Speech Communication Courses

Courses in speech communication (designated SPCH) may be applied as appropriate (according to individual program requirements) toward

  • the general education requirement in communications
  • a major in communication studies
  • a minor in communication studies, diversity awareness, or women’s studies
  • electives

Foundations of Oral Communication (3 Credits, SPCH 100)

(Fulfills the prerequisite for all upper-level SPCH courses.) An introduction to oral communication, with emphasis on interpersonal communication, small-group communication, and public speaking. The objective is to prepare speeches, provide feedback to others, and participate in group activities. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: SPCH 100, SPCH 100X, SPCH 101, SPCH 107, or SPCH 108.

Introduction to Interpersonal Communication (3 Credits, SPCH 125)

(Fulfills the prerequisite for all upper-level SPCH courses.) An exploration of the role interpersonal communication plays in our personal and professional lives. The aim is to apply theoretical frameworks and key concepts in communication to personal behavior and personal and professional contexts. Topics include self-identity, perception, listening, verbal and nonverbal communication, relationship development, and conflict management.

Communication and Gender (3 Credits, SPCH 324)

Prerequisite: Any SPCH course or COMM 300. An investigation of how communication influences gender and how gender affects communication. The objective is to apply theoretical frameworks and key concepts of gender to contexts, situations, and messages. Discussion covers gender roles, gender variation across communication styles, and the role gender plays in personal and professional relationships, as well as its role in culture and the media.

Intercultural Communication (3 Credits, SPCH 482)

Prerequisite: Any SPCH course or COMM 300. An examination of the major variables of communication in an intercultural context. The objective is to develop and apply communication strategies. Topics include cultural, racial, and national differences; stereotypes; values; cultural assumptions; and verbal and nonverbal channels.