North Central College - Naperville, IL

Speech Communication Courses

NOTE: This page contains all of the regular course descriptions for this discipline or program. Academic credit for each course is noted in parenthesis after the course title. Prerequisites (if any) and the general education requirements, both Core and All-College Requirements (ACRs), which each course fulfills (if any) are noted following each course description. Not all courses are offered every year. Check Merlin, our searchable course schedule, to see which courses are being offered in upcoming terms.

SPC 100 Speech Communication (3.00)
An introduction to speech communication theory, selected interpersonal and small group communication skills, and a wide array of public speaking skills, including preparation, presentation, and evaluation of speeches. Recommended primarily for freshmen and sophomores. Core: Communication.

SPC 113 TV Performance (0.00-1.50)
Offered to all students who wish to participate in Cardinal Video Productions, the campus video production company. This course is designed for video producers, directors, editors, camera operators, on-camera reporters and announcers, screenwriters, news and promotions staffers. This is a graded course, regardless of credit. May be taken for 0.00, 1.00, or 1.50 hours; instructor consent required for 1.50 hours.

SPC 117 Radio Performance (0.00-1.50)
For announcers, engineers, music directors, news directors, production, traffic, sports, public affairs, and promotions staffers. Offered to all students who wish to work at the campus radio station, WONC-FM. This is a graded course, regardless of credit. May be taken for 0.00, 1.00, or 1.50 hours; instructor consent required for 1.50 hours.

SPC 119 Forensics Performance (0.00-1.50)
For debaters, oral interpreters, and public speakers. Offered to all students who wish to participate in intercollegiate forensics. This is a graded course, regardless of credit. May be taken for 0.00, 1.00, or 1.50 hours; instructor consent required for 1.50 hours.

SPC 125 Communication Concepts (1.50)
This course further explores selected concepts from SPC 100 or 200 in addition to other concepts. An integral topic of the course is listening. A selection of other topics such as impromptu speaking, communication apprehension, semantics, and communication ethics is included.

SPC 185 Mass Media and Society (3.00)
The history of mass communication in the United States with an emphasis on the sociological and cultural effects of media on society. Core: Social Science.

SPC 200 Interpersonal Communication (3.00)
A study of communication in face-to-face interactions. The course examines the role of perception of self and others in communication and explores such topics as nonverbal communication, verbal styles, relationship development, and conflict management. Skills training is an important component of the course. Core: Communication.

SPC 214 Group Process (3.00)
The understanding and practice of small group communication theory and skills in information-sharing and decision-making discussions. Core: Communication.

SPC 223 Oral Interpretation I (3.00)
Preparation and analysis of prose fiction, poetry, and drama for oral presentation through both solo and duet performance.

SPC 230 Business and Professional Communication (3.00)
This course focuses on developing the skills and strategies involved in written, face-to-face, and electronic communication in professional settings. Students will learn fundamentals of interviewing, writing, and presenting in professional contexts and may investigate organizational communication practices such as performance feedback, training, meeting management, and organizational culture. Prerequisite: SPC 100, SPC 200, or SPC 214; Junior Standing.

SPC 260 Introduction to New Media (3.00)
This course offers an overview of the Internet and other forms of new media and examines their impact on human communication, culture, politics, and daily life. It covers the major themes in the sociological and cultural study of new media and includes some instruction in basic web design skills. Same as: IMS 260.

SPC 262 Radio Production and Direction (3.00)
The preparation, production, and direction of program materials. Uses WONC-FM production studios as the laboratory. Prerequisite: SPC 117 or instructor consent.

SPC 265 Broadcast News (1.50)
An intensive study of the writing, editing, and production of broadcast news. Students learn to write news while integrating audio and video news elements. Prerequisite: ENG 220, SPC 277, or SPC 117 and instructor consent.

SPC 267 TV-Film Screenwriting (1.50)
The research, writing, and preproduction of television and motion picture screenplays. The behind-the-scenes relationships among producers, directors, screenwriters, and agents, as well as mechanics of script format, are studied.

SPC 268 Advanced TV-Film Screenwriting (1.50)
A more intensive approach to screenwriting with emphasis on script structure, plot analysis, and character development. Also discussed: Writers Guild of America formatics, screenwriting software choices, securing a literary agent, soliciting producers, and deciphering options and contracts. Prerequisite: SPC 267.

SPC 269 Television Production (3.50)
An introduction to producing for television, with an emphasis on the student as message-creator and the development of visual literacy. Productions include comedies and dramas, interview programs, news, and public service announcements. Student assume various production roles such as producer, director, editor, etc., and work in a studio setting as well as on-location and in the Pfeiffer edit suite. Prerequisite: SPC 113.

SPC 273 Station Programming (3.00)
Study of philosophical, legal, and business considerations that determine the programming of radio and television stations. Courses may focus on any one of the following: news and public affairs, audience analysis, programming research, or other areas related to both commercial and non-commercial programming practices. Prerequisite: SPC 117 or instructor consent.

SPC 277 Broadcast Copywriting (3.00)
The research, writing, and preproduction of radio and television scripts for public service announcements, station promotions, and commercials. The relationship between writers with producers, station managers, and advertising agency personnel is studied, as well as an analysis of target audiences.

SPC 285 Argumentation and Debate (3.00)
Theory and practice in argumentation. Students prepare for and participate in debates in order to develop skills in research, organization, critical thinking, and oral presentation. Core: Communication.

