Choosing your Oral Communication General Education Requirement Class

Oral communication skills courses increase the abilities of students to interact appropriately and effectively in a variety of contexts , including interpersonal, small group, and public speaking settings.

  • Students develop both their message creation and message interpretation skills in order to be more successful communicators.
  • Students develop an awareness of the role of communication in a variety of human relationship- personal and professional.
  • Students develop and implement effective and appropriate communication skills, including the ability to develop, organize, present, and critically evaluate messages.
  • Students analyze audiences and adapt to a variety of in-person communication settings (UAA Catalog)

Important Note

The numbering of the four courses that meet the Oral Communication General Education Requirement carries NO IMPLICATION about the difficulty of the course or a need to take a 100-level course prior to taking a 200-level course. This is a difference from both the math and English Tier 1 GER classes.

ANY of the following FOUR COURSES may be used to fulfill the oral communication general education requirements:

  • Fundamentals of Oral Communication (COMM A111)
  • Small Group Communication (COMM A235)
  • Interpersonal Communication (COMM A 237)
  • Public Speaking (COMM A241)

The following Prerequisites apply to all the Oral Communication GER Courses:

  • ENGL A109 with a minimum grade of "C" OR
  • PRPE A108 with a minimum grade of "C" OR 
  • Accuplacer-Reading Comp with a score of 080 and Accuplacer-Sentance Skills with a score of 090 OR
  • SAT Critical Reading Score with a score of 530 OR
  • SAT Verbal Score with a score of 22 OR 
  • Enhanced ACT English with a score of 22 OR
  • ACT English with a score of 22.

Course Descriptions

COMM A111-Fundamentals of Oral CommunicationA survey of communication principles, theories, and skills including interpersonal communication, small group communication, and public speaking. Students develop oral communication skills through practice in a variety of individual activities, group activities, and individual and group presentations.
COMM A235- Small Group CommunicationStudy of theories and skills related to small group communication. Emphasis is on the communicative skills involved in group relationships and group decision making processes. Student will develop oral communication skills by engaging in practice in a variety of individual exercises and presentations, and group presentations.
COMM A237- Interpersonal CommunicationStudy of theories and skills related to dyadic communication and the variables which affect it, including conflict, culture, gender, rules, and context. Students will develop oral communication skills designed to improve communication in relationships by engaging in a variety of individual exercises, individual presentations, and group presentations.
COMM A241- Public SpeakingThe study of theories and skills applicable to informative, persuasive, and special occasion platform speaking. Emphasis is on effective selection, organization, and presentation of material to diverse audiences across diverse settings. Student will develop oral communications skills by engaging in a variety of exercises and individual presentations.