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Curriculum

Curriculum Development

The Ph.D. in Rhetoric invites you to understand and engage rhetorical and philosophical communication assumptions. The 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.

  • Communication Ethics
  • Rhetorical Theory
  • Philosophy of Communication
  • Rhetoric & Hermeneutics
  • Rhetoric of the Marketplace
  • 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

  • Rhetoric & Philosophy of Crisis Management
  • Rhetoric & Philosophy of Free Speech

CORPORATE COMMUNICATION

  • Rhetoric & Philosophy of Strategic Corporate Communication
  • Rhetoric & Philosophy of Organizational Communication

INTERPERSONAL & ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATION

  • Rhetoric & Philosophy of Organizational Communication
  • Rhetoric & Philosophy of Interpersonal Communication

INTEGRATED MARKETING COMMUNICATION

  • COMM 633  Rhetoric & Philosophy of Advertising
  • COMM 636  Rhetoric & Philosophy of Integrated Marketing Communication

RHETORIC OF TECHNOLOGY

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