Course description

The course focuses on face-to-face, public communication, but the principles and practices addressed transfer to all purposeful communication situations. While many assume a good speech rests in how well it is delivered, students will learn that a good speech is equally dependent on the development, structure, and integrity of one’s ideas. The objectives of the course are for students to speak effectively and ethically, and listen critically.

Outcome 1: Students will be able to use rhetorical strategies toward specific purposes in making oral presentations for different audiences.

Outcome 2: Students will be able to practice a style of oral delivery that is attentive to audience engagement and rhetorical situations.

Outcome 3: Students will be able to demonstrate and practice an understanding of the broader ethical dimensions in oral communication emphasizing accountability and attention to diverse voices.

Outcome 4: Students will be able to Listen, reflect, and evaluate oral communication processes, practices and events.

Priority given to communication majors and minors, CALS seniors, CALS juniors. Fluency in spoken English assumed.

Summer 2024: Online course