COMM 112 : Persuasive Speaking

Explores theories of persuasive speaking and the nature of arguments. Develops skills of inquiry and advocacy through oral discourse, including critical analysis and rules of evidence. Includes practice in using, planning, delivering and refuting persuasive arguments in a variety of extemporaneous formats. Investigates how persuasion works to influence others as well as self.


Equivalent placement test scores also accepted.

Course Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students should be able to:

  • Manage arguments through learned rhetorical strategies.
  • Engage in decision making by constructing, articulating and critically evaluating arguments.
  • Prepare, research, outline and present an effective persuasive message using public speaking skills. 
  • Use rhetorical strategies in order to engage with audiences of diverse perspectives.
  • Use refined organizational and presentational skills for improved community leadership.

Additional Information

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

Course Adoption Date

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Grading Options

Letter Grades


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