Ithaca College

School of Humanities and Sciences

Speech Communication Courses

Course numbering system

Speech communication courses use the following numbering system for digits following the prefix (SPCM):

First Digit - Level

1 Freshman

2 Freshman and sophomore

3 Junior

4 Senior

Second Digit - Area of Study

1 Public communication (performance)

2 Public communication (theory)

3 Oral interpretation

4 Interpersonal communication

5 Communication theory

6 Selected topics

7 Independent work

SPCM-11000 Public Communication HU LA 3a

Exposure to a variety of speaking situations as a means to more comfortable, effective communication. Brief unit on language followed by exercises in various kinds of influential speaking. Emphasis is placed on the ethical responsibilities of the speaker and on the need for a critical posture by both speaker and listener. SPCM-11000 may not be taken if student has received credit for SPCM-11500. 3 credits. (F-S,Y)

SPCM-11500 Business and Professional Communication HU LA

Study of public communication skills used in business and professional settings; emphasis is placed on presentational speaking and motive analysis; opportunity for individualized skill development provided. SPCM-11500 may not be taken if student has received credit for SPCM-11000. 3 credits. (F-S,Y)

SPCM-12000 Communication, Culture, and Rhetoric HU LA 1

Introduction to fundamentals of rhetorical theory and rhetorical approaches to the study of communication. Emphasis is placed on the discovery and critical analysis of the rhetorical impulse in a variety of forms of persuasion. Includes a basic survey of rhetorical forms such as speeches, essays, advertising, films, and television. 3 credits. (F,Y)

SPCM-12400 Courtrooms and Communication HU LA 1

An investigation of trials and legal advocacy as communication phenomena. The course includes observations of live criminal trials and participation in mock trials. 3 credits. (F,Y)

SPCM-13200 Storytelling FA LA 3b

Introduction to the practice, history, and theories of storytelling as a performing art. Emphasis is placed on cultural dimensions of oral/folk narrative through study of tales and traditions from different cultures and ethnicities. Students examine a variety of situations and functions for storytelling (e.g., bardic, theatrical, religious). 3 credits. (F,Y)

SPCM-14000 Small Group Communication SS LA 1

Examination of the dynamics of small group communication with a focus on problem-solving groups. Topics include leadership, cohesiveness, norms, roles, conflict, problem-solving techniques, conformity and deviance, networks, and listening skills. 3 credits. (F-S,Y)

SPCM-14900 Fundamentals of Interpersonal Communication SS LA 1

Introduction to basic principles of interpersonal communication. Presents a theoretical perspective integrated with activities in and out of the classroom. Topics include interpersonal perception, language, nonverbal communication, self-concept, social roles, conflict management, and dynamics of intimacy. 3 credits. (F-S,Y)

SPCM-15000 Introduction to Communication Theory SS LA 1

Survey course studying a range of theories within the discipline. Included are the processes of communication (such as attitudes, listening, language, and nonverbal); contexts of communication (such as interpersonal, small group, organizational, public, mass, and intercultural); and methods of research. 3 credits. (F-S,Y)

SPCM-21500 Argumentation and Debate HU LA

Study of the philosophy of argument and logic in persuasion, debate forms, construction of the debate case, and responsibility for reasoned discourse in a society. Prerequisites: Two courses in the humanities and/or social sciences. 3 credits. (F,Y)

SPCM-21800 Speech Communication for the
Classroom Teacher HU LA

Familiarizes students with communication in the classroom from the standpoint of the teacher. Students are exposed to a variety of communication situations, such as lecture, discussion, and simulation, that typify the educational setting, and are required to demonstrate proficiency in directing and critiquing in-class experiences of various types. Designed for nonmajors. Prerequisites: 6 credits of coursework in major academic area. 3 credits. (S,E)

SPCM-21900 Speech Communication Practicum U NLA

Practical experience in speech on campus, at the intercollegiate level, and in the community at large; debate and legislative assemblies; discussion, oratory, impromptu, and extemporaneous speaking; oral interpretation and readers' theater. The instructor will designate the minimum activities required to receive credit. May be repeated for a total of 8 credits. Prerequisites: Permission of instructor; participation in one of the department's cocurricular programs (such as debate or readers' theater). Pass/fail only. 1 credit. (F-S,Y)

SPCM-22500 Health Communication SS LA

Introduction to the field of health communication, including origins and development. Presents theories of health behavior and communication and how they relate to one another in practice. Examines communication between health professionals and clients, and the roles media play in the health care industry and the delivery of health services. Cross-listed with HPS-22500. A student may not receive credit for both HPS-22500 and SPCM-22500. Prerequisites: Sophomore standing or above. 3 credits. (F,Y)

SPCM-23000 Analysis and Performance of Literature FA LA 3a, 3b

Introduction to the art of oral interpretation of literature, including communicative and literary analysis, oral performance, and performance criticism. Survey of basic performance and analysis techniques for fictional prose and poetry. Prerequisites: Two courses in the humanities and/or social sciences. 3 credits. (S,Y)

