Speech Communication
2005 - 2006 College of the Ozarks Catalog

The general goal of the Speech Communication minor program is the improvement of students’ abilities in oral expression with particular emphasis on three areas: presentational speaking, intrapersonal and interpersonal communication. At the completion of their studies, speech communication minors should possess a comprehensive, functional knowledge of the following five communication skills areas: public speaking, intra/interpersonal communication, small group communication, listening, and reasoning and argumentation.

Minor in Speech Communication

Required minor courses: 21 hours  
SPC 103 Public Speaking (F/S) 3
   SPC 203 Interpersonal Communication (F)  
   SPC 303 Intercultural Communication (S-E)  
   SPC 313 Business and Professional Speaking (F)  
   SPC 323 Small Group Communication (S) WI  
   SPC 333 Persuasive Speaking (S-O)  
   SPC 343 Argumentation and Debate WI (S)  
   SPC 353 Organizational Communication (F)  
Additional requirements:  
   •Sign an Intent to Minor statement  
   •Maintain a 2.0 GPA in speech courses  


103 Public Speaking A course in the fundamentals of public and presentational speaking, including both sending and receiving messages, stressing analysis of occasion, purpose, content, structure, effect and individual perceptions of speaker credibility. Students will make three to five presentations of various types of speeches. (F/S) 203 Interpersonal Communication A study of the nature of intra- and inter­personal communication. Students explore the dynamics of communicating with themselves and others with emphasis on enhancing self-aware-ness, roles analysis, values processing, listening skills, assertive behavior, conflict management skills, kinesics and proxemics. (F)

Prerequisite for all 300-400 level courses: 45 hours or permission.

303 Intercultural Communication—Prerequisite: 103, suggested SPC 203. A study in how cultures affect communication. Students will look at how history, religion, family structure, and other components of culture affect the building, transmission, and reception of messages. The course places special emphasis upon how communication misunderstandings can occur and how they can be remedied. (S-even)

313 Business and Professional Speaking—Prerequisite: 103. A course designed to emphasize numerous communication characteristics unique to the business, professional and organizational sectors. Students will study sales presentations, instructional speaking, communication ethics, advanced speaking skills, communication apprehension and listening skills. Students present a variety of business and professional speeches. (F)

323 Small Group Communication—Prerequisite: permission. A study of the theoretical and practical principles of group dynamics. Leadership, participation, techniques, types of discussion, consideration of small group dimensions, conflict management, listening and the influence of cooperation and competition on small group communication are discussed and practiced. Writing Intensive. (S)

333 Persuasive Speaking—Prerequisite: SPC 103. A continuation of the study of public speaking with an emphasis on increased understanding of the theories regarding human persuasion: including studies of free speech, communication ethics, the use of symbols, reasoning and persuasive campaigns and movements. Students will present several persuasive speeches to a classroom audience. (S-odd)

343 Argumentation and Debate—Prerequisite: permission. A course designed to develop rational decision-making abilities in various communication situations. Logical reasoning and the use of emotional appeals are emphasized in the analysis, composition, delivery and evaluation of propositions of fact, value and policy. Writing Intensive. (S)

353 Organizational Communication—Prerequisite: permission. An examination of communication processes within formal and informal organizational settings. Special emphasis areas include systems theory, leader/member relationships, corporate culture, communication and power, and interpersonal and group interaction within the organization. (F)


2005 - 2006 College of the Ozarks Catalog