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Major in Rhetoric

Rhetoric

Rhetoric explores professional and public leadership grounded in the liberal arts tradition. Students learn the history and practice of producing and interpreting oral and written arguments in the professional and public spheres. Rhetoric majors pursue careers in law, public policy advocacy, nonprofit administration, business, and countless other fields in a globalizing marketplace.

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

Professional & Public Advocacy:

  • COMM 102 Public Speaking
  • COMM 305 Public Advocacy

Rhetorical Tradition: Professional & Public:

  • COMM 201 Human Communication in a Technological Age
  • COMM 206 Communication in the Marketplace
  • COMM 301W History of Communication
  • COMM 494W Communication Ethics

Rhetorical Production: Professional & Public:

  • COMM 205 Argumentation in the Global Public Sphere
  • COMM 207 Exploring Leadership Communication

Elective Areas:

Students select two (2) electives, in consulatation with advisors, under one of the following areas of advisement:

Professional & Public Advocacy:

  • COMM 418W Conflict Management in Organizations
  • COMM 426 Free Speech & Responsibility
  • COMM 427 Communication Management
  • COMM 445 Non-Profit Development & Philanthropy
    Communication
  • COMM 463 Strategic Corporate Communication
  • COMM 498 Internship

Rhetoric & Public Culture:

  • COMM 406 Political Communication
  • COMM 426 Free Speech & Responsibility
  • COMM 457 Communication, Science & Revolution
  • COMM 458 Rhetoric & Popular Culture
  • COMM 459 Philosophy of Communication
  • COMM 461 Rhetorical Theory
  • COMM 498 Internship

Public Policy & Advocacy:

  • COMM 101 Debate (Practicum)
  • COMM 402 Argumentation
  • COMM 406 Political Communication
  • COMM 407 Intercultural Communication
  • COMM 426 Free Speech & Responsibility
  • COMM 461 Rhetorical Theory
  • COMM 498 Internship