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Communication Department Courses


    • SPCH 1A - Public Speaking
      Study and apply rhetorical principles to research and analyze topics, write basic and advanced speech outlines, and deliver effective public speeches. Perform speaking and listening assignments that utilize effective verbal, vocal and physical communicative strategies, and critical/analytical techniques. Students may not receive credit for both SPCH 1A and SPCH 1AH.
    • SPCH 1AH - Public Speaking Honors
      Study and apply rhetorical principles to research and analyze topics, write basic and advanced speech outlines, and deliver effective public speeches. Perform speaking and listening assignments that utilize effective verbal, vocal and physical communicative strategies, and critical/analytical techniques. Students may not receive credit for both SPCH 1A and SPCH 1AH. An honors course designed to provide an enriched experience. Students may not receive credit for both SPCH 1A and SPCH 1AH.
    • SPCH 2 – Fundamentals of Communication
      Fundamental theories and competencies in interpersonal, small group, public, and intercultural communication. Oral presentations are required.
    • SPCH 3 - Voice and Diction
      Improvement of the speaking voice and oral communication style, including proper use for control and projection of the voice, vocal expressiveness, articulation and pronunciation. Develops accuracy of sound production for standard American speech through use of the International Phonetic Alphabet. Emphasizes individual diagnosis and extensive oral practice.
    • SPCH 4 – Oral Interpretation of Literature
       Theory, principles, and techniques of the performance of literature in solo and duo formats. Texts will include prose, poetry, drama, nonfiction and other forms. Appreciation of various genres of literature through textual analysis, oral reading, and evaluation. Practical training is given in critical reading, editing, and performance of poetry, prose, drama, essay, and experimental forms of performance text drawn from a diverse range of cultural viewpoints and voices.
    • SPCH 6 – Small Group Communication
       Theory, principles, application and evaluation of group communication processes, including problem-solving, conflict management, decision making, and leadership.
    • SPCH 7 – Intercultural Communication
       Theoretical dynamics of culture within communication contexts, and a practical exploration into improving intercultural communication competence for more effective interactions with others in a diverse society. Students may not receive credit for both SPCH 7 and SPCH 7H.
    • SPCH 7H – Intercultural Communication - Honors
       Theoretical dynamics of culture within communication contexts, and a practical exploration into improving intercultural communication competence for more effective interactions with others in a diverse society. An honors course designed to provide an enriched experience. Students may not receive credit for both SPCH 7 and SPCH 7H.
    • SPCH 8 – Professional and Organizational Communication
       Speech communication principles as employed in organizations, including decision making, leadership, conflict resolution and communication networks as well as substantial skills development in preparing and delivering oral presentations within professional contexts and in the workplace. Oral presentations are required.
    • SPCH 8H – Professional and Organizational Communication - Honors
       Speech communication principles as employed in organizations, including decision making, leadership, conflict resolution and communication networks as well as substantial skills development in preparing and delivering oral presentations within professional contexts and in the workplace. Oral presentations are required. An honors course designed to provide an enriched experience. Students may not receive credit for both SPCH 8 and SPCH 8H.
    • SPCH 15 – Forensics: Contest Speech and Debate
       Participation in one or more intercollegiate competitions as part of the Mt. SAC Forensics Team. Instructions in preparatory procedures for these tournaments, including techniques in persuasive oratory, interpretation, expository, impromptu, speech analysis, and debate. Student has option to choose area of interest and also an opportunity to participate in public community programs. Tournament attendance required outside regularly scheduled class hours. Students who repeat this course will benefit from additional competition experiences.
    • SPCH 16, 17, 18 – Advanced Forensics Courses
       Speech performance skills and participation in multiple intercollegiate speaking competitions as members of the Mt. SAC Forensics Team. Tournament attendance required outside regularly scheduled class hours. Students who repeat these courses will benefit from additional competition experiences.
    • SPCH 20 – Argumentation and Debate
       Rhetorical principles of argumentation in both theory and practice. Emphasis is given to rational discussion and reasoned advocacy.
    • SPCH 20H – Argumentation and Debate - Honors
       Rhetorical principles of argumentation in both theory and practice. Emphasis is given to rational discussion and reasoned advocacy. An honors course designed to provide an enriched experience. Students may not receive credit for both SPCH 20 and SPCH 20H. Off-campus tournaments may be required.
    • SPCH 26 – Interpersonal Communication
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    • SPCH 26H – Interpersonal Communication - Honors
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    • SPCH 30 – Gateway to Communication Studies
       Prominent issues in communication theory, introduction to the professional field of communication, and practice of multiple research methods. Particularly useful for students preparing for upper division study in communication or related disciplines.
    • SPCH 99 – Special Projects in Speech
       Offers selected students recognition for their academic interests and ability and the opportunity to explore their disciplines to greater depth, the various departments from time to time offer special projects courses. The content of each course and the methods of study vary from semester to semester and depend on the particular project under consideration.