Public Speaking Course (COMS 1030)

COMS 1030 is our Fundamentals of Public Speaking course in the School of Communication Studies.

Public speaking is a core part of our undergraduate curriculum and our course has several essential features that help make it an innovative and engaging experience for students. This page introduces some of those features and provides updates and information for students, parents, instructors, and others interested in the course.

COMS 1030 Guidebook 2015

Questions about COMS 1030? Email the Basic Course Director, Dr. Angela Hosek.

COMS 1030 is on Twitter! The COMS 1030 Program has a Twitter account that we will use to publicize upcoming speaking events and communication related news. It’s also a space for all COMS 1030 sections and Instructors to interact! Follow on Twitter @COMS1030_OU.  Direct link:

Examples of Student Speeches

Our students perform four different speeches in this course, each one has a different purpose and allows students to build on what they have learned from previous assignments. Check out these videos of former COMS 1030 students performing their speeches.

Persuasive Speech Informative Speech Impromptu Speech

Communication Resource Center

The Communication Resource Center (CRC) offers COMS 1030 students an opportunity to meet for one-on-one tutoring to get help on their speaking assignments. The CRC is located in Schoonover Center 030 and will be open during the weeks right before and during major speaking assignments. Because the CRC is new, we are only able to offer this service to some of our classes: ask your instructor for more information.

COMS 1030 Library Resource Page

The COMS 1030 Library Resource Page offers resources and specific guidance for students working on assignments in this course. It offers advice on locating and using research sources, judging the credibility of different sources, creating a reference list for speech outlines, and even ideas for possible speech topics! Students can even contact or schedule a time to meet with a reference librarian who understands our course assignments. It is an immensely helpful library guide created just for COMS 1030.

1030 iSpeak

Learning Communities

COMS 1030 is included in many of the university’s learning communities for first year students. Our classes typically consist of fewer than 25 students and involve a great deal of active learning and collaboration with peers. We create a collaborative environment to help students develop confidence, organize their ideas, and articulate them in front of the audience. For these reason, COMS 1030 can be a good introduction to college for first-semester students.

Participation in Research

Students in COMS 1030 have the opportunity to help advance communication studies research by participating in studies done by faculty and graduate students in our program. For more information, see the Communication Studies Research Pool page.

Teacher Training Academy (TTA)

1030 TTA Binder

We are committed to high quality and pedagogically sound teaching and training for our Graduate Teaching Associates (GTAs) . New GTAs engage in an initial Teacher Training Academy that is comprised of 60 hours of teacher training that prepares them to teach COMS 1030 and additional courses in the School of Communication Studies.

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