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NEW ASU UL Speech Course: COM 225 Public Speaking

Arizona State University has added another NEW course to their Universal Learner (UL) program: COM225 Public Speaking. This is a 3 credit speech course.


Public speaking is an important professional skill in many careers. The core of public speaking is to help speakers inform and influence the world around them. It takes practice and thought, and in this course, you will never step up to the podium without a plan. We’ve designed this course to create an environment that gives you confidence through consistent practice, supportive feedback, revision, and reflection.

What you’ll learn

  • Create, organize, and deliver audience-centric messages
  • Develop and demonstrate nonverbal speaking behaviors that support verbal messages
  • Present information appropriate to context and setting
  • Differentiate between informative and persuasive speaking
  • Interpret and evaluate presentations
  • Recognize areas for improvement


To be successful in this course, we recommend English language fluency and computer literacy.

ENG 101 First-year Composition is strongly suggested as a prerequisite for success in this course.

Please note that prerequisites are suggested, but not required, with Universal Learner program courses.

Exams and Grading

42% Learning Activities

10% Practice Speeches

12% Quizzes

11% Reflections

25% Final Speeches

Time Commitment

This is an asynchronous, online course. This means, while you will have deadlines, you do not need to be at your computer at specific times or participate in live activities.

This 3 credit, 8 week course requires about 135 hours of work. Therefore, expect to spend approximately 15-20 hours per week preparing for and engaging in this course.


As with all ASU Universal Learner courses, the cost is just $25 to sign up and you pay $400 at the end, only if you like the grade. If you don’t pay there is no record of the course, no record of failure, or record of not completing the course.

How to Use this Course in our Homeschool?

This course satisfies 3 credit hours toward the Literacy and Critical Inquiry (L) General Studies requirements at Arizona State University. It is strongly encouraged that you consult with your institution of choice to determine how these credits will be applied.

Could this be used as a homeschool high school speech requirement? Possibly. You, or your state, determine what is considered valid homeschool credit. As this is the first time the course is being offered in this UL program, and we do not have a full syllabus yet, and we cannot see the full content of the course. We look forward to hearing reviews and from our members in the HS4CC with ASU Courses Facebook group and seeing the syllabus, when available.

What is the UL program?

ASU’s Universal Learner program, formerly known as the Earned Admissions program, is a unicorn in the college world. Students of any age in any part of the world can sign up for regionally accredited (the gold standard) college courses with no hassles, no need to send your transcripts, no red tape, no placement tests, and no risk to a student’s GPA. If the student doesn’t get the grade they want, simply do not pay the $400 at the end of the course and there is no record of the course. Retake the courses as many times as is needed for just a minimal $25 sign-up fee. Find out the full scope of the program.

How to Sign Up

For more detailed information about how to sign up for to take courses in the Universal Learner program, formerly known as the Earned Admissions program, please visit our post “How to Sign up for ASU Earned Admissions Courses”