SPCM-24300 Interviewing SS LA

Focuses on the theory and practice of interviewing. Applies communication theories during several classroom and field interviewing opportunities. Several opportunities to apply communication theories to classroom and field interviewing experiences. Prerequisites: Sophomore standing. 3 credits. (F,Y)

SPCM-28900 Selected Topics SS/FA/HU LA

Topics of current interest. Examples include nonverbal communication, campaign rhetoric, listening, intrapersonal communication, and legislative and parliamentary procedure. May be repeated for credit when topics vary. Prerequisites: Three courses in the humanities and/or social sciences; additional prerequisites as appropriate to the topic. 3 credits. (IRR)

SPCM-29700 Directed Readings HU/SS LA

Study of an extensive selection of literature, compiled by an instructor, on a topic of special interest. This literature should further student development within a relevant topic area that is not otherwise covered in an available course. Offered on demand only. Prerequisites: Three credits in speech communication; sophomore standing; approval of the speech communication faculty. 1-4 credits.

SPCM-31100 Advanced Public Communication HU LA 3a

Advanced public speaking, with three complementary goals: (1) to develop a professional level of oral skill before a live audience; (2) to practice advanced communication skills in the public sphere as speakers, speechwriters, and consultants; and (3) to be exposed to a variety of speech types and criteria by which speeches can be judged. Prerequisites: SPCM-11000 or SPCM-11500; three courses in the humanities and/or social sciences. 3 credits. (Y)

SPCM-32400 Rhetoric and Social Order SS LA

Study of the rhetoric and persuasion of social groups. Focuses on communication strategies used by leaders and/or members of social groups in advocating social change, and the communication strategies of social control in response. Prerequisites: Three courses in the humanities and/or social sciences. 3 credits. (IRR)

SPCM-32600 Classical Theories of Rhetoric HU LA 3a, h

Study of various theories of persuasion from the Platonic era through the Roman-Christian period (Plato to St. Augustine). Prerequisites: SPCM-11000, SPCM-11500, or SPCM-15000; junior standing. 3 credits. (F,Y)

SPCM-32700 Modern and Contemporary Theories of Rhetoric HU LA

Rhetorical theories offer a particular way of exploring the practice of communication. This seminar addresses one or more theoretical themes in the rhetorical approach to communication. Objectives include understanding the nature and value of communication theories in the modern world, as well as being able to put theories into practice. Prerequisites: SPCM-11000 or SPCM-12000; junior standing. 3 credits. (S,Y)

SPCM-32800 The Uses and Methods of Communication
Criticism HU LA

Advanced course that approaches criticism, one of the primary research methods in this field, as a way of knowing comparable to scientific and social-scientific ways of knowing. Addresses different methods of criticism through student-driven projects and presentation. Considers practical uses of criticism and reflects on the philosophical assumptions critics make. Prerequisites: SPCM-12000; junior standing. 3 credits. (F,Y)

SPCM-33200 Folklore and Cultural Performances FA LA

Survey of the major forms and traditions of folklore and cultural performances, ranging from everyday conversations to rituals and celebrations. Emphasis is placed on the analysis of aesthetic, rhetorical, and group dimensions of folkloric/oral performances. Narrative forms to be studied include personal storytelling, jokes and humor, legends, and tales. Larger performance forms are also included, such as spectacles, holidays, and festivals. Prerequisites: Nine credits of courses from one or more of the following departments: anthropology, cinema and photography, English, sociology, speech communication, theater arts. 3 credits. (IRR)

SPCM-33300 Analysis and Performance of Prose FA LA

Study of analysis, cutting, adaptation, and performance techniques appropriate to oral interpretation of expository, descriptive, and narrative prose literature. Solo and ensemble performance experience, and performance evaluation experience. Prerequisites: SPCM-23000, or three courses in speech communication and/or theater. 3 credits. (F,E)

SPCM-33400 Group Performance of Literature FA LA

Study of the principles and practice of readers' theater as a creative and presentational art form. Includes study of adaptation and compilation scripting; direction and performance of ensemble interpretation projects. Prerequisites: SPCM-23000, or three courses in speech communication and/or theater. 3 credits. (IRR)

SPCM-33500 Analysis and Performance of Poetry FA LA

Exploration of vocal and performance behavior appropriate to poems written in the lyric, epic, and dramatic modes; evaluation of the student's oral performance in each of the modes and in various periods of English literature. Prerequisites: SPCM-23000, or three courses in speech communication and/or theater. 3 credits. (IRR)

SPCM-34100 Communication Research Methods SS LA

Prepares students to be competent and critical readers of published and unpublished reports of scientific research on communication phenomena. Emphasizes critical evaluation of communication research literature based on both quantitative and qualitative methods. Topics include the philosophy of social science, design of research, problems of measurement, basic statistical analysis, participant observation, interaction analysis, interviews, narrative analysis, scientific arguments, and ethical issues in research. Prerequisites: Three courses in speech communication; junior standing. 3 credits. (S,Y)

SPCM-34600 Gender and Interpersonal Communication SS LA 1

Advanced theoretical examination of interpersonal communication, concentrating on nonverbal communication, language, power, gender, and characteristics of and problems in interpersonal relationships. Prerequisites: SPCM-14000 or SPCM-14900; two courses in the social sciences; sophomore standing. 3 credits. (F,Y)

