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Speech Communication at
De Anza College

The Speech Communication Department at De Anza College offers a range of opportunities to study in the field of Speech Communication.  Whether you want to personally develop confidence, improve communication skills, increase career success, complete g.e. repuirements, participate in Speech and Debate, obtain a Speech Communication Certificate, or major in Speech Communication--
our program allows you to meet your own personal needs.

Why take Speech courses? Sudents find many benefits in taking speech courses.
  • "After my first speech class I realized that Speech Communication is the key to success in all areas of my life. No matter how much knowlege or skills I will gain in my personal or professional life, without the ability to communicate it can't be shared and without the ability to listen, I won't be successful." -Sharon Rose, De Anza Alumni
  • "Speech Communication makes you more valuable to your business, family and relationships.  It makes you more sensitive to other people. It is fun, not scary." - Chris Costanzo, De Anza Student, Speech Communication Major, Debate Team Member 
We invite you to read other current and past student testimonials or to write your own and send it to our web editor Donna Stasio.

Our Mission

The ways in which we communicate contribute significantly to the quality of our lives. Our Speech  Communication Department faculty seek to create a stimulating and supportive learning environment and to meet the diverse and changing needs of our students, our department, and the college. We are here to help students gain greater knowledge and skill in Speech Communication as a means to developing their own potential.

In our classrooms we celebrate our students diverse cultures, traditions, perspectives, voices, and goals. We are constantly updating our courses, exploring new ideas, and sharing information to foster our own professional growth and to provide the best possible opportunities to our students.

Our Goals
  • Value every student as an individual with his/her needs, goals and learning styles.
  • Challenge our students with a spirit of inquiry, discovery, dialog and reflection.
  • Create an environment where diverse cultures, abilities, and needs are respected and where differences offer productive opportunities for learning and personal fulfillment.
  • Develop a dynamic curriculum that reflects both traditional and emerging schools of thought in our discipline.
  • Provide every student with opportunities to simultaneously acquire knowledge and develop skill through practice.
  • Help students become critical and independent thinkers and problem solvers by providing opportunities to work in self-regulated teams in order to develop small group collaboration skills, listening, deliberation, conflict management, argumentation, problem solving, and decision-making.
  • Remain faithful to our task of promoting personal integrity.
  • Provide opportunities for students to successfully use technology for research and developing presentations.
  • Prepare students to use effective communication skills in their personal and professional lives.
  • Raise consciousness of our global interdependence and responsibility.

 Updated Monday, February 9, 2009 at 7:54:26 AM                                  21250 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino, CA 95014
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