The ability to express, defend, and compare ideas is critical regardless of one’s profession or field of study. Yet, most students do not receive extended, formal training in effective public speaking and sound argumentation. This course fills that gap in many courses of study, introducing students to the skills necessary to successfully both express themselves and defend their ideas. Students will be taught how to organize speeches properly, how to make good rhetorical choices, and how to have exceptional poise and fluid delivery. They will also be introduced to the structure of arguments and taught how to effectively construct, refute, and compare them. Students will get extensive experience delivering both prepared and extemporaneous, both informative and persuasive, speeches. And they will have frequent opportunities to debate questions of fact, value, and policy.
Successful completion of this course satisfies the Public Speaking graduation requirement.