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School of Speech Communication

Dr. Philip Emmert, Director

See page 5 for information regarding curricular changes.


Professors

Emmert, Fuller, Gabbard-Alley, W. Kimsey, McConkey, Soenksen

Associate Professor

Rollman

Assistant Professor

Headlee

Instructors

Bell, Colvert, Lamberton, Mayfield, Rawlins, L. Wastyn, R. Wastyn

The School of Speech Communication (formerly the Department of Human Communication) offers a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in speech communication. In addition, a minor is offered in speech communication.

The school serves three groups of students:

Students with a major in speech communication elect to concentrate in alternative dispute resolution, interpersonal communication, organizational communication or public relations. At every level of their development, however, speech communication students should broaden and diversify their education, for communication is a constantly changing field which demands adaptability and a substantial base of knowledge.

Along with the specific skills acquired through their programs of concentration, communication students are expected to acquire diverse competencies through communication electives and to intensify their background knowledge beyond the liberal studies requirement by taking elective courses in other schools and departments of the university.

Major Requirements

Students must take at least 33 hours of work in speech communication beyond the liberal studies requirement. Students must include 15 hours of core courses, 12 hours of concentration courses, six more hours of elective courses from within the school, and 12 hours of course work in a cognate area, with a minimum of nine hours at the 300 level or above, or a second major or minor, as described later in this section. Refer to pages 43-47 for a detailed listing of the liberal studies requirements that must be completed in addition to school requirements.

                                                  Credit
                                                   Hours
Speech communication major requirements               33
Liberal studies oral communication course              3
Other liberal studies courses and electives           84
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                                                     120

Core Curriculum [1]


                                                  Credit
                                                   Hours
Foundation Principles
  SCOM 240. The Process of Human                       3
    Communication
Basic Theory Component (choose one):                   3
  SCOM 341. Persuasion
  SCOM 350. Organizational Communication
Basic Oral Skills Component (choose one):              3
  SCOM 241. Voice and Diction
  SCOM 242. Presentational Speaking
  SCOM 243. Oral Interpretation
  SCOM 342. Argumentation and Debate
Research and Writing Skills Component                  6
  (choose two):
  SCOM 343. Communication Research Methodologies
  SCOM 344. Computer Applications in 
    Communication Research  
  SCOM 366. Communication Survey Research
  SCOM 441. Communication Criticism
                                                    ____
                                                      15
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Notes:
[1]
Courses used to satisfy the 15-hour core curriculum requirement may not also be used to satisfy the concentration course requirements.
Students must successfully complete the required courses in alternative dispute resolution, interpersonal communication, organizational communication or public relations. Each concentration includes 12 credit hours of required courses. See the listings below under "Programs of Concentration" for details on required courses.

Also, successful completion of a cognate area of study in addition to the 33 hours is required for the major, unless the student has officially completed a second major or minor approved by the school. A cognate area is a structured set of courses outside the school but closely related to the major. These courses may or may not be from a single department, but have a common theme which complements and strengthens the major. The cognate should be declared by the end of the third semester of study or completion of 45 hours of study. All cognates should meet the following criteria:

Minor Requirements

A minor in speech communication requires 18 hours of course work in speech communication beyond the liberal studies requirement. This course work is subject to the approval of the school director.

Special Requirements

Transfer Policy

Entering freshmen are accepted as the major is declared; but JMU students transferring from another department and undeclared students transferring after the freshman year must meet a minimum grade point average requirement. External transfers from other institutions may be subject to registration restrictions. For specific information, see the announcements in the class schedule each semester or consult the school director or course instructor.

Minimum Grades

All courses taken for major or minor credit in speech communication must carry a grade of "C" or better to apply. A speech communication course completed with a grade of "D" may be credited toward graduation but may not be included as course work toward a speech communication major or minor in any program of concentration.

Limitations in Applied Courses

No student may count toward a major in speech communication more than six hours combined credit in SCOM 318, Practicum in Speech Communication; SCOM 390, Directed Projects; and SCOM 495, Internship in Speech Communication.

