Communication Studies Courses

SPC 102 SPEECH COMMUNICATION

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

A study of the speech communication process, its basic theories and principles and their application in guided speech experiences, including public speaking. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall and spring.

SPC 112 INTRODUCTION TO SIGN LANGUAGE

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

Introduction to basic sign language with emphasis on the development of expressive and receptive signing skills. Exploration of the fundamentals of deaf culture, American Sign Language and the models of communication used by deaf persons. Not offered for core curriculum. Prerequisite: SPC 102. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall and spring.

SPC 115 VOICE AND DICTION

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

Designed for the acquisition of improved pronunciation and articulation. Correct inflection patterns, semantic choices and vocal projection are studied and practiced. Not offered for the core curriculum. Prerequisite: SPC 102. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall and spring.

SPC 130 INTRODUCTION TO THE THEATRE

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

A study of the origins of theater; an examination of the elements of theater and its relationship to life; student participation in theater experiences. Prerequisite: SPC 102. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Upon demand.

SPC 132 FUNDAMENTALS OF ACTING

Campus: St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

Fundamentals of acting including character analysis and pantomime. Improvisations and theater games will provide opportunities for the application of theory. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall and spring.

SPC 204 INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

A study of interpersonal communication dynamics; an examination of communication theory as it relates to various social and work situations; student participation in interpersonal experiences. Prerequisite: SPC 102. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall and spring.

SPC 205 Intercultural Communication

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus

An introduction to the sociological and psychological factors that influence communication among people of different cultures. Lectures and discussions will focus on developing an understanding of the all-too common barriers to effective communication found today in business, teaching, social work, government, etc. Prerequisite: SPC 102. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall.

SPC 206 BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATION

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

The study of speech communication in business, professional and community organizations. Group discussion, interviews, listening skills, résumés and the planning of presentations and meetings are emphasized. Prerequisite: SPC 102 or permission of instructor. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall and spring.

SPC 208 LISTENING THEORIES AND APPLICATIONS

Campus: St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

A study of the processes of listening: theories, components and factors impacting its effectiveness. Special attention given to application of theory and the building of listening skills. Prerequisite: SPC 102. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall and spring.

SPC 212 PHONETICS

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

Detailed study of the phonemes of English; transcription of standard and non-standard pronunciation and dialects in the International Phonetic Alphabet. Not offered for core curriculum. Prerequisite: SPC 102. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits.Fall and spring.

SPC 217 ORAL INTERPRETATION OF LITERATURE

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

The aim of the course is to stimulate the appreciation of literature through study and practice in the oral interpretation of poetry, narrative prose and dramatic literature. Prerequisite: SPC 102. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall and spring.

SPC 218 NORMAL LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

An intensive study of typical language development, theory and practice as advocated by leading researchers in the field. Prerequisite: SPC 102. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall and spring.

SPC 220 SOUND AND THE AUDITORY MECHANISM

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

A study of the physics and acoustics of sound as related to human communication. Not offered for core curriculum. Prerequisites: SPC 102 and SPC 218 or with departmental approval. 3 hours per week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Spring.

SPC 222 NONVERBAL COMMUNICATION

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

The analysis and application of nonverbal cues and their effects on interpersonal and intercultural communication. Emphasis is on communication by means of body movement (kinesics), spatial relationships (proxemics) and vocal cues (paralanguage); by means of touch (haptics), physical appearance and dress and physical behavior and communication through objects. Prerequisite: SPC 102. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall and spring.

SPC 224 CHILDREN’S LITERATURE AND ORAL EXPRESSION

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

An appreciation of our rich heritage of children’s literature through exposure to noted stories, authors and illustrators (both historic and modern). Experiences in storytelling and creative interpretation of children’s literature through various media. Prerequisite: SPC 102. Not open to freshmen. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall and spring.

SPC 228 ACTING I

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus

A performance class that applies basic principles of Stanislavski technique to the study of acting as art and craft. Exercises in pantomime, improvisation, monologue and scene work help to develop the actor’s physical and vocal instrument, as well as the imagination, concentration and relaxation key to the performance. Prerequisite: SPC 102. May not be taken by students who have taken SPC 132. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall.

SPC 229 ACTING II

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus

A performance class emphasizing advanced work in building a character through an application of Stanislavski’s principles of sensory awareness, emotional recall and character study. Students achieve a thorough understanding of the text and sub-text of the comic and dramatic scenes they perform and also ensure an informed, detailed and polished performance by reading and analyzing the dramatic literature from which their scenes are drawn. Prerequisite: SPC 228 or permission of the instructor. May not be taken by students who have taken SPC 230. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Spring.

SPC 230 ADVANCED ACTING

Campus: St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

Advanced study in sensory awareness, sense memory and character study for the preparation of a role. Basic vocal and body techniques will be employed to explore the objectives and super objectives of characters. Theories of acting will be studied and put to practice in laboratory situations. Prerequisite: SPC 132. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall and upon demand.

