SCOM 1000 Human Communication
Credit Hours 2
Description

A survey course of the field of Human Communication. Students discuss language development; focus on interpersonal, intercultural, small group, organizational, public and mass communication; and theorize about communicating and working effectively in the electronic age.

SCOM 1010 Voice and Articulation
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Principles of Phonation and Articulation for the development of the speaking voice and correction of defects and mannerisms.

SCOM 1500 Public Speaking
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

The principles of public speaking. Students study the principles of oral communication; focus on audience analysis and choosing the content, organization, and mode of delivery for a speech to satisfy the needs of an audience; and examine the changing world of the public speaker.

SCOM 2050 Media, Culture, and Society
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Review of the ways in which mass mediation has transformed culture, politics, and communication. Purpose is to enhance media literacy by assessing current debates over the role of the media in American society.

SCOM 2300 Business and Professional Communication
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course focuses on the principles to manage communication in a variety of organizational contexts. Emphasis is on effective communication and the preparation of business presentations. Topics include, but are not limited to, interviewing, managing business meetings, and conflict management.

SCOM 2400 Interpersonal Communication
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course focuses on the opportunity for students to learn and understand the principals, theories, and some of the practical application of effective interpersonal communication and to become sensitive to the relational development of these ideas in various contexts, particularly those involving relationships within families and among co-workers and friends.

SCOM 2510 Debate Activity
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites consent of instructor
Description

Four and one-half hours lecture and laboratory a week. Participation in all aspects of debating. May be repeated for a maximum of nine hours.

SCOM 2710 Argumentation
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course is designed to help students develop their ability to construct sound arguments and to critically evaluate arguments made by others. Students will learn how to collect and evaluate evidence, analyze reasoning, detect fallacies, while simultaneously learning the fundamental principles of the rhetorical arts.

SCOM 2900 Intercultural Communication
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Intercultural communication focuses on the patterns, dynamics, and worldviews that influence the processes involved in communication within and across different cultural groups. Topics covered will address intercultural communication competence from a variety of perspectives, and will include the role of identity, verbal and nonverbal patterns of communication, as well as an exploration of the skills that can aid in overcoming perceived obstacles to intercultural communication.

SCOM 3000 Phonetics
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Spch 1010 or 1500 with grade of C or higher, or consent of instructor
Description

Training in the pronunciation of Standard American English and the International Phonetic Alphabet.

SCOM 3010 Advanced Public Speaking
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Spch 1000 and Spch 1500 with a grade of C or higher or consent of instructor
Description

Development of the proper techniques of persuasion, demonstration, and the preparation and delivery of business and professional speeches.

SCOM 3040 Communicating Environmental Issues
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Spch 1000 with a grade of C or higher and an institutional GPA of 2.5 or higher
Description

Cross-listed with JOUR 3040. Critical and cultural approaches to analyzing environmental discourses and producing problem-solving environmental messages. Global environmental issues are studied via: advocacy campaigns, journalism, green marketing, industry rhetoric, science and risk communication, media representations, and environmental and animal ethics.

SCOM 3050 Speech Communication Research Methods
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Prerequisite Spch 1000 with a grade of C or higher.
Introduction to speech communication research methods, including data collection, analysis and interpretation. Specific methods will include observation, focus groups, interviews, experiments, surveys, and content analysis. An introduction to statistics and statistical tests is included as well.

SCOM 3060 Communication Law and Regulation
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

The laws as applied to press, film, and telecommunication. A philosophical basis and evolution of legal precedent governing media, slander, privacy, copyright, information access, constitutional issues, and practical limitations of libel. (Journalism majors must take this course under the journalism heading.).

SCOM 3250 Persuasion-CTW
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Prerequisite Spch 1000 and Spch 2710 with a grade of C or higher.
Examine humanistic and/or social scientific perspectives about persuasion. Critical thinking is emphasized through the exploration of topics that include the psychology of persuasion, propaganda, and the formulation of public opinion. Serves as one of the two Critical Thinking Through Writing (CTW) courses required of all speech majors.

SCOM 3450 Non-Verbal Communication
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Analysis of non-verbal behaviors as human communication messages.

SCOM 3510 Principles of Debate
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Spch 1010 or Spch 1500 with grade of C or higher, or consent of instructor
Description

A systematic approach to skills necessary for effective argumentative speeches: research, evidential burdens, argument briefing, organization.

SCOM 3690 Honors Readings
Credit Hours 1.0 - 3.0
Prerequisites Good standing with the Honors College and consent of instructor
Description

Discussion and readings in selected topics.

