Majoring in Rhetoric and Communication Studies

The Rhetoric and Communication Studies major prepares students for careers that demand good communication skills and theoretical understanding of communication, including social and human services, business, and law. It emphasizes communication theory, the study and practice of rhetoric, and basic research methods (as well as context-specific training).

Total program: 44-46 semester hours

Core Requirements: 28-30 semester hours

Code Course Title Units
RCS 120 Introduction to Speech Communication Theory & Practice 2
RCS 260 From Plato to Hashtags: Intro to Rhetoric 4
RCS 360* Leadership Communication 4
RCS 460 Rhetorical Criticism 4
RCS 499 Senior Project 2-4

*RCS 360 must be taken in the same semester with at least one additional RCS upper division class.

A minimum of three of the following six

Code Course Title Units
RCS 210 Interpersonal Communication 4
RCS 220 Intercultural Communication 4
RCS 240 Persuasion and Social Influence 4
RCS 250 Spin Doctoring 4
RCS 270 Peer Tutoring in Writing 4
RCS 300 Advanced Argumentative Writing for Public Discourse 4

Electives: 16 semester hours

Code Course Title Units
RCS 310 The Dark Side of Interpersonal Communication 4
RCS 320 Making Social Media Matter 4
RCS 330 Interviewing Principles & Practices 4
RCS 340 Trial Advocacy 4 or 8
RCS 350 Argumentation & Debate 4 or 8
RCS 370 Decolonial Rhetorics 4
RCS 380 Feminist Rhetorics 4
RCS 390 Queer Theory & LGBTQ Rhetorics 4
RCS 400 Voices of Revolution 4
RCS 410 Advanced Interpersonal Communication 4
RCS 420 Health Communication 4
RCS 440 Advocacy: An Experience in Social Justice 4
RCS 450 Political Communication 4
RCS 490 Speech Topics in Rhetoric and Communication Studies 4 or 8