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SPE103 - Effective Speech
Course offers opportunities to develop capability in oral communications. Content includes rhetorical theory, organization and structure of ideas, techniques for general speaking and listening effectiveness, practical experience in individual and group presentations. IAI C2 900 Recommendation: EGL 101 or Placement in EGL 101.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)
IAI Code: C2 900

SPE104 - Oral Interpretation
Course focuses on analysis and appreciation of literary art through oral presentation. Selections drawn from representative examples of prose, poetry, and drama. Content includes development of voice and body, effective use of the speaking voice, various evaluation and reading techniques, presentation skills, and integrated body movements.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

SPE105 - Training of The Speaking Voice
Course involves an individualized study and application of principles involving the vocal system. Focus is on practice and evaluation for improvement and proficiency in articulation, diction, phonation and resonance.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

SPE115 - Interpersonal Communication Across Cultures
Course studies the communication process: communication as action, as interaction, as transaction, and focuses on development, understanding and application of critical aspects of interpersonal communications involving the self and persons from similar backgrounds, and the self and persons from different cultures. Interpersonal communications situations include relationships, conflict/resolution, and power. Prerequisite: EGL 101 or SPE 103 or consent of instructor.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

SPE125 - Basic Sign Language
Course introduces the fundamentals of American Sign Language. The focus is on sign language vocabulary, expressive and receptive communication, fingerspelling, and ASL grammar used by Deaf Americans. This course is designed for students with no previous experience in this area.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

SPE126 - Basic Sign Language II
Course continues and expands on the fundamentals of American Sign Language. The focus is on sign language vocabulary, expressive and receptive communication, fingerspelling, and ASL grammar used by Deaf Americans. Course is designed for students with at least one previous course in ASL. Prerequisite: Completion of SPE 125 or equivalent with a minimum grade of C.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

SPE140 - Professional Presentations
Course introduces students to the rhetorical principles and strategies required to produce and present multimedia material.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

SPE209 - Persuasive Speaking
Course studies principles and practice of persuasion. Content includes analysis of methods for presentation of persuasive oral messages, motivational techniques, understanding and analyzing specific audience characteristics, preparation for and delivery of presentations. Prerequisite: SPE 103.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

SPE215 - Group Discussion
Course offers an introduction to the principles of group problem solving. Content includes patterns of leadership roles, group process, and interpersonal behavior within the small group. Focus is on verbal techniques, roles, and communication skills within the small group structure.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

SPE220 - Competitive Speaking
Course provides study and practice within 11 different individual events, along with Debate and Interpreters Theater that are commonly a part of forensic competition. Course focuses on research of subject matter, performance, and professionalism as a competitive speaker. Successful completion of the course requires students to engage in competitive intercollegiate forensics as a productive member of a speech team. Course may be repeated up to three times. Prerequisites: Completion of SPE 103 with a minimum grade of C or instructor consent
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

SPE290 - Topics in Speech
Course will explore selected topics in speech, writing and delivery, interpersonal communication and intrapersonal communication. Course may be repeated once. Prerequisite: Varies depending on specific topic.
1-4 Credit Hours (lecture: 0-4; lab: 0-4)

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