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Speech Communication at Brookhaven

Taking speech communication classes at Brookhaven College 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.

Speech Department

The Speech Department 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?


Good communication covers every facet of our lives. Our speech courses address more than just public speaking. Class activities and assignments encourage self examination, awareness of audience and shaping 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 learn about yourself as a communicator. Faculty members combine lectures, reading assignments, group activities and presentations to help you develop skills to interpret the verbal and non-verbal cues you and others use every day. You will not “sit and listen” in these classes, however. You will 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.

Courses We Offer

SPCH 1311: Introduction to Speech Communication

SPCH 1315: Fundamentals of Public Speaking

Both courses require students to participate in groups and to organize, research and deliver presentations. SPCH 1311 has a stronger emphasis on communication theory and personal development while SPCH 1315 provides students more practice in speech delivery. Both courses count for Core completion in the DCCCD, but students should check with their major departments at transferring institutions to determine that college’s preference.

Speech Communication Workshops
The following service-learning options are worth one credit each.

The course objectives encourage you to

  1. offer service to the community.
  2. understand and demonstrate how communication theories apply to service-learning experience through reflection processes.
  3. encourage future civic engagement and responsibility.


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 had speech in high school. Why do I have to take it again?
The short answer to this question is college has a different emphasis. You need to develop 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 College dedicated a great deal of time to research and select a text they believe is a valuable teaching tool. As a result, they are committed to using the text thoroughly. It will be difficult, maybe impossible, to be successful without the textbook. You will get your money’s worth from the text.

Careers for speech majors

Careers generally fall into two categories: theoretical and practical.

The theoretical category means you teach the theory and concepts learned in the field of communication to others:
  • Debate coach in high school or college
  • Speech teacher in high school or college
  • Learning specialist in tutoring business or independent practice

The practical category expects you to use the skills you developed in college work in application for a wide range of fields. You can begin some careers with a Speech Communication major alone.
  • University alumni representative or recruiter
  • Broadcaster for radio or television
  • 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 in their particular field.
  • Marketing research
  • Sales representative
  • Corporate spokesperson
  • Customer service

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:
  • Public relations
  • Environmental spokesperson

In short, you can combine your communication skills with almost any field you care about!