Speech Communication Courses

The Communication Studies program at WCC offers curriculum that provide students with a foundation in communication theory and practice. Courses in this program fulfill general education and transfer requirements that prepare students for further study that may lead to a BA, MA, and/other advanced degrees.

SPECH 1 Public Speaking 3 units
54 lecture hours
Prerequisite: ENGL 51 or Qualifying score on Placement Exam
Transferable to CSU/UC
C-ID COMM 110

Principles of effective oral communication applied to several public speaking assignments which emphasize the development of support and organization of ideas, audience analysis, public speaking anxiety, and effective delivery styles. (L)

SPECH 2 Oral Interpretation of Literature 3 units
54 lecture hours
Prerequisite: ENGL 51
Transferable to CSU/UC
C-ID COMM 170

Introduction to the analysis and interpretation of literature for oral reading. The course encourages a deeper, richer experience of prose, poetry, and drama and enables the student to share the love of literature in the oral tradition.

SPECH 3 Argumentation and Critical Thinking 3 units
54 lecture hours
Transferable to CSU/UC
C-ID COMM 120

General approach to rational decision making and argumentative analysis including structuring written and oral arguments and rebuttals, gathering relevant evidence for arguments, and identifying logical fallacies. (L)

SPECH 6 Small Group Communication 3 units
54 lecture hours
Transferable to CSU/UC
C-ID COMM 140

Study of communication theory in small group situations. Emphasis will be placed on researching, organizing, and delivering oral presentations. Investigation of the role of communication in various group processes, problem solving, leadership, team building, decision making and conflict. (L)

SPECH 7 Interpersonal Communication 3 units
54 lecture hours
Transferable to CSU/UC
C-ID COMM 130

Study of communication skills associated with establishing and maintaining satisfying interpersonal relationships. Various approaches to effective communication in multiple interpersonal contexts will be discussed. Factors influencing interpersonal communication are analyzed, such as: language, perception, non-verbal, and communication climate. (L)

SPECH 8 Intercultural Communication 3 units
54 lecture hours
Transferable to CSU/UC
C-ID COMM 150

The study of intercultural communication theory relates to perception, context, language, verbal, nonverbal messages and adaptation. Emphasis will be placed on developing effective intercultural communication skills. Students will demonstrate effective intercultural communications skills by oral presentations, group/interpersonal interactions. (L)

SPECH 13 Intro. to Communication Studies 3 units
54 lecture hours
Transferable to CSU/UC
C-ID COMM 180

A survey of the discipline of communication studies with emphasis on multiple epistemological, theoretical, and methodological issues relevant to the systematic inquire and pursuit of knowledge about human communication. This course explores the basic history, assumptions, principles, processes, variables, methods, and specializations of human communication as an academic field of study (L)

SPECH 14 Persuasion 3 units
54 lecture hours
Prerequisite: ENGL 51
Transferable to CSU
C-ID COMM 190

This course presents fundamental theories and techniques of persuasion as they occur in various communication contexts, including commercial, interpersonal, public, and mass media. Students develop critical thinking skills by engaging in oral and written analysis, evaluation, and composition of persuasive messages and by examining the personal, political, cultural, and social impacts of persuasion. Students explore ethical considerations of persuasive communication; learn about types of reasoning; and identify fallacious arguments as they occur in persuasion. (L)

SPECH 15 Business and Professional Communication 3 units
54 lecture hours
Transferable to CSU

This course is designed as an overview of business and professional communication in various settings including day- to-day interactions, group discussions, written documents, formal presentations, and job interviewing. Practical application of skills for effective business and professional communication is emphasized, including the development of self-confidence and ease in the workplace. (L)

SPECH 16 Gender, Sexual Identity and Communication 3 units
54 lecture hours
Transferable to CSU

Processes and theories of gender and communication; emergence of sexual identity and orientation in society; the power of language and stereotypes in private discourse and public dialogue; the impact of historical, social, ethical, cultural, and psychological factors on gendered communication in public and private contexts. Discussions focus on such topics as self-perceptions and images of men, women, and sexuality; language use and gendered differences in information processing; non-verbal communication; and self-disclosures, and self-assertion. (L)