Programs of Concentration

Alternative Dispute Resolution [1]

This program prepares students to explore methods of conflict resolution apart from the courts. Included among these are mediation and negotiation. A concentration in ADR can prepare students for a career in mediation or serve as preparation for the study of law.

In addition to speech communication core courses, concentrators in alternative dispute resolution must complete 12 hours from among the following:


                                                  Credit
                                                   Hours
SCOM 231. Introduction to Alternative Dispute          3
  Resolution
SCOM 332. Mediation                                    3
SCOM 341. Persuasion                                   3
Choose one of the following:                           3
  SCOM 342. Argumentation and Debate
  SCOM 431. Legal Communication
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Notes:
[1]
Students seeking certification in ADR will be required to take three additional hours in SCOM 495, Internship in Speech Communication.

Interpersonal Communication

This program provides a liberal arts approach to the study of how people influence and relate to one another. Students examine the communication processes and effects that occur in a variety of settings. Areas of study that can be explored include communication in personal relationships, groups, public encounters and professional settings. Through a curriculum emphasizing theory, practice, research and the evaluation of content and behavior, students are prepared to function in careers in which effective communication is essential. The concentration can also prepare students for graduate or professional study in communication, law or human services.

In addition to speech communication core courses, concentrators in interpersonal communication must complete 12 hours from among the following courses:


                                                  Credit
                                                   Hours
Choose four of the following:                         12
  SCOM 332. Mediation
  SCOM 341. Persuasion
  SCOM 345. Non-verbal Communication
  SCOM 347. Health Communication
  SCOM 449. Communication Training
  SCOM 452. Political Communication
                                                    ____
                                                      12

Organizational Communication

Organizational communication involves the study of the ways people interact within large organizations, such as business, government, educational and non-profit groups. The internal and external communication of organizations is the concern of this concentration. This concentration prepares students for careers in business, in addition to serving as excellent pre-law training.

As well as fulfilling speech communication core course requirements in organizational communication, concentrators must complete 12 hours from among the following:


                                                  Credit
                                                   Hours
SCOM 350. Organizational Communication                 3
SCOM 449. Communication Training                       3
SCOM 450. Advanced Organizational                      3
  Communication
Choose one of the following:                           3
  SCOM 260. Introduction to Public Relations
  SCOM 358. Business and Professional Communication
  SCOM 431. Legal Communication
  SCOM 452. Political Communication
                                                    ____
                                                      12

Public Relations

The study of public relations is concerned with the management of communication between an organization and its internal and external publics with the goal of mutual understanding and influence. Public relations practitioners work with a variety of media; they must know when, how and why to use those media to communicate with a particular public for a particular purpose. Professional preparation should include a broad educational base and a variety of communication skills.

In addition to speech communication core courses, public relations students must complete the following courses:

SCOM 260. Introduction to Public Relations
SCOM 261. Writing for Public Relations
SCOM 361. Publication Design
SCOM 460. Advanced Study in Public Relations

Liberal Studies

The school offers the following as options for the university liberal studies oral communication requirement.
SCOM 120. Interpersonal Communication
SCOM 121. Basic Human Communication
SCOM 122. Public Speaking
These liberal studies courses cannot be applied to a major or minor in speech communication. Students taking additional liberal studies courses in speech communication beyond the three-hour minimum requirement may apply the extra hours to general university electives but not to a major or minor in speech communication.

Initial Secondary Teaching License in Speech [1]

In addition to completing the appropriate speech communication requirements, students desiring secondary teaching licensure must complete the following as a part of their program:

                                                  Credit
                                                   Hours
EDUC 360. Foundations of American Education            3
  (junior year)
EDUC 370. Instructional Technology (junior year)       3
EDUC 410. Multicultural Education (senior year)        1
EDUC 416. School Discipline and Classroom              1
  Management (senior year)
HTH 370. The School Health Program                     2
  (any appropriate time)
PSYC 270. Psychology for Teachers of the               3
  Pre-adolescent and Adolescent Child [2] 
  (sophomore year)
READ 414. Reading and Writing in the                   1
  Content Areas (senior year)
SEED 381. Field Experience (Practicum) in              3
  Secondary Education (normally in first 
  semester of senior year)
SEED 480. Student Teaching (senior year)              12
SPED 402. Teaching Mildly Disabled Students            1
  in Regular Classes (senior year)
Appropriate teaching methodology course                3
  (normally in first semester of senior year)
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                                                      33
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Notes:
[1]
Licensure in this area is available only if the student has been licensed in English.
[2]
PSYC 160 is a prerequisite for PSYC 270.
It is necessary to be admitted to the teacher education program prior to enrolling in professional education courses. See pages 111-113 in this catalog for admission procedures.

