Below you can find descriptions of each of the courses offered in our department. All of our courses will allow you to complete requirements under the De Anza and CSU GE patterns, while certain courses will help you finish IGETC requirements. Many of our courses also have an honors option available for interested students: Please consult the course catalog and individual instructor for more information.
SPCH 1 Public Speaking 5 Units
Study of intercultural communication in domestic and global contexts. Examines how differing cultures, languages, and social patterns influence the way members of groups relate among themselves and with members of other ethnic and cultural groups. Emphasizes development of interpersonal skills for communicating effectively across cultures and encourages appreciation of diverse cultural voices.
Instruction and practice in the principles of critical inquiry, advocacy, and debate including analysis of propositions, research and testing evidence, advancing reasoned positions, and defending and refuting arguments. Prepares students to confidently and responsibly engage in public and private discourse.
SPCH 9 Argumentation: Analysis of Oral and Written Communication 5 Units
Study of argumentation and critical thinking in the context of reading, discussion, and writing. Argumentation is studied as a mode of discourse aimed at critically testing the acceptability of a point of view through the use of inquiry, reasoning, and discussion with the goal of establishing reasonable and defensible arguments while addressing and resolving differences of opinion.
An introduction to the basic principles and methods of oral communication with emphasis on improving speaking and listening skills in the multicultural contexts of interpersonal, small group, and public communication.
Study in communication and reasoning in the context of effective group problem solving. Emphasis on principles of evidence and reasoning. Application of group discussion concepts and methods of problem solving to understanding different points of view.
Study of interpersonal communication principles including perception, self concept, listening, conflict and nonverbal communication as a means of equipping students with an understanding and development of their communication and their relationship with others.
A study of organizational communication concepts and theories. Impact of networks, superior/subordinate message patterns, team building, climate, culture and gender influences, communication technology, ethics, and globalization on organizational effectiveness. Emphasizes development of communication skills useful for working productively in a dynamic, collaborative, mulicultural work environment.
SPCH 77, X,Y,Z Special Individual Projects in Speech Communication 1-4 units
Selected projects in Speech Communication. Special Projects courses must be arranged with a full-time Speech Communication Instructor.
SPCH 78,W,X,Y,Z Special Topics in Speech Communication 1-4 units
Examination of selected topics relating to the Speech Communication discipline. Subject matter will vary. Some courses may involve a Service Learning component.