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Public Speaking Course (Basic Course) Information

Introducing the Basic Courses in the Department of Communication Studies

Communications Studies Introductory Speech Courses
Speaking effectively—as a citizen, a professional, an organizational member, or a student—requires a clear sense of purpose, resourceful thinking, an ability to adapt ideas to others, and confidence to express those ideas. Good speaking is good thinking— reasonable, well-informed, creative, and flexible. Basic course instructors guide students to become efficient in crafting, presenting, and analyzing public speeches and texts, introducing students to relevant communication terminology and theory.

Here’s what we know: public speaking skills are essential to become an adaptable and critical member of society. In the basic course, students will develop skills in critical thinking to become competent communicators in a variety of contexts. Public speaking is not easy (as suggested by the large number of people who dread speaking in public), but it’s well worth the time and effort required to master the principles—principles known to support career development, job placement, and increased public speaking confidence.

As part of the core curriculum, all undergraduate students are required to enroll in a basic course. Consult with your advisor for guidance. Because class discussion, speech participation, and speaking are core components of the curriculum, the Basic Course Office does not allow adds to basic courses after the second week of a 16-week semester. 

Contact Information

Communication Studies Department Office
102 Bailey Hall

Basic Course Office
117 Bailey Hall
Coms130@ku.edu

Alexandria Chase                                        Josh Morgan    
Bailey 117A                                                    Bailey 118
Assistant Basic Course Director                     Assistant Basic Course Director
alexandria.chase@ku.edu                              j.morgan@ku.edu

Elaina Ross                                                   Dr. Meggie Mapes
Bailey 118                                                       Bailey 116F
Assistant Basic Course Director                     Basic Course Director
rossem@ku.edu                                             meggiemapes@ku.edu

 

COMS 130. Speaker-Audience Communication. 3 Hours. GE22 / U.
Study of rhetorical theory and its application to the preparation, presentation, and criticism of oral discourse in audience situations. Special consideration of listening behavior and of the ethical conduct of speech in a free society. This course fulfills the College argument and reason requirement. LEC.

COMS 131. Speaker-Audience Communication, Honors. 3 Hours. GE22 / U.
The study of rhetorical theory and its application to the preparation, presentation, and criticism of oral discourse in audience situations. Special consideration of listening behavior and of the ethical conduct of speech in a free society. This course fulfills the College argument and reason requirement. This is an honors section of COMS 130 open only to students in the Honors Program. LEC.

COMS 132. Oral Communication for the Professional Schools. 3 Hours. GE22 / H.
Grounded in communication theory, the purpose of this new course is to teach public speaking skills within a professional context. Focus is on the preparation, presentation, and critique of various forms of oral communication, including but not limited to informative, persuasive, and group presentations. Course is restricted to students in the professional schools. LEC.

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