SCOM 4400 Development of Communication and Language Across the Lifespan
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Spch 1000 with grade of C or higher
Description

Theories, nature, basic behavioral aspects, and constraints of typical communication and language development across the lifespan.

SCOM 4410 Communication Disorders
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Spch 3000 with grade of C or higher
Description

Causes, incidence, assessment, and treatment of speech, language, and hearing disorders of children and adults. A basic knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the speech and hearing mechanism is recommended.

SCOM 4450 Rhetorical Theory and Criticism
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Development of critical skills useful for evaluating public discourse, with an emphasis on classical and modern theories of rhetoric.

SCOM 4475 Communication and Aging
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

A broad overview of the ways in which communication affects, and is affected by, the aging process. Life-span development and the theory and research in the area of communication and aging.

SCOM 4480 Political Campaign Communication
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

(Same as JOUR 4480.) Principles, theories and practices of communication in campaign contexts.

SCOM 4485 Presidential Rhetoric
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Relationships between presidential communication, audiences, and the institution of the American presidency.

SCOM 4490 Communication and Gender
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

(Same as WGSS 4130.) The influence of gender (social definitions of maleness and femaleness) on public, interpersonal, and mass communication.

SCOM 4500 Visual Communication
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

(Same as JOUR 4500.) Examination of communication theories that help explain how visual images symbolically interact with audiences. The manifest and latent persuasive functions of visual messages will be explored in a variety of contexts, from the mass media to human interactions.

SCOM 4510 Media and Politics
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

(Same as JOUR 4510.) Examination of the symbiotic relationship among the media, the political process, and the public. Emphasis on how the media’s structures and conventions help identify and frame issues and provide interpretative frameworks for analyzing political messages.

SCOM 4515 Communicating Identities
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

The communicative processes involved in the creation and articulation of individual and collective identities. May be repeated once for credit if topic is different.

SCOM 4520 African-American Rhetoric
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

(Same as AAS 3480.) Survey of African-American contributions to public communication. Emphasis on Afrocentric and traditional approaches to rhetorical theory and criticism.

SCOM 4530 Voices of African-American Feminists
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

(Same as AAS 4530.) Overview of the rhetorical history of African-American female political and social activities.

SCOM 4540 Mediation and Conflict Resolution
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Three lecture hours per week. Analysis of the role of communication as it relates to mediation and conflict resolution in public and interpersonal contexts. Theoretical concepts and practical applications will be emphasized.

SCOM 4550 Communication Styles
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Principles, theories, and impacts of various communication styles, including patronizing speech, verbal immediacy, argumentativeness, verbal aggressiveness and others.

SCOM 4560 Health Communication
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Use theories of health communication and persuasion to critique, develop, and evaluate health communication campaigns, entertainment-education efforts, and health in the news and entertainment media. Explore the role that interpersonal communication, social media, and new technology have on health behaviors.

SCOM 4610 Rhetoric of American Issues
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Examining the rhetoric surrounding selected issues in American history, issues that manifest in a variety of forms historically and continue to motivate current debates. Examples include: federal v. state authority; church and state; limits of free speech; pluralism v. American identity; America’s role in the world; attitudes toward technology.

SCOM 4800 Communication and Diversity-CTW
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Spch 3250 with grade of C or higher
Description

This senior capstone course explores the complex relationship between communication and diversity. Critical thinking is emphasized through an examination of potential topics that include ethics, conflict, identity, and community. Serves as one of the two Critical Thinking Through Writing (CTW) courses required of all speech majors.

SCOM 4870 Honors Thesis: Research
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Good standing with the Honors College and consent of instructor
Description

Readings or research preparatory to honors thesis or project. This course may include a Signature Experience component.

SCOM 4880 Honors Thesis: Writing
Credit Hours 3.0 - 6.0
Prerequisites Spch 4870 with grade of C or higher, good standing with the Honors College and consent of instructor
Description

Writing or production of honors thesis or project. This course may include a Signature Experience component.

SCOM 4890 Special Project
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Nine hours credit in the major and consent of instructor
Description

Individually-designed project in speech, utilizing on-campus and field resources. May be repeated for a maximum of six hours.

SCOM 4980 Internship
Credit Hours 1.0 - 6.0
Prerequisites eligibility criteria may be obtained from the Department of Communication Internship Coordinator
Description

Representative field experiences in areas related to the speech major. This course may include a Signature Experience component.

SCOM 4995 Directed Readings B.I.S.-CTW
Credit Hours 3.0 - 4.0
Description

Directed Readings designed for Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies students. This course may satisfy the junior and/or senior-level Critical Thinking Through Writing requirements.