Speech Communication

Speech courses use both theory and practical experience to develop students’ understanding of and skills in oral communication in its various forms and contexts. Included in the speech program are critical and analytical thinking skills, sensitivity to cultural diversity, and ethical communication.

Courses in speech satisfy some general education requirements for the associate degree and lower division general education transfer requirements. Speech courses are also an integral part of the Associate in Arts in Communication Studies for Transfer degree, which focuses on the areas of public communication, small group communication, argumentation and debate, intercultural communication, and interpersonal communication.

Faculty

NameOffice Room NumberPhoneEmail
Ary, Nichole CI 329626-000-8005nary@citruscollege.edu
Fincher, John CI 302626-852-8094jfincher@citruscollege.edu
Van Horn, Tasha TC 128626-852-8093tvanhorn@citruscollege.edu

Contact Information

Division
Language Arts and Library
Dean
Dr. Gina Hogan
Administrative Secretary
Cathy Day
Division Office
CI 217
Division Phone Number
626-914-8856

This discipline prepares students to do the following:

  • Effectively utilize strategies involving language, non-verbal behaviors, emotion, perception, identity, conflict resolution, communication climate, relationship formation and dissolution, listening.
  • Effectively research, organize, compose, deliver, and analyze speeches for different purposes and diverse audiences.
  • Effectively utilize small group communication dynamics such as leadership, conflict, rules, roles, problem solving and decision making.
  • Effectively organize, advocate, and defend positions on various policy and value topics.
  • Critically examine interpersonal communication process.
  • Critically analyze speeches for different purposes and diverse audiences.
  • Research, organize, critically analyze, advocate, and defend positions on various policy and value topics.

Citrus College’s Speech Communication courses are tailored to meet CSU general education (CSUGE) and IGETC requirements:

SPCH 100Interpersonal Communication (CSUGE:A1)3
SPCH 101Public Address (CSUGE:A1 IGETC:1C)3
SPCH 101HPublic Address - Honors (CSUGE:A1 IGETC:1C)3
SPCH 103Argumentation and Debate (CSUGE:A1,A3 IGETC:1C)3
SPCH 106Small Group Communication (CSUGE:A1 IGETC:1C)3
SPCH 150Intercultural Communication (CSUGE:C2,D IGETC:4)3

SPCH 100
Interpersonal Communication
3 Units (AA/AS; Citrus A2; CSU; UC; CSUGE A1)
54 lecture hours
Equivalent to: SPCH 107

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Strongly recommended: ENGL 101.

Introduction to theories and principles of interpersonal communication: verbal and non-verbal communication in various diverse contexts including both personal and professional interactions; understanding of ethical communication; awareness and resolutions of communication barriers and conflict.

SPCH 101
Public Address
3 Units (AA/AS; Citrus A2; IGETC 1C; CSU; UC; CSUGE A1)
54 lecture hours
Equivalent to: SPCH 101H

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Strongly recommended: ENGL 101.

An introductory course in communication and speaking skills, including the selection, preparation, and delivery of speeches for various/diverse audiences and situations. The goal will be the achievement of ethical, purposeful, and effective public speaking.

SPCH 101H
Public Address - Honors
3 Units (AA/AS; Citrus A2; IGETC 1C; CSU; UC; CSUGE A1)
54 lecture hours
Equivalent to: SPCH 101

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Prerequisite(s): Student must be eligible for the Citrus College Honors Program or obtain a recommendation from an Honors instructor.

Strongly recommended: ENGL 101.

This is an honors introductory course in public speaking skills, including research, reasoning, organization, composition, presentation, and evaluation of informative and persuasive speeches for various audiences and situations. The goal will be the achievement of ethical, purposeful, and effective public speaking. Students are expected to work and participate at an honors level which includes strong critical thinking skills, thorough analysis of readings, presentation and leaderhsip skills demonstrated through class participation/presentaiton, and service learning in the community.

SPCH 103
Argumentation and Debate
3 Units (AA/AS; Citrus A2; IGETC 1C; CSU; UC; CSUGE A1; CSUGE A3)
54 lecture hours

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Strongly recommended: ENGL 101.

Basic theories, principles, and methods for various levels and forms of argumentation and debate. Preparation and presentation of practice debates on current issues.

SPCH 106
Small Group Communication
3 Units (AA/AS; Citrus A2; IGETC 1C; CSU; UC; CSUGE A1)
54 lecture hours

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Strongly recommended: ENGL 101.

Principles, techniques, and uses of discussion in contemporary society. Training and practice in informal group discussion, panel discussion, symposium and forum. Emphasis on collaborative decision-making.

SPCH 150
Intercultural Communication
3 Units (AA/AS; Citrus D2; CSU; IGETC 4; CSUGE C2; CSUGE D)
54 lecture hours

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Strongly recommended: ENGL 101.

Introduction to intercultural communication in domestic and/or global contexts. Influence of cultures, languages, and social patterns on how members of groups relate among themselves and with members of different ethnic and cultural groups. Theory and knowledge of effective communication within and between cultures. Appreciation and comparison of communication of diverse groups within the larger context of American culture.

Associate Degree