University Honors Program

Kansas State University

215 Fairchild Hall

Manhattan, KS 66506


785-532-2642

785-532-2955 fax

ksuhonors@k-state.edu

COMM 109 - Public Speaking 1A, Honors

More than 2000 years ago, Roman Emperor Tiberius stated “in a free state there should be freedom of speech and freedom of thought.”” Agreeing with this idea, the Founding Fathers of the United States included the freedom of speech in the First Amendment when creating the Bill of Rights. Today, we too often overlook the need to utilize this freedom. Public speaking has been left to politicians, pundits and other professional orators. It is vital that the leaders of tomorrow learn the power of speech, in order to create a strong representative government.

To that effect, this course will strive to offer essential speech_building skills while reinforcing the need for civic awareness and engagement. The ultimate goals of this course will be to:

  • help students become better public speakers
  • help students become more effective critical listeners
  • help students understand how to use public_speaking skills to become involved in the democratic process

To accomplish these goals, students will research and construct speeches that have a real_world impact on multiple levels. Important contemporary issues will be discussed, and students will learn how to become involved in civic life in many ways.