SPCH Course Listing

Foundations of Oral Communication (SPCH 100, 3 Credits)

For online sections, access to a broadband internet connection, use of a digital camera capable of recording 10-minute videos, and the ability to save and transfer video to a hosting site required. (Fulfills the prerequisite for all upper-level SPCH courses.) An introduction to oral communication, with emphasis on interpersonal communication, small-group communication, and public speaking. The objective is to prepare speeches, provide feedback to others, and participate in group activities. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: SPCH 100, SPCH 100X, SPCH 101, SPCH 107, or SPCH 108.

Foundations of Speech Communication (SPCH 100X, 3 Credits)

(Enrollment restricted to students for whom English is a second language.) An overview of the principles of communication. Verbal and nonverbal language, listening, group dynamics, and public speaking are highlighted. Emphasis is on applying communication principles to contemporary problems and preparing various types of oral discourse. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: SPCH 100, SPCH 100X, SPCH 101, SPCH 107, or SPCH 108.

Introduction to Interpersonal Communication (SPCH 125, 3 Credits)

(Fulfills the prerequisite for all upper-level SPCH courses.) An exploration of the role interpersonal communication plays in our personal and professional lives. The aim is to apply theoretical frameworks and key concepts in communication to personal behavior and personal and professional contexts. Topics include self-identity, perception, listening, verbal and nonverbal communication, relationship development, and conflict management.

Communication and Gender (SPCH 324, 3 Credits)

Prerequisite: Any SPCH course or COMM 300. An investigation of how communication influences gender and how gender affects communication. The objective is to apply theoretical frameworks and key concepts of gender to contexts, situations, and messages. Discussion covers gender roles, gender variation across communication styles, and the role gender plays in personal and professional relationships, as well as its role in culture and the media.

Effective Listening (SPCH 470, 3 Credits)

Prerequisite: Any SPCH course or COMM 300. An exploration of the complexities of message reception and interpretation as related to personal growth, social relationships, and professional development. The goal is to assess and modify listening practices. Topics include the role of listening in communication, types of listening, and listening skills for specific contexts.

Nonverbal Communication (SPCH 472, 3 Credits)

Prerequisite: Any SPCH course or COMM 300. A comprehensive investigation of nonverbal communication in human interaction. The aim is to analyze the impact of nonverbal messages on interpersonal, organizational, and public communication. Emphasis is on hands-on application of principles and practices to real-world situations. Topics include foundations of interpersonal attraction, use and abuse of personal space, and cross-cultural and gendered behaviors.

Intercultural Communication (SPCH 482, 3 Credits)

Prerequisite: Any SPCH course or COMM 300. An examination of the major variables of communication in an intercultural context. The objective is to develop and apply communication strategies. Topics include cultural, racial, and national differences; stereotypes; values; cultural assumptions; and verbal and nonverbal channels.