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Speech and Rhetoric

This requirement trains students to become effective, confident public speakers with a basic understanding of the different types of speaking: informative, persuasive, and ceremonial. Extemporaneous speaking, which is public speaking with preparation but without memorization, is especially emphasized. Not only are speaking and presentation skills nurtured, but also sound rhetorical and research skills. Students learn how to apply communication theories, construct strong arguments, and practice rhetorical analysis.

Course fulfilling the Speech and Rhetoric requirement:

COM 180 Public Speaking and Rhetorical Analysis (4 units)

An introduction to the principles of public speaking and rhetorical analysis of public discourse. Practice in the preparation and delivery of speeches with an introduction to rhetorical theory and criticism. Application of the theory of public discourse to representative speaking situations.