Public Speaking Course (Basic Course) Information
Communications Studies Introductory Speech Courses
As noted in KU’s undergraduate catalog, “rhetorical and logical skills are considered hallmarks of educated persons.” To be able to speak effectively in public—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. Although rhetorical skills are often reduced to the flash and dazzle of mesmerizing delivery, there is far more to the art of public speaking than well-timed pauses and stellar eye contact. Good speaking is good thinking— reasonable, well-informed, creative, and flexible. 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.
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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.