Overview of course offerings
Communication is the backbone of modern society, from how we build relationships to how we choose the make and model of our cars. Even when you don't realize it, you are involved in some way in the process of communication.
SP100 Introduction to Communications explains how you communicate in various situations, from one-on-one with a friend to speaking in front of large crowds.
You can explore presenting information in a public setting in SP111 Fundamentals of Public Speaking, or delve into personal communications in SP218 Interpersonal Communication.
If your interests are somewhere in between, then try SP219 Fundamentals of Small Group Communication.
Persuasion is a particular form of communications that you see every day. It can be an advertisement or a phone solicitor in the most obvious forms, or it can be hidden and deceptive like a shrug or a wink, adding emphasis to a masked suggestion. In SP112 Fundamentals of Persuasion you will get to look at how to persuade people to your point of view, as well as how others are trying to persuade you to their point of view. The skills you can learn in this class are definitely useful, no matter how you look at them.
Our country is known as a melting pot of cultures. It is important that we can communicate with each other and not create misunderstanding because of cultural differences. That is what SP115 Intercultural Communication is all about. This class will help you understand cross-cultural communications, which includes everything from talking to your neighbor to understanding other countries.
There is an art in telling stories. It is part literature, part acting and part public speaking. SP229 Oral Interpretation provides opportunities for you to explore literature through interpretative reading with an emphasis on characterization, emotional response and analysis of literary function.