The Communication Major with a Rhetoric and Culture concentration prepares students to construct strategic messages intended to influence specific audiences and cultures. It also enables students to engage culture critically, charitably, and redemptively.
Requirements for the major are 32 hours: 14 hours in the Communication Core, 16 hours in a Concentration, and 2 elective hours of any Communication course. The Core consists of 4 courses in performance, theory, research, and a senior capstone (in which each student submits a portfolio and has a senior assessment interview). These four core courses should be completed in sequence.
To complement core courses, students select a concentration in Interpersonal Communication, Media Studies, Rhetoric and Culture, or Theater. Within each concentration, there are requirements and electives with course work progressing from introductory to advanced levels of study.
General Education Requirement. The following courses fulfill the oral communication competency requirement:
|COMM 101||Public Speaking||2|
|COMM 201||Fundamentals of Oral Communication (Communication majors and minors only)||4|
|COMM 252||Argumentation and Debate||4|
This requirement should be completed by the end of the sophomore year.
Along with specific requirements for any major, all students in the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degree programs must meet all general education and graduation requirements under a single catalog.
|COMM 201||Fundamentals of Oral Communication||4|
|COMM 302||Rhetorical Theory||4|
|COMM 312||Communication Criticism||4|
|COMM 494||Senior Seminar||2|
|Concentration Courses (Required and Elecive)||16|
|Required Concentration Courses|
|COMM 253||Messages, Influence, and Culture||4|
|COMM 454||Special Topics in Rhetoric & Culture||4|
|Elective Concentration Courses|
|Select 8 credits of the following:||8|
|Argumentation and Debate|
|Visual Symbolism: Icons, Brands, Logos|
|Advanced Persuasive Speaking|
|Intercollegiate Debate (Practicum)|
|Special Topics in Media and Culture|
|Select two or more credits of any offered COMM course||2|