SPC 234 CREATIVE DRAMA WORKSHOP

Campus: St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

Course will explore theories and techniques of creative drama and develop strategies for implementation using pantomime, improvisation, role-playing, puppetry and storytelling. The student will spend one class hour a week working with children in a non-school, educational setting on campus. Includes methods of encouraging the creative process, materials to be used in children’s programs and techniques for adapting children’s literature for dramatization. Prerequisite: SPC 102. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Spring.

SPC 235 PLAY PRODUCTION

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

A study of the principles involved in the mechanical aspects of play production; practice in stage design and the business of house management. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall and spring.

SPC 270 SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

Students will evaluate various group communication theories and practices that encourage rational and democratic decision-making through cooperative thinking. For students engaged in education, management, public relations and other problem-solving and decision-making situations. Prerequisite: SPC 102. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Spring, summer and fall.

SPC 300 THEORIES OF PERSUASION

Campus: St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

Students will develop and enhance their abilities to become more critical and responsible consumers of persuasive messages. Persuasive theories, strategies and arguments that influence receivers are examined. The focus is on understanding, analyzing and evaluating persuasion. What persuasive strategies/appeals are most and least effective in a particular situation and why? Also examines the application of theories in the contexts of political campaigns, advertising, marketing and interpersonal communication. Prerequisite: SPC 102. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall.

SPC 302 AMERICAN MUSICAL THEATRE

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus

An exploration of this uniquely American genre of theater including its roots in minstrelsy, vaudeville, comic burlesque, revue and operetta, as well as the array of artists that have contributed to it. Prerequisite: SPC 102. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Spring.

SPC 304 DIRECTING

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus

Advanced work in the process of directing a play. Effective play script selection, play analysis and research, production conception, casting, rehearsal and giving and receiving of criticism are studied and practiced. Students assemble and direct scenes from plays of their choice that are performed before a live audience. Prerequisite: SPC 235 or permission of instructor. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Spring.

SPC 319 SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY I

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

A study of the causes and symptoms of speech and language disorders. Functional disorders are given special emphasis. Diagnostic and remedial techniques. Prerequisite: SPC 218 and SPC 102. Not for core curriculum. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall and spring.

SPC 320 SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY II

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

An intensive study of major speech and hearing disorders. Organic speech pathologies emphasized. Diagnostic and remedial techniques. Prerequisite: SPC 319 or departmental approval. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall and spring.

SPC 340 AUDIOLOGY

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

A study of the nature of hearing loss, its causes and prevention. Consideration of medical and surgical treatment, prosthetic devices and educational provisions. Study of diagnostic and rehabilitative techniques. Laboratory requirements. Prerequisite: SPC 220 or departmental approval. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall and spring.

SPC 342 AURAL REHABILITATION

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

Study of the basic principles of speech reading and auditory training within a comprehensive program. Methods, materials and technology and their application in the training of the persons with auditory and/or perceptual disabilities. Prerequisite: SPC 340 or departmental approval. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall.

SPC 350 ADVANCED SPEECH COMMUNICATION

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

This course builds on the foundation provided in SPC 102. Emphasis on enhanced delivery skills and more sophisticated analysis of audience and selected persuasive strategies; targeting of presentations to higher level concepts, as well as specialization and professional areas. Prerequisites: SPC 102, 115 and permission of instructor. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall and spring.

SPC 400 INTERNSHIPS

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

An internship program will provide students with work experience in a professional setting. The work will complement academic studies while providing practical experience. The intern will work jointly with a supervisor from the work setting and a faculty member from the College. The student will spend six hours per week in a theater or other communication setting that will provide an experience in performing, management, technical theater or broadcasting. Remuneration is not accepted by the Long Island students, but it is at the Brooklyn Campus. Prerequisites: Juniors or seniors with a 2.75 cumulative index and departmental permission. The student’s talents and aptitude will be taken into consideration. The course is an elective and may be taken only once. 100 hours in professional setting. 1 seminar hour a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall and spring.

SPC 405 HISTORY OF RHETORIC

Campus: St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

Students conduct a historical survey of rhetorical theory from classical times to the present. Rhetorical artifacts examined will include political speeches, television programs, print advertisements, editorials, music, film and Internet sites. Prerequisite: 15 credits in speech. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Spring and fall.

SPC 410 ANATOMY, PHYSIOLOGY AND NEUROLOGY OF THE SPEECH AND HEARING MECHANISM

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

Intensive study of the anatomy, physiology and neurology of the speech and hearing apparatus, as well as an introduction to voice and speech science. Prerequisite: SPC 319, 320. 3 hours per week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall and spring.

SPC 415 RHETORIC AND POPULAR CULTURE (Long island)

Campus: St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

Exploration of rhetorical strategies, argumentative approaches and definitional techniques embedded in the texts of popular culture. Contrasting current theories of rhetorical analysis and cultural studies with those of classical periods, this course will familiarize students with the rhetorical world in which we live and will sharpen their critical skills as consumers of persuasive messages. Prerequisite: SPC 300 and SPC 405. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall.

SPC 424 CLINICAL PROCEDURE AND PRACTICE

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

Case discussion and demonstrations in diagnosis and remedial treatment. Twenty-five hours of clinical observation. Prerequisites: SPC 319, 320 and 340. 2 class hours and 2 laboratory hours per week, 3 credits. Fall and spring.

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