Brooklyn Speech Communication Major
Get ready to change the world with a Speech degree from St. Joseph's University, New York.
Our Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication degree offers three dynamic tracks of study: speech-language pathology/audiology, theatre and communication arts. Each track has specialized courses that prepare graduates for a successful career.
Make the Speech Communication Major Your Own
The track in speech-language pathology/audiology focuses on clinical approaches to communication disorders to prepare students for graduate studies, and eventual ASHA and New York state certification as speech-language pathologists or audiologists. Meanwhile, our theatre track takes a liberal arts approach to theatre, preparing students for artistic and administrative careers in the performing arts, for further graduate study in the performing arts, or for creative professions, such as writing, advertising and teaching, that benefit from study in the arts.
Our track in communication arts hones abilities in leadership, verbal and nonverbal communication, problem solving, and group dynamics. Graduates from our communication arts track often work in fields that range from training and development and nonprofit agencies to health services, athletics, sales and government.
Danielle Policaro ’19
Speech Major, English Minor
"St. Joseph's University has so much to offer to its students. The communication studies curriculum has successfully prepared me for graduate school through the amazing opportunities it has given me. This includes an executive position in the NSSLHA club and an internship at Staten Island University Hospital's speech department. I have the pleasure of assisting speech pathologists in evaluating stroke patients with swallowing disorders. These moments strengthen my knowledge in the field and reassure me that this is the right career path for me."
The Brooklyn Speech Major Experience
Pair it with a Minor: Our speech major pairs well with such minors as theatre, psychology, business administration, marketing, biology, sociology, English and political science.
Find Research and Internship Opportunities: Conduct research and present at conferences across the country. Engage in meaningful internship opportunities throughout New York City.
Extensive Career Options: Prepare for a career in speech-language pathology or audiology; in the performing or creative arts; or in professional settings, including Fortune 500 companies, nonprofit agencies, athletics, health and government agencies, or sales.
Speech Communication Majors Can Follow These Tracks
What can you do with a degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology?
Speech-language pathologists evaluate and provide therapy for individuals with a wide range of communication disorders; while audiologists diagnosis and treat individuals with hearing loss and hearing related disorders. Both professions work with a wide range of ages and provide services in a variety of settings, including schools, hospitals, rehabilitation centers and private practice.
Students interested in a fulfilling speech-language pathology and/or audiology career are offered all of the prerequisite academic coursework, clinical experiences and internship opportunities required for acceptance into top graduate programs. Students in our Speech-Language Pathology/Audiology programs are provided a solid academic background and field opportunities to develop strong clinical thinking and leadership skills.
Our recent graduates have been accepted into such prestigious graduate programs as Loyola University, New York University, Teachers College Columbia University, Adelphi University and Brooklyn College.
Take your career further.
Get ready to learn the skills most sought out by employers – including leadership, problem solving, small group communication, working as a team, project management, listening, conflict management, persuasion and verbal/nonverbal skills. Research demonstrates that the knowledge and skills reinforced through the communication arts track are those most connected with success in large corporations and small organizations in fields ranging from nonprofit agencies to health services, athletics to media, government to education.
Our communication arts graduates utilize these skills in flexible career paths, including training and development, project management, public relations/affairs, corporate communication, sales and publishing. Those skilled and credentialed in Communication Studies are also top candidates for leadership/management trainee programs with top local and global companies.
Become a theatre expert.
Explore the art of acting, directing, and production design, in addition to studying history, criticism and dramatic literature with a track in theatre. Our students have opportunities to gain professional experience through our dynamic internship program. Recent students have earned academic credit while interning with such organizations as the 13th Street Repertory Theatre Company, Rockaway Theatre Company, Creative Booking Agency and News 12 Bronx. Our students benefit from the campus’ close proximity to the world-famous Brooklyn Academy of Music, as well as avant-garde Williamsburg theatres, such as The Brick.
Our robust communication studies department offers an 18-credit minor in theatre that pairs seamlessly with a speech major. To top it off, students will learn in small classes led by faculty members with active artistic careers. Students will also meet our successful alumni who work in theatre and make frequent visits back to campus to direct theatre productions for the Chapel Players, a student-run drama club that performs twice a year.