Speech Communication Courses Offered
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COURSES OFFERED

Speech Communication 1
Effective Speaking

3 units; 3 hours lecture
Recommended Preparation: eligibility for English 1A
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU, UC;
(CAN SPCH 4)

This course covers the fundamentals of speech communication. Emphasis is placed on organization, evidence, logic, and performance techniques. Students will organize and present speeches based on various topics and applications.

Speech Communication 3
Group Discussion

3 units; 3 hours lecture
Recommended Preparation: eligibility for English 1A
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU, UC

In this course student will plan and participate in a variety of group projects such as panel and symposium discussions. Topics to be covered include decision making, role identification, interpersonal needs within a group, team participation, appropriate interdependency on group members, effective leadership skills, cohesiveness, conflict resolution and professional presentation styles.

Speech Communication 4
Argumentation and Debate

3 units; 3 hours lecture
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU, UC;
(CAN SPCH 6)

Argumentative speaking skills using logical and ethical arguments. Provides practice in supporting argument through analysis, research, and presentation of opposing viewpoints. Uses case studies in law, politics and education as the basis for in-class debates.

Speech Communication 5
Mass Communication

3 units; 3 hours lecture
Recommended Preparation: eligibility for English 1A
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU, UC*

In this course, students examine the ways in which books, newspapers, magazines, film, radio, television, music, the Internet, public relations, and advertising have influenced, and continue to influence, society. The communication process, mass communication theory, and media regulation are discussed with particular attention paid to communication ethics.

Note: The maximum UC credit allowed for students completing Speech Communication 5 and Journalism 12 is one course.

Speech Communication 7
Voice, Articulation and Pronunciation

3 units; 3 hours lecture
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU

Personal improvement with, and an understanding of, the pronunciation and use of Standard American English. Learning and drill with the International Phonetic Alphabet, an overview of the physiological processes of speech, and an examination of the nature of English as a spoken language.

Speech Communication 8
Oral Interpretation of Literature

3 units; 3 hours lecture
Recommended Preparation: eligibility for English 1A
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU, UC

Experiencing literature through reading of poetry, drama, story and essay. Theory and practice in the art and techniques of exploring, illuminating, and orally presenting the logical, emotional, and aesthetic meaning of creative literature.

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Speech Communication 12
Interpersonal Communication

3 units; 3 hours lecture
Recommended Preparation: eligibility for English 1A
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU

Physical, emotional and verbal factors which contribute to, or prevent, effective interpersonal communication. Major emphasis on techniques and practical application of verbal and non-verbal skills in achieving personal and social goals.

Speech Communication 14
Introduction to Intercultural Communication

3 units; 3 hours lecture
Recommended Preparation: eligibility for English 1A
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer, CSU, UC

This course examines general communication principles and cross-cultural communication styles, and presents in-class activities to enhance cross-cultural communication.

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Forensic Workshop

1 unit; 3 hours lab
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU

Students will be introduced to competitive public speaking, including debate, platform speeches, limited-preparation speaking, and oral interpretation of literature. Students will have the opportunity to observe and participate in forensic competitions.

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Forensic Team

1 unit; 3 hours lab
Enrollment Limitation: audition
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU

This course provides instruction, rehearsal, and preparation for intercollegiate forensic competition. Students must audition to become members of the forensic team. Competition at forensic tournaments is based upon skill and preparation.

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Special Topics in Speech Communication

Units determined by individual course;
lecture/lab hours determined by individual course
Credit status determined by individual course

This course is designed to explore topics in Speech Communication more specific than provided in other courses in the regular departmental curriculum. Students are referred to the current schedule of classes for details of specific courses.

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Independent Study

1-3 units; hours to be arranged
Enrollment Limitation: two courses in Speech Communication with a minimum grade of B
in each and acknowledgment by the instructor with whom the student will work
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU, UC - limitations apply

This course provides special advanced studies in a subject field of Speech Communication not covered in the regular departmental offerings. Regular conferences with the instructor are coordinated with assigned Speech Communication projects (60 hours per unit).

Note: Refer to page 11 of the College Catalog for eligibility requirements.

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