 INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION SKILLS. [SKILLS, IGR] Principles and practices of oral communication emphasizing message formation and delivery, listening, perception, awareness of verbal and nonverbal codes, and managing conflict.

105-3 PUBLIC SPEAKING. [SKILLS] (IAI Course No. C2 900) Theories; strategies; techniques for researching, organizing, outlining, and delivering speeches. Emphasis on speaking skills in professional and academic contexts.

111-3 INTRODUCTION TO SPEECH COMMUNICATION. [INTRO] Introduction to traditional and current areas of Speech Communication: intra/interpersonal, group, parliamentary procedure, interviewing, rhetoric and public address, and persuasion. Not for major or minor credit.

200-3 ADVANCED PRESENTATION SKILLS. [Dist.FAH] Developing and delivering speeches, presentations, and briefings in corporate and professional settings. Models and strategies for technical presentations and group and business meetings. Prerequisite: 204, or 105 or consent of instructor.

201-3 SMALL GROUP COMMUNICATION. [Dist.FAH] Principles, theories, models, methods of group formation, discussion, and decision-making. Current problems used as focus for exploring group behavior.

203-3 INTRODUCTION TO ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATION. [Dist.FAH] Principles, theories, organizational skills necessary to function effectively as professionals. Topics include: motivation, goal setting, feedback, delegating, resolving conflicts.

204-3 ORAL ARGUMENTATION SKILLS. [SKILLS] Theories; strategies; techniques for researching, analyzing, constructing, and presenting oral arguments for and against selected contemporary topics and issues. Emphasis on in-class presentations.

210-3 INTERRACIAL COMMUNICATION. [Dist.FAH, IGR] Personal dimensions of intergroup communication, especially the interaction of black and white Americans.

213-3 INTRODUCTION TO PUBLIC RELATIONS. [Dist.FAH] Contemporary theories and practices emphasizing communication skills. Lectures, PR simulations, guest practitioners. Appropriate for majors in any academic area.

261-3 ORAL INTERPRETATION OF LITERATURE. [Dist.FAH] Principles and skills in selecting, editing and presenting literature in an oral reading format. Prerequisite: 204, or 105 or consent of instructor.

300-3 COMMUNICATION IN INTERVIEWING. [Dist.FAH] Forming questions, gathering information, building rapport, maintaining effective interaction in interviews. Emphasizes perspective of both interviewer and interviewee. Practice with critiqued video playbacks.

305-3 LISTENING. [Dist.FAH] Examination of messages from listener perspective, focus is on the listening process, diagnosis of listening difficulties, learning relevant theory and practice of effective listening styles.

309-1 to 6 INDEPENDENT PROJECTS IN SPEECH COMMUNICATION. Projects in communication field studies, independent readings, presentations, etc. Specific assignment to be developed by student in consultation with speech communication faculty member prior to enrollment. Credits variable; may be repeated up to a maximum of 6 hours cumulative. Prerequisite: by permit only.

311-3 INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION. [Dist. FAH] Examines the processes, assumptions and barriers in intercultural encounters. Theories of cognition and communication will be explored.

313-3 APPLIED PUBLIC RELATIONS. [Dist.FAH] Advanced study and application of practices introduced in 213. Emphasis on developing communication materials for PR campaigns. Prerequisite: 213.

315-3 TECHNOLOGY APPLICATIONS IN PUBLIC RELATIONS. [Dist.FAH] Study of electronic technologies in public relations practices; planning and evaluative strategies for online public relations; development of competence in use and design of basic desktop and online public relations. Prerequisite: SPC 213 and concurrent enrollment in SPC 313.

323-3 INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION THEORY AND APPLICATIONS. [Dist.FAH] Explores beginning, maintaining and ending relationships. Emphasizes gender, racial and cultural influences, power, self-image and metacommunication. This course contains both theoretical and experiential approaches to personal relationships. Prerequisite: 103.

329-3 COMMUNICATION RESEARCH METHODS. [Dist.FAH] Contemporary methods applicable to analysis of human communication processes. Includes logic of research design and statistical reasoning. Practical experience with communication survey research design.

330-3 THEORIES OF COMMUNICATION. [Dist.FAH] Contemporary and significant historical approaches to developing and testing theories and models of the process of human communication.

