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School Dean

Janet Dizinno, Ph.D. hssdean@stmarytx.edu


English and Communication Studies

Department Chair

Kathleen Maloney, Ph.D. kmaloney@stmarytx.edu

Description of Program/Major

Speech communication helps students build a foundation of oral communication skills. More than just giving speeches, the major includes interpersonal, group, organizational and intercultural communication.The department also offers communication courses in specialized subjects including law, health, business, gender, mass communication and management.

Speech communication at St. Mary's University provides a practical study of the principles and mechanisms of human interaction. Courses prompt students to ask: How can the student be most persuasive? How can the student become an effective and respected leader? How can the student understand, avoid and, when necessary, resolve conflict?

Graduates of the program succeed in becoming more than just persuasive leaders and successful peacemakers. They are ethical and productive members of society with extraordinary careers. The speech communication program grounds its challenging course of study in the Marianist traditions of integrity and community service. The above policy does not govern eligibility for financial assistance. Please contact the Office of Financial Assistance for eligibility requirements.

The coordinator for the Speech Communications Program is Alan Cirlin, Ph.D. - acirlin@stmarytx.edu

Degree Requirements

Core Curriculum (SMC)
St. Mary's University Core (30 Hours)
All St. Mary's Core SMC13## "Reflection" courses must be completed before registering for SMC23## "Practice" courses. "Reflection" courses can be taken in any order followed by "Practice" courses in any order.
SMC 1301Foundations of Civilization3
SMC 1311Foundations of Reflection: Self (Formerly PL 1310)3
SMC 1312Foundations of Reflection: Nature3
SMC 1313Foundations of Reflection: Others3
SMC 1314Foundations of Reflection: God (Formerly TH 2301)3
SMC 2301Foundations of Practice: Ethics (Formerly PL 2332)3
SMC 2302Foundations of Practice: Civic Engagement and Social Action3
SMC 2303Foundations of Practice: Fine Arts and Creative Process (Formerly FA 1101, FA 1102, FA 1103)3
SMC 2304Foundations of Practice: Literature3
SMC 4301Capstone Seminar: Prospects for Community and Civilization3

School Specific Core (SSC)
School of Humanities and Social Sciences School Specific Core (30 Hours)

SpeechSE 1321 (for international students), SE 1341, SE 2333, SE 33913
Composition and Rhetoric (grade of "C" or better)EN 1311, EN 1313 (for international students)3
Mathematics MT 1301, MT 1302, MT 1303, MT 1305, MT 1306, MT 1411, MT 24123
Foreign LanguagesSix hours at the sophomore level (2311, 2312) in a Foreign Language previously studied for a minimum of one year;
Or, 6 hours of introductory level (1311, 1312) in a Foreign Language not previously studied;
Or, 12 hours of CLEP credit for a language previously studied.
HistoryAny HS courses.3
ScienceBL 1301, BL 1302, BL 3311, BL 3312, CH 1303, CH 1304, CH 1401, CH 1402, EG 2300, ES 1300, ES 1303, ES 1304, ES 1373, PY 1300, PY 1310, PY 1401, PY 14023
TheologyAdvanced Theology 33XX, HU 33033
Fine ArtsAR, DM, MU3
LiteratureEN 23XX3

Four Year Degree Plan

Department Courses and Descriptions

Department Courses and Descriptions
SE 1311 Voice and Diction (3)
This course deals with the training of the speaking voice as it is explored through breath control and execution, integration of facial and body posture, and the synergism of consonant and vowel action into a resonating voice. In mastering the basic applications in this course, one may engage in vital vocal communication and expression of one's personal culture.

SE 1321 Oral Communication for International Students (3)
Introduction to basic skills of oral communication for EFL students. Includes basic training in interpersonal communication, basic public speaking, group discussion and problem solving, parliamentary procedure, interviewing and organizational communication. This course satisfies the Core Curriculum Speech Requirement for EFL students only.

SE 1341 Fundamentals of Oral Communication (3)
Introduction to basic skills of oral communication. Includes training in interpersonal communication, basic public speaking, group discussion and problem solving, parliamentary procedure, interviewing, and organizational communication. Fulfills the Core requirement for Speech and is a recommended foundation for many of the advanced communication skills courses.

SE 1351 Introduction to Speech Communication (3)
Introduction to the basic language, concepts, and theory of speech communication. Provides a general foundation for the whole departmental field. Recommended foundation for many advanced communication theory courses.

SE 2321 Advanced Public Speaking (3)
An advanced introduction to the art of public presentation. This course places a heavy emphasis on performance skill development. Recommended: SE 1341.

SE 2333 Business and Professional Communication (3)
A practical investigation of the principles of speech communication in the business and professional environment. Includes training in interpersonal communication, public speaking, group and organizational communication, creativity and problem solving, parliamentary procedure and interviewing. Special emphasis on leadership skills. Includes classroom exercises. Recommended: SE 1341.

SE 3161 Forensics Participation (1)
Practicum in forensics competition. This one-credit course may be repeated for up to 3 hours credit. Requires consent of Director of Forensics.

SE 3311 Interviewing (3)
A comprehensive introduction to the principles, strategies, and practical techniques of interviewing from a communication perspective. The process of interviewing will be examined from the perspectives of both interviewer and subject and within a variety of contexts. The course will include a number of exercises to develop interviewing and interviewer skills. Recommended: SE 1341 & 1351.

SE 3321 Interpersonal Communication (3)
A theoretical and pragmatic introduction to the dynamics of human interaction. This course will survey both basic and advanced theories, concepts, terminology, and subject areas of interpersonal communication. The course will also focus pragmatically on the performance skills necessary to apply these materials effectively. Recommended: SE 1351.

