Speech Communication at Richland

​​​​​​​Taking speech communication classes at Richland 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.

As teachers of speech communication, we want to help you improve your skills in interpersonal, group and public communication. Our classes will also address listening skills, conflict resolution and self-concept. Communication skills directly affect the quality of our lives; they contribute to successful relationships and help us succeed in our careers. You can improve your communication skills and replace speaking apprehension with confident communication in a speech communication course.

Would you like to:

  • Ask your boss for a raise?
  • Ask your neighbor to make his dog stop barking?
  • Ask questions in class?
  • Tell your supervisor you cannot work overtime?
  • Return your defective stereo to the store?
  • Deliver a well-organized, effective speech without stammering or shaking?
  • Impress your co-workers with your ability to communicate clearly?
  • Understand how cultural and gender differences impact communication?
  • Take courses that transfer to other colleges or universities?
  • Take a course that is required for a Dallas College degree (​Introduction to Speech Communication)?

If you answered "Yes!" to any of these questions, then taking a speech communication class is for you.

St​udent Testimonials

"It was not only my favorite class I have ever taken, but it was also incredibly helpful in expanding my intellect and gaining knowledge in real world situations. I have never had a class like speech before. The curriculum revolves around me, the student, and how we as humans communicate. It is not simply getting up and speaking — that is just the surface of the class. I believe this kind of curriculum is incredibly important in the growth of a college student."

"I learned many things about communicating with people of different backgrounds, and I learned valuable skills in preparing research projects. I know that I will carry those things with me in my future studies at Richland and beyond. Thank you for preparing me for the next step in my college education."

"It wasn't anything like my high school class! This class has helped me become more comfortable speaking in front of people at events and in everyday life. I went to a banquet and was asked to present the awards five minutes before the event started. I was the only person comfortable enough to speak in front of the audience without being nervous or having awkward pauses. This class has helped me understand audience analysis. It is really useful for the future, especially since I am planning to become a teacher."

"It has made me a stronger public speaker and taught me the correct formats to use for a successful speech."

"Taking speech class has been very important for me personally because I have had difficulty in the past with organizing my thoughts when speaking publicly. Learning the format and techniques in speech has helped me in this area. Speech has also assisted in fine-tuning my acting skills. It is essential that everyone be exposed to speech class. At one point or another, most individuals will be forced to speak in a group, and it is imperative to have the skills to be professional."

"When my advisor signed me up for speech class, I was not happy and viewed speech as something to be avoided if at all possible. Looking back, I sincerely believe that speech has taught me both the art and power of communication. Speech has given me the tools to become a competent and effective communicator. I have no doubt that my future successes, from interviewing for a job to delivering a speech, will be attributed to this experience. How glad I am that this course was not simply voluntary!"

"My speech class helped me in many different ways. First of all, I learned to feel more comfortable talking in front of others. My fear of public speaking greatly decreased due to this class. I also learned how to engage in effective and productive relational communication. I learned about other cultures and why it is important to show respect for diversity. I am glad it was a requirement, because I had a blast learning so much about communication and met great people who also had a fear of public speaking and finally got over it. I enjoyed that we got to share our life experiences with the class during our speeches. I learned so much about my classmates, and this class made me feel at home. My time spent in this class was definitely worth it. I would take another speech class!"