Note: Students must earn a C or better in all Speech communication courses used to meet the 33 credits required for the major. Study of several forms that may include newspapers, speeches, television, film, advertising, fiction, and magazines. The study of symbolic processes and how meaning is conveyed in words, sentences, and utterances; discussion of modern theories of meaning; and an exploration of relationships among language, thought and action. Verbal and nonverbal communication across various contexts including personal relationships and the media.
Practice in preparing and presenting arguments and debates; emphasis on critical thinking and ethical and logical duties of the advocate; analysis, evidence, reasoning, attack, defense, research, case construction, and judging. Explores discourse of social movements aiming to transform cultural definitions of gender.
I can’t recall any modern presidential campaign when one of the contenders so casually violated the impulse for self-restraint.
Beginning in the 1970s, rhetoricians began to extend this idea of self-monitoring by attempting to locate the varied dimensions of “rhetorical sensitivity” which could make “effective social interaction manifestly possible.” Most notably, Rod Hart and his colleagues developed a massive correlational study of attitudes within individuals that might motivate them to weigh the effects of their actions on others.
It also offers a major or minor in speech communication as well as an additional endorsement for secondary teachers who already have an endorsement in another content area.
Students who major or minor in speech communication will prepare themselves for a wide variety of employment opportunities in business, industry and government, as well as in non-profit and educational organizations.In this way, the program contributes to the humanistic, aesthetic, and critical development of liberally educated students in order to prepare them for full and effective participation in society.The cross-disciplinary program in speech communication offers courses designed for all students as part of their general education and as a complement to their professional training.A student electing to major in speech communication must earn at least 120 credits with 45 credits at the 300/400 level.A minimum of 33 of those credits must be earned in Speech Communication courses where the student earns a grade of C or better.The program participates in the interdisciplinary program in Linguistics.Speech Communication also offers a core course and several optional courses in the undergraduate certificate program in Leadership Studies.Speech communication in the legal system inside and outside the trial process: interviewing and counseling, negotiating and bargaining, voir dire, opening statements, examination of witnesses, closing arguments, judge's instructions, jury behavior, and appellate advocacy.Ideas about the relationship between rhetoric and society in contemporary and historical contexts.With their effective oral communication, listening, teamwork, problem-solving and leadership skills, speech communication students find positions in general business management: human resources, benefits, financial services, retail, sales and marketing and serve various organizations as recruiters, trainers, promotions managers, communication specialists, community outreach personnel and event planners.The program also prepares students for the study of law, theology, and for graduate level work in speech communication and related disciplines.