Speech (SPCH)

SPCH 1A  Public Speaking

4 Units (Degree Applicable, CSU, UC, C-ID #: COMM 110)
Lecture: 72   
Prerequisite: Eligibility for ENGL 68

Study and apply rhetorical principles to research and analyze topics, write basic and advanced speech outlines, and deliver effective public speeches. Perform speaking and listening assignments that utilize effective verbal, vocal and physical communicative strategies, and critical thinking techniques. Students may not receive credit for both SPCH 1A and SPCH 1AH.

SPCH 1AH  Public Speaking - Honors

4 Units (Degree Applicable, CSU, UC, C-ID #: COMM 110)
Lecture: 72   
Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Honors Program

Study and apply rhetorical principles to research and analyze topics, write basic and advanced speech outlines, and deliver effective public speeches. Perform speaking and listening assignments that utilize effective verbal, vocal and physical communicative strategies, and critical thinking techniques. An honors course designed to provide an enriched experience. Students may not receive credit for both SPCH 1A and SPCH 1AH.

SPCH 2  Survey of Communication Studies

4 Units (Degree Applicable, CSU, UC)
Lecture: 72   
Corequisite: ENGL 1A or ENGL 1AH (can be taken previously)

Basic theories and competencies in interpersonal, small group, public speaking, and intercultural communication. Students will examine and practice human communication principles and theories to develop critical thinking and communication competencies in a variety of contexts. Oral presentations are required.

TermCRNCourse TitleDayTimeInstructorLocation
Winter 202130423SPCH:2TR8:30am - 10:20amF. ReynoldsONLINE-XXXX
Winter 202130424SPCH:2TR10:30am - 12:20pmF. ReynoldsONLINE-XXXX

SPCH 3  Voice and Diction

3 Units (Degree Applicable, CSU, UC)
(May be taken for option of letter grade or Pass/No Pass)
Lecture: 54   

Improvement of the speaking voice and oral communication style, including proper control and projection of the voice, vocal expressiveness, articulation, and pronunciation. Develops accuracy of sound production for standard American speech through use of the International Phonetic Alphabet. Emphasizes individual diagnosis and extensive oral practice.

SPCH 4  Performance of Literature

3 Units (Degree Applicable, CSU, UC, C-ID #: COMM 170)
Lecture: 54   

Theory, principles, and techniques of the performance of literature in solo and duo formats. Practical training in critical reading, editing, and performance of poetry, prose, drama, essay, and experimental forms of performance text drawn from a diverse range of cultural viewpoints and voices. Texts will include prose, poetry, drama, and nonfiction. Appreciation of various genres of literature through textual analysis, oral reading, and evaluation.

SPCH 6  Group Communication

3 Units (Degree Applicable, CSU, UC)
Lecture: 54   

Theory, principles, application, and evaluation of group communication processes, including problem-solving, conflict management, decision making, and leadership.

TermCRNCourse TitleDayTimeInstructorLocation
Winter 202130425SPCH:6MTW4:30pm - 7:20pmJ. ArroyoONLINE-XXXX

SPCH 7  Intercultural Communication

3 Units (Degree Applicable, CSU, UC, C-ID #: COMM 150)
Lecture: 54   

Theoretical dynamics of culture within communication contexts, and a practical exploration into improving intercultural communication competence for more effective interactions with others in a diverse society. Students may not receive credit for both SPCH 7 and SPCH 7H.

SPCH 7H  Intercultural Communication - Honors

3 Units (Degree Applicable, CSU, UC, C-ID #: COMM 150)
Lecture: 54   
Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Honors Program

Theoretical dynamics of culture within communication contexts, and a practical exploration into improving intercultural communication competence for more effective interactions with others in a diverse society. Students may not receive credit for both SPCH 7 and SPCH 7H.

SPCH 8  Professional and Organizational Speaking

4 Units (Degree Applicable, CSU)
Lecture: 72   
Corequisite: ENGL 1A or ENGL 1AH (may have been taken previously)

Speech communication principles as employed in organizations, including decision making, leadership, conflict resolution, and communication networks as well as substantial skills development in preparing and delivering oral presentations within professional contexts and in the workplace. Oral presentations are required. Students may not receive credit for both SPCH 8 and SPCH 8H.

SPCH 8H  Professional and Organizational Speaking - Honors

4 Units (Degree Applicable, CSU)
Lecture: 72   
Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Honors Program
Corequisite: ENGL 1A and ENGL 1AH (may be taken previously)

Speech communication principles as employed in organizations, including decision making, leadership, conflict resolution, and communication networks as well as substantial skills development in preparing and delivering oral presentations within professional contexts and in the workplace. Oral presentations are required. An honors course designed to provide an enriched experience. Students may not receive credit for both SPCH 8 and SPCH 8H.

SPCH 9  Introduction to Persuasion

3 Units (Degree Applicable, CSU)
Lecture: 54   

Examines historical and contemporary approaches to persuasive messages throughout time. It will also focus on the presentation of persuasive appeals, and learning to construct, deliver, and critique persuasive messages.

SPCH 15  Forensics: Fundamentals of Contest Speech and Debate

2 Units (Degree Applicable, CSU, C-ID #: COMM 160B)
(May be taken four times for credit)
Lecture: 18   Lab: 54
Advisory: SPCH 1A or SPCH 1AH

Participation in one or more intercollegiate competitions as part of the Mt. SAC Forensics Team. Instructions in preparatory procedures for these tournaments, including techniques in persuasive oratory, interpretation, expository, impromptu, speech analysis, and debate. Student has option to choose area of interest and also an opportunity to participate in public community programs. Tournament attendance required outside regularly scheduled class hours. Students who repeat this course will benefit from additional competition experiences.

