Speech Courses

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Important note regarding when courses are offered

Term notations of Pre-term, Fall, Interterm, Spring, Post-term, or Summer mean that the course is offered during that term every year. When a term notation is followed by odd or even, then the course is offered during that term only in odd or even years, respectively.

Courses that do not have a term notation are not offered on a set rotation.

The number of semester credit hours which a course carries is listed in parentheses following the course title.

SP 101 Fundamentals of Speech (3) This basic principles and techniques course emphasizes delivery styles and platform performance. Students study and perform Scripture reading, impromptu, demonstration, speech of introduction, and extemporaneous devotional. Fall, Spring.

SP 102 Fundamentals of Speech (3) Prereq.: SP 101. This course is a continuing study in the basic principles and techniques of speech. Students learn and practice manuscript reading, pantomime, dramatic reading, monologue, impromptu, poetry, and informative speeches. Fall, Spring.

SP 116–416 Drama Workshop (1 each) Prereq.: Participation in the cast of the nonmusical Thanksgiving or Commencement production; each level requires the preceding one. Students develop individual roles while learning to interact in the theatrical environment. Coursework culminates in a public performance.

SP 161–462 Proclaim Ministry—Drama (1 each) Prereq.: Audition. The Proclaim Drama Team prepares sacred, patriotic, and humorous dramatic selections for presentation in Bible-believing churches and Christian schools. Students sharpen communication skills while gaining valuable experience in church ministry activities. Requires Interterm and summer involvement.

SP 201 Voice and Diction (2) Prereq.: SP 101. Students concentrate on proper use and care of the voice. Through various performance opportunities, students apply the process of relaxation, posture, breathing, phonation, and vocal variety as essentials of proper speech. Fall, Spring.

SP 202 Voice and Communication (2) Prereq.: SP 201. Students concentrate on the importance of resonation in proper speech production and continue correcting individual vocal problems. Students are introduced to the International Phonetics Alphabet and give several performances that incorporate all aspects of proper speech. Spring.

SP 203 Oral Interpretation of Poetry (2) Prereq.: SP 102; performance studies major, speech concentration, second teaching field, minor, emphasis, or broad field. This course stresses the communication of thought and feeling from the printed page to the listener. Emphasis is placed on the interpretation of poetic forms. Students apply analysis principles and in-depth interpretation techniques in their performances of lyric, narrative and dramatic poetry. Fall.

SP 204 Oral Interpretation of Dramatic and Narrative Literature (2) Prereq.: SP 203. This course stresses the basic principles and techniques of developing characterization and narration in dramatic literature. Students analyze and perform interpretative readings of novel cuttings, short stories, and drama cuttings. Spring.

SP 207 Storytelling (2) Prereq.: SP 101. The principles of effective storytelling are introduced and practiced. Students are evaluated as they tell stories that relate to various age groups and speech situations. Fall, Spring.

SP 240 Stagecraft (3) Prereq.: SP 102. The student learns basic principles and techniques of scenic design, costuming, and makeup necessary for productions in ministry settings. Fall.

SP 244 Stage Movement (2) Prereq.: SP 102. This course has been designed to enhance the communication/performance process by focusing on physical communication. Students learn and use the techniques of basic stage movement, blocking, and positioning in a variety of performance situations. Spring.

SP 250 Public Speaking (3) Prereq.: SP 101. This course emphasizes the principles of speech organization, methods of delivery, ethical use of argumentation, and effective platform performance. Student performances include the informative, persuasive, and special occasions speech. Fall, Spring.

SP 304 Fundamentals of Acting (3) Prereq.: SP 244. This foundational course studies the basic theory and techniques of realistic performance and acting styles. While performing a variety of acting scenes, students learn and apply script and character analysis. Rehearsal techniques and improvisational exercises are also studied and performed. Fall.

SP 307 Introduction to Dramatic Production (4) Prereq.: SP 240 and junior performance studies major, speech concentration, minor, second teaching field, or emphasis. Aspects of mounting a stage production are studied and applied to a specific script. Subjects studied include casting, directing, staging, lighting, costuming, makeup, and sound. Fall, Spring.

SP 308 Fundamentals of Dramatic Production (4) Prereq.: SP 307. Students produce a college play. The course supplements the concepts learned in SP 307. Fall, Spring.

SP 312 Debate (3) Prereq.: SP 101. This course provides a thorough overview of research, construction of arguments, principles of logic, rules of formal debate, and a study of the analytical skills necessary for a successful debate. Students participate in classroom debates and make a formal public presentation. Spring.

SP 314 Assemblies and Productions Practicum (3) Prereq.: SP 102. Students learn how to create winning school programs by developing two full-length holiday programs and one banquet program. Students also assist with plays and programs. Fall, Spring.

SP 331–432 Private Speech Lessons (1 each) Prereq. for SP 331: Credit for SP 203. Prereq. for SP 332: SP 331. Prereq. for SP 431: SP 332. Prereq. for SP 432: SP 431. The student receives personalized instruction in interpretive speech. Fall, Spring.

SP 341–442 Performance Studio (1 each) Prereq. for SP 341: Credit for SP 203. Prereq. for SP 342: SP 341. Prereq. for SP 441: SP 342. Prereq. for SP 442: SP 441. The student receives personalized instruction in interpretive speech. Fall, Spring.

SP 400 Scriptwriting (3) Prereq.: EN 126 and junior or senior performance studies major. This course teaches the process involved in writing a script for performance and focuses on creating a stage-worthy play. Students will learn the basic guidelines for writing performance pieces and drama, including script format and layout, as well as production and publication. Students write a monologue, a biblical drama, a one-act play, and an adaptation of a published work. Spring.

SP 402 Advanced Interpretation (3) Prereq.: SP 204. This course builds on concepts learned in SP 203 and SP 204. Several performances are directed toward sacred literature. Group interpretation and script adaptation are studied and practiced. Fall.

SP 410 Oral Communication in the Professions (2) Prereq.: SP 101 and senior. This course focuses on developing business and professional communication skills and techniques within the workplace. Students participate in various business exercises, conduct business meetings and interviews, solve problems through group discussions, and deliver a technical presentation adapted to a specific workplace. Fall, Spring.

SP 435 Solo Performance Recital (1) Prereq.: SP 204 and senior performance studies major. The senior speech recital is the culmination of the student’s academic work and interpretive speech training. Performance is given during the last two semesters of the student’s speech coursework. The student develops a solo performance of 40 minutes in length composed of a single literary work. Fall, Spring.

SP 436 Private Speech/Recital (Education) (1) Prereq.: SP 332. The recital represents the culmination of the student’s interpretation and production training. The student performs a solo performance 30 minutes in length. Fall, Spring.

SP 447 Dramatic Literature in Performance (3) Prereq.: EN 202 or 204, and junior or senior. Students evaluate classical works of dramatic literature tracing their significance in the historical development of the physical theatre, conventions in staging, and production. The periods include classical Greek/Roman, Medieval, Italian Renaissance, Elizabethan, English Restoration, 18th century, early 19th century, and a brief examination of American. Fall even.

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