Students seeking licensure are encouraged to consult regularly with the Department of Secondary Education, Library Science and Educational Leadership.

Cocurricular Activities and Organizations

Majors and interested non-majors are encouraged to participate in the cocurricular activities and organizations sponsored by the school. Cocurricular activities involve practical communication experiences for which credit is available, either through the various practica or one of the school's applied courses. Cocurricular organizations are student clubs and honorary societies associated with the school's individual programs of study. A listing of the activities appears below.

Cocurricular Activities

Communication Evaluation Conference

An annual, student-organized program in which student research papers on communication topics are presented.

Debate Team

Intercollegiate tournament competition and local audience experiences for students interested in debating.

Health Communication Institute

Students interested in effective communication with health communication professionals can work with the institute in a practica or directed project.

Individual Events Team

Intercollegiate tournament competition and local audience experiences for students interested in public speaking and the oral interpretation of literature.

Mediation Center

Center activities concern use of methods of alternative dispute resolution for resolving conflicts.

Student Organizations

Delta Sigma Rho - Tau Kappa Alpha

A chapter of a national honorary organization for students competing in intercollegiate debate and individual events.

International Association of Business Communicators

A chapter of a national organization for students and professionals interested in business communication and public relations. Additional information about these programs can be obtained from the director of the School of Speech Communication.

Sample Course Plan

Individual schedules vary, depending on availability of courses and the student's concentration. To complete the program of study in four years, students must complete an average of at least 30 credit hours per year.

B.A. Degree


                                                  Credit
Freshman Year                                      Hours
Choose one of the following:                           3
  SCOM 120. Interpersonal Communication
  SCOM 121. Basic Human Communication
  SCOM 122. Public Speaking
SCOM 240. The Process of Human Communication           3
Foreign language courses                             6-8
Liberal studies courses                               18
                                                    ____
                                                   30-32

                                                  Credit
Sophomore Year                                     Hours
Foreign language course (if needed) or electives       6
Speech communication core courses                      6
Liberal studies courses                               18
                                                    ____
                                                      30

                                                  Credit
Junior Year                                        Hours
Concentration requirements                          9-15
Philosophy course                                      3
Speech communication core courses and electives     6-12
General electives                                  12-15
                                                    ____
                                                   30-33

                                                  Credit
Senior Year                                        Hours
Speech communication electives                      9-12
General electives                                  15-21
                                                    ____
                                                   30-32

B.S. Degree [1]


                                                  Credit
Freshman Year                                      Hours
Choose one of the following:                           3
  SCOM 120. Interpersonal Communication
  SCOM 121. Basic Human Communication
  SCOM 122. Public Speaking
SCOM 240. The Process of Human Communication           3
Liberal studies courses                               26
                                                    ____
                                                      32

                                                  Credit
Sophomore Year                                     Hours
Liberal studies courses                               15
Mathematics course                                     3
Social or natural science course                     3-4
Speech communication core courses                      6
Speech communication or general electives            3-6
                                                    ____
                                                   30-34

                                                  Credit
Junior Year                                        Hours
Concentration requirements                          9-15
General electives                                     12
Speech communication core courses and electives     6-12
                                                    ____
                                                   27-33

                                                  Credit
Senior Year                                        Hours
General electives                                  14-30
Speech communication electives                      3-12
                                                    ____
                                                   30-32
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Notes:
[1]
Students pursuing the B.S. degree in speech communication are required to take MATH 220, Elementary Statistics, or a school approved substitute in statistics.


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