CMST& 220 Public Speaking • 5 Cr.


Presents the essentials of effective public speaking. Students explore topic selection, research methods, organization, analysis of material and audience, and use of visual aids, and practice preparing and delivering various types of speeches.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Identify and analyze the four elements of the rhetorical situation (audience, occasion, speaker, speech).
  • Explain and apply an understanding of ethical considerations and responsibilities as a speaker.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking through critique and analysis of one's own speeches as well as others' speeches.
  • Evaluate credibility of evidence.
  • Identify and analyze lines of argument and fallacies.
  • Present speeches that apply recommendations for effective application of the canons of rhetoric (invention, arrangement, style, and delivery).