MAS 74: Public Speaking

"Healing," by artist Rio Yanez

Time: Mondays and Wednesdays 1:30 - 2:45pm

Location: Clark 234


The intent of this course is to introduce you to techniques of effective oral communication. This goal is achieved through readings on public speaking, observations of different types of speakers, and student presentations to and interactions with peers. Students will examine the principles of public speaking through an analysis and critique of contemporary issues that affect the Chicana/o and other communities. Overall, the objective of this course is to help students become effective and confident public speakers. Students will also develop critical thinking and research skills. By the time you finish the class, you should be able to convey your passion for issues of interest to you through speech, and have a personal mission statement that explains how you will build on the lessons learned in this class in pursuing your own goals. Our ultimate goal is for you to develop a strong “voice.”Public speaking is often a very scary thing to do. Becoming an effective speaker is hard work. The specific focus of this class should allow students to develop these skills, while also engaging in exciting and informative discussions and debates.

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