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Courses: Speech
Speech (SP)

College of Arts and Humanities 

SP 151 Personal and Public Speech (3) (1 Lec, 2 1-hr Lab) Introduction to major elements of speech. Activities for students to acquire competence in two-person, small group, and public situations. Designed primarily for nonmajors. A-F only. AH1

SP 200 Speaking Skills for Prospective Teachers (3) Theory and activities for competence in speaking skills used in classroom; interview, discussion, lecture, etc.

SP 201 Introduction to Speech Communication Theories (3) Introduction to the theoretical perspectives that are the foundations of the speech communication discipline.

SP 231 Performance of Literature (3) Introduction to the study of literature through performance. Practice in rhetorical and literary analysis culminating in solo performance of literary selections for an audience. The nature of performance criticism. AH1

SP 251 Principles of Effective Public Speaking (3) Combined lecture/laboratory course providing extensive practice in preparing and presenting effective public speeches with special emphasis on organization, outlining, audience analysis, analytical reasoning, and delivery skills. AH1

SP 251A Principles of Effective Public Speaking (3) Adaptation of rhetorical theory to particular speakers, audiences, occasions. Extensive practice. AH1

SP 252 Voice, Diction, and Phonetics (3) Speech mechanism, phonetics, and voice production. Techniques to enhance voice and diction for effective speaking.

SP 253 Argumentation and Debate (3) Adapting communication theory to forensic strategies for social action. Practice in formal argument. Pre: one of 151, 201, or 251.

SP 280 Interviewing (3) Principles and practice; training in informational, persuasive, employment, appraisal, and research interviewing. Pre: one of 151, 201, or 251.

SP 302 Research Methods (3) Introduction to methods of inquiry in the field of speech. Topics include research design and problem formulation, sampling, analytic and observational techniques, and data interpretation. Pre: 200-level speech course (or concurrent).

SP 321 Speech for Classroom Teachers (3) Analysis of and practice in using major models of speech communication in the classroom. Role of speech in various academic disciplines as needed by teachers. Pre: one of 151, 200, 201, or 251.

SP 333 Storytelling (3) Aesthetic communication through storytelling for entertainment and education. Oral tradition; analysis of story types; techniques of preparation and presentation; performance. Pre: one of 151, 201, 231, 
or 251.

SP 335 Story Theater (3) Techniques and procedures for staging and performing narrative fiction. Pre: one of 151, 201, 231, or 333.

SP 351 Professional Presentations (3) Extends application of public speaking skills to various complex rhetorical situations. Emphasis on persuasion, motivational performance, and criticism of speeches. Pre: 251 or consent.

SP 352 Group Decision-Making and Leadership (3) Study of decision-making within the small group. Effects of organization, leadership, membership, and goals on achieving group purposes. A-F only. Pre: one of 151, 201, or 251.

SP 353 Public Advocacy of Current Issues (1) Students prepare speeches for and are required to speak to various community audiences on economic and social issues. Repeatable for 3 credit hours total. Pre: 253 or consent.

SP 361 Leadership Skills (3) Principles and practices of organizational speech and its relationship to networks, leadership, power, conflict, cultures, and other contemporary views of organizational work, change, and development. A-F only. Pre: one of 151, 201, or 251; or consent.

SP 364 Persuasion (3) Theories, concepts, strategies, and processes of persuasion and social influence in contemporary society. Focus on analyzing, developing, and resisting persuasive messages. Pre: one of 151, 201, or 251. SS

SP 370 Verbal Communication (3) Roles of language: perception and assumption in human relationships; relation of language symbols to emotion and attitudes.

SP 380 Family Communication (3) Focuses on the role of interaction patterns (constructive and destructive) in the evolution of family communications. The impact of family dynamics upon these interaction patterns is given equal attention. A-F only. Pre: 381.

SP 381 Interpersonal Relations (3) Interpersonal factors in communication effectiveness. Voice, body, language in personal and work contexts. Practicum experiences. Pre: one of 151, 201, or 251.

SP 385 Culture and Communication (3) Survey of major factors affecting interpersonal communication between members of different cultures. Emphasis upon interaction between U.S. and Asian-Pacific peoples.

SP 386 Culture and Communication: Japan and U.S. (3) Cultural interaction between persons from Japan and U.S.; cultural variables shaping speech events; interpersonal relations.

SP 390 Interviewing (3)

SP 395 Research on Speech Behavior (3) Survey of research on speech behavior. Verbal and nonverbal data collection; analysis of research data. Students design and implement a research project. Repeatable. Pre: 201 and 302.

SP 431 Advanced Interpretative Reading (3) Problems in selected literary forms; development and arrangement of programs; individual and group performances. Pre: 231 and sophomore literature.

SP 432 Readers Theater (3) Origins and concepts; performing art for the classroom and the public; techniques for the participant and the director; creative projects and performance. Pre: one of 231, 333, 335, or consent.

