Kim Flanders, Public Speaking, Fall 2018

Course Description

This course is designed to enhance students’ speech skills as effective performers and audience members of a diverse society. Therefore, a wide variety of readings,
assignments, and class work will center on the development and application of skills necessary to speak and listen with a heightened awareness of audience adaptation. Theoretical concepts as they apply to actual speech performances will be the main emphasis in this course.

Required Texts

Lucas, Stephen E. The Art of Public Speaking. 12th Edition. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2015.
ISBN-13: 978-0073523910 ISBN-10: 0073523917


Amy Bradley, Organizational Communication, Fall 2018

Course Description:

The study of organizational communication involves the intersection of two complex concepts - organization and communication. This course will help students understand organizational communication theories, models, and processes; apply these principles in organizational communication speaking exercises; and learn management and leadership skills.

Required Texts:

Miller, Katherine. (2011). Organizational Communication: Approaches and Processes
(ANY EDITION). Thompson Wadsworth. Note: ISBN-10: 0-495-89832-5 ISBN-13: 978-0-495-89832-0

Fritz, J. M. (2013). Professional Civility: Communicative Virtue at Work. Peter Lang. Soft cover book ISBN-13: 978-1-4331-1984-2.

Richard J. Bukoski, Public Speaking, Fall 2018

Course Description:

Course Description: This course is designed to enhance students’ speech skills as effective performers and audience members of a diverse society. Therefore, a wide variety of readings, assignments, and class work will center on the development and application of skills necessary to speak and listen with a heightened awareness of audience adaptation. Theoretical concepts as they apply to actual speech performances will be the main emphasis in this course.

Required Texts:

The Art of Public Speaking, Author: Lucas, Publisher: McGraw Hill, Edition: 12
ISBN 978-0073523910

Additional File: 

Brian P. Burke, ESL Public Speaking, Fall 2018

Course Description:

This is a conversation workshop course for non-native speakers of American English. In this course, the student will focus on refining pronunciation, making academic presentations, and participating in academic discussions. In order to achieve the most success in this class, the student must be able to speak flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes. Using a broad range of academic vocabulary appropriate for entry level college student is also a key element of this course. The student will give several academic presentations in which he/she will use the critical thinking and analysis skills learned in previous classes. The student will also lead a discussion while the others participate. The student will expand on these skills as he/she also increase your knowledge and experience with professional presentation techniques.

Required Text:

Dale, P. & Wolf, J. (2013). Speech communication made simple (4th ed.). White Plains, NY:
Pearson Education, Inc. ISBN: 978-0-13-286169-4


Patty J. Wharton-Michael, Introduction To Communication, Summer 2018

Course Description:

This course seeks to help you learn more about
- theories of communication, and the diversity of the discipline;
- the importance of culture in all forms of human communication;
- how you can communicate more effectively in a world that’s becoming increasingly multicultural;
- ethical principles and dilemmas that surface in communication interactions;
-the connection of mass media to interpersonal, small group and other areas of communication;
- listening skills; improving receptive and analytic skills;
- speech planning: topic and purpose formulation;
- speech presentation skills: delivering the messages effectively;
- the role of communication in a democratic society.
- the role and influence of computer-mediated communication.

Required Texts:
The required textbook is Human Communication; The Basic Course, by Joseph A. Devito 12th- 14th edition

Kristen L. Majocha, Intercultural Communication, Summer 2018

Course Description and Goals:

Intercultural Communication will stress both theoretical and practical application through assigned readings, exercises, assignments, and class discussions. Specifically, this course is designed to accomplish the following goals:
1) Relate your understanding of the theories and principles of intercultural communication to your life; 2) Examine the relationship between culture and communication
3) Become more critical of how your cultural identities and positionality influence communication; and 4) Explore how history, discrimination, colonization, and exploitation impact intercultural communication.

Required Texts:
Lustig, M. W. & Koester, J. (Eds.). (2005). Among US: Essays on identity, belonging, and intercultural competence (ANY EDITION). New York: Addison Wesley Longman.
Martin, J. N. & Nakayama, T. K. (2010). Intercultural communication in contexts (ANY EDITION). Mountain View, CA: Mayfield.
Additional Reading:
McIntosh, P. (1988). White privilege and male privilege: A personal account of coming to see correspondences through work in women’s studies (Paper No. 189). Wellesley, MA: Wellesley College, Center for Research on Women.

Paul A. Lucas, Communication Internship, Summer 2018

Course Description:

The Internship course is designed to provide you with the opportunity to apply your communication knowledge and background to a marketplace context, thus allowing for a supervised structure for communication theory and practice. The course generally relies on, but is not limited to, the following areas: advertising, public relations, corporate communication, human resources, marketing, media relations, and promotions/event planning.


In order to be eligible to participate in the Department of Communication Internship credits, undergraduate students must meet the following requirements:

 -Major or Minor in Communication (others considered on an individual basis)

 -Junior or Senior status (sometimes at supervisor discretion)

 -Minimum 2.5 GPA overall and 2.5 GPA in Major

 -Minimum 2.5 GPA in Communication Minor when applicable

 -Enrollment and billing for term of internship ONLY

Paul A. Lucas, Integrated Marketing Communication, Summer 2018

Course Description and Objectives:

Why study marketing as a part of a Liberal Arts/Humanities/Communication education?
Integrated Marketing Communication (IMC) is a form of persuasion that invites audiences to participate in an organization’s story and mission.
IMC allows organizations to publicize their marketing messages, although some approaches to marketing can be both risky and expensive. As such, we will look at the construction and creation of marketing messages, as well as the way those messages impact consumers and target audiences. The success of IMC depends on researching well, asking good questions, and planning messages that really speak to the audience. In this course, we will work on all three.

When studying IMC, we are not only building professional skills essential for integrated marketing practice, but we are also building on our understanding of what it means to craft arguments and ideas. In this course, then, you will:

- Discover the persuasive practice of IMC from a conceptual/rhetorical and practical perspective
- Build research and writing skills necessary for professional success in IMC and related fields
- Learn basic tenets of campaign/IMC planning
- Explore the importance and impact of IMC within culture and society

IMC falls into the Aesthetics and Creative Expression World of Knowledge. Students will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of human expression through memo research assignments, analyze aesthetic creative work through ad/article discussion days, and create written, visual, and performance media through the building the brand presentation and the creating the brand paper.

Required Text:

Sheehan, K. B. (2014). Controversies in contemporary advertising (2nd ed.). Los Angeles: Sage Publications, Inc.

Paul A. Lucas, Public Speaking, Summer 2018

Course Description:

University of Pittsburgh’s website states: “Communication, both spoken and written, is always addressed to an audience, a set of listeners or readers you are intending to convey information to or have some effect upon. Public speaking differs from written communication in that the audience is present, gathered for some occasion. That occasion has norms and expectations that a speaker must recognize. Finally, a public speaker has some purpose, something they are trying to accomplish or set in motion. Good public speaking always accounts for these three components.” The overall objective of this course is for students to understand and enact these three components through effective speech research, organization, analysis, content, and delivery.

Required Texts:

Fraleigh, D. M., & Tuman, J.S. (2014). Speak up! An illustrated guide to public speaking (3rd ed.). Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s. ISBN: 9781457623943


Shelley Johansson, Public Speaking, Spring 2018

Course Description:

Introduction to the composition, delivery and critical analysis of informative and persuasive speeches.


The Art of Public Speaking, by Stephen E. Lucas.



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