SPCH-105 Fundamentals of Public Speaking
3 Credits (Humanities Core)
Students will gain skill in public speaking and overcome visible nervousness when speaking in front of an audience. Students will learn how to structure informative and persuasive messages for the maximum effect and will experience using audio-visual aids effectively. Students will practice critical listening in learning to evaluate the content, delivery and style of speeches. Prerequisite: Eligible to enroll in ENGL-121. (3 hours weekly)
SPCH-110 Interpersonal Communication
3 Credits (Humanities Core)
Students will learn basic theories of oral communication, studying the types of verbal exchanges each of us has every day. The course begins with an overview of the human use of communication, including perception (with emphasis on inter-gender and intercultural communication), listening, verbal and non-verbal language, and sending and receiving feedback. Students will practice communication skills in pairs and write extensively about their experiences. When a student’s curriculum requires HMDV-100, it should be completed before this course is taken. Prerequisite: Eligible to enroll in ENGL-121. (3 hours weekly)
SPCH-115 Intercultural Communication
Using directed readings, stories, media and activities, this course is designed to increase students’ sensitivity to other cultures, and just as importantly, increase awareness of their own cultural backgrounds and the contexts (social, cultural and historical) in which we live and communicate. This course is designed for students to explore communication differences and similarities when living and working with people of different ethnicity, race, sex and/or nationality. Through increased awareness and sensitivity, students will be able to articulate intercultural influences on communication. Prerequisite: Eligible to enroll in ENGL-121. (3 hours weekly)
SPCH-142 Business Development and Sales for Emerging Leaders
Developing effective selling skills is important not only for professional salespeople but also for all of us who seek to persuade others. This course introduces the student to the basic skills used in business development and professional selling. Topics covered include how to prospect for potential clients, build effective relationships, assess an individual’s needs, present specific solutions and negotiate agreements. Given the growing need for global competency among business professionals, this course will also look at cultural context and the implications for negotiating agreements. This is appropriate for those interested in learning more about the profession of selling or for those who want to improve their ability to persuade others. Instruction is highly interactive with extensive use of oral and written communication and role play. (3 hours weekly) NOTE: Also listed as BMGT-142.
SPCH-145 The Standard American Accent
This course is designed to help students reduce their regional or non-standard American English accent. This course also allows students to experience and understand the basic tools of communication, voice, and diction. Class exercises include relaxation, articulation, vocal range, and inflection. Students will learn to speak the standard American English accent with clarity and confidence. (3 hours weekly)
SPCH-151 The Spoken Word
The course will focus on performing literary selections as spoken presentations with an emphasis on analyzing prose, poetry, dramatic literature, and children’s literature in order to communicate its beauty, meaning, and emotional impact while emphasizing the oral and aural quality of the works. In addition, this course will empower individuals to feel more at ease making text-based presentations at public and private events. Especially recommended for all public performers, education, business and journalism /mass media majors and for those wishing to improve their delivery and articulation. Prerequisite: Eligible to enroll in ENGL-121. (3 hours weekly) NOTE: Also listed as THET-151.
SPCH-160 Argumentation and Debate
The course includes skill training in reasoning and researching as well as presenting and defending positions effectively. Recommended for students seeking careers in law, business, teaching, or politics. Students will be taught the appropriateness and ethics of good argumentation. They will learn how to build arguments using effective evidence and reasoning while learning to recognize the fallacies of weak arguments. Argumentation skills will be applied for effective delivery in academic, legislative, judicial, and/or political debates. Students will enhance their skills by being videotaped and being required to review those tapes and turn‑in a self-evaluation. Prerequisite: SPCH-105. (3 hours weekly)
SPCH-175 Business Communications
Communication skills are vital to the success of any employable person in today’s competitive organizational environment. Those able to communicate an idea through interpersonal communication, technology, and writing will be better prepared to conduct themselves properly in an organizational setting. This course encompasses four primary facets of business communication applicable to any employment setting: business writing, interpersonal business communication, business etiquette and professionalism, and business communications utilizing technology. Students will be immersed in the business writing process, thus enabling them to plan, design, and ultimately author a number of documents applicable to today’s organizational environment. Students will compose cover letters, resumes, thank you letters, and job acceptance letters in preparation for the job search process. Students will also learn how to function cohesively and communicate as a team through delivering a persuasive group presentation. Finally, course members will learn how companies leverage technology, such as web applications, social media, and other tools to better communicate internally as well as with customers. By the completion of this course, students will also maintain a firm understanding of the nuances of business etiquette, both domestically and internationally. (3 hours weekly) NOTE: Also listed as BMGT-175.
SPCH-205 Intermediate Public Speaking
Students will gain development of a marked degree of skill in the composition and delivery of various types of speeches. Students will obtain advanced training in speech delivery techniques in both a controlled classroom audience setting as well as presentations in corporate board rooms, orientation meetings, banquet halls, and public forums using complex and multi-media visual aids. Special emphasis on speeches related to the student’s major vocational area. Prerequisite: SPCH-105. (3 hours weekly)
SPCH-260 Voice and Diction
This course allows students to experience and understand the basic tools of communication, voice, and diction. Class exercises include relaxation, alignment, breathing, phonation, resonation, articulation, vocal range, and inflection. Students will develop a knowledge and sense of their own voice and speech expressing who they are and what they feel. Students will demonstrate mastery of the International Phonetic Alphabet through testing and several memorized performances. Prerequisite: Eligible to enroll in ENGL-121. (3 hours weekly) NOTE: Also listed as THET-260.