Ohio University

AGC 5300: Oral Communication in Graduate Studies

An Nguyen and Eleonora engaged in discussion
An Nguyen and Eleonora engage in discussion.

The goal of this highly interactive course is to equip students with the oral communication skills and confidence needed to succeed in professional and academic communities. Students explore strategies for effective public speaking and implement those strategies through a variety of presentations and group discussion projects. Other topics include oral summaries and presenting to diverse audiences.

After completing AGC 5300, all students will be able to:

  • effectively organize and deliver presentations, including to diverse audiences
  • create and use effective visual aids
  • summarize and synthesize information from various sources
  • effectively lead and participate in group discussions on professional and/or academic topics, to diverse audiences
Mark Sakach giving a presentation
Mark Sakach giving a presentation

What Are Students Saying about this Class?

Phally Ngoeum, graduate student from Cambodia, says, "This class has helped my reading and oral communication skills so that I feel more confident speaking in front of people. It is a relaxed and friendly environment, which has helped me to express the ideas I have. I am grateful for this class and the opportunity to speak my opinion. It has helped me have a better understanding of the world around me. I hope every international student has the opportunity to take this class."

Presentation Skills Tutoring

The AGC Presentation Lab offers one-on-one tutoring sessions to students taking graduate oral communication courses.