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Speech Communication


School of Speech Communication

NOTE: All speech communication courses (SCOM) were previously listed as human communication (HCOM).

*SCOM 120. Interpersonal Communication. 3 credits.

The study of the basic processes of interpersonal communication. Emphasis on the elements of oral language, nonverbal messages, relationship development and the importance of context. Consideration of the behavioral characteristics of speakers and listeners in dyads and small groups.

*SCOM 121. Basic Human Communication. 3 credits.

Study of the basic process of oral human communication. Emphasis on oral skills in message composition, analysis of subject matter, listening, definition of communication purposes, and participation skills in a variety of oral communication contexts. The class will focus on dyadic, small group, and public communication events.

*SCOM 122. Public Speaking. 3 credits.

Study of creative and practical skills of public speaking. Emphasis on practice and analysis based on measurable objectives and speech purposes. Consideration given to how to design and deliver effective speeches of various types for various occasions and purposes.

SCOM 231. Introduction to Alternative Dispute Resolution. 3 credits.

Study of conflict resolution processes including mediation, arbitration and negotiation. Consideration of litigation and hybrid dispute processes such as summary jury trial, rent-a-judge and panel evaluation. Prerequisite: SCOM 240 and any 100-level speech communication course.

SCOM 240. The Process of Human Communication. 3 credits.

Study of speech communication as a behavioral process employing verbal and nonverbal modes of interaction. Emphasis on learning theory, motivation, language, meaning and social interaction as applied to the theory of speech communication. Consideration of role of communication in all human endeavors.

SCOM 241. Voice and Diction. 3 credits.

Study of the voice as an instrument of communication. Consideration of normal speech patterns with emphasis on voice production and articulation of sounds. Application through oral readings, recordings and class evaluations. Prerequisite: SCOM 240 and any 100-level speech communication course.

SCOM 242. Presentational Speaking. 3 credits.

Study of methods for preparing and presenting public speeches. Consideration of impromptu and extemporaneous speaking, sales speeches, business presentations and other special occasion speeches. Emphasis on performance and evaluation. Prerequisite: SCOM 240 and any 100-level speech communication course.

SCOM 243. Oral Interpretation. 3 credits.

Study and application of theories concerning the oral presentation of various forms of literature including prose, poetry, drama and non-fiction materials. Emphasis on performance. Prerequisite: SCOM 240 and any 100-level speech communication course.

SCOM 247. Problem-Solving Communication. 3 credits.

Study of communication process aimed at solving problems in the small group context. Consideration of small group factors that influence problem-solving effectiveness. Prerequisite: SCOM 240 and SCOM 120 or SCOM 122.

*SCOM 248. Intercultural Communication. 3 credits.

The study of human communication in a variety of cultural settings and contexts. Emphasis on developing understanding and analytical skills regarding communication between people from different racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds in both domestic and international settings. Consideration of relevance and application to social, business and political environments. Prerequisite: Any 100-level speech communication course or permission of the school director.

SCOM 260. Introduction to Public Relations. 3 credits.

Study of basic principles and practices of public relations. Consideration given to public relations problems and pragmatic solutions utilizing oral, written and electronic communication media and skills. Prerequisite: SCOM 240 and any 100-level speech communication course.

SCOM 261. Writing for Public Relations. 3 credits.

Study of writing fundamentals for public relations. Emphasis on practice of effective writing to inform and persuade. Consideration of writing applications in various media. Prerequisite: SCOM 260 or permission of instructor.

SCOM 313. Topics in Human Communication. 1-3 credits. Repeatable to 6 credits.

Study of current topics and issues in human communication. Emphasis on contemporary theories, research and principles. Prerequisite: Nine hours of speech communication courses including SCOM 240 and one at 100 level.

SCOM 318. Practicum in Speech Communication. 1 credit.

Approved cocurricular activities and/or projects of a practical nature. Repeatable during the junior and senior years to a maximum of one practicum per semester. No more than four hours practicum credit can be applied to major. Prerequisite: Permission of the school director.

SCOM 332. Mediation. 3 credits.

Study of analysis and resolution of human conflict. Emphasis on role of mediation in dispute resolution focusing on relationships, language, listening and problem-solving techniques. Consideration of the interpersonal and group approaches to study of conflict management. Prerequisite: SCOM 231 or permission of instructor.

SCOM 341. Persuasion. 3 credits.

The study of oral communication as a determinant of attitudinal and behavioral change. Emphasis on the various kinds of artistic and non-artistic proofs as they apply to human motivation. Consideration of the application of behavioral research findings to persuasion. Prerequisite: Nine hours of speech communication courses including SCOM 240 and one at 100 level.

SCOM 342. Argumentation and Debate. 3 credits.

The study of the techniques and principles of formal argument and advocacy. Emphasis on developing, presenting and defending a position on controversial questions. Consideration of various theories of argumentation and forms of debate. Prerequisite: Nine hours of speech communication courses including SCOM 240 and one at 100 level.

SCOM 343. Communication Research Methodologies. 3 credits.

The study of research methods in various areas of communication. Emphasis on ability to research literature and criticize research design. Prerequisite: Nine hours of speech communication courses including SCOM 240 and one at 100 level.

SCOM 344. Computer Applications in Communication Research. 3 credits.

Introduction to computer-based statistical analysis and graphic presentation. Covers job accounting, system commands and utilities, text editing, and creating and maintaining files. Limited to speech communication majors with permission of instructor.