SP 455 Conflict Resolution (3) Principles and practices; techniques of managing controversy; negotiation, mediation, and arbitration. Pre: one of 151, 201, 251, or 381.

SP 464 Analysis of Public Communication (3) Analysis of communication in public settings; perspectives on the study of argumentative strategy and structure in public messages (debates, political or public service ads). Pre: 364 or consent.

SP 470 Nonverbal Communication (3) Review of concepts, research in nonverbal codes. Cultural variations in body vocal expression. Observing, decoding body messages. Pre: upper division standing.

SP 486 Relational Management (3) Survey and critical discussion of current theory and research in relational management literature. Focus on conversation management, deception, jealousy, privacy, communication of emotions. Pre: 201, 302 (or concurrent), or 381.

SP 490 The Helping Relationship (3) Theory and application of personal and interpersonal elements affecting communication of human-service professionals. Supervised practice, video lab. Pre: one of 151, 201, or 251. (Cross-listed as PSY 477)

SP 493 Teaching Speech (6) For speech majors who lead, under supervision, a freshman seminar section of speech. Pre: senior standing and consent.

SP 495 Health Communication (3) Course is designed to develop understanding of how speech communication functions to facilitate or inhibit the delivery of health care in a variety of contexts. Focus on compliance process, physician-patient interaction, nurse-physician interaction. Pre: 364 or 381, or consent.

SP 499 Directed Reading (V) Pre: consent of department chair and instructor.

SP 500 Master's Plan B/C Studies (1) Enrollment for degree completion. Pre: master's Plan B candidate and consent.

SP 601 Theories in Speech Communication (3) Major theoretical foundations; humanistic and social scientific perspectives. Examination of the research and the development of different models of human communication.

SP 602 Research Methods in Speech (3) Design and analysis of quantitative research in speech. Focus on measurement issues, research design, descriptive and inferential statistics. Pre: one of 302, ECON 321 (or concurrent), PSY 210, or consent.

SP 620 Practicum for Instructional Communication (V) Combined seminar and lecture/discussion format on techniques and procedures for teaching speech skills and their related components in a laboratory setting. CR/NC only. Repeatable one time. Pre: consent.

SP 621 Approaches to Instructional Communication (3) Speech communication theories and models in instructional environment; emphasis on development training in educational settings. Pre: 601, 602 (or concurrent), or consent.

SP 622 Researching Relational Communication (3) Methodological and analytical demands of research on relational and nonverbal communication. Focus on repeated measures, multivariate analysis, longitudinal analysis, and reliability and validity issues. Pre: 602 or consent.

SP 643 Rhetorical Criticism (3) Methods of rhetorical criticism; comparison of different critical approaches to rhetoric; critical analysis of local and contemporary speeches. Pre: 601, 602 (or concurrent), or consent.

SP 652 Group Decision-Making (3) Theory, concepts, research, and application of small group interaction and decision-making. Pre: 601, 602 (or concurrent), and 352; or consent.

SP 654 Persuasion and Social Influence (3) Cross-situational attempts to persuade and induce resistance to persuasion; theories of persuasion and resistance; assessment of attitudes and measurement of change. Pre: 601, 602 (or concurrent), and 364; or consent.

SP 660 Rhetoric in Organizations (3) Overview of theory and research in organizational rhetoric. Integrates organizational rhetoric with larger field of organizational studies. Synthesizes findings into critical issues for future research. Pre: graduate standing in the College of Business Administration or consent.

SP 673 Message Processing (3) Theories of human message processing. Effects of verbal and nonverbal codes, channels, and message forms on encoding and decoding. Pre: 601 and 602 (or concurrent), or consent.

SP 681 Relational Communication (3) Major models and theories of interpersonal speech communication; research on interpersonal relationships; interaction and functions of human discourse. Pre: 601 (or concurrent) and 602 (or concurrent), or consent.

SP 683 Issues in Message Processing (3) Contemporary research in verbal and nonverbal message processing. Repeatable. Pre: 602 (or concurrent) or consent.

SP 699 Directed Research (V)

SP 700 Thesis Research (V)

SP 764 Seminar in Persuasion and Influence (3) Contemporary research in persuasion and influence. Repeatable. Pre: 654 (or concurrent) or consent.

SP 781 Seminar in Relational Communication (3) Contemporary research in interpersonal relations. Repeatable. Pre: 681 or consent.

SP 785 Research on Intercultural Communication (3) Functional approach to the study of speech communication in intercultural settings. Examination of culture-based variables and their impact on social influence, relational management, and message processing. Repeatable. Pre: 654, 673, or 681; or consent.

SP 795 Seminar in Health Communication Research (3) Contemporary interpersonal and/or public communication issues in health communication research. Topics include speech communication functions such as information management, interpersonal influence, relational management, emotional management, social influence. Repeatable. Pre: 654, 673, or 681; or consent.

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