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Public Oral Communication Requirement

Candidates for all bachelor's degrees in the College of Arts and Sciences must complete the Public Oral Communication (POC) requirement. A course in Public Oral Communication prepares students in the liberal arts to communicate effectively with public audiences.  The course emphasizes oral communication as practiced in public contexts: how to advance reasoned claims in public; how to adapt public oral presentations to particular audiences; how to listen to, interpret, and evaluate public discourse; and how to formulate a clear response. The ability to communicate effectively in a public setting is an essential component of a liberal arts education and an important skill needed in every discipline. Employers continually emphasize the need for students to have well-developed oral communication skills.

To facilitate broad participation and to better identify the course with the College-wide requirement, we created a new course number and title, COLL-P 155 Public Oral Communication.  The design of COLL-P 155 follows a hybrid model-a one hour weekly lecture is paired with two lab sections supervised by Associate Instructors.  The lecture introduces concepts, techniques and strategies essential to successful public communication, and the lab sections function as practicums where students listen and evaluate the speeches of their peers as they prepare and present three speeches of their own.

Each year in August, the Department of English will conduct a one-week training session for graduate students from departments across the College who will serve as AIs in the coming academic year.  For students appointed late to teach P155 in the spring semester, a second training session will be held in October.  

The course description for COLL-P 155 reads as follows:

COLL-P 155 Public Oral Communication (3 cr.) CASE POC Prepares students in the liberal arts to communicate effectively with public audiences. Emphasizes oral communication as practiced in public contexts: how to advance reasoned claims in public; how to adapt public oral presentations to particular audiences; how to listen to, interpret, and evaluate public discourse; and how to formulate a clear response. Credit given for only one of P155, CMCL-C 121, or CMCL-C 130.

Enrollments in COLL-P 155 Public Oral Communication will be credited to the departments, and these courses, depending on their size and capacity, may carry additional AI appointments.