The Basic Course & General Education

The Basic Course is significant to the Communication discipline. As Valenzano, Wallace, and Morreale (2014) noted, "The basic course . . . is perhaps the original and most enduring pedagogical element in the communication discipline. It is and has always been, after all, some version of training in oratory . . . It is no surprise that with its Western roots, American higher education recognized the importance of communication to varying degrees throughout its history" (p. 356).

The National Communication Association reaffirmed its commitment to the Basic Course when it endorsed a resolution recognizing the inherent value and necessity of Communication within General Education; similarly, NCA committed to providing resources and information for leaders and teachers of the Basic Course. The materials within the categories below are intended to assist NCA members in fulfilling their duties in developing, teaching, administering, and advocating for the Basic Course.