NYC Speech Courses and Classes with Degree Program Descriptions

Feb 16, 2019

New York City has a number of colleges within 15 miles of the downtown that offer degree programs in speech. Learn about three of these schools' degree programs, admission info and program requirements to make an informed education decision.

NYC Schools with Speech Courses and Programs

Courses and programs in speech, such as those offered by the Catholic, private and public universities highlighted in this resource, can lead to an undergraduate or graduate degree in media, public address or speech. Read summaries of the programs below and compare the cost of attendance and other essential school information in the accompanying table. To find the names of four additional colleges and universities in the area that offer programs in speech, check out the other school options section at the end of the article.

  • New York University, located 1.7 miles from downtown Manhattan, offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in media, culture and communication.
  • CUNY Brooklyn College awards bachelor's degrees in communications and speech. The college is part of the City University of New York (CUNY) system and is located almost nine miles from downtown Manhattan.
  • St. John's University in Queens, located 11 miles from downtown Manhattan, offers an undergraduate degree in rhetoric and public address.

Comparison of Schools

Use the table below to compare the wide-ranging student populations and undergraduate tuition rates at the three featured schools. Note that two of the three schools admitted less than 50% of their applicants in 2017.

New York University CUNY Brooklyn College St. John's University
School Type 4-year, private not-for-profit 4-year, public 4-year, private not-for-profit
Total Enrollment (2017) 51,123* 17,803* 21,340*
Campus Setting Large city Large city Large city
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2017-2018) $50,464* $7,040 in-state;
$14,430 out-of-state*
% of Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017) 54%* 83%* 100%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) 28%* 40%* 68%*
Retention Rate (2016-2017) 93% full-time;
71% part-time*
82% full-time;
90% part-time*
83% full-time;
33% part-time*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (students began Fall 2011) 84% (10% transfer rate)* 58% (21% transfer rate)* 58%*

Source *National Center for Education Statistics

New York University

New York University is a private school that enrolls more than 50,000 students a year. Students interested in a speech degree can explore the bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in media, culture and communication offered through the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development.

Bachelor of Science in Media, Culture and Communication

Students in this program can choose an area of expertise to focus in while learning the basics of speech and communication. NYU offer concentrations in global and transcultural communication, interaction and social processes, media institutions and politics, images and screen studies, and technology and society. Courses like media studies and the history of communication introduce students to the four main aspects of human communication: dialogue, print media, typography and electronic media.

Master of Arts in Media, Culture and Communication

The specializations available for the undergraduate program are also offered here; however, rather than images and screen studies, the MA program offers a specialization in visual culture and cultural studies. This interdisciplinary, 36-credit master's degree program provides a historical framework, a theoretical context and an exploration of contemporary research in media, culture and communication. Graduates must complete a thesis, paper or comprehensive exam, and will be prepared to examine and analyze changes in the field of communication.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Media, Culture and Communication

The PhD program features five concentrations, including politics and media institutions, visual culture and sound, technology and society, critical theories, and global and transcultural studies. Students complete seminars, participate in research and produce a dissertation. Courses include theories and research in media, ethnography and media archaeology.

CUNY Brooklyn College

CUNY Brooklyn College is a public school that enrolls more than 17,000 students annually. Applicants must have a GPA of at least 2.0 and an SAT score of at least 1000; they can apply online on the college's website. Brooklyn College offers undergraduate degrees in communication and in speech.

Bachelor of Arts in Communication

This program's curriculum is divided into three tiers. Tier 1 develops a foundation in communication topics. During the second tier, students choose between a visual and media studies track and an interpersonal and intercultural communication track. In the third tier, students complete an off-campus internship.

Bachelor of Arts in Speech

Students in the Bachelor of Arts in Speech program complete either 27 credits in communication studies or 24 credits in oral interpretation. There are four core classes in speech in this program; completion of at least three is required. Topics encompass interpersonal communication, intercultural communications and phonetics. Students also learn about American usage linguistics and speech applications in poetry and literature.

St. John's University

St. John's University is a private Roman Catholic university with an enrollment of more than 20,000. Students who wish to apply to St. John's can do so online through the school's website. St. John's University offers a bachelor's degree in public address.

Bachelor of Arts in Rhetoric and Public Address

Participants in this degree program learn to speak clearly and effectively in front of a large audience. They also explore the history, criticism and theories of communication. Coursework includes classes like American public address, argumentation and rhetoric of social movements.

Other School Options

New York City students who are interested in speech may also explore the degree programs at Pace University and CUNY Hunter College, both located in the city. CUNY LaGuardia College on Long Island and Touro College in NYC also offer speech degrees.

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