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Curriculum

Curriculum Development

The Ph.D. in Rhetoric invites you to understand and engage rhetorical and philosophical communication assumptions. The 36 credit curriculum frames a "Rhetoric & Philosophy of . . ." communication program emphasizing a praxis understanding of communication that moves theory into application. After completing a core of theoretical courses, you will develop two major emphases of study in areas of applied communication, explored through rhetoric and the philosophy of communication.

Our curriculum is grounded in the mission of the university and the mission of the department,  working out Education for the Mind, the Heart, and the Spirit through The Ethical Difference and Walking the Humanities into the Marketplace.

Theoretical Core

The theoretically rigorous core in Rhetoric & the Philosophy of Communication is distinctive because it effectively applies enduring and emerging ideas from the humanities (rhetoric & philosophy) to marketplace problems and practices. Through completing the core curriculum, all graduates of the program will be qualified specialists in Rhetoric & the Philosophy of Communication.

  • COMM 604 Communication Ethics
  • COMM 609 Rhetorical Theory
  • COMM 659 Philosophy of Communication
  • COMM 611 Rhetoric & Hermeneutics
  • COMM 635 Rhetoric of the Marketplace
  • COMM 678 Rhetoric of the Humanities

Applied Emphases

Each area of emphasis consists of two or three courses beyond the Core. Students elect courses in two of the four areas that will best prepare them to achieve their personal and vocational goals.

COMMUNICATION ETHICS IN THE PUBLIC SPHERE

  • COMM 614 Rhetoric & Philosophy of Crisis Management
  • COMM 626 Rhetoric & Philosophy of Free Speech

CORPORATE COMMUNICATION

  • COMM 603 Rhetoric & Philosophy of Strategic Corporate Communication
  • COMM 615 Rhetoric & Philosophy of Organizational Communication

INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION

  • COMM 607 Rhetoric & Philosophy of Intercultural Communication
  • COMM 654 Philosophy of Interpersonal Communication

INTEGRATED MARKETING COMMUNICATION

  • COMM 605  Rhetoric & Philosophy of Public Relations and Advertising
  • COMM 636  Rhetoric & Philosophy of Integrated Marketing Communication

RHETORIC OF TECHNOLOGY

  • COMM 610 Rhetoric & Philosophy of Cyberspace
  • COMM 628 Rhetoric & Philosophy of Technology