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Rhetorical Studies

Rhetorical Studies engages questions of public meaning, important definitions and issues that matter—legally, politically, and socially. We prepare you to understand and intervene in the daily struggle over social meanings, the process by which these meanings are created, reinforced, and resisted through symbols, material spaces, and visual images.

A rhetorical education is a crucial part of the liberal arts trivium and has long been understood as crucial to democratic participation because of the skills it offers in advocacy, as well as in critical analysis of political symbols and their influences. Through the use of critical and interpretive methods, rhetorical studies focuses on how communication comes to have meanings for audiences. This is an ideal pre-law major or a strong preparation for careers in advocacy, politics, or social justice work.

Introductory Courses (1000 level)

Students must complete the 2 required introductory courses:

  • COM 1000 - Surv of Communication Studies
  • COM 1100 - Public Speaking

Theory Courses (2000 level)

The following theory course is required for this specialization:

  • COM 2200 - Theories of Rhetoric

Students must choose one (1) additional theory class from the following:

  • COM 2240 - Theories of Performance Studies
  • COM 2280 - Theories of Persuasion
  • COM 2340 - Theories of Visual Communication & Culture
  • COM 2400 - Theories of Interpersonal Communication
  • COM 2440 - Theories of Organizational Communication

Advanced Topics Courses (3000 level)

Students must choose three (3) Rhetoric classes from the following:

  • COM 3201 - Rhetoric & Social Justice
  • COM 3202 - Rhetoric, Identity & Conflict
  • COM 3203 - Communication Law & Policy
  • COM 3204 - Rhetoric and Democracy
  • COM 3207 - African American Rhetoric
  • COM 3208 - Rhetoric and Myth
  • COM 3290 - Spec Top in Rhetoric & Perf

Students must choose three (3) additional classes from two (2) other areas in the major.

Advanced Research Courses (4000 level)

Students must take one (1) of the following:

  • COM 4001 - Qualitative Research in COM
  • COM 4002 - Quantitative Research in COM

Capstone Course (5000 level)

Students must complete the Capstone Course:

  • COM 5050 - Senior Project

 

Prerequisites List for Advanced Topics Courses in Rhetoric

COM 3201 - Rhetoric & Social Justice*

·       One of the theory courses listed above

COM 3202 - Rhetoric, Identity & Conflict

·       One of the theory courses listed above

COM 3203 - Communication Law & Policy

·       One of the theory courses listed above

COM 3204 - Rhetoric and Democracy

·       Prerequisites waived for Summer Study Abroad in Greece Program

COM 3207 - African American Rhetoric**

·       One of the theory courses listed above

COM 3208 - Rhetoric and Myth

·       Prerequisites waived for Summer Study Abroad in Greece Program

COM 3290 - Special Topics in Rhetoric & Performance

·       One of the Theory courses listed above

*Cross listed with the Center for Peace and Justice Education, prerequisites waived for non-COM majors

**Cross listed with Africana Studies, prerequisites waived for non-COM majors