SPCH 16  Forensics: Individual Event Team

3 Units (Degree Applicable, CSU)
(May be taken four times for credit)

Prerequisite: Admission by audition

Speech performance skills and participation in multiple intercollegiate speaking competitions as members of the Mt. SAC Forensics Team. Auditions are held prior to the first week of class and are scheduled through the coaching staff. Tournament attendance required outside regularly scheduled class hours. Students who repeat this course will benefit from additional competition experiences.

TermCRNCourse TitleDayTimeInstructorLocation
Winter 202130426SPCH:16TR4:30pm - 8:35pmT. Pham; D. Cantrell; A. Lopez; A. CurvaONLINE-XXXX

SPCH 17  Forensics: Debate Team

3 Units (Degree Applicable, CSU)
(May be taken four times for credit)

Prerequisite: Admission by Audition

Speaking and argumentation skills and participation in multiple inter-collegiate speaking competitions as members of the Mt. SAC Forensics Team. Emphasis is on parliamentary debate and limited preparation speaking. Tournament attendance required outside regularly scheduled class hours. Students who repeat this course will benefit from additional competition experiences.

TermCRNCourse TitleDayTimeInstructorLocation
Winter 202130427SPCH:17TR4:30pm - 8:35pmT. Pham; A. Lopez; D. CantrellONLINE-XXXX

SPCH 18  Forensics: Reader's Theater Team

3 Units (Degree Applicable, CSU)
(May be taken four times for credit)

Prerequisite: SPCH 15

Speech performance skills and participation in multiple public performances, including a regional, state, or national-level forensics competition, as members of the Mt. SAC Forensics Team. Students will perform in one or more reader's theater pieces. Tournament attendance required outside regularly scheduled class hours. Students who repeat this course will benefit from additional competition experiences.

SPCH 20  Argumentation and Debate

3 Units (Degree Applicable, CSU, UC, C-ID #: COMM 120)
Lecture: 54   
Prerequisite: SPCH 1A or SPCH 1AH

Rhetorical principles of argumentation in both theory and practice. Emphasis is given to rational discussion and reasoned advocacy.

SPCH 20H  Argumentation and Debate - Honors

3 Units (Degree Applicable, CSU, UC, C-ID #: COMM 120)
Lecture: 54   
Prerequisite: SPCH 1A or SPCH 1AH and acceptance into the Honors Program

Rhetorical principles of argumentation in both theory and practice. Emphasis is given to rational discussion and reasoned advocacy. An honors course designed to provide an enriched experience. Students may not receive credit for both SPCH 20 and SPCH 20H. Off-campus tournaments may be required.

SPCH 26  Interpersonal Communication

3 Units (Degree Applicable, CSU, UC, C-ID #: COMM 130)
Lecture: 54   
Prerequisite: Eligibility for ENGL 68

Dynamics of everyday one-to-one communication focusing on the roles behavior, psychology, and environment play in friendship, family, intimate, and workplace relationships. Factors that influence communication such as nonverbal cues, language, perception, culture, power dynamics, listening, self-concept, and health and personal well-being. Problems in relational communication and conflict management as well as adaption and success in interpersonal effectiveness.

SPCH 26H  Interpersonal Communication - Honors

3 Units (Degree Applicable, CSU, UC, C-ID #: COMM 130)
Lecture: 54   
Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Honors Program

Dynamics of everyday one-to-one communication focusing on the roles behavior, psychology, and environment play in friendship, family, intimate, and workplace relationships. Factors that influence communication such as nonverbal cues, language, perception, culture, power dynamics, listening, self-concept, and health and personal well-being. Problems in relational communication and conflict management as well as adaption and success in interpersonal effectiveness. An honors course designed to provide an enriched experience. Students may not receive credit for both SPCH 26 and SPCH 26H.

SPCH 30  Introduction to Communication Theory

3 Units (Degree Applicable, CSU, UC, C-ID #: COMM 180)
Lecture: 54   
Corequisite: ENGL 1A or ENGL 1AH (may be taken previously)
Advisory: READ 100

Prominent issues in communication theory across the social sciences, introduction to the professional field of communication, and practice of multiple research methods for students preparing for upper division study in communication or related disciplines.

SPCH 30H  Introduction to Communication Theory - Honors

3 Units (Degree Applicable, CSU, UC)
Lecture: 54   
Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Honors Program
Corequisite: ENGL 1A or ENGL 1AH (may be taken previously)
Advisory: READ 100

Prominent issues in communication theory across the social sciences, introduction to the professional field of communication, and practice of multiple research methods for students preparing for upper division study in communication or related disciplines. Students may not receive credit for both SPCH 30 and SPCH 30H. This course will be enhanced by requiring each student to complete more substantial assignments related to these topics.

SPCH 99  Special Projects in Speech

0.5-2 Units (Degree Applicable, CSU)
Lecture: 9-36   

Offers selected students recognition for their academic interests and ability and the opportunity to explore their disciplines to greater depth, the various departments from time to time offer special projects courses. The content of each course and the methods of study vary from semester to semester and depend on the particular project under consideration.

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