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Speech Transfer AA

Last updated 7/1/2015

Associate in Arts Code 1018

Program Contacts:
QC Campus
Michelle Johnson, 309-796-5370,
East Campus
East Campus Advising, 309-854-1709

Students planning to major in speech at a four-year institution should follow the Black Hawk College Associate in Arts curriculum. The completion of the course of study outlined will satisfy graduation requirements of Black Hawk College. Since universities may require specific courses for a speech major, students should consult with the Advising area at Black Hawk College for additional information.

Students taking the introductory course (Speech 101) will learn to research, organize and present material in individual oral presentations. Students in this course will also learn basic principles related to small group communication and problem solving. Other courses offer instruction and activities in person-to-person communication, business and professional communication and in intercultural communication. Skills gained in these classes will allow students to improve their poise, self-confidence and communication competence. Students will learn theories and develop the skills that will enable them to communicate their ideas clearly and competently in personal and professional contexts.

Students taking the recommended courses will develop a strong liberal arts background with an emphasis in verbal and written communication. The ability to communicate competently in public, in person and across cultural differences increases productivity, creates a better work environment and leads to career success.

Speech Transfer AA
Associate in Arts Code 1018
Course of Study Outline – Suggested Courses (Credit Hours)
First Semester
ENG 101 — Composition I (3)
SPEC 101 — Principles of Speech Communications (3)
THEA 111 — Introduction to Theatre (3)
Life Science (4)
Social and Behavioral Science (3)

Second Semester
ENG 102 — Composition II (3)
SPEC 114 — Interpersonal Communications (3)
SPEC 210 — Public Speaking (3)
Mathematics (3)
Physical Science (3)

Third Semester
SPEC 111 — Business & Professional Communications (3)
Humanities (3)
Mathematics  or  Computer Science (3)
Social and Behavioral Science (3)
Elective (6)

Fourth Semester
SPEC 175 — Intercultural Communications (3)
Humanities  or  Fine Arts (3)
Social and Behavioral Science (3)
Elective (6)

Minimum total hours required for degree (64)

Courses for this program include: »

ENG 101 Composition I
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: ACT English score of 22 or above; or appropriate COMPASS score; or English 091 “C” or better.
English 101 is designed for students who are competent in the fundamentals of composition. Students will write essays using a variety of expository strategies and will apply standard techniques of documentation when appropriate. IAI: C1 900

ENG 102 Composition II
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: English 101 “C” or better.
English 102 is a continuation of English 101, is a required composition course that involves reading, discussion, and analysis of a body of literature to generate ideas for critical and persuasive papers, including one documented research paper. IAI: C1 901R (Grade of “C” or higher required for this course to be eligible to be included in the IAI General Education Core Curriculum.)

SPEC 101 Principles of Speech Communication
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
The oral communication course combines communication theory with the practice of oral communication skills. The oral communication course: (1) develops awareness of the communication process; (2) provides inventional, organizational, and expressive strategies; (3) promotes understanding of and adaptation to a variety of communication contexts; and (4) emphasizes critical skills in listening, reading, thinking and speaking. IAI: C2 900

SPEC 111 Business and Professional Communication
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Promotes awareness and development needed to communicate competently within professional organizations. Focus is on interviewing, management styles, inter-office communication and professional presentations.

SPEC 114 Interpersonal Communication
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Examines skills needed in informal face-to-face communication; emphasizes self-concept and interaction with others.

SPEC 175 Intercultural Communication
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Promotes awareness, knowledge, and skills for communicating among persons of differing cultural backgrounds. Focuses on cultures with whom U.S. Americans interact.

SPEC 210 Public Speaking
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: SPEC 101.
Examines the use of oral persuasion in our society. The theories of persuasion are studied, political speeches analyzed and persuasive skills developed through oral presentations.

THEA 111 Introduction to Theatre Arts
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
An introductory survey of theatre/drama as a performing art form that includes the student and analysis of historical, social, aesthetic and technical aspects of traditional and contemporary theatrical/dramatic expression. This course is designed to introduce students to theatre as a major fine art form and to examine the contributions of playwrights, actors, directors, designers, and technicians. IAI: F1 907