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Speech Communication (Spch)

This discipline is in the Division of the Humanities. The speech communication discipline promotes criticism, research, and practice in the theory and application of the principles of rhetoric and communication.

Objectives—The speech communication curriculum provides instruction and experience in the tradition of oral communication. Courses explore principles and concepts of rhetoric, communications, and electronic mass communications that have implications for the contemporary world, and the process of speech communication in systems of various sizes—interpersonal, small group, one-to-many, and mediated. In addition, the curriculum provides opportunity for directed practice and criticism. The courses are designed to serve the needs of students interested in general education, planning to pursue graduate work in the discipline, or preparing to teach at the secondary level.

Requirements for a Major—The speech communication major is composed of three areas of emphasis. All majors must complete Spch 1101 and Spch 3110. Then students must choose one of the following areas:

Area Rhetoric: Spch 3200, 3402, 3404, 3403 or 3405, 3500, 3710, and any three upper division speech communication courses.

Area Communication: Spch 3100, 3300, 3310 or 3322, 3402, 3500, 3710 and any three upper division speech communication courses.

Area Mass Media: Spch 1400, 1401, 3402, 3500, 3710, 3720 and any three upper division speech communication courses.

Additionally, in the senior year students must take either Spch 3920 or a designated Spch 3600. Five credits of coursework with the grade of D are allowed to meet the major requirements if offset by an equivalent number of credits with grades of A or B.

Requirements for a Minor include Spch 1101, 3100 or 3300, 3402 or 3404, 3710 or 3720, and two courses from 1400, 1401, and any upper division speech communication course. Five credits of coursework with the grade of D are allowed to meet the minor requirements if offset by an equivalent number of credits with grades of A or B.

Requirements for Teacher Preparation—A major in speech communication to include Spch 1400, 1790, and required professional education courses including methods (SThE 3940) and student teaching in speech communication.

Speech communication minors must complete Spch 1101, 1102, 1400, 1790, 3110, 3200, 3300 or 3500; one course selected from Spch 3402, 3403, 3404; and required professional education courses including methods (SThE 3940) and student teaching in speech communication.

Speech-theatre majors with an emphasis in speech communication must complete Spch 1101, 1400, 1790, 3110, 3920; one course selected from Spch 3200, 3300, or 3500; one course selected from Spch 3402, 3403, 3404; Th 1500, 1700, 1810, 3610, 3611, 3750, 3800; theatre activities; and required professional education courses including methods (SThE 3940) and student teaching in speech communication and theatre arts.

Required courses may not be taken S-N unless only offered S-N.

Course Descriptions

Spch 1100f,w,s. Introduction to Public Speaking. (5 cr)

Public address and directed practice in a variety of speech situations.

Spch 1100Hw. Introduction to Public Speaking. (5 cr; prereq # for students not in Honors Program)

Public address and extensive directed practice in a variety of speech situations, including critical methods for assessing that practice.

Spch 1101s. Introduction to Speech Communication. (5 cr)

Interpersonal, small group, and organizational communication, rhetoric, and mass communication. Required for majors and minors.

Spch 1102w,s. Interpersonal Communication. (E1; 5 cr)

Variables in spontaneous, face-to-face interaction to create understanding of the student's own communication patterns in dyads.

Spch 1200f,w,s. Special Topics in Introduction to Public Speaking. (5 cr; not open to students who have taken 1100)

Theory and practice within specific speaking situations that use various arguments, e.g., presentational, deliberative, or forensic.

Spch 1350s. Groups: Principles and Practices. (5 cr)

Group theory and directed practice in a variety of group situations, e.g., panels, symposia, and forums.

Spch 1400s. Introduction to Mass Media. (5 cr)

Radio and television, including history, means, sponsorship, problems, and criticisms and the relation of these to the public's interest.

Spch 1401f. Introduction to Television Broadcasting. (5 cr)

Basic theory and practice: equipment, procedures, and skills associated with writing for and the production of televised broadcasting. Lectures, studio projects, class critiques.

Spch 1790w. Speech and Forensics. (1 cr; prereq #; S-N only)

Students participate in a variety of speech communication experiences (e.g., competitive speaking, speech critique, organizing speech activities). Instructor-approved learning contract required before registration.

