Speaking clearly and confidently is essential to success in both professional and personal situations. Effective speech is also crucial to citizenship and civic engagement. This introductory course will provide students with the opportunity to develop and strengthen their ability to speak in public in a variety of contexts. Public Speaking is a performance-based class in which students will be expected to deliver introductory, informative, persuasive, and special occasion speeches. Students will also learn the proper techniques for delivering a PowerPoint presentation. Preparation for effective oral presentation will also help develop students' organizational and critical thinking skills.