Speech & Political Communication
Offered at all campuses (Recommended for students who have experience with public speaking and or competitive debate.)
Students in this course explore the relationship between public discourse and the evolving role of government in American life through a balanced study of communication theory and practice. Student readings and class discussions touch upon such diverse issues as the role of the media, Greco-Roman rhetorical theory, campaigns, political lobbying, speech writing and the impact of propaganda. An advanced course, it assumes an understanding of public speaking fundamentals and that you are ready for more advanced theory, critical analysis and delivery.
Student-run legislative debates are the heart of Congressional Workshop, an academic exercise that is part of all classes. This experience serves as a practical demonstration of the academic curriculum. Beginner public speakers and expert debaters enjoy the rational discourse, peer-to-peer learning and witty repartee of JSA debate. As an interactive part of the coursework, participation is graded and constitutes a percentage of final course grades.
This college-level course is equivalent to a one-semester honors speech or English elective.