SCOM 345. Nonverbal Communication. 3 credits.

Study of nonverbal means through which people relate to one another. Consideration of the communicative effects of environment, facial expression, voice, posture, gestures, touch, distance and physical appearance. Prerequisite: Nine hours of speech communication courses including SCOM 240 and one at 100 level.

*SCOM 346. Free Speech in America. 3 credits.

The study of the evolution of freedom of speech in America from Colonial times to the present day. Emphasis on the major periods of development and on the role of courts in defining freedom of speech. Special consideration of contemporary freedom of speech controversies. Prerequisite: Nine hours of speech communication courses including SCOM 240 and one at 100 level.

SCOM 347. Health Communication. 3 credits.

The study of the theory and practice of communication in medical/health-related fields. Emphasis on communication interaction between professional health providers and patients/clients. Consideration of strategies that promote more effective communication between medical/health professionals and patients/clients. Prerequisite: SCOM 240 and one at 100 level.

SCOM 350. Organizational Communication. 3 credits.

Study of theories and principles of communication within organizations. Emphasis on analysis of formal and informal communication systems, networks and interactions with organizational hierarchies. Consideration of both profit and not-for-profit contexts. Prerequisite: Nine hours of speech communication courses including SCOM 240 and one at 100 level.

SCOM 358. Business and Professional Speech Communication. 3 credits.

Study of techniques of effective communication in business/professional context. Emphasis on communication skills and results. Consideration of communication problems unique to the business/professional environment. Prerequisite: Nine hours of speech communication courses including SCOM 240 and one at 100 level.

SCOM 361. Publication Design. 3 credits.

The study of the basic concepts of publication design and production. Survey of typography, design and production processes, and their practical application for newspapers, magazines, newsletters and specialized publications. Prerequisite: SCOM 261 or permission of the instructor.

SCOM 366. Communication Survey Research. 3 credits.

Consideration of survey problems and methods unique to communication. Emphasis on using survey research methodology in communication audits, public relations problems and public opinion polling. Prerequisite: Nine hours of speech communication courses including SCOM 240 and one at 100 level.

SCOM 390. Directed Projects. 2-3 credits, repeatable to 6 credits.

Supervised projects related to any aspect of human communication. Emphasis on original individual or group programs beyond the department's usual curricular or cocurricular offerings. Formal report(s) required for awarding of credit. Prerequisite: Permission of school director.

SCOM 412. Seminar in Communication. 3 credits.

Study and research in broad spectrum of communication. Emphasis on integration of studies for application to academic and practical uses. Consideration of topics relating to interpersonal or organizational communication, to public relations or alternative dispute resolution. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

SCOM 431. Legal Communication. 3 credits.

Study of the role of communication in the legal process. Emphasis on communication questions/problems which litigants, lawyers, judges and jurors face. Consideration of legal argument, negotiation, trial advocacy, decision making and communication technologies. Prerequisite: Junior standing and 12 hours in speech communication or permission of instructor.

SCOM 440. Seminar in Rhetoric and Public Address. 3 credits.

Study and research in the philosophical and historical bases of rhetorical theory. Emphasis on rhetoric as both a practical art and scholarly method. Consideration of contemporary topics relating to rhetoric and public address. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

SCOM 441. Communication Criticism. 3 credits.

Study of methods of evaluating acts of persuasive communication. Emphasis on developing and applying appropriate standards to determine effectiveness of persuasion. Consideration of criticism of advertising, mass media, public speaking and other forms of persuasive communication. Prerequisite: Junior standing and 12 hours in speech communication or permission of instructor.

SCOM 449. Communication Training. 3 credits.

An examination of methods for planning, arranging and conducting communication training. Students become familiar with strategies and activities designed to help others improve their communication skills. Prerequisite: Junior standing and 12 hours in speech communication or permission of instructor.

SCOM 450. Advanced Studies in Organizational Communication. 3 credits.

Integrated study of organizational communication theory and research. Analysis of communication systems within organizations and at their boundaries. Special attention to field studies. Prerequisite: SCOM 350 or permission of instructor.

SCOM 452. Political Communication. 3 credits.

Study of functions performed by communication in political and social campaigns. Emphasis on variety of communication forms and techniques used. Consideration of contemporary campaigns and the role of communication in their successes and failures. Prerequisite: Junior standing and 12 hours in speech communication or permission of instructor.

SCOM 460. Advanced Studies in Public Relations. 3 credits.

Intensive study and research of case problems relating to public relations, corporate communication, publicity, promotion and public information. Emphasis on both profit and not-for-profit organizations. Attention to issue management and media utilizations. Prerequisite: SCOM 361 or permission of instructor.

SCOM 490. Special Studies in Speech Communication. 1-3 credits.

An independent study for students to pursue individual research under the guidance of faculty. Limited to senior speech communication majors in good standing with permission of school director.

SCOM 495. Internship in Speech Communication. 2-3 credits, repeatable to 6 credits.

Program of work prepared and monitored on an individual student basis. Practical on-the-job experience in public relations, interpersonal communication, organizational communication or alternative dispute resolution in approved organization. Specified criteria to be met by each applying student. Prerequisite: Permission of school director.

SCOM 499. Honors in Speech Communication. 6 credits. Year course.

Prerequisite: Permission of school director.


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