Nicholls State University

2023-2024 CATALOG



SPCH 101. Fundamentals of Public Speaking. 3-3-0. Prerequisite: Eligibility for ENGL 101 or higher. The delivery of carefully prepared speeches; audience analysis, outlining, and adapting researched subject to common speaking situations; production of voice, articulation, pronunciation, and body activity. Students are screened for possible speech and hearing problems. [LCCN: CCOM 2013] (23.1304)

SPCH 104. Speaking Through Technology. 3-3-0. Prerequisite: Eligibility for ENGL 101 or higher.. The study and demonstration of communication principles through live and recorded presentations in different contexts. This course is taught online only for students enrolled in Petroleum Engineering Technology and Safety Management (PETSM) or enrolled in 100 percent online courses.  (23.1304)

SPCH 105. Honors Public Speaking. 3-3-0. Prerequisite: Honors placement or permission of the department head. Understanding of and practice in the basics of public speaking. Emphasis on student responsibility for the learning process, additional creative speaking assignments, and research/service projects. (23.1304)

SPCH 133. Theater Workshop. 1-0-2. Open to all students interested in working on the production of plays each semester. Experience in staging, sound, lighting, makeup, and other elements of play production. May be repeated for degree credit. (50.0501)

SPCH 150. Theatre Apreciation. 3-3-0. A survey of the basic artistic elements, participating artists, and history of theatre and live performing arts. (50.0501)

SPCH 201. Interpersonal Communication. 3-3-0. This course focuses on the principles and practices of interpersonal communication in both dyadic and small group settings.  Emphasis is placed on the communication process in creating and sustaining relationships, perception, listening, self-disclosure, verbal and nonverbal communication, and conflict resolution. [LCCN: CCOM 2213] (09.0101)

SPCH 210. Acting. 3-3-0. The actor’s media, including theories, techniques and practical experiences in workshop productions. [LCCN: CTHE 2103] (50.0501)

SPCH 217. Voice and Diction. 3-3-0. The international phonetic alphabet as a tool for voice improvement and a study of dialects for oral presentation. Recommended especially for those students interested in theater and mass communications. Fa only. [LCCN: CTHE 2203] (16.0102)

SPCH 218. Voice Across Mediums. 3-3-0. The study and application of effective vocal delivery across platforms. (16.0102)

SPCH 302. Persuasive Communication. 3-3-0. Prerequisite: SPCH 101. This course focuses on the principles and practices of argumentation and debate: reasoned discourse, methods of logical analysis and reflective thinking, and the practical application of these principles through the adaptation of materials to audience situations, persuasive speeches, and debates about current issues.  (23.1304)

SPCH 311 312 313. Independent Study in Theater. 1-0-1 each. The student prepares and follows a plan of study in his or her area of special theater interest. (50.0501)

SPCH 330. Oral Business Communication. 3-3-0. Theory and practice of speaking and listening as it applies to business and industry. (09.0101)

SPCH 363. Interpretative Reading. 3-3-0. Learning to analyze and perform literature effectively before an audience. (23.1304)

SPCH 391. Special Topics in Communication Studies. 3-3-0. In-depth study and/or presentation of selected topics in communication and performance. May be repeated for credit if content differs. (09.9999)

SPCH 410. Directing. 3-3-0. Prerequisite: Any performance course from SPCH 200-level or above and prior experience working with an NSU theater production required. The director’s media, including theories, techniques and practical application in production. (50.0501)

SPCH 422 423 424. Independent Study in Speech Communication. 1-0-1 each. Study in area of student’s special speech and communication interests. (23.1304)


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