SE 3325 Managing People & Organization (3)
An examination of modern approaches to management at both the micro and macro levels. The micro level of analysis emphasizes such topics as perception, motivation, and attitudes. The macro level of analysis emphasizes such topics as organizational design and structure, organizational culture, and decision-making. The dynamic interaction of these two levels includes topics such as leadership, groups, and job stress. Also to be emphasized are contemporary issues such as diversity, ethics, and globalization will also be emphasized.

SE 3331 Oral Interpretation (3)
Study and analysis of prose, poetry, and dramatic literature for the purpose of developing the ability to coordinate voice and thought in both informal and formal interpretative reading. Recommended: SE 1341

SE 3333 Corporate Communications (3)
Practice in recognizing audience and being sensitive to a variety of readers—including those who are resistant or even hostile—through a range of communication problems designed to approximate the real work world.

SE 3335 Advanced Business & Professional Communication (3)
Advanced survey of the speech communication principles and skills necessary for success in the business and professional world. The course will emphasize practical research findings which will help students to communicate successfully in interpersonal, group, organizational, and public contexts. Recommended: SE 2333.

SE 3341 Group Communication & Conference Methods (3)
A comprehensive introduction to the principles, strategies, and practical techniques of conference methods and group communication. The course includes a theoretical and pragmatic examination of group processes within a variety of business and professional contexts. Special emphasis on leadership, conflict resolution, problem solving, and group-oriented communication skills. Recommended: SE 1341 & 1351.

SE 3351 Topics in Communication Theory (3)
Survey and study of selected topics in the communication field, such as business and professional communication, nonverbal communication, gender communication, family communication, mass media, communication law, and media ethics. Recommended: SE 1351.

SE 3353 Survey of Mass Communication (3)
An overview of mass communication theory. Includes a study of the historical development of mass media, global implications of mass communication, and the relationship between the mass media and modern society.

SE 3361 Gender Communication (3)
This course focuses on the interactive relationship between gender and communication in society. Course content includes theories of gender communication, language, psychological development and culture. To be explored are the role of gender in creating, organizing, and sustaining social and communicative practices. The course will critically consider the functions and influences of gender communication at the personal, interpersonal, mass media, and cross-cultural levels. Students will learn to apply theory and research to their life experiences. Recommended: SE 1351.

SE 3365 Health Communication (3)
The course will explore the theory and practice of communication in health care settings. It will draw upon relevant literature from anthropology, sociology, speech communication, linguistics, medicine, nursing, and related fields. The course will explore the interrelationships among culture, society, and experiences of health and illness in a wide range of current health-care issues. Through this course, students will become better consumers of health care and may better prepare themselves for future roles in the health care profession. Recommended: SE 1351.

SE 3381 Introductory Statistics (3)
An introduction to descriptive and inferential statistics designed for the student of any of the behavioral sciences.

SE 3385 Multivariate Statistics (3)
A survey course of advanced statistical concepts and techniques, including sampling, hypothesis testing, analysis of variance, multiple regression analysis, multiple discriminant analysis, and factor analysis. Includes hands-on experience in the use of various statistical computer programs. (same as PS3385)

SE 3391 Argumentation and Debate (3)
A study of the fundamental principles of argumentation and debate. Special emphasis on the elements of analysis, research, organization, preparation, and delivery. Highly recommended for students interested in a career in business, law, or politics. Recommended: SE 1341.

SE 3395 Technologies of Communication (3)
This course will critically explore new information technologies. A major focus will be the rapidly changing and increasingly technological context of human communication. Students examine multiple dimensions of the information revolution including computer networks and systems; computer-mediated interaction, questions of cyber identity and community formation; issues of gender, race, class, age, and equity in the context of information technology, and various ethical issues. Students also hone their computer skills in assessing and utilizing various information technologies. Recommended: SE 1351.

SE 4321 Intercultural Communication (3)
Introduction to the foundations of intercultural communication theory. Special emphasis on the history, problems, and pragmatics of cross cultural theory and research. Recommended: SE 1351.

SE 4341 Organizational Communication (3)
The study of communication practices and processes within organizations. The theory and practice of employee interactions are explored in a variety of contexts such as the work unit, supervisory relationships, group meetings, inter-group relations, corporate-wide communications, and external public relations. Effective communication strategies are introduced and discussed. Recommended: SE 1351.

SE 4351 Persuasion and Advocacy (3)
This course is designed to be a pragmatic introduction to the theory and practice of persuasion across a variety of professional contexts. The course goals are for students to become more critical consumers of persuasive appeals and to also become more powerful and effective public advocates. This course is highly recommended for business and professional and pre-law students. Recommended: SE 1351.

SE 4365 Special Topics in Speech Communication (3)
Innovative approach to selected topics in speech communication. Stress on the relationship of human communication theory to other fields of interest. Specific course description indicated each time the course is offered. Recommended: SE 1351.

SE 4391 Special Studies in Communication (3)
Independent study or seminar. Consent of the program coordinator required. May be repeated for up to six hours of credit.

SE 4395 Career Seminar (3)
This course focuses on three areas of career development: (1) life-planning, an exploration of talents, skills, education, and career interests: (2) intensive careers research, study and practice of procedures used in career search: including (3) resumes, interviews, and letters of application. The course is writing intensive and has a strong emphasis on oral-communication skills. Required of all SE majors,this course should be taken in the first semester of the senior year.

SE 4691 Special Studies in Communication (6)
Independent study or seminar. Consent of the program coordinator required. May be repeated for up to six hours of credit.

SE 5390 Internship in Speech Communication (3)
This course reinforces academic work by providing students with a range of opportunities for pre-professional workplace experience. Open to juniors and seniors only. Internships must follow general University guidelines and be approved by the Internship Coordinator.

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