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2010-11 Online Catalogue

Courses in Speech (SPCH)

SPCH 011 - Effective Speaking
Fundamentals course in effective, informative, and persuasive public speaking and critical listening. Includes theory and practice.
Credits: 3.00
SPCH 031 - Argument & Advocacy
Introduces argumentation theory and develops advocacy and critical reasoning skills through writing and oral argument. Students will recognize and craft organized, well-supported, and ethical arguments in the context of controversial social issues.
Credits: 3.00
SPCH 051 - Persuasion
Surveys classical and contemporary models of rhetoric as frameworks for analyzing, critiquing, and utilizing persuasive communication; teaches student to become better producers and consumers of persuasive appeals.
Credits: 3.00
SPCH 071 - Fundamentals of Debate
An introduction to intercollegiate debate, students learn basics of argumentation, refutation, interpreting and evaluating arguments, and debating formats. Prepares students with skills in reasoning, critical thinking, and advocacy.
Credits: 3.00
SPCH 072 - Citizen Advocacy & Debate
This course explores citizen advocacy through the vehicle of debating. Students will engage in: preparatory research, in-class debating and discussion, debate adjudication, and public debate.
Credits: 3.00
SPCH 082 - African American Rhetoric
Through "Great Speakers" approach, this course utilizes rhetoric criticism to examine, attempt to understand & analyze the advocacy & discourse of African Americans throughout history.
Credits: 3.00
SPCH 083 - Rhetoric of Reggae Music
Course examines origins, characteristics, social phenomena, and messages found in African-Caribbean musical form: Reggae. Reggae music is examined as rhetorical and social movement.
Credits: 3.00
SPCH 095 - Introductory Special Topics
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Credits: 6.00
SPCH 096 - Introductory Special Topics
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Credits: 3.00
SPCH 171 - Advanced Debate
For students interested in competitive academic debate in the WUDC format. Course offers opportunities to advance debating skills by competing against other college debaters. Prerequisites: SPCH 071 or SPCH 072.
Credits: 3.00
SPCH 181 - Presidential Campaign Rhetoric
Students learn about theories, style, construction, strategies, and the criticism and evaluation of rhetoric as applied to the presidential campaign. Prerequisites: SPCH 011, SPCH 031, SPCH 051, SPCH 082, or SPCH 083.
Credits: 3.00
SPCH 191 - Teaching Assistantship
Undergraduate student service as a teaching assistant, usually in an introductory level course in the discipline, for which credit is awarded. Offered at department discretion.
Credits: 3.00
SPCH 195 - Intermediate Special Topics
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Credits: 3.00
SPCH 196 - Intermediate Special Topics
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Credits: 3.00
SPCH 197 - Independent Study
A course which is tailored to fit the interests of a specific student, which occurs outside the traditional classroom/laboratory setting under the supervision of a faculty member, for which credit is awarded. Offered at department discretion.
Credits: 1.00 to 18.00
SPCH 198 - Undergraduate Research
Undergraduate student work on individual or small research projects under the supervision of a faculty member, for which credit is awarded. Offered at department discretion.
Credits: 1.00 to 18.00
SPCH 283 - Seminar
Seminar topics include: Nonverbal Communication, Rhetorical Criticism, Advanced Argumentation, Advanced Persuasion, Debate, Interpersonal Communication in Group Interaction, Communication in Conflict Management. Prerequisites: Six hours of Speech, of which at least three hours must be at the 100 level. Fall only.
Credits: 3.00
SPCH 284 - Seminar
Seminar topics include: Nonverbal Communication, Rhetorical Criticism, Advanced Argumentation, Advanced Persuasion, Debate, Interpersonal Communication in Group Interaction, Communication in Conflict Management. Prerequisites: Six hours of speech, of which at least three hours must be at the 100 level. Spring only.
Credits: 3.00
SPCH 296 - Advanced Special Topics
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Credits: 3.00