Civil Discourse teaches the theory and practice of how to promote shared understanding and the common good through civil discourse, by developing and presenting oral messages. Students will be expected to develop an understanding of the principles and practices of public speechmaking that constitute civil discourse, how the First Amendment enables it, its history and role in problem-solving, and the influence of mediated discourse on democracy.
COMM 200 is the course that most students will take to fill this requirement. Fewer sections of PHIL 110, Ethics and Civil Discourse, and POLS 235, Civil Discourse and Democracy will be offered each term, but they fulfill the same requirement as COMM 200.
This is a 3-credit required course. It should be taken during the first year.