331-3 GENDER AND COMMUNICATION. [Dist.FAH, IGR] Investigation of the influences of gender on the communication process. Activities, exercises and presentations sensitize students to gender influences on verbal and nonverbal communication.

370-3 HEALTH COMMUNICATION. [IGR] This course examines the role of communication and culture in general models of health and illness, caregivers-patients relationships, social support, healthcare systems, and health campaigns.

403-3 ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATION THEORY AND APPLICATIONS. [Dist.FAH] Diagnosing communication problems in organizations and implementing solutions. Research methods and theoretical applications in organizational communication. Prerequisite: 203 or consent of instructor.

409-3 SENIOR PROJECT IN SPEECH COMMUNICATION. Transfer of student's research project or paper into oral presentation for departmental faculty/students demonstrating ability to conceptualize communication processes and deliver a professional-quality presentation. NOT FOR GRADUATE CREDIT. Prerequisites: For Org Comm: SPC 200, 203, 329, 330, 403. For Interpersonal Comm: 323, 329, 330, 433, 464.

410-3 RHETORICAL THEORY AND CRITICISM. [Dist.FAH] Classical and contemporary theories and methods for analyzing and evaluating public address and other significant forms of communication. Prerequisite: 330, or consent of instructor.

411-3 ANALYSIS OF POLITICAL COMMUNICATION. [Dist.FAH] Role of communication in politics. Topics include speech preparation, delivery, image promotion, public opinion formation, lobbying behavior as factors in political communication strategies.

413-3 CASE STUDIES IN PUBLIC RELATIONS. [Dist.FAH] Strategies and critical analyses of ethical issues and approaches in the social and political atmosphere of public relations. Prerequisite: 213 or consent of instructor.

414-3 PUBLIC RELATIONS CAMPAIGNS: PLANNING. [Dist.FAH] Development of comprehensive public relations campaign proposals and formal presentations to clients. Implementation of the proposal. Prerequisites: 313 and 329 or consent of instructor. This course requires concurrent enrollment in SPC 415. Course fulfills Senior Project requirement for Public Relations track.

415-3 PUBLIC RELATIONS CAMPAIGNS: PROGRAMMING AND IMPLEMENTATION. Students will implement and monitor a special event public relations campaign for a community client. This course requires concurrent enrollment in SPC 414. Prerequisites: 200, 313, 315, 329, 330. Course fulfills Senior Project requirement for Public Relations track.

419-3 SPECIAL TOPICS IN SPEECH COMMUNICATION. [Dist.FAH] Variable content course emphasizing pertinent contemporary communication issues. May be repeated for total of 9 hours as long as no topic is repeated. Contact Department of Speech Communication for current topic.

423-3 INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION ISSUES/TOPICS. [Dist.FAH] Theory and research in trust, honesty, deception, secrets and excuses. Verbal and nonverbal cues to concealment, falsification, detection apprehension, deception guilt.

430-3 PERSUASION AND SOCIAL INFLUENCE. [Dist. FAH] The study of contemporary persuasion theories and research toward a clear understanding of the process of social influence; application of concepts in analysis of persuasive messages.

433-3 LANGUAGE AND SPEECH COMMUNICATION. [Dist.FAH] Role and impact of language in speech communication development, processes and behavior. Relational development and conflict resulting from differences in language usage. Prerequisite: 330 or consent of instructor.

434-3 NONVERBAL COMMUNICATION. [Dist.FAH] Nonverbal theories across varied contexts. Means of transmission and reception of nonverbal cues. Relationship of nonverbal and verbal behavior. Prerequisite: 330 or consent of instructor.

461-3 STRATEGIES FOR TEACHING SPEECH COMMUNICATION. Philosophy of speech education and approaches for teaching speech in curricular and co-curricular settings. Meets for 5 hours. Prerequisite: 12 hours of speech communication or consent of instructor.

464-3 FAMILY COMMUNICATION. [Dist.FAH] Communication functions and behavior within families which develop, maintain, enrich, or limit family relationships.

491-1 to 9 INTERNSHIP IN SPEECH COMMUNICATION. Study, observation, and professional experience with business and organizations in the various areas of communication under joint supervision of the organizational representative and the speech communication faculty sponsor. May be repeated to a maximum of 9 hours, 3 of which may count toward a speech communication major. NOT FOR GRADUATE CREDIT. Prerequisites: junior or senior standing, a major in speech communication, consent of Director of Internships, acceptance of organizational representative.