Speech Course List
​The courses listed below are based on the 2013 - 2014 bulletin.  Please visit our bulletin web page​ for most recent list of dance courses.  

COM 251 Foundations of Communication Theory (3)
Basic theories pertaining to spoken symbolic interaction, focusing mainly on the psychological and sociological aspects of interpersonal communication and public address. Prerequisite for COM 301.

COM 267 Introduction to Debate (3) 
Prepares students without experience to gain understanding of theory and practice of debate. Recommended for prelaw, prebusiness​, urban government students, and teachers.

COM 269 Practicum in Debate Forensics (2-8)
Opportunities for intensive research on topics in debate and various forms of forensics for students in the university forensics program. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

COM 357 Public Speaking (3)
Theories and techniques for creating public speeches. Designed for students who seek to improve public-speaking skills.

COM 361 Dynamics of Interpersonal Communication (3)
Assists the student in understanding the interpersonal communication process and in analyzing barriers to its effectiveness.

COM 367 Nonverbal Communication (3)
Examines the non-language dimensions of the communication acts engaged in by human beings in several social settings: dyadic, small group, cross-cultural, and subcultural.

COM 495 Communication Facilitation (2-6)
Guided experience as teaching assistant in a communication class. Students will have the opportunity to develop interpersonal, small group, public speaking, and supervisory communication skills in an applied setting. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

COM 492 Speech Methods in Secondary School 4(4-0)

COM 493 Field Experience in Speech Education 1 (Spec)

COM 569 Communication in the Classroom (3)
Integrates research from several fields describing communication patterns among students and teacher-to-student within school settings. Designed for students interested in teaching or administration.

TAI 170 Fundamentals of Interpretative Reading (3)
General education approach to the art as a dynamic means of analyzing and experiencing literature while communicating it to others.

TAI 175 Appreciation of the Theatre (3)
Survey of theatrical principles and practices including units on performance, terminology and organization, architecture, literature, technical theatre, and musical theatre.

TAI 177 Stagecraft and Stage Lighting (4)
Basic principles of scenery construction. Theory and principles of basic stage lighting.

TAI 182 Acting I (3)
Introductory voice and body work with special emphasis through exercises given to energy control and concentration.

TAI 305 Studio: Acting/Performance (1-4)
Major participation in faculty/staff-supervised university theatre or oral interpretation activities in the area of acting/performance. Prerequisite: Written permission of instructor.

TAI 306 Studio: Directing (1-4)
Major participation in faculty/staff-supervised university theatre or oral interpretation activities in the area of directing. Prerequisite: Written permission of instructor.

TAI 307 Studio: Movement (1-4)
Major participation in faculty/staff-supervised university theatre or oral interpretation activities in the area of movement. Prerequisite: Written permission of instructor.

TAI 308 Studio: Script Creation (1-4)
Script creation through adaptation of nondramatic materials or creation of original dramatic material for potential use in laboratory theatre or oral interpretation activities. Prerequisite: Written permission of instructor.

TAI 309 Studio: Stage Management (1-4)
Major participation in faculty/staff-supervised university theatre or oral interpretation activities in the area of stage management. Prerequisite: Written permission of instructor.

TAI 310 Studio: Sound (1-4)
Major participation in faculty/staff-supervised university theatre or oral interpretation activities in the area of sound. Prerequisite: Written permission of instructor.

TAI 311 Studio: Properties (1-4)
Major participation in faculty/staff-supervised university theatre or oral interpretation activities in the area of properties. Prerequisite: Written permission of instructor.

TAI 312 Studio: Scenery Construction and Rigging (1-4)
Major participation in faculty/staff-supervised university theatre or oral interpretation activities in the area of scenery construction and rigging. Prerequisite: Written permission of instructor.

TAI 313 Studio: Scenery Design (1-4)
Major participation in faculty/staff-supervised university theatre or oral interpretation activities in the area of scenery design. Prerequisite: Written permission of instructor.

TAI 314 Studio: Lighting (1-4)
Major participation in faculty/staff-supervised university theatre or oral interpretation activities in the area of lighting. Prerequisite: Written permission of instructor.

TAI 315 Studio: Lighting Design (1-4)
Major participation in faculty/staff-supervised university theatre or oral interpretation activities in the area of lighting design. Prerequisite: Written permission of instructor.

TAI 316 Studio: Technical Direction (1-4)
Major participation in faculty/staff-supervised university theatre or oral interpretation activities in the area of technical direction. Prerequisite: Written permission of instructor.

TAI 317 Studio: Costuming (1-4)
Major participation in faculty/staff-supervised university theatre or oral interpretation activities in the area of costuming. Prerequisite: Written permission of instructor.

TAI 318 Studio: Wardrobe Management (1-4)
Major participation in faculty/staff-supervised university theatre or oral interpretation activities in the area of wardrobe management. Prerequisite: Written permission of instructor.

TAI 319 Studio: Makeup (1-4)
Major participation in faculty/staff-supervised university theatre or oral interpretation activities in the area of stage makeup. Prerequisite: Written permission of instructor.

TAI 320 Studio: Theatre Management (1-4)
Major participation in faculty/staff-supervised university theatre or oral interpretation activities in the area of box-office management. Prerequisite: Written permission of instructor.

TAI 371 Readers Theatre (3)
Scripting and directing alternative texts for performance, including narrative fiction, lyric poetry, personal narratives, and non-fictional prose. Prerequisite: TAI 170

TAI 376 Interpretation of Drama (3)
Specialized study of dramatic literature with particular attention to analysis, performance, styles of drama, stage speech, and appropriate dialects. Prerequisite: TAI 170.

TAI 481 Directing (3)
Responsibilities, philosophies, and techniques of the stage director. Emphasis on preparation of scenes for evaluation. Prerequisite: TAI 182.

TAI 570 Oral Interpretation of Prose Fiction (3)
Specialized study of the short story and novel, in both individual and group performances. Prerequisites: One course in oral interpretation; one course in fictional literature.

TAI 571 Oral Interpretation of Poetry (3)
Specialized study of poetry. Prerequisites: one course in oral interpretation and one course in poetic literature.

TAI 574 History of Drama and Theatre I (3) 
Development of drama and theatre in Western Culture from ancient origins to 1700. Prerequisites: 6 hours of TAI coursework or permission of instructor.

TAI 575 History of Drama and Theatre II (3)
Continuation of TAI 574 History of Drama and Theatre I. Development of drama and theatre in Western Culture from 1700 to 1945. Prerequisites: 6 hours of TAI coursework or permission of instructor.

Disclaimer:  Based on the 2013 - 14 university bulletin, which​ covers a 12-month period, July 1 through June 30. Courses, majors, minors, programs, and degrees in this Bulletin are subject to change without notice and may not be available in future bulletins. Every effort has been made to include accurate information in the website. However, the contents of this website are not to be regarded as an irrevocable contract between students and CMU. The university reserves the right to change at any time and without prior notice any provision or requirement, included, but not limited to, policies, procedures, changes, academic programs, and calendar.