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Speech

In the Speech major, students learn the skills necessary to deliver well-constructed and well-articulated presentations while respecting criticism received and adjusting accordingly.

Graduates pursue careers such as business and industry, politics, speechwriting and consulting, performing arts, writing, teaching and sales. All majors are encouraged to join the national championship winning Union University Debate Team, which competes in the International Public Debate Association every year. The Debate Team fosters an environment that encourages a close-knit community amongst members while also challenging the students academically.

If you are interested in the Speech major, please contact Dr. Web Drake, Chair, Communication Arts.

Speech Major: 39 hours (13 classes)

Required Courses:

An oral communication skills course that emphasizes organizing thoughts, adapting messages to specific audiences, using language correctly, delivering messages verbally and nonverbally with confidence, and active listening and evaluation skills. Credit Hours: 3. Prerequisites: None. Offered in the Fall, Spring, Winter, and Summer.
Study and development of the voice with exercises in articulation and pronunciation. Seeks to evaluate vocal weaknesses and provide students with the tools to improve their voices. A special unit emphasizes improving regionalisms and southern dialect. Credit hours: 3. Prerequisites: None. Offered in the Fall.
An oral communication class that seeks to assist the student in developing a critical mind and verbal acumen through researching, analyzing, and developing sound arguments for and rebuttals to various issues; and viewing and participating in various forms of educational debate. Includes parliamentary procedure. Credit hours: 3. Prerequisites: None. Offered in the Fall.
Identify communication problems in interpersonal relationships including ethical communication, self- disclosure, perception, interviewing, conflict management, verbal and nonverbal communication. The student will exhibit competent language skills through oral reports, working in dyads and small groups, and class simulations. Credit Hours: 3. Prerequisites: None. Offered in the Fall, Spring, Winter, and Summer.
Analysis, adoption, and staging of various literary genres for solo and ensemble performance including techniques for Reader’s Theatre staging and performances before an audience. Credit hours: 3. Prerequisites: None. Offered in the Spring, Even Years.
Organizational structure, communication networks, and employer-employee relationships. Emphasis: conducting interviews and performance appraisals, decision-making strategies, ethics, team-building, and the communication audit. Credit hours: 3. Prerequisites: None. Offered in the Spring.
An interactive experience emphasizing the process by which organizations help managers and employees improve performance and increase job satisfaction. Credit hours: 3. Prerequisites: None. Offered in the Fall, Even Years.
A study of theories, strategies, and applications relating to persuasion. Students examine rhetorical address, advertising, public relations, interpersonal communication, and political communication. Topics include language, ethics, audience-analysis, imagery, culture, reasoning, credibility, and motivation. Credit hours: 3. Prerequisites: None. Offered in the Spring.
Prerequisite: COM 112 or 235 An oral communication skills course that teaches advanced public speaking skills including impromptu and manuscript speeches, speaking while using technology, speech writing, and special occasion speeches. Rhetorical criticism, critical thinking, and verbal fluidity are also covered. Credit hours: 3. Prerequisites: None. Offered in the Spring, Even Years.
Examination of methods of critical thinking with attention given to the Socratic method, inductive and deductive reasoning, and the identification of logical fallacies. Credit hours: 3. Prerequisites: None. Offered in the Spring of odd years.
This course covers topics designed to develop students’ ability to negotiate effectively and improve their ability to develop a strategic plan for effective negotiations. Credit hours: 3. Prerequisites: None.
Speech majors will select six hours (two courses) of elective credits in Communication Arts, in consultation with your advisor.

Minor in Speech: 21 hours (7 classes)

Required Courses:

A. COM 112, 211, 218, 235, 417—15 hours (5 classes)
B. Select 2 from: COM 311, 320, 325, 416; BLAW421—6 hours (2 classes)