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Major in Rhetoric


Rhetoric offers a rigorous liberal arts education with practical implications. Students can develop competencies in areas like debate, argumentation, persuasion, rhetoric and popular culture, philosophy of communication, free speech and responsibility, and political communication. Rhetoric majors pursue careers in law, public policy, health policy and administration, or business and, through an enhanced major, work in countless other fields.

Enhanced major: Students may take up to 15 additional credits for an enhanced major. An enhanced major allows students to supplement the 30-credit major with additional coursework and internships. This option requires consultation with the Undergraduate Directors.

Major Requirements

  • COMM 301W History of Communication
  • COMM 494W Communication Ethics

Elective Core I

  • COMM 201 Human Communication in a Technological Age
  • COMM 304W Persuasion

Elective Core II

Select one:

  • COMM 206 Communication in the Marketplace
  • COMM 407 Intercultural Communication

Major Electives

Select five:

  • COMM 102 Public Speaking
  • COMM 414 Approaches to Rhetoric, Religion, & Society
  • COMM 304W Persuasion
  • COMM 461 Rhetorical Theory
  • COMM 459 Philosophy of Communication
  • COMM 426 Free Speech & Responsibility
  • COMM 406 Political Communication
  • COMM 458 Rhetoric & Popular Culture
  • COMM 402 Argumentation