Spch 3100f. Interpersonal Communication Theory and Research. (5 cr; prereq 1101, advanced standing)

Dyadic and relationship contexts; specific studies in self-perception, self-disclosure, listening, verbal and nonverbal messages, relationships, conflict and male/female communication in the interpersonal communication context.

Spch 3110f. The Art of Public Discourse. (5 cr; prereq 1100 or #)

Criticism of historical and contemporary public speaking. Evaluation of speech texts and modes of delivery. Preparation and presentation of speeches extemporaneously and/or from manuscript.

Spch 3111w. Topics in Freedom of Speech. (5 cr; not offered 1998-99)

Topics may include freedom of speech in the schools, history of free speech, or the contribution of a single Supreme Court justice to the development of free speech. Emphasis on reading and discussion of Supreme Court decisions.

Spch 3200. Persuasion. (W; 5 cr; prereq 1101 or #; offered winter 1998, spring 1999)

Theories, research, and ethics of persuasive attempts analyzed through rhetorical and social scientific methods and perspectives.

Spch 3300w. Small Group Communication. (5 cr; prereq 1101 or #)

Structure, role emergence, climate, analysis, practice.

Spch 3310s. Intercultural Communication. (5 cr; prereq 1101 or #; not offered 1998-99)

Cultural shock, value systems, nonverbal behavior, language skills; their influence on intercultural interpersonal communication.

Spch 3322s. Organizational Communication Theory and Research. (5 cr; prereq 1101 or #; not offered 1997-98)

Organizational culture, network analysis, organizational effectiveness, organizational leadership.

Spch 3402f, 3403s, 3404w, 3405s. The Rhetoric of Western Civilization.

Survey of rhetorical theories, public utterances, and critical commentaries that have shaped and influenced rhetorical thought and public communication in Western culture. Taking the courses in sequence is recommended but not required.
Spch 3402f. Classical Rhetorical Traditions. (C2; 5 cr; prereq 1101 or #)
Detailed study of the development of theories of rhetoric in classical Greece and Rome.
Spch 3403s. British-American Rhetoric. (5 cr; prereq 1101 or #; not offered 1997-98)
Study of British and American public address.
Spch 3404w. Contemporary Rhetoric. (5 cr; prereq 1101 or #)
Twentieth-century European and American rhetoric.
Spch 3405s. The Rhetoric of Non-Dominant Cultures in America. (E3, Non-W; 5 cr; prereq 1101 or #; not offered 1998-99)
Rhetorical practice of such groups as Hispanics, American Indians, African Americans, and American women.

Spch 3500w. Human Communication Theory. (5 cr; prereq 1101)

Perspectives on human communication including the mechanistic, psychological, symbolic interactionist, and pragmatic. Focuses on approaches to social interaction.

Spch 3600. Selected Topics in Speech Communication. (1-5 cr; repeatable when topic changes; prereq 1100 or 1101; offered when feasible)

Varying topics relating to speech communication that are not ordinarily included in other speech communication courses.

Spch 3710w. Theories and Effects of Electronic Mass Media. (5 cr; prereq 1101 or #)

Theories, origins, effects, and current trends. Reflexive relationship between society and media.

Spch 3720s. Mass Media: Criticism and Problems. (5 cr; prereq 1101 or #)

Various critical approaches to explain the nature and problems of the electronic mass media.

Spch 3910f,w,s. Directed Experience in Teaching Speech Communication. (1-5 cr; repeatable to 10 cr; prereq #; S-N only)

Practice as lab facilitators in the introductory-level speech courses; weekly seminar sessions focus on method, planning, and problems in speech communication instruction.

Spch 3920f. Speech Communication Seminar. (5 cr; prereq advanced standing or #)

Directed research under the supervision of one or more of the speech communication faculty. Students complete a significant paper or project on an approved topic.

Spch 3950f, 3951w, 3952s. Directed Study. (1-5 cr per qtr; prereq #)

Spch 3960Hf, 3961Hw, 3962Hs. Senior Honors Project. (1-5 cr per qtr; prereq participation in Honors Program, #)

A substantial scholarly or creative work (at the undergraduate level) within the discipline. Successful completion of the senior honors project is one of the requirements for graduating from UMM "with honors."

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