Speech Communication Undergraduate Courses

Some courses may not be offered every year. Check with the college or department office for current information about when specific courses are offered.  

 

For course syllabi, see the departmental website.

 

SC  101 PERSPECTIVES ON COMMUNICATION      (3)

Investigates the contexts of intrapersonal, interpersonal, intercultural, organizational, and mass communication as interrelated environments. Processes unique to each communication environment provide a basis for critical analysis. For nonmajors only.  

 

SC  111 FUNDAMENTALS OF PUBLIC SPEAKING      (3)

Development of basic skills for creation and delivery of oral messages in public and in small groups.  Emphasizes organization and reasoning.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required.  SPW

 

SC  112 EFFECTIVE LISTENING      (1)

Study and application of components for effective listening; emphasis placed on improving individual listening skills.

 

SC  116 FORENSIC WORKSHOP      (1-4)

Preparation to participate in intercollegiate forensic activities: debate, platform speaking, and oral interpretation. For first- and second-year students only. May be repeated for up to 4 hours of credit. Total hours in SC 116 and 316 may not exceed 8.

 

SC  199 SPECIAL TOPICS      (1-3)

Foundations of intellectual inquiry.  In-depth study of a substantive problem.  Letter grade only.  May be repeated for up to 6 hours of credit.

 

SC  201 RESEARCH IN SPEECH COMMUNICATION      (3)

Surveys primary research areas, methods, and perspectives in speech communication. Emphasizes basic undergraduate research techniques and writing in speech communication. Prerequisite: COM 101 or COM 200 or SC 111 or instructor's consent.

 

SC  217 ARGUMENTATION AND DEBATE      (3)

Decision making through argumentation, with special emphasis on the analysis of issues, reasoning, and refutation.  Prerequisite: SC 111

 

SC  271 GROUP COMMUNICATION      (3)

Theory and practice of communication as applied to various large and small group contexts.  

 

SC  299 SPECIAL TOPICS      (1-3)

In-depth study of an aspect, concept, or problem.  Letter grade only.  May be repeated for up to 6 hours of credit.

 

SC  300W RHETORICAL CRITICISM      (3)

Examines classical and contemporary methods of analyzing public discourse. Emphasizes applying critical methods to a variety of persuasive texts. This course fulfills NAU's junior-level writing requirement.  Prerequisite: (COM 200 or SC 201) and Junior Status or higher JWRT

 

SC  311 ADVANCED PRESENTATION TECHNIQUES      (3)

Preparing and presenting speeches with special emphasis on contemporary presentation techniques.  Emphasizes audience analysis, research, organizational style, visuals, and speech writing and delivery in a variety of contexts.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required.  Prerequisite: SC 111 or SC 116 and Junior Status or higher

 

SC  312 METHODS OF INTERVIEWING      (3)

Theoretical and practical application of communication principles for effective interviews from the perspectives of the interviewer and interviewee in various contexts including selection, probing, persuasive, and survey interviews.  Prerequisite: SC 111 or SC 315 and Junior Status or higher

 

SC  314 COMMUNICATING IN INSTRUCTIONAL ENVIRONMENTS      (3)

Investigates theories and practices of oral communication as they relate to pedagogical contexts within traditional and nontraditional classroom environments, organizations, and professions.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required.  Prerequisite:  Sophomore Status or higher

 

SC  315 BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL SPEAKING      (3)

Communication principles, procedures, and practices in organizations.  Emphasizes effective oral presentation techniques in a variety of contexts including informative, persuasive, and group presentations.  For non-majors only.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required. Prerequisite: Junior Status or higher

 

SC  316 ADVANCED FORENSIC WORKSHOP      (1-4)

Advanced preparation for participation in forensic activities, with emphasis on research, judging, and coaching of events. May be repeated for up to 4 hours of credit.  Prerequisite: SC 116 and Junior Status or higher

 

SC  318 ORAL ARGUMENTATION IN LAW       (3)

Decision making and presenting proofs in legal settings.  Emphasizes effective oral communication, critical reasoning, ethical reasoning, and effective writing.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required. Prerequisite: Junior Status or higher SPW

 

SC  321 NONVERBAL COMMUNICATION      (3)

Theory and practice of the principles of nonverbal communication, their applications to communication processes, and their effect on everyday life.  Prerequisite:  Sophomore Status or higher

 

SC  321H NONVERBAL COMMUNICATION - HONORS      (3)

Theory and practice of the principles of nonverbal communication, their applications to communication processes, and their effect on everyday life.  Prerequisite:  Honors Student Group and Sophomore Status or higher

 

SC  323 INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION      (3)

Examines central concepts, issues, and dynamics involved in communication between cultures. Emphasizes developing a critical sensitivity appropriate to a multicultural society. Prerequisite:  Sophomore Status or higher CU

 