SPCM-34700 Intercultural Communication SS LA 1, g

Introduces speech communication processes in intercultural, interracial, interethnic, and international contexts. Examines students' own cultural assumptions and presents other cultural groups' patterns of thought, perception, and communication, and examines students' own cultural assumptions. Prerequisites: SPCM-14000; SPCM-14900; three additional credits in speech communication. 3 credits. (F,O)

SPCM-34800 Family Communication SS LA 1

The family from a communication perspective. Studies the dominant theories and methodologies that illuminate communication about and within the contemporary American family. Emphasis is placed on the central role communication plays in determining expectations and realities in a diversity of situations (e.g., nuclear, extended, single-parent, blended, voluntarily childless, or gay/lesbian-led families). Prerequisites: SPCM-14000 or SPCM-14900; two courses in the social sciences; sophomore standing. 3 credits. (S,E)

SPCM-35300 Language and Social Interaction HU LA

Studies how symbolization reflects and generates a particular view of reality. Emphasizes how certain methods of describing the world determine the orientation a person has toward the world. Focus is on the reality structures of American language. Prerequisites: Three courses in speech communication; junior standing. 3 credits. (F,Y)

SPCM-38900 Selected Topics SS/FA/HU LA

Topics of current interest. Examples include small group dynamics, research methodology, interracial/intercultural communication, conflict management, and male/female relationships. May be repeated for credit for selected topics on different subjects. Prerequisites: Three courses in the humanities and social sciences; additional prerequisites as appropriate to the topic. 3 credits. (IRR)

SPCM-39500 Internship NLA

Work-study project designed by the student in consultation with a sponsoring faculty member and an on-site practicing professional. The proposal must define the work to be done, the theories to be explored, and the student's plan for submitting a written report based on his or her experience. Offered on demand only. Credits earned with this course may not be used as upper-level elective credit toward a speech communication major. Prerequisites: Cumulative GPA of 2.30; permission of speech communication faculty. Variable credit.

SPCM-39700 Directed Readings HU/SS LA

Study of an extensive selection of literature, compiled by an instructor, on a topic of special interest. This literature should further student development within a relevant topic area that is not otherwise covered in an available course. Offered on demand only. Prerequisites: Nine credits in speech communication; junior standing; approval of the speech communication faculty. 1-4 credits.

SPCM-42900 Seminar in Public Communication HU LA

In-depth study of a specific topic in public communication, such as the speaking of a particular person (Nixon) or type of person (president), communication strategies of a movement (women's), or a kind of rhetoric (famous pleas). Prerequisites: Senior standing or equivalent in speech communication. 3 credits. (IRR)

SPCM-43900 Seminar in Literary and Cultural Performances HU/FA LA

Detailed study of special topics in fields such as linguistics, literary composition, prosody, and rhetoric as they relate to the oral presentation of prose, poetry, and the play. Prerequisites: Six credits in analysis and performance of literature. 3 credits. (IRR)

SPCM-44900 Seminar in Interpersonal Communication SS LA

In-depth study of a specific topic in interpersonal communication, such as stages in relational development, language behavior and interpersonal communication, nonverbal codes and relationships, interpersonal apprehension, and other similar topics. Prerequisites: SPCM-14000; SPCM-14900; any 3-credit course identified as an "applications in speech communication" course. 3 credits. (IRR)

SPCM-45100 Communication and Social Influence SS LA

Examination of current theories of social influence and their relationship to communication. Focuses on analyzing current persuasion practices in terms of theories such as social learning and self-persuasion, attribution theory, information processing, and social change. Prerequisites: SPCM-14000; SPCM-14900; one level-3 or above course identified as an "applications in speech communication" course. 3 credits. (S,Y)

SPCM-45900 Seminar in Communication Theory SS LA

Detailed study of special topics. 3 credits. (IRR)

SPCM-49500 Internship NLA

Work-study project designed by the student in consultation with a sponsoring faculty member and a cooperating practicing professional. The proposal must define the work to be done, the theories to be explored, and the student's plan for submitting a written report based on his or her experience. Offered on demand only. No more than 6 credits may be applied toward the major. Prerequisites: Speech communication major; cumulative GPA of 2.30 and 3.00 in the major; permission of speech communication faculty. Variable credit, up to 12 credits.

SPCM-49800 Directed Research LA

Research project arranged at the student's request with an individual instructor in speech communication. Offered on demand only. No more than 3 credits may be applied toward the major. Prerequisites: SPCM-22800; speech communication major or minor; cumulative GPA of 2.30 and 3.00 in the major; junior standing; permission of speech communication faculty. 1-4 credits.

SPCM-49900 Independent Study U LA

Special reading and research under the supervision of the department. Must not duplicate standard coursework. Application must be made to the speech communication faculty before preregistration for the semester in which the study is to be undertaken. Offered on demand only. May be repeated for a total of 6 credits. Prerequisites: Cumulative GPA of 2.30 and 3.00 in the major; junior or senior standing; permission of speech communication faculty. 1-4 credits.