Communications

The study of speech communications is essential in our increasingly global world. Effective communication is a vital skill that will enable our students to flourish in their professional lives. The purpose of studying speech and debate is to equip students to be able to think critically, reason rationally and present their ideas eloquently.

Communications Department Courses

Speech and Debate I

COM 105

This course teaches students how to speak easily in front of others, and to learn how to both construct and perform the speech. Students give prepared speeches on a variety of topics and learn proper research, structure, style, and technique. Students also learn the principles of debate and engage in such forums. Competition in tournaments is a required part of this course.

Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12

Term: Semester Credit: 0.5

Prerequisite: None

Notes: $50 fee required per semester

Speech and Debate II

COM 210

This course builds upon the student’s basic speaking skills that were developed in Beginning Speech and Debate. The students will master their research, writing and presentation skills within the various competitive speech events. Frequent competition in tournaments is required.

Grade: 10, 11, 12

Term: Year Credit: 1.0

Prerequisite: Speech and Debate I

Notes: $300 fee required to cover tournament fees.

Speech and Debate III

COM 310

This course builds upon the student’s basic speaking skills that were developed in Beginning Speech and Debate and Speech and Debate II. The students will master their research, writing and presentation skills within the various competitive speech events and they will begin to develop projects to demonstrate these skills within the community. Frequent competition in tournaments is required.

Grade: 11, 12

Term: Year Credit: 1.0

Prerequisite: Speech and Debate I, Speech and Debate II

Notes: $300 fee required to cover tournament fees.

Speech and Debate IV

COM 410

This course builds upon the student’s speaking skills that were developed in Speech and Debate III. The students will master their research, writing and presentation skills within the various competitive speech events and they will begin to develop projects to demonstrate these skills within the community. Frequent competition in tournaments is required.

Grade: 12

Term: Year Credit: 1.0

Prerequisite: Speech and Debate III/Teacher Recommendation

Notes: $300 fee required to cover tournament fees.