SPC 287 Advanced Public Speaking (3.00)
Assumes knowledge of principles of and experience in public speaking. The focus of this course is twofold: 1) the study of the historic evolution of the field of rhetoric as revealed through the teachings of major rhetorical theorists (Aristotle through 1830), and 2) the presentation of various types of speeches. Prerequisite: SPC 100 or instructor consent. Core: Communication or Social Science.

SPC 295 Research Practicum (0.50-3.00)
Students work in collaboration with faculty on ongoing research. Activities vary according to project needs and student background, but may include recruitment of participants, data collection, data coding and entry, bibliography construction, literature review, or statistical analysis. This course is graded pass/no pass. Can be taken more than once for up to three total credit hours. Prerequisite: instructor consent. Instructor consent required.

SPC 297 Internship (0.00-9.00)
Instructor consent required.

SPC 299 Independent Study (1.00-9.00)
Instructor consent required.

SPC 300 Communication Theory (3.00)
An introduction to the enduring issues of theory and research in the discipline, with special emphasis given to concepts and themes peculiar to speech communication, ethics, and historical evolution of the discipline. Intended to be a foundation for study at the advanced level in speech communication. Prerequisites: SPC 200 or SPC 214; SPC 287.

SPC 317 Intercultural Communication (3.00)
A study of the basic components involved in intercultural communication. Topics considered include, but are not limited to: cultural biases, cultural determinants of experiences and backgrounds, social perception, verbal interaction, nonverbal interaction, and opinion leadership. Prerequisite: Junior standing. ACR: Intercultural.

SPC 325 Communication Law (3.00)
A study of First Amendment law in the United States, with an emphasis on freedom of speech for print and broadcast media. Case studies are used to show how broadcast stations and newspapers assert their First Amendment rights while adhering to Federal Communication Commission regulations and other legal restrictions. Prerequisite: SPC 273, ENG 220, or IMS 200.

SPC 330 Organizational Communication Theory (3.00)
A survey of the major theoretical perspectives contributing to the study of organizational communication, from classical management though cultural, critical, feminist, and postmodern perspectives. Attention will be given to using theoretical perspectives for analyzing and diagnosing communication problems and for effecting change in organizations. Prerequisites: SPC 214, 3 additional hours in SPC.

SPC 367 Persuasion Theories (3.00)
A study of the humanistic and scientific theories of oral persuasion as practiced in a variety of situations, including interpersonal, public speaking, organizational, and mass media contexts. Prerequisite: SPC 287.

SPC 389 Gender and the Mass Media (3.00)
The critical analysis of the complex relations between gender and the mass media. Special emphasis is placed on the social construction of gender, representations of the body, and the cultural significance of the media. Same as: GWS 389. Prerequisite: Junior standing.

SPC 390 Seminar (3.00)
Examination of specialized topics within the areas of speech communication, organizational communication, and media.

SPC 391 Seminar in Broadcast Media (3.00)
Advanced seminar course.

SPC 392 Seminar in Speech Communication (3.00)
Advanced seminar course.

SPC 397 Internship (0.00-9.00)
Instructor consent required.

SPC 399 Independent Study (1.00-9.00)
Instructor consent required.

SPC 405 Advanced Radio Production and Direction (3.00)
The preparation and direction of program materials (commercials, promos, PSAs, music, drama, etc.) on an advanced level. Laboratory uses WONC-FM production studios. Prerequisites: SPC 262; Junior standing.

SPC 410 Rhetorical Criticism (3.00)
A study of contemporary approaches to the critical analysis of communication. Students examine numerous examples of contemporary rhetoric (speeches, speakers, movements) and consider key factors that can be used to explain the effects of public address acts. Prerequisite: SPC 287.

SPC 412 Media Criticism (3.00)
A critical study of media analysis theories, with an emphasis on television and film. Students learn to use the theoretical tools media scholars use to analyze the content and effects of media messages. Ethical questions and other related issues are also examined. Prerequisites: SPC 185, SPC 287, Junior standing.

SPC 417 Advanced Video Production (3.00)
Advanced video production work with an emphasis on the aesthetics of film-style directing and editing. Students work to communicate visually through dramatic, comedic, documentary, and experimental forms. Students shoot entirely on location and have access to computer-based graphics, animation, and editing software in the Pfeiffer Hall edit suite. Prerequisite: SPC 269.

SPC 430 Advanced Organizational Communication (3.00)
This course bridges theory and practice by emphasizing key organizational communication processes. Paying particular attention to contemporary research and applications, this course focuses on several topics such as superior-subordinate and peer-to-peer communication, socialization processes, globalization and diversity issues, emotional labor, conflict and decision-making, organizational identity and image, new technology in organizations, organizational change, and leadership. Prerequisite: SPC 330; Junior or Senior standing.

SPC 490 Seminar (3.00)
Study of special topics in speech, communication, or broadcasting.

SPC 491 Seminar in Broadcast Media (3.00)
Advanced seminar course.

SPC 492 Seminar in Speech Communication (3.00)
Advanced seminar course.

SPC 493 Seminar in Organizational Communication (3.00)
This advanced seminar course offers an in-depth study of a particular topic of organizational communication. Topics may include communication and organizational cultures, organizational rhetoric, crisis communication, corporate social responsibility, and communication in non-profit and alternative organizations. The topics chosen depend upon faculty and student interest. Prerequisite: SPC 330, or Junior or Senior standing.

SPC 497 Internship (0.00-9.00)
Instructor consent required.

SPC 499 Independent Study (1.00-9.00)
Instructor consent required.