https://www.uwplatt.edu/speech

Coordinator: Dr. Ann Farrelly
Office: 180 Doudna Hall
Phone: 608.342.6045
E-mail: farrellya@uwplatt.edu

About the Program 

Communication is the most important activity in our lives. Speech communication is human communication — people speaking and listening to one another.

Speaking and listening are the most basic communication activities of our waking hours and therefore necessary for success in every aspect of life.

The objective of classes in speech communication is to equip students with the necessary skills, knowledge, and attitude in order to speak with and listen to others effectively — whether one on one, in a group, or part of a team. In other words, the objective is to make students better oral communicators.

Improving your oral communication skills through the study of speech will make you a much more valuable and effective professional asset to your employer, community, and nation. It will also improve the quality of personal relationships, family communication, and play time.

SPEECH 1010 Oral Communication for Professionals 2 Credits

This course is designed to meet the specific oral communication needs of students in all majors. Students will learn the fundamental theories and concepts of public communication and practice researching topics, organizing material, and presenting audience-centered content that correlates with the individual's course of study.
Components: Class
GE: Speech
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring/Summer

SPEECH 2010 Speech Communication for Teachers 3 Credits

This course focuses on all facets of speech communication vital to teachers in the classroom. Student activities include simulated instructional presentations.
Components: Class
GE: Speech
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring

SPEECH 2250 Communication & Leadership in Small Groups 3 Credits

Students study contemporary theories and concepts surrounding communication in small groups. Students lead, participate in, and observe small group activities such as project planning, decision making, and task completion.
Components: Class
GE: Speech
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring

SPEECH 2500 Topics in Speech 1-3 Credits

In depth study of topics of interest in speech communication. The topic to be studied will be identified in the course title.
Components: Class
Typically Offered: Occasional

SPEECH 3010 Directed Studies in Forensics 1 Credit

Students apply effective oral communication skills by participating in the forensics program as competitive speakers, as tournament managers, and as tournament judges.
Components: Independent Study
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring

SPEECH 3250 Interpersonal Communication 3 Credits

The study of human communication and relationships. Contemporary theories and basic concepts concerning interpersonal communication are covered with an emphasis on dyadic communication. NOTE: This course is approved to satisfy either the standards for Speech OR the standards for Social Sciences in General Education, but not both.
Components: Class
GE: Social Sciences, Speech
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring

SPEECH 3990 Teaching Methods in Speech Communication 3 Credits

Students learn curriculum, test and measurement, setting course objectives, and setting course structure for drama, speech, debate, and other speech-related courses and activities.
Components: Class
Typically Offered: Occasional

SPEECH 4020 History and Theory of Rhetoric 3 Credits

This course is designed for students who will use and/or teach rhetoric strategies and structures in the professional world. From speech and communication theory to the teaching of critical and interpretational writing and reading, the study of rhetoric's place in the history of ideas will help students to understand the place and power of language in the university and the professional work place.
Components: Class
Cross Offering: ENGLISH 4020, SPEECH 4020
GE: Humanities, Humanities
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: (ENGLISH 1130 or ENGLISH 1040) and ENGLISH 1230
Typically Offered: Fall

SPEECH 4990 Independent Study 1-3 Credits

Under the direction of a faculty member, the student completes study and assignments covering a specific speech-related subject, not offered in regularly scheduled courses.
Components: Independent Study
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring

Faculty and lecturers

Additional information about the Faculty and Lecturers below may be found in the Faculty and Academic Staff section of this catalog.

Furlan, Connie

Leiter, Deborah

Tebbe, Jeffery

Vance, Tiffany