SPEECH 5500 3 credits Persuasion and Argumentation
(Formerly COMMNCTN 5760, Behavioral Approaches to Persuasion and Attitude Change) Students are taught to critically evaluate, write, and orally present persuasive messages. Contemporary theories of persuasion are covered. Students end the semester by preparing and participating in a formal debate.
SPEECH 6020 3 credits History and Theory of Rhetoric
(Offered under SPEECH 6020 and ENGLISH 6020) This course is designed for students who will use/or teach rhetorical strategies and structures in the professional world. From speech and communication theory to the teaching of critical and interpretational writing and reading, the study of rhetoric's place in the history of ideas will help students to understand the place and power of language in the university and the professional work place. P: ENGLISH 1130 and ENGLISH 1230.
SPEECH 6500 3 credits Communication Theory
(Formerly COMMNCTN 6230, Communication Theory and Research) Students learn to build their own theory of communication while studying the major schools of thought about theory, knowledge, and being as well as major theories concerning communication in a variety of contexts. P: Department approval.
SPEECH 7920 1-2 credits Seminar Paper Research
SPEECH 7980 1-4 credits Independent Study in Speech
The amount of graduate credit allowed for independent study may not exceed a total of four credits except with the special permission of the student's advisor and the graduate dean. Approval must be secured before independent study courses are begun. Students registering for independent study must submit at or before registration a description signed by the instructor conducting the independent study of the subject to be covered. Independent study may not be used for collecting information for the seminar paper.
SPEECH 7990 3-6 credits Thesis Research