SC  351 INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION      (3)

Theoretical and practical examination of how individuals manage relationships through human communication, especially in personal and familial situations.  Prerequisite:  Sophomore Status or higher

 

SC  361 PERSUASION      (3)

Theory and practice of public and mediated communication that is designed to influence people to belief and action. Prerequisite: SC 111 and SC 201

 

SC  365 COMMUNICATION IN CONTEMPORARY AFFAIRS      (3)

Examines the effect of communication on historical and contemporary events. Particular attention given to how communication has been employed as an instrument of social change, order, and control.  Prerequisite:  Sophomore Status or higher SPW

 

SC  389 COOPERATIVE EDUCATION      (1-12)

Individualized preplanned cooperative employment experience related to your field of study or career objectives. Pass-fail only.  Fee required.  No repeat limit.  Department consent required.

 

SC  399 SPECIAL TOPICS      (1-3)

In-depth study of an aspect, concept, or problem within a program of study. Letter grade only.  May be repeated for up to 6 hours of credit.

 

SC  408 FIELDWORK EXPERIENCE      (1-12)

Supervised field experience in an appropriate agency or organization.  Department consent required.  Pass/Fail only except for students in the Pre-Law Emphasis, who may elect a letter grade option.  Course fee required.  Prerequisite: approval of a speech communication faculty member.  

 

SC  414 METHODS FOR TEACHING SPEECH COMMUNICATION      (3)

Pedagogical methods, including course design and planning, materials selection, evaluation, and in-class teaching practices, appropriate to communication skills courses.  2 hrs. lecture, 4 hrs. lab.  Prerequisites: senior status, major or minor in Speech Communication, and instructor's consent.

 

SC  424 GENDER AND COMMUNICATION      (3)

Surveys communication theories related to the construction of gender, the relationship between gender and contemporary social issues, and research on gender differences in various communication contexts.  Co-convenes with SC 524.  Letter grade only.  Prerequisite: Junior Status or higher

 

SC  441 DIRECTING FORENSICS      (3)

Forensics pedagogy, including philosophies and methodologies that stress coaching techniques for debate and individual events, tournament management, and judging.

 

SC  460 RHETORICAL THEORY      (3)

Traditional and contemporary theories about public communication.  Emphasizes evolution and critical analysis of theories.  Co-convenes with SC 560.  Letter grade only. Prerequisite:  SC 300W and Junior Status or higher

 

SC  465 AMERICAN POLITICAL COMMUNICATION      (3)

Historical and critical study of the role communication has played in American history.  Co-convenes with SC 565.  Letter grade only.  Prerequisite: Junior Status or higher

 

SC  466 LEGISLATIVE INTERNSHIP      (1-12)

Supervised internship in the Arizona Legislature during spring term. Students are selected on a competitive basis, and you must apply during the fall term. (To be eligible, you must be a candidate for a bachelor's degree, have completed all lower-division requirements, and have attained senior status at the end of the fall term preceding the internship.) Course enrollment is handled by the associate provost for academic administration after the legislature has made its final selection. Pass-fail only.  Department consent required.

 

SC  472 ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATION      (3)

Explores theoretical and practical foundations of organizational communication including culture, networks, ethics, and crisis communication.  Co-convenes with SC 572.  Letter grade only.  Prerequisite: Junior Status or higher

 

SC  475 HEALTH COMMUNICATION      (3)

Theoretical and practical study of communication strategies used to influence individuals and communities.  Focuses on physician-patient communication, health campaigns, risk communication, health in media, and telemedicine.  Co-convenes with SC 575.  Letter grade only.  Prerequisite: Junior Status or higher

 

SC  477 MEDIATION AND CONFLICT MANAGEMENT      (3)

Communication strategies in the theory and practice of alternative dispute resolution, including interpersonal conflict, mediation, and negotiation.  Co-convenes with SC 577.  Letter grade only. Prerequisite: Junior Status or higher

 

SC  485 UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH      (1-6)

Original research under the supervision of a research adviser. Pass-fail. (SC students in Pre-Law may choose a graded option.)   May be repeated for up to 6 units of credit.  Department consent required.  

 

SC  497 INDEPENDENT STUDY      (1-6)

Individualized approach to selected topics by guided reading and critical evaluation. Pass-fail. (SC students in Pre-Law may choose a graded option.)  Department consent required.

 

SC  498C SENIOR SEMINAR IN SPEECH COMMUNICATION      (3)

Surveys recent research and conceptual trends in speech communication. During the course, you prepare a substantive research project and publicly present and defend your conclusions. Prerequisite: 15 hours of SC-Speech Communication or COM-Communication coursework and Senior Status or higher CAP

 

SC  499 CONTEMPORARY DEVELOPMENTS      (1-3)

Examines recent trends and investigations in a selected area.  Letter grade only.