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Department of Communication Arts & Sciences prepares students for effective communication in the real world.

In pursuing the BA in Speech Communication, students may select from two different curriculum concentrations: (Intercultural-Interpersonal Communication or Organizational Communication). Students who are first-time degree seekers in either of the Speech Communication concentrations are required to declare a minor in a second academic discipline.

SC 135

Business and Professional Communication

Introduction to the basic oral communication skills needed for careers in business and the professions. Students make presentations, conduct interviews, and participate in problem-solving group discussions. Three hours of lecture per week.

Listed as SPCH 1321 in the Texas Common Course Numbering System.

Number of Credit Hours: 3

    SC 136

    Public Address

    Principles of effective speaking and their application to the preparation, delivery, and evaluation of the basic forms of public messages; stresses public issues, their relevancy and effect. Three hours of lecture per week.

    Listed as SPCH 1315 in the Texas Common Course Numbering System.

    Number of Credit Hours: 3

      SC 140

      Voice and Diction

      Development of an effective speaking voice through the achievement of proper relaxation, breathing, and vocal resonance. Three hours of lecture per week.

      Listed as SPCH 1315 in the Texas Common Course Numbering System.

      Number of Credit Hours: 3

        SC 230

        Urban Rhetorical Patterns

        Study of linguistic and rhetorical patterns of major ethnic and socioeconomic groups in urban areas. Three hours of lecture per week.

        Number of Credit Hours: 3

          SC 232

          Interpersonal Communication

          Study of the interpersonal communication as a dynamic process utilizing verbal and nonverbal cues as the basis of meaningful human interaction. Three hours of lecture per week.

          Listed as SPCH 1318 in the Texas Common Course Numbering System.

          Number of Credit Hours: 3

            SC 233

            Communication Skills for Health Professionals

            Practice in the development of interpersonal skills in relating to the health professional; practice in the development of the skills of group and public communication. Three hours of lecture per week.

            Number of Credit Hours: 3

              SC 236

              Argumentation and Debate

              Exploration of principles of argumentation, training, and participation in various types of argumentative speeches and debate. Special inclusion of parliamentary procedures. Three hours of lecture per week.

              Listed as SPCH 2325 in the Texas Common Course Numbering System.

              Number of Credit Hours: 3

                SC 330

                Persuasion

                Intensive examination of principles and techniques of persuasion and of the critical role of the consumer of persuasive messages. Three hours of lecture per week.

                Number of Credit Hours: 3

                  SC 332

                  Group Communication Processes

                  Role of communication theory in the making of individual and collective decisions; application of communication theory to principles of leadership in small group decision making. Three hours of lecture per week.

                  Number of Credit Hours: 3

                    SC 333

                    Interviewing

                    Strategies and techniques of interviewing as purposive dyadic interaction for interviewer and interviewee. Includes the study of and practice with various types of interviews. Three hours of lecture per week.

                    Number of Credit Hours: 3

                      SC 335

                      Rhetorical History and Criticism

                      Study of the history of rhetoric and rhetorical criticism: classical, medieval, and contemporary. Three hours of lecture per week. Offered as needed.

                      Number of Credit Hours: 3

                        SC 338

                        Introduction to Organizational Communication

                        Basic principles and perspectives of organizational communication; communication networks and structures; decision making; conflict resolution with organizations; impact of styles of communication on organizational relations. Three hours of lecture per week.

                        Number of Credit Hours: 3

                          SC 430

                          Independent Study

                          Independent study in interpersonal/intercultural communication, organizational communication, or rhetorical theory and criticism. Three hours of lecture per week.

                          Number of Credit Hours: 3

                            SC 431

                            Nonverbal Communication

                            The analysis of nonverbal aspects of human communication with special consideration of physical and spatial styles and cues. Three hours of lecture per week.

                            Number of Credit Hours: 3

                              SC 432

                              Intercultural Communication

                              Importance of cultural and ethnic differences as they affect our communication processes in various aspects of personal relations. Three hours of lecture per week.

                              Number of Credit Hours: 3

                                SC 433

                                Health Communication

                                Current issues in delivery of health care, practitioner/patient relationships, the role of private and government agencies in health care, dissemination of health care information. Three hours of lecture per week. Offered as needed.

                                Number of Credit Hours: 3

                                  SC 434

                                  Principles of Leadership

                                  Study of the phenomenon of leadership, leadership styles, and leadership techniques, including parliamentary procedures and other strategies of control and influence. Three hours of lecture per week.

                                  Number of Credit Hours: 3

                                    SC 435

                                    Advanced Public Address

                                    Study, criticism, and application of the principles and forms of public communication such as oratory, lectures, sermons, argumentation, and debate in a variety of public forums. Three hours of lecture per week. Offered as needed.

                                    Number of Credit Hours: 3

                                      SC 438

                                      Organizational Structure and Communication Behavior

                                      Analysis of the interdependence of organizational goals and communication behavior from the standpoint of those who must recognize, understand, or design communication systems. Three hours of lecture per week.

                                      Number of Credit Hours: 3

                                        SC 450

                                        Problems in Speech Communication

                                        Problems of current concern in speech communication; topics vary according to time and instructor. May be repeated as topics change. Three hours of lecture per week. Offered as needed.

                                        Number of Credit Hours: 3

                                          For detailed information about curricula and degree plans, see University Catalog.