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Public Speaking

Course Description

This class is an introduction to the principles and application of speaking effectively to diverse audiences in a variety of settings. Focus is on topic selection, organization, analysis of research, and delivery, with special attention on learning effective delivery skills.

Learning Outcomes

  • Select an appropriate speech topic based on the audience and setting
  • Develop a key-word outline
  • Conduct effective audience analysis
  • Show successful research techniques
  • Explain how to improve source credibility
  • Differentiate between ethos, pathos, and logos
  • Provide examples of speaking effectively.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of basic communication skills.
  • Apply critical thinking about communication effectiveness.
  • Demonstrate effective methods of content delivery to a group.

Why Choose National University?

We’re proud to be a veteran-founded, San Diego-based nonprofit. Since 1971, our mission has been to provide accessible, achievable higher education to adult learners. Today, we educate students from across the U.S. and around the globe, with over 150,000 alumni worldwide.

Four-Week Classes

Focus on one subject at a time — one month at a time — and finish your degree faster.

100+ Degree Programs

Choose from associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees, plus credentials and certificates.

On Campus or Online

Study when and where it’s convenient for you with evening, weekend, and 100% online classes.

Year-Round Enrollment

Apply or transfer any time. Classes start monthly, and applications are accepted year round.

20+ Campus Locations

Attend class onsite at one of over 20 campus locations across California or in Nevada.

Military Friendly

As a Yellow Ribbon school, we offer tuition discounts to servicemembers and dependents.

College of Letters and Sciences

“Our faculty are established scholars and creators in their own fields. They are dedicated to making your entry into their disciplines a successful one, preparing you for your career as well as graduate study.”
College of Letters and Sciences
Rico M.
Class of 2014, Military Veteran