Speech Communication (SPC)
SPC 103 INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN COMMUNICATION
3, 3/0; HU14
Exploration of communication as the basis for personal and social interaction; focuses on roles of both consumers and producers of messages; investigation of various modes of communication. Offered Every Semester.
SPC 189 TOPIC COURSE
Current topics in theoretical aspects of communication. Offered occasionally.
SPC 205 INTRODUCTION TO ORAL COMMUNICATION
Basics of oral communication; examining the principles and contexts of communication; focus on the communication process, interviewing, public discussion, group problem solving, public speaking, and criticism of public messages. Offered Every Semester and Summer.
SPC 295 SPECIAL PROJECT
Prerequisite: Instructor Permission. Scholarship or creative work conducted under the supervision of a faculty member. Offered occasionally.
SPC 306 PUBLIC SPEAKING
Prerequisite: SPC 205. Organization, delivery, and evaluation of public speech from a performance and analytical framework for professional, social, public, and small group situations. Offered fall only.
SPC 307 GROUP COMMUNICATON
Prerequisite: SPC 205. Interdisciplinary approach to examination of the theoretical and practical dimensions of communication in small-group decision-making and problem-solving situations. Offered Every Semester.
SPC 309 PERSUASION AND PROPAGANDA
Theory and practice of persuasion in various media contexts; analysis of social implications, ethical base, and impact of persuasive messages; analysis of contemporary propaganda in media contexts. Offered fall only.
SPC 311 INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION
3, 3/0; DI14
Prerequisite: Upper-division status. Examination of theory and practice of intercultural communication; exploration of ways to bridge differences based on culture, ethnicity, religion, gender, age, and other potential social barriers. Offered Every Semester.
SPC 315 MEDIA PERFORMANCE
Prerequisite: SPC205. Principles and theories of voice performance for radio and other forms of media technology; techniques for marking and reading written scripts; focus on body language and vocal nuance; application to animation, storytelling, and commercial voiceovers. Offered Every Semester.
SPC 321 RHETORICAL CRITICISM
Prerequisite: Upper-division status. Critical analysis of persuasive messages and strategies used by public persuaders; focus on social/ political speeches, commercial advertising, music lyrics, and other forms of purposeful communication. Offered fall only.
SPC 326 FILM ANALYSIS AND EVALUATION
Prerequisite: junior or senior standing. Aesthetic and philosophical analysis and evaluation of media; focus on ethical issues and themes found in films and media; considering film as an art form; reflection on values; morals; relationships relating to social questions. Offered occasionally.
SPC 333 RACE, CLASS AND GENDER IN THE MEDIA
3, 3/0; DI14
Prerequisite: Upper-division status. Critical analysis examining how American media shapes and represents issues relating to race, class and gender identities and relationships. Offered fall only.
SPC 389 TOPIC COURSE
Current advanced topics in theoretical aspects of communication. Offered occasionally.
SPC 407 ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATION
Prerequisite: Upper-division status. Theory and practice of communication within task-oriented organizations; focus on the interaction of structure, behavior, and message; role of communication in organizational change. Offered Every Semester.
SPC 422 MEDIA CRITICISM
Prerequisite: Upper-division status. Critical analysis of mass media, including print, broadcast, and digital; application to news, documentaries, entertainment programming, and advertising; focus on social, cultural, and political impact of media messages from a rhetorical perspective. Offered occasionally.
SPC 424 SPECIAL TOPICS IN MEDIA CRITICISM
Prerequisite: Upper-division status. Critical analysis of mass media, including print broadcast, and digital; focus on the role of media in a particular context (such as electoral politics or war). Offered fall only.
Equivalent Course: COM 424
SPC 426 DOCUMENTARY FILM ANALYSIS
Prerequisites: Junior/Senior Standing. Study of selected themes, ideas and movements of the documentary film through analysis of representative documentaries; includes major modes of documentary production and historical, social, ethical and artistic developments of the documentary. Students develop a significant research project focused on selected topic; course may be repeated if topic is different. Offered occasionally.
SPC 495 SPECIAL PROJECT
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Individual project in a theoretical aspect of communication not duplicated by an existing course.
SPC 499 INDEPENDENT STUDY
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Individual academic study in a theoretical area of communication not duplicated by an existing course.