Speech Communication courses

Below is a list of the courses offered in the Speech Communication Program. All of our courses include a strong interactive and applied component. Students are expected to understand the theory guiding and describing communication and to apply theoretical material to their own lives. Personal reflection, team work, use of LEARN, community engagement, and service-learning are prominent features of many of our courses.

The course title and course description are listed here. For more detailed registration information, such as course credit amounts and prerequisites, visit the Undergraduate Calendar course descriptions for Speech Communication or look up the schedule of courses. For more specific information or questions, you will need to talk with the undergraduate advisor or consult the advising FAQ.

SPCOM 100 - Interpersonal Communication 

Focuses on the one-to-one, face-to-face communication in both the personal and professional realms. Such topics as verbal and non-verbal interactions, listening, and the better management of interpersonal communication will be studied. 

SPCO​M 102 - Introduction to Performance 

Designed for majors in Drama and in Speech Communication, this workshop introduces the student to the tools of performance. Students will gain confidence through individual and group exercises in physical and emotional awareness, improvisational skills, scene study, character creation and voice. Performance

SPCOM 111 - Leadership, Communication and Collaboration  

This course focuses on developing the qualities and transferable skills necessary for integration, continuous learning, and professional development. This course establishes a common baseline of leadership, communication, and collaboration capabilities for accounting and financial management majors. Focus will be on the design and delivery of various types of communication and the development of basic teamwork skills. Prereq: Accounting and Financial Management, Mathematics Chartered Accountancy, or Science Biotechnology/Chartered Accountancy students only.​​​

SPCOM 204 - Leadership, Teams, and Communication

This course examines leadership, team dynamics, and communication in organizational contexts. Students will develop communication knowledge and skills to enhance their abilities to be effective in leadership and team roles.

SPCOM 220 - Per​forma​nce Studies 

This workshop course in performance studies explores performance as a way of knowing. It investigates performance as artistic practice and as a means of understanding historical, social and cultural practices, including drama/theatre texts, poetry, narratives and texts of everyday life. 

SPCOM 223 - Public Spe​aking

Theory and practice of public speaking. A workshop course involving design and delivery of various kinds of speeches, and the development of organizational, vocal, listening and critical skills. Students will be videotaped. CORE. 

SPCOM 225 - Interviewing

Theory and practice of interviewing. A workshop course which teaches theory, design, and presentation of interviews. Videotaping student exercises will enhance interview design and delivery, as well as listening and critical skills.

SPCOM 226 - Introduction to Intercultural Communication 

This course introduces the basic theories and practices for communicating among people of different racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds. This class provides an opportunity for discussion of variations within and among cultures and encourages students to examine their cultural heritage. 

SPCOM 227 - Leadership 

A workshop course in leadership combining theoretical and experiential perspectives. Students will develop and apply knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to be effective and perceptive communicators in a leadership position. 

SPCOM 228 - Public Communication 

This course examines communication strategies undertaken to create a public image in such areas as advertising, marketing, image consulting and corporate communications. 

SPCOM 300 - Special Topics and Digital Design 

(see Digital Arts Communication (DAC) schedule)​
In this course students will learn advanced digital design theory. They will participate in workshops with professional designers, develop specialized digital materials and contribute signature work to their Digital Portfolio. 

SPCOM 323 - Speech Writing 

The analysis, writing, and editing of speeches. Analysis will focus on the reading and viewing of several famous 20th-century speeches using theories of communication. Writing and editing will focus on implementing oral/aural communication strategies. (Cross-listed with ENGL 309E).

SPCOM 324 - Small Group Communication 

A workshop course which works from theory to develop the skills to work in groups effectively. The principles of group dynamics, leadership, and conflict resolution will be studied and implemented in small group meetings and presentations. 

SPCOM 325 - Organizational Communication

This course examines organizational theory, the communication process and the interplay between the two. Students will develop the skills to identify, analyze, and solve a variety of organizational communication problems through case study group work, and other workshop-style methods. 

SPCOM 326 - Voice Technique 

A workshop course in voice for the speaker, designed to increase vocal power, range, flexibility and variety in presenting the spoken word. May be subject to priority enrolment. 

SPCOM 329 - Digital Presentations

In this course, students will be introduced to design and production of digital business presentations. They will develop specialized digital materials and contribute work to their Digital Portfolio.

SPCOM 335 - Power, Agency, Community

This course examines the ways in which individuals and institutions communicate to enact agency and build communities situated within power relations. Students will develop their understanding of what power and agency are, the relationship of each to communication, and how each constitutes community life.

SPCOM 339 - Media, Images, and Communication

This course investigates how distinct modes of communication impact the creation of messages, dissemination or knowledge and reception of meaning. Students will examine aural, textual, and visual communication in the context of print, electronic, and digital media.

