May 18, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Bulletin 
    
2023-2024 Undergraduate Bulletin

Communications - Rhetorical Studies Concentration, B.A.


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Communication Studies Requirements


All students choosing to major in Communication Studies must fulfill specific department core requirements. These courses contain skills, theory, analysis, performance, writing, and research. They are as follows (29 credits):

Concentration Requirement


The Rhetorical Studies concentration rests on the premise that, in order to be responsible citizens, we must be critical, ethically minded producers and consumers of a wide variety of publicly communicated messages. Contemporary rhetorical scholars inquire into the development and consumption of many of these kinds of messages, including presidential addresses, social movement discourse, radio, films and television shows, and digital communication. Keeping this context in mind, students arc challenged to improve their rhetorical skills by crafting, delivering, and critiquing public presentations, practicing the rhetorical arts of listening and silence, deliberating across differences, and analyzing public discourse. As they apply these skills, students engage in critical thinking, gain a deeper understanding of their roles and responsibilities as citizens in a deliberative democracy, and improve their understanding of the power of rhetoric when adapted and communicated effectively in diverse settings.

All students pursuing a concentration in Rhetorical Studies are required to take the following two courses (6 credits):

In Addition


In addition, students pursuing a concentration in Rhetorical Studies will take 6 credits selected from the following courses:

Recommended Course Sequence


First Semester


Total Credits: 15-16


Second Semester


Total Credits: 15-16


Third Semester


Total Credits: 16


Fourth Semester


Total Credits: 15


Fifth Semester


Total Credits: 15


Sixth Semester


Total Credits: 16


Seventh Semester


Total Credits: 15


Eighth Semester


Total Credits: 15


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