Wagner College offers a world-class education on the most important form of human interaction, speech.

Gannon_MaraWith public speaking classes taught as a requirement for every student of every major, we also offer more advanced courses such as voice and diction, and stage dialects taught by our very own professional actor and New York City dialect coach, Professor Mara Gannon.

Theatre Majors have the privilege of furthering their speech education with an Independent Study in Speech and Theatre. This opportunity gives students the freedom to independently pursue experimental, creative projects of research with faculty guidance.  This opportunity may be full filled upon permission granted by the department.

For students wishing to test our of the general education public speaking classes, students should see the SPEECH PROFICIENCY EXAM FORM and read below.


The Speech Proficiency Exam can be taken to satisfy the speech requirement. It does not give you a unit. You would still need to take a class for a unit if you decide to take the exam. If you are a performance major you do not need to take a speech class as you have SPC102 Voice & Diction that satisfies the requirement of speech.

There are additional packets in the Theatre Office located in Main Hall 16. Please feel free to stop by to pick one up. It explains the exam in detail and its requirements. If you do decide to take the exam, you will need to go to the business office, tell them you would like to test out of the speech class, pay the $25.00 fee, and bring Diane Catalano the receipt plus the top form of the informational packet. This can then put you in one of the speech exam test dates.

If you have any further questions, please stop by my office in Main Hall 16 or call 718-390-3223.