COMM 111 : Public Speaking

Introduces speechmaking based primarily on a traditional public speaking approach. Covers classical rhetorical theory and highlights rhetoric's importance to public speaking. Develops theoretical understanding and practical application of oral communication skills. Includes techniques in controlling speech anxiety, how to structure and organize information to present to a variety of audiences, and physical and vocal delivery skills.


Equivalent placement test scores also accepted.

Course Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students should be able to:

  • Use learned public speaking skills in order to present an effective and efficient message.
  • Use an understanding of the 5 canons of rhetoric to create and present effective speeches.
  • Provide skills for community leadership through increased practice in organization and presentation of ideas.
  • Make responsible decisions through the increased ability to critically examine ideas and information.
  • Use strategies and skills to manage communication anxiety.
  • Use knowledge of digital presentation tools to create and present effective presentations.

Additional Information

This course fulfills the following GE requirements: Arts and Letters/AAS, Arts and Letters/AGS, Arts and Letters/AS, Arts and Letters/AAOT, Arts and Letters/ASOT-B.

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Grading Options

Letter Grades


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