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COM 2211 Effective Public Speaking

Designed to improve speaking and listening skills through the study and application of public speaking structure, content and style. This course requires 5 speeches in front of a live audience. The online course sections require the recordings to be created by the student with at least 8 adults present for each speech. Any questions, please contact the Communication Department at

Division: Liberal Arts, Communication and Social Sciences
Department: Communication
Repeatable Credit: No
Offered Online: Yes

Prereqs: DEV 0035 


  • Distinguish among the purposes of informative, persuasive, and special occasion speeches.
  • Use appropriate and effective verbal and nonverbal delivery to communicate messages consistent with the presentation’s purpose, context, and audience.
  • Define and explain the basic principles and theories of oral communication.
  • Present well-developed and appropriately organized informative (e.g., demonstration speeches, introductory speeches, researched speeches, etc.) and persuasive speeches (e.g., factual speeches, policy speeches, value speeches).
  • Recognize the importance of audience analysis and adaptation of messages, style, and delivery to meet the needs of diverse audiences.
  • Conduct research to find appropriate and credible supporting materials that meet the needs of the situation, the type of speech, and the audience.
  • Critically and constructively evaluate the oral communication of both the self and other speakers.
  • Synthesize information from multiple sources to construct an argument.
  • Gain confidence speaking in front of audiences appropriate for the mode of instructional delivery by developing skills and strategies for overcoming communication apprehension.

Credit Hours: 3

Classroom Hours: 3