Award Date


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Communication Studies

First Committee Member

Anthony J. Ferri

Number of Pages



Communication apprehension (CA) or stage fright can result in shaking hands, a quivering voice, nausea, in addition to causing permanent emotional and social damage. Most students enrolled in the basic public speaking course suffer at some level with communication apprehension. With what is at stake in terms of success and failure, there needs to be some treatment for CA in these basic public speaking courses. A number of institutions have created special courses to treat apprehensive students, while others leave the treatment up to the individual instructors. These instructors must then decide, from the resources available, what treatment techniques best fit their time limitations and class structure; Through a national survey of college and university speech departments this study determines the number of speech departments treating CA in the classroom and the methods they use as treatment. From the results, recommendations are made on how these techniques can be put to use in the classroom.


Apprehension; Basic; Communication; Courses; National; Public; Recommendations; Speaking; Survey; Treating

Controlled Subject

Communication; Teachers--Training of

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Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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