Oral Communication Designation

Designated courses that enable students to develop abilities to communicate effectively and appropriately in a range of oral contexts, including face-to-face, through practicing their skills at both sending and receiving messages.

Courses designated as Oral Communication may have more learning objectives in addition to those associated with the Core.

Goals & Objectives


Goal: Students will compose a message and provide ideas and information appropriate to its topic, audience, setting, and purpose.

Objectives: Students will:

  • Identify the components of effective oral communication of an idea with an argument or thesis supported by evidence. 
  • Demonstrate the knowledge of how to select appropriate material that will be understood by the audience.
  • Apply organizational and explanatory strategies suitable to the topic, audience, setting and purpose of the message that is being delivered.

Goal: Students will demonstrate the ability to deliver effective oral presentations.

Objectives: Students will:

  • Speak clearly and employ a rich and imaginative vocabulary with diction and pronunciation appropriate to the context.
  • Present fluently, maintain eye contact with the audience, and use gestures appropriate to the context.
  • Define the thesis and/or purpose of the message, use smooth transitions from one section to the next, and end with a clear and direct conclusion.
  • Demonstrate the effective and judicious use of detail and evidence in substantiating and/or illuminating the presentation’s central thesis.

Approved Courses

ABEC 339
BIO 353
CHM 481
CLS 214
CLS 300
CLS 309
COM 201
COM 383
CRJ 280
CSC 127
CSC 395
EDE 432
EDS 432-436
EDY 433
ENG 147
ENG 148
ENG 350
ENT 101
ENT 310
ESL 118
FAH 450
FAM 212
FAM 450
FRC 323
FRC 324
GER 323
GER 324
HIS 125
HIS 126
HIS 227
HIS 331
HIS 393
MLS 201/211L
MLS 401/411L
MLS 402/412L
PED 441
PHY 351
PSC 224
PSC 355
RST 235
RST 328A
RST 342
SPA 323
SPA 324
SPE 432
SPE 433

Animal Enrichment
Biology Seminar II
Communicating Research Lit
Greek and Roman Tragedy
Roman Law and Society
Greek and Roman Religion
Oral Communication
Conflict Strategy and Tactics
Language for Legal Professions
Introduction to Game Design
Software Engineering
Seminar in Teaching & Assessment:Childhood
Applied Methods in Content Area
Seminar in Teaching & Assessment:Early Childhood
Acting I
Acting II
The Theatre Experience
Experiential Entrepreneurship: Creativity
International Entrepreneurship Practicum
The Art of Oral Presentations
Senior Seminar
Canisius College and the BPO Experience
Senior Seminar
Topics in Conversation I
Topics in Conversation II
The American Story:  The Early Years
Topics in Conversation II
The American Story: The Early Years
The American Story: The Later Years
The Irish Story
British Monarchy
Topics in Oral History:  Voices of American Women
Mathematics Seminar I, II, III
Self/Team Development/Leadership Lab
Advanced Leadership Studies/Leadership Lab
Advanced Leadership Studies/Leadership & Lab
Teaching Methods of Physical Education
Advanced Physics Laboratory
Congress and the Legislative Process
European Union
Religion & Politics
Jesuits, History, Spirituality, Culture
Theological Ethics & Environmental Justice
Topics in Conversation I
Topics in Conversation II
Seminar in Teaching, Assessment:Special Ed/Childhood
Seminar in Teaching, Assessment:Special Ed/Early Child