Public Speaking Course (Introductory Course) Information
Introducing the Introductory 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. Introductory 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 an introductory course. Consult with your advisor for guidance. Because class discussion, speech participation, and speaking are core components of the curriculum, the Introductory Course Office does not allow adds to introductory courses after the second week of a 16-week semester.
Communication Studies Department Office
102 Bailey Hall
|Introductory Course Office
117 Bailey Hall
Dr. Meggie Mapes
Assistant Introductory Course Director
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 322. Audience Centered Public Speaking in the Workplace
In this course, students develop and present their ideas by applying communication theories to organizational audiences in various presentation situations. Specifically, this course focuses on presentation development, preparation, presentation and critique of messages appropriate in the business or organization setting. Special attention is given to speaking with confidence, presenting and working effectively in teams, reflecting and improving on presentations skills, and listening and speaking ethically in an increasingly diverse work world. Prerequisite: Not intended for Communication Studies Majors. LEC.