Oral Communication

Last updated: June 28, 2012 at 4:13 p.m.


The oral communication requirement aims to enhance students' ability to communicate and listen effectively in a range of contexts, to critically evaluate orally presented information and arguments and to consider specific techniques for using language as a communication tool. Oral communication courses, which may be offered in any department or program, include at least two opportunities per course to develop and practice oral communication skills through a wide range of possible assignments.

Courses involve instruction on topics such as appropriate style and effective delivery, theories of effective communication and clarity of expression, ideas and voice; and assessment of students’ communication skills through feedback by instructor and classmates.

Each Brandeis undergraduate entering in the fall of 2007 and thereafter must satisfactorily complete one writing-intensive and either a second writing-intensive or an oral communication course. Courses that satisfy the requirement in a particular semester are designated “oc” in the Schedule of Classes for that semester.

Courses of Instruction

AMST 102a
Environment, Social Justice, and the Role of Women

AMST 102aj
Environment, Social Justice, and Empowerment

AMST 140b
The Asian American Experience

AMST 191b
Greening the Ivory Tower: Improving Environmental Sustainability of Brandeis and Community

ANTH 62a
Archaeology in Politics, Film and Public Culture

BCHM 155b
Biochemistry Laboratory

BIOL 134b
Topics in Ecology

CBIO 101a
Chemical Biology

COML 104a
Revisions, Rewrites and Remakes: From the Classical Period to the Present

ED 102a
Secondary Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

ENG 34a
A Haunted America: American Dreamers as Wanderers, Visionaries, Isolates

ENG 135b
Novel Horizons: Victorian Fiction and the Global Imagination

ENG 141a
Literature and Geography

ENVS 89a
Environmental Internship

ENVS 89aj
Environmental Internship

FYS 12a
The "I" in the Storm: Writers Respond to Totalitarianism

FYS 61b
Stigmatized Identities

GER 103a
Contemporary German Media and Society

GER 104a
Let's Talk! Shall We?

ITAL 128a
Mapping Modern Italian Culture: Inherited Conflicts

LGLS 10a
Introduction to Law

LGLS 121b
Law and Social Welfare: Citizen Rights and Government Responsibilities

LGLS 130a
Conflict Analysis and Intervention

LGLS 132b
Environmental Law and Policy

LGLS 161b
Advocacy for Policy Change

LING 140a
Architecture of Conversation: Discourse and Pragmatics

LING 197a
Language Acquisition and Development

NPSY 174b
Visual Cognition

PHIL 147a
Transcendental Arguments

POL 173a
U.S. Foreign Economic Policy

RUS 106b
Advanced Russian Language through Film

RUS 150b
Advanced Russian Language through Literature (in Russian)

SOC 102b
Conceptions of the Good Life

SOC 117b
Sociology of Science, Technology, and Medicine

SOC 147a
Organizations and Social Change

SOC 169b
Issues in Sexuality

SOC 175b
Environmental Movements: Organizations, Networks, and Partnerships

THA 15b
Public Speaking: The Art of Oral Communication

THA 101a
Stage Management: Part I