SPCOM 399 - Communication Inquiry

This course identifies critical communication inquiry at the individual, group, public, and collective levels of theory and practice. Students will work to develop strategies of engagement or thinking that could extend, modify, or overturn standing theoretical positions and initiate new inquiry. Critique and criticism are developed in order to explore advanced questions within the field of Speech Communication, and students are introduced to critical research methods used by scholars in the field of Speech Communication.

SPCOM 400 - Digital Design Research Project 

(See DAC schedule)

SPCOM 401 - Gender, Communication and Culture 

In this course students examine multiple relationships between communication and gender. The class emphasizes how communication creates gender and power roles and how communicative patterns reflect, sustain and alter social conceptions of gender. 

SPCOM 402 - Advanced Intercultural Communication 

This course is designed to study the intersection of communication and culture. In this course, culture is defined broadly to include a variety of contexts, such as race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, age and class. Students gain theoretical and practical understanding of the opportunities and obstacles that exist as individuals and communities communicate within and across cultures.

SPCOM 420 - Persuasion

This course examines the communicative, psychological, and sociological aspects of persuasion and persuasive messages, with attention to interpersonal contexts, the role of images, and persuasion in the media and public discourse. This course will explore the ways in which the sending and receiving of persuasive messages involve cognition, emotions, and social norms in everyday contexts. 

SPCOM 430 - Communication and Social Justice 

An examination of the ways in which communication on the part of individuals, groups, and institutions contributes to fostering justice in social contexts. Areas of focus include communication and justice in interpersonal, workplace, community, and national/international contexts. 

SPCOM 431 - Crisis Communication 

This case study course examines the communication strategies involved in a public response to crisis, using such fields as sports, the entertainment world, politics and business.

SPCOM 432 - Conflict Management 

This course focuses on how conflict is communicated and resolved in one-on-one, group and organizational contexts. Theoretical perspectives, simulations, role plays and self-assessment exercises will enhance students' abilities to be successful communicators in conflict situations. 

SPCOM 433 - Organizational Consulting 

This workshop course will examine the communication skills necessary for the organizational consultant. Participation in videotaped simulations will allow students to explore consulting styles and training interventions by developing the communications expertise and knowledge specific to the consulting professional. 

SPCOM 434 - The Discourse of Dissent 

A study of the social, historical, and rhetorical dimensions of collective action. Topics may include health and welfare movements, civil rights and anti-war protests, and environmentalism.

SPCOM 440 - Perfomative Inquiry and Practice 

This course explores how to create, perform and analyze performance texts, here defined as including drama/theatre texts, poetry, narratives, and the texts of everyday life. Through readings and creative investigation, students will explore the links between the participant, the researcher, the site and the impulse of inquiry. Performance

SPCOM 475 - Communication Ethics 

An examination of the interplay between communication and ethicsfrom historical and pragmatic perspectives. Issues discussed include communication in a variety of settings, such as intrapersonal, interpersonal, organizational, public and intercultural interactions as they relate to personal development, values, meaning making, and ethical ways of communicating. Interpersonal and organization 

SPCOM 490 - Selected Seminars in Speech Communication 

Occasionally the Speech Communication program offers special topics seminars (490/491) concerning a theme not directly covered in the regular course offerings.  These seminars are often related to instructor expertise and research and are designed to be intensive fourth year seminars.  Students can also request a special directed individual study course using the SPCOM 490/491 designation.  In such cases, the student should have a topic in mind for an area of research not covered in the regular curriculum and should request that a Professor in Speech Communication, with related expertise, oversee a directed research project on that topic.

Seminars in special areas of speech communication. [Note: This is a repeatable course, subject to different content; it may be completed a total of four times.]

SPCOM 491 - Selected Seminars in Speech Communication 

Occasionally the Speech Communication program offers special topics seminars (490/491) concerning a theme not directly covered in the regular course offerings.  These seminars are often related to instructor expertise and research and are designed to be intensive fourth year seminars.  Students can also request a special directed individual study course using the SPCOM 490/491 designation.  In such cases, the student should have a topic in mind for an area of research not covered in the regular curriculum and should request that a Professor in Speech Communication, with related expertise, oversee a directed research project on that topic.

Seminars in special areas of speech communication. [Note: This is a repeatable course, subject to different content; it may be completed a total of four times.]

SPCOM 499A - Senior Seminar 

This course is designed to give the student an opportunity to complete a comprehensive presentation in her/his major area of concentration. Department Consent Required

SPCOM 499B - Senior Seminar

This course is designed to give the student an opportunity to complete a comprehensive presentation in her/his major area of concentration. Second part of DRAMA/SPCOM 499. Department Consent Required