Course Descriptions - SPH

Speech (SPH)

SPH 106 Fundamentals of Oral Communication
3 semester hours
Prerequisite: None Core Area II, THUM
This is a performance course that includes the principles of human communication: Intrapersonal, interpersonal, and public. It surveys current communication theory and provides practical application. (F, Sp, Su)

SPH 107 Fundamentals of Public Speaking
3 semester hours
Prerequisite: None Core Area II, THUM
This course explores principles of audience and environment analysis as well as the actual planning, rehearsing, and presenting of formal speeches to specific audiences. Historical foundations, communication theories and student performances are emphasized. (F, Sp, Su)

SPH 108 Voice and Diction
3 semester hours
Prerequisite: None Code C
This course provides training for improvement in use of the speaking voice. Attention is focused on range, flexibility, clarity of articulation, and standards of pronunciation with individual help in the correction of faulty speech habits. A study of the International Phonetic Alphabet is included. (as needed)

SPH 116 Introduction to Interpersonal Communication
3 semester hours
Prerequisite: None Core Area IV, TSOC
This course is an introduction to the basic principles of interpersonal communication. (F, Sp, Su)
SPH 123-124-125 Forensics Workshop I-II-III
1-3 semester hours each
Prerequisite: None
Code C
These courses offer experience in speech activities such as debate, discussion, oral interpretation, extemporaneous speaking, and original oratory. The student is required to participate in scheduled intercollegiate speech tournaments. (F, Sp)

SPH 206 Oral Interpretation
3 semester hours
Prerequisite: None Code C
This course is designed to help students develop specific skills in the analysis and oral interpretation of poetry, prose, and drama. It includes a study of the elements of oral communication such as imagery, structure, and dramatic timing. Opportunity is given for public/classroom performance of literature. (on demand)

SPH 227 Argumentation and Debate
3 semester hours
Prerequisite: None Code C
This course introduces argumentation and debate and methods of bringing reasoned discourse to bear on personal and social problems. It includes investigations into the various types of debates with emphasis on the use of evidence, logic, responsibility of the advocate, and the composition of language for oral controversy. (on demand)

SPH 228 Group Communication
3 semester hours
Prerequisite: None Code C
This course offers a study of the nature, uses, and types of group discussion, intrapersonal communication, and the interpersonal communication. It includes a study of the role of democratic leadership in organizing and conducting group meetings. Group problem solving and the individual’s role in a functioning group are also explored. (on demand)