Oral Communication

Last updated: May 31, 2019 at 2:01 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. For students entering Brandeis beginning fall 2019, the oral communication requirement will be fulfilled for through coursework taken in the completion of their major, or through other options described in the requirements for the major.

Courses that satisfy the requirement in a particular semester are designated "oc" in the Schedule of Classes for that semester. A list of oral communication courses is available in the Courses of Instruction.

Courses of Instruction

AAAS 120a
African History in Real Time

AAAS 135a
Race, Sex, and Colonialism

AAAS 146b
African Icons

AAAS 162a
Assassination: A History of 20th Century Africa

AMST 140b
The Asian American Experience

Decolonization: A Native American Studies Approach

History of Rock: Rock and Roll in American Culture

American Music: From Psalms to Hip Hop

Protest Through Song: Music that Shaped America

Leonard Bernstein: Composer, Conductor, Educator, and Humanitarian

Music in Film: Hearing American Cinema

ANTH 62a
Archaeology in Politics, Film and Public Culture

ANTH 81a
Conducting Ethnographic Fieldwork: Methods and Practice of Anthropological Research

ANTH 167a
Sports, Society and the Body

ANTH 182b
Engaged Anthropology

BCHM 103b
Advanced Biochemistry: Cellular Information Transfer Mechanisms

BIOL 18a
General Biology Laboratory

BIOL 78b
The Pipeline of Drug Development

BIOL 134b
Topics in Ecology

BIOL 153aj
Project Lab in Biomimetics / Bioinspiration

CBIO 101a
Chemical Biology

CHEM 94a
Peer Assistantship in Chemistry

CHEM 99d
Senior Research

CHEM 199d
BA/MA Research

CHIN 40b
Advanced Intermediate Chinese

CHIN 100a
Introduction to Chinese Literature: Desire and Form

CHIN 105a
Advanced Conversation and Composition I

CHIN 105b
Advanced Conversation and Composition II

CHIN 126a
Advanced Conversational Chinese

CHIN 165a
Chinese for Life Science: Study of Traditional Chinese Medicinal Herbs with Contemporary Science

CLAS 45a
Practicum in Oral Communication

COML 100a
Introduction to Global Literature

COSI 45a
Senior Presentation Practicum

ECS 100a
European Cultural Studies Proseminar: Modernism

ED 102a
Secondary Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

ED 155b
Education and Social Policy

ENG 32a
21st-Century Global Fiction: A Basic Course

ENG 43b
Medieval Play: Drama, LARP, and Video Games

ENG 60a
Storytelling Performance

ENG 79a
Screenwriting Workshop: Beginning Screenplay

ENG 109a
Poetry Workshop

ENG 139a
Publishing Workshop: Literary Editing and Publishing

ENG 139b
Screenwriting Workshop: Intermediate Screenwriting

ENG 143a
The History of Mediascapes and Critical Maker Culture

ENG 149a
Screenwriting Workshop: Writing for Television

FA 118a
Studio Seminar

FA 178b
Seminar on Chinese Calligraphy and Practice

FA 191b
Studies in Renaissance and Baroque Art

FA 192a
Studies in Modern and Contemporary Art

FA 193a
Studies in Modern and Contemporary Architecture

FA 197a
Studies in Asian Art

FA 199a
Methods and Approaches in the History of Art

FREN 110a
Cultural Representations

FREN 111a
The Republic

GER 103a
German Culture Through Film

GER 105b
Survey of German Literature from Its Beginnings to the Present

HBRW 144a
Hebrew through Plays and Drama

HBRW 164b
Israeli Theater

Health Activism

HISP 198a
Experiential Research Seminar in Literary and Cultural Studies

HIST 52b
Europe in the Modern World

HIST 106b
The Modern British Empire

HIST 126a
Early Modern Europe (1500-1700)

HIST 178b
Britain and India: Connected Histories

HSSP 118b
Viewing Medicine and Health Policy Through the Lens of Literature

ITAL 105a
Italian Conversation and Composition

ITAL 106a
Storia e storie d’Italia: Advanced Italian through Narrative, Film, and Other Media

ITAL 110a
Introduction to Italian Literature: Love, Intrigues and Politics from Dante to Goldoni

ITAL 128a
Mapping Modern Italian Culture: Inherited Conflicts

JAPN 40b
Advanced Intermediate Japanese

JAPN 105a
Advanced Conversation and Composition I

JAPN 105b
Advanced Conversation and Composition II

JAPN 120a
Topics in Contemporary Japanese Culture and Society

JAPN 120b
Readings in Modern Japanese Literature

JAPN 165a
The Tale of Genji

Introduction to Latin American and Latino Studies: History, Politics, and Culture

LGLS 10a
Introduction to Law

LGLS 89a
Law and Society Internship and Seminar

LGLS 130a
Conflict Analysis and Intervention

LGLS 130aj
Conflict Analysis and Intervention

LGLS 161b
Advocacy for Policy Change

LING 140a
Architecture of Conversation: Discourse and Pragmatics

LING 197a
Language Acquisition and Development

MATH 16b
Applied Linear Algebra Practicum

NEJS 123a
Maps, Graphs and Timelines: Technology and Design in Historical Research

NEJS 123b
Crossing Boundaries and Being Human in Rabbinic Literature

NPSY 174b
Visual Cognition

PHIL 123a

PHIL 151a
Philosophy of Action

PHIL 168a

POL 89a
Political Science Internship

POL 111a
The American Congress

POL 161b
Good Neighbor or Imperial Power: The Contested Evolution of US-Latin American Relations

POL 173a
Seminar: U.S. Foreign Economic Policy

PSYC 36b
Adolescence and the Transition to Maturity

RECS 135a
Russian Short Fictions: The Art of Narrative

RECS 144b
Tolstoy and Dostoevsky: Confronting the Novel

Russian Drama: Text and Performance

RUS 106b
Advanced Russian Language through Film

RUS 150b
Advanced Russian Language through 20th Century Literature

RUS 160b
Russian/Soviet Jews: Dual Identities in Text, Image and Music

SOC 130a
Families, Kinship and Sexuality

SOC 138a
Sociology of Race, Gender, and Class

SOC 147a
Sustainable and Resilient Cities

SOC 169b
Issues in Sexuality

THA 15b
Public Speaking: The Art of Oral Communication

THA 16b
Genius in Small Group Communication: Theory and Practice

THA 138b
Creative Pedagogy

THA 199a
Senior Seminar: The Professional Experience

Women, Genders, and Sexualities

WMGS 105b
Feminisms: History, Theory, and Practice