Offered by Department of Communication
College of Fine Arts and Humanities

SPCH Courses

SPCH 100GS - Fundamentals of Speech Communication - 3 hours
Prereq: none
Study and practice of principles of public speaking.
SPCH 154GS - Cross-Cultural Communication - 3 hours
Prereq: none
Course designed to aid international student in knowledge of culture.
SPCH 188GS - General Studies Portal - 3 hours
Prereq: none
Students analyze critical issues confronting individuals and society in a global context as they pertain to the discipline in which the Portal course is taught. The Portal is intended to help students succeed in their university education by being mentored in process of thinking critically about important ideas and articulating their own conclusions. Students may take the Portal in any discipline, irrespective of their major or minor. Satisfies the General Studies Portal course requirement. Students may take their Portal course in any discipline. Students who transfer 24 credit hours or more to UNK are exempt from taking a portal course.
SPCH 201 - Classical Traditions in the Communicative Arts - 3 hours
Prereq: none
A study of the contributions of the classical civilizations of Greece and Rome to the arts of communication: rhetoric and oratory, theatre and interpretation, and a study of classical influences on modern communication.
SPCH 202GS - Communication Concepts in Society - 3 hours
Prereq: none
A survey of the basic concepts of communication through application to different contexts and through examination of literature and methods in communication research.
SPCH 205 - Voice and Articulation - 3 hours
Prereq: none
Designed to improve voice articulation and projection.
SPCH 222 - Oral Interpretation of Literature - 3 hours
Prereq: none
Performing from great literature, developing close appreciation of the aesthetic elements of prose, poetry, and drama from the performing artist's viewpoint.
SPCH 230 - Nonverbal Communication - 3 hours
Prereq: none
Study of principles and effects of nonverbal communication.
SPCH 231 - Introduction to Forensics and Debate - 3 hours
Prereq: none
Study of debate and individual events procedures focused on skills of investigation and presentation.
SPCH 237 - Intercollegiate Debate and Forensics - 1-4 hours
Prereq: none
For students interested in intercollegiate debate and individual events tournaments.
SPCH 240 - Public Speaking for Professions and Business - 3 hours
Prereq: SPCH 100GS
Study and practice of the forms, style and delivery of public speaking in a business context.
SPCH 299 - Organizational Communication - 3 hours
Prereq: none
Studies in business and professional communication, conference and group process, leadership, motivation, and business presentations.
SPCH 300 - Interpersonal and Relational Communication - 3 hours
Prereq: none
Study of interpersonal and relational communication including the role of verbal and nonverbal communication in relationship development and maintenance, conflict management and interpersonal influence.
SPCH 332 - Logic Argumentation and Reasoning - 3 hours
Prereq: none
An examination of theories of practical logic with emphasis on rational decision making.
SPCH 360 - Persuasion and Propaganda - 3 hours
Prereq: none
The study and practice of persuasion.
SPCH 370 - Small Group Communication - 3 hours
Prereq: none
Study of small group communication theory and participation in various types of group discussion and activities.
SPCH 375 - Diffusion of Innovations - 3 hours
Prereq: none
Diffusion of Innovations examines the adoption of innovations by individuals in a social system from the perspective of a communication based model. Examples of innovations include fashion trends, campaign slogans, communication technologies, hygiene practices, birth control, farming practices, hybrid powered automobiles, types of government rule (democracy) and genetically engineered foods. The diffusion phenomenon is examined emphasizing social and individual points of view. Class sessions are mostly based on lecture, with some discussion. Assessment tools include exams, case studies, and a final semester project. The final project will be presented to the class.
SPCH 380 - Rhetorical Criticism - 3 hours
Prereq: none
Study of how to understand the consequences of persuasive communication, how to evaluate its quality, and how to be an effective agent of change.
SPCH 400 - The Teaching of Speech - 3 hours
Prereq: none
A methods course dealing with practical aspects of structuring and planning a speech-theatre program in the secondary schools.
SPCH 401 - Seminar: Special Topics - 1-3 hours
Prereq: none
Course work on a specific topic of communication designed by the teacher.
SPCH 450 - General Semantics (Language and Behavior) - 3 hours
Prereq: none
A study of the relationships of symbol systems to the development of personalities, organizations and societies.
SPCH 451 - Leadership Communication - 3 hours
Prereq: none
A study of the characteristics, styles, roles, and strategies of leaders with emphasis on parliamentary process.
SPCH 452 - Theories of Organizational Communication - 3 hours
Prereq: none
A study of major themes of communication within the organization: scientific, humanistic, systems decision making and communication approaches.
SPCH 453 - Interviewing - 3 hours
Prereq: none
Theories and techniques of interviewing, including information gathering, employment, appraisal and persuasive interviewing.
SPCH 454 - Intercultural Communication - 3 hours
Prereq: none
Study of communication across cultures.
SPCH 455 - Communication Training and Consulting - 3 hours
Prereq: none
A study of how to plan, conduct and evaluate communication training and development programs within the organization.
SPCH 456 - Rhetorical Theory - 3 hours
Prereq: none
Historical study of theories of persuasive communication from early Greek and Roman times.
SPCH 457 - Contemporary Rhetorical Theory - 3 hours
Prereq: none
Modern rhetorical theories.
SPCH 460 - Independent Study and Research - 1-4 hours
Prereq: none
Investigation of selected problems or topics on an individual basis. Obtain form from the Department office.
SPCH 475 - Internship - 1-9 hours
Prereq: permission of instructor, acceptance by a cooperating organization
In-depth study for advanced students through practical experience in the business and professional world in the area of speech communication.
SPCH 499 - Communication Theory - 3 hours
Prereq: 9 hours of core courses completed OR 6 hours completed and 3 taken concurrently
An overview of theory and major theorists in the field of communication.

23 Feb 2010