Required courses in the major (30 sh)
SPC 1315 - US - Fundamentals of Speech
Basic course in organizing and developing effective oral communication. Particular stress is placed on voice and diction, and general public speaking.
SPC 1321 - US - Business and Professional Speaking
SPC 1321 - (SPC 245) - Designed to aid the prospective business or professional person in preparing various types of speaking assignments such as he/she might encounter in his/her career. It is planned for agriculture and business majors, and for other students seeking one course in public speaking. Emphasis is upon structure and techniques of presentation.
SPC 112 - Voice and Phonetics
A study of the voice mechanism and the International Phonetic Alphabet in order that the student may improve vocal performances and correct careless and ineffective speech habits.
SPC 201 - US-STUDIES IN HUMAN/COMM
A study of human communication and language process, speaking and listening and semantics and meaning. How humans are able to reach meaning and understanding through communication.
SPC 317 - Interpersonal Communication
A study of environmental conditions that affect interpersonal interactions. Attention is given to verbal and non-verbal interactions, interpersonal behavior,communication models and networks, and social influences.
SPC 318 - Small Group Communication
Theory and practice of communicating in small groups. Common barriers to communication will be examined.
SPC 408 - Intercultural Communication
Overview of the study of cross-cultural communication. Includes a survey of non-western culture,communication concepts, intercommunication problems and approaches to their resolution. Introduces students to the differences in meaning between co-cultures.
SPC 412 - Theory of Communication
A survey of communication from Aristotle to modern times.
SPC 414 - Political Communication
Communication by individuals, groups, and the mass media as major political influences on public policy decisions.
SPC 312 - Persuasive Communication
Speeches and techniques are of a persuasive nature. The course includes a critical analysis of the principles and methods influencing belief and action.
SPC 418 - Communication and Social Change
The study of the role of communication and mass media in social change. Emphasis is given to the mass media as a prime component for change, although community action and interpersonal approaches are included. Students investigate methods employed by opinion leaders and change agents to accomplish specific goals. Variables addressed include how media defines and disseminates information about issues, how advertising promotes or rejects issues, how lifestyles are portrayed with respect to issues, and how mass media ownership and regulatory policies affect the communication act.
THE 211 - Oral Interpretation
Analysis of theme, mood, imagery, and style in order to interpret prose and poetry. Practice in planning and presenting these materials is included.
THE 311 - Readers Theatre
A study of literary materials with a view to their use in the presentation of programs for adults and children. Note Practice in planning and presenting these programs is included.
Required support courses (6 sh)
MGT 305 - Management and Organizational Behavior
This course provides a comprehensive analysis of individual and group behavior in organizations. Its purpose is to provide an understanding of how organizations can be managed more effectively and at the same time enhance the quality of employees’ work life. Topics include motivation, goal setting and rewards, job design, group dynamics, work stress, power and politics, international aspects of organizations, organizational structure, decision making,communication and organizational change and development. Prerequisite Junior standing.
A discursive study of mass media organizations, how they operate and exert their influence on individuals and society, enabling students to become knowledgeable and self critical consumers of mass media content. The emphasis will be on those media engaged in news and public affairs reporting and commentary, especially the press and television.