Taking speech communication classes at Brookhaven is an affordable way to get started on a path to a brighter future. Whether you’re taking classes to transfer to a four-year college or university, or for personal enrichment, our curriculum will give you the foundational skills you need.
Building Skills for Success
The Speech Communication program's course offerings address issues students face in everyday life:
- Why am I shy?
- How can I better understand my friends and co-workers?
- How can I listen more effectively?
- Why do I prefer to work alone?
- How can I talk to my boss and get the result I want?
- How can I stand up and speak in front of a group?
Our speech courses address more than just public speaking; good communication covers every facet of our lives. Class activities and assignments encourage self examination, build audience awareness and demonstrate how to shape a message to say what you mean, whether you are talking to a best friend or a large group.
What can I expect in a speech class?
You will learn about yourself as a communicator. Faculty members combine lectures, reading assignments, group activities and presentations to help you develop the skills necessary to interpret the verbal and non-verbal cues you and others use every day. However, you will not just “sit and listen” in these classes — you will also share ideas in small groups with your classmates. Students often say this is the only class in which they know everyone’s name. Because much of the course work is interactive, attendance is important.
We also offer four one-credit speech communication workshops that count for service-learning. These workshops encourage civic engagement and responsibility through service to the community. They will help you further understand and demonstrate how communication theories apply to everyday life.
Why take a service-learning class?
Confucius best expressed the answer to this question when he said, “I read and I forget, I see and I remember, I do and I understand.” The number of volunteer hours required for service-learning is determined by the number of workshop courses you plan to complete. Students will need to give a five-minute presentation on their service-learning experience during a reflection session.
How can I get over my fear of speaking in front of people?
First, some speaking anxiety is perfectly natural. Even professional speakers have a little stage fright. Managing that fear is a learned skill your professor will address with you. Second, you will get to know your classmates before you ever have to give a graded presentation. When you get up to speak in these classes, you’ll have a roomful of supporters.
I took a speech class in high school. Why do I have to take it again?
The short answer to this question is college-level classes have a different emphasis. You need to develop the skills to be successful in your workplace and your adult life. College professors want to prepare you for those challenges.
Will I really need to buy the textbook?
The speech professors at Brookhaven dedicated a great deal of time to researching and selecting a textbook they believe is a valuable teaching tool. As a result, they are committed to using the textbook thoroughly. It will be difficult, maybe impossible, to be successful without it. You will get your money’s worth from the textbook.
Careers for Speech Majors
Careers for speech majors generally fall into two categories: theoretical and practical. The theoretical category means you teach communication theory and concepts to others. Possible jobs include:
- High school or college debate coach
- High school or college speech teacher
- Learning specialist or tutor
The practical category of careers includes jobs where you apply the skills you developed in college in a wide range of fields. You can begin some careers with a Speech Communication major alone. Possibilities include:
- University alumni representative or recruiter
- Radio or television broadcaster
- Disc Jockey
Many employers do not require a major in their field but will want you to combine your speaking and research skills with training they will provide you. Jobs like this might include:
- Marketing researcher
- Sales representative
- Corporate spokesperson
- Customer service representative
Other careers might expect you to have a double major: speech communication and another field, such as marketing or environmental studies, or a specialty field, such as computer technology. Possibilities include:
- Public relations coordinator
- Environmental spokesperson
In short, you can combine your communication skills with almost any field you care about!