Catalog 2023-2024 
    Feb 27, 2024  
Catalog 2023-2024

CMST& 220 Introduction to Public Speaking

5 credits

This course is designed to increase competence in public speaking and the critique of public speaking. Students learn to analyze audience and purpose, choose and organize topics, and evaluate and critique delivery. Students will prepare and practice various speeches in order to develop their own presentation and rhetorical skills.

This course meets the Humanities  general education distribution requirement.

Prerequisites: ABED 40  or AHSE 56  (or placement into MATH 87  or AHSE 66  or higher) and ABED 46  (or placement into ENGL 93  or higher)

Course Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  • Compare and contrast the role of public speaking with other communication situations with regard to the transactional model of communication, as well as ethical considerations
  • Identify and analyze the rhetorical elements involved in public speaking, including speaker, occasion, audience, purpose, speech, and tone
  • Recognize, explain, and apply Aristotle’s modes of persuasion: ethos, logos, and pathos
  • Present a variety of speeches in which they apply recommendations for effective content and delivery
  • Demonstrate critical thinking through critique and analysis of one’s own and other’s speeches

General Education Distribution Area Outcomes
Students who successfully complete courses in the Humanities distribution area will be able to:

  • Discuss and explain methods of creative expression, social interaction, and aesthetic considerations employed by individuals and societies
  • Employ methods of intellectual and creative inquiry central to the selected Humanities course of study, using the vocabulary, concepts, historical perspectives and materials common to the chosen area
  • Dependent on the Humanities area selected, interpret specific artifacts from art, film, history, language, literature, philosophy, religious thought, or narrative form and develop one’s own viewpoint or artifact using the techniques common to that area

Total Hours: 50 Theory (Lecture) Hours: 50