James E. Helmer, Director
Though not a concentration, courses in oral communication enable students to develop thinking and communication skills necessary for success in other Hamilton courses requiring intensive interaction, such as in Proseminars and the Senior Program. Through variable credit instruction in classrooms, labs and in the field, students experience a wide variety of innovative learning opportunities. Oral communication coursework provides regular academic credit toward graduation requirements. Unless otherwise noted by a concentration, oral communication credits may not be applied toward requirements for a student's concentration.
100F,S Oral Presentations: Principles and Practices.
Abbreviated study of fundamental principles with emphasis on organization, development, and oral delivery. Designed for students who wish to increase confidence and overall effectiveness in making oral presentations. Videotaping. Open by academic referral or consent of instructor. Repeatable for credit with permission of director. (Oral Presentations.) One-quarter course credit. Maximum enrollment, 18. Helmer and Mason.
210F,S The Rhetorical Act.
Study and application of rhetorical principles and concepts that guide the creation and delivery of effective public speeches. Students create, deliver, and critique speeches, demonstrating their understanding of structural, substantive, and aesthetic components of oral discourse and how these elements are adapted to different purposes and audiences. (Oral Presentations.) Maximum enrollment, 18. J Helmer.