Speech Courses

All SPC courses fulfill the Gen Ed requirement

SPC101 Communications in Society. One unit. An introduction in the study of communications.  The course offers background an experiential projects across a range of the most frequently utilized communication contexts. Offered fall and spring semesters.

SPC102 Voice and Diction I. One unit. A course to give the student individual attention and practice in breath control, phonation,resonance, articulation, and pronunciation.  Prerequisite Th117.  Open to Theatre Performance majors or with permission of instruction.  Offered fall and spring semesters.

SPC103 Public Speaking. One unit. Ideal for the liberal arts student, the basic speech course studies the art of public speaking from a variety of informal and formal perspectives. Offered fall and spring semesters.

SPC104 Oral Traditions and Narrative Theatre. One unit.  This course explores storytelling through the performance of literary works. Students practice and apply analysis, improvisational and spoken word styles and public speaking techniques to interpret writing that may include novels, poetry, famous speeches, documentary texts. Offered most semesters.

SPC202 Voice and Diction II. One Unit. A course to give students advanced voice instruction with particular attention to character studies, dialects, and classical dramatic texts.  Prerequisites SPC102, Th117, Th217.

SPC203 Voice Overs. One Unit.  Ever since radio, or “wireless”, technology was invented in 1895 by Italian physicist Guglielmo Marconi and with incredible advances in technology, an interesting “voice” is a marketable asset. We hear them everywhere; from television commercials and video games to voicemail recordings and even greeting cards. Learning how to properly use one's voice is a valuable skill to have in order to thrive in this now prosperous career.

SPC252  Mock Trial. One unit. This class is designed to teach and practice the basic elements of trial advocacy, including opening statements, direct and cross-examination of witnesses, objections, and closing arguments. Everyone will be expected to participate extensively in class, and significant preparation outside of class will also be required. Because of the participatory nature of the class, regular attendance is essential. The class will culminate in a trial open to the entire College at the end of the semester. By the end of the semester, students will have increased competency in preparing delivery, and evaluating public speeches.

SPC301 Communication in the Small Group. One unit. A study of principles and techniques of communication crucial to growth and success in business and professional settings.  Topics include interviewing context trends in management, small group work, and private presentations.  Individual practice emphasized. Offered as necessary.

SPC304 Stage Dialects. One unit. A speech course geared toward the advanced student actor seeking a career in theatre. The course examines a variety of European and American dialects. Prerequisites:  SPC102.  Open to theatre Performance majors or with permission of the instructor. 

For students wishing to take the Speech Proficiency Exam, please complete the SPEECH PROFICIENCY EXAM FORM.