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Rhetoric & Communication Studies Major & Minor

Rhetoric and communication studies is quite versatile, making it an excellent liberal arts major. RHCS students learn critical thinking, speaking, writing and relating skills that prepare them to be good citizens of a pluralistic society. The versatility of the study allows for graduates to pursue any range of professional interests. A regular survey of our alumni shows that our majors go into almost any professional direction they desire after graduation. Recent RHCS graduates have gone on to pursue careers in law, education (from elementary school to college), politics, religion, media, publishing, non-profit work and entrepreneurial work.

The Rhetoric and Communication Studies Major

Note:  The grade point average for coursework comprising the major must reach a  C (2.0) or higher with no course grade counting toward major below a C- (1.7).

10 units, including

RHCS 103 Rhetorical Theory or RHCS 104 Interpreting Rhetorical Texts
2 units 100-200 level electives
RHCS 295 Topics in Research
5 units 300- or 400-level electives
RHCS 490 Senior Capstone

 

The Rhetoric and Communication Studies Minor

Note:  The grade point average for coursework comprising the major must reach a  C (2.0) or higher with no course grade counting toward major below a C- (1.7).

6 units, including

RHCS 103 Rhetorical Theory or RHCS 104 Interpreting Rhetorical Texts
1 unit 100-200 level electives
RHCS 295 Topics in Research
3 units 300- or 400-level electives

 

New Requirements for Fall 2016

New requirements for students declaring a RHCS major and minor will take effect in fall 2016. Current majors and minors will still follow the current guidelines. Contact Dr. Achter with any questions.

RHCS Major

1 unit: RHCS 103 or RHCS 104
2 units: 100-200 level electives
1 unit: RHCS 295
5 units: 300-400 level electives, one of which may be taken outside of the department if approved by advisor after the major has been declared.
1 unit: RHCS 490 (Capstone)

10 units total required for the major

RHCS Minor

1 unit: RHCS 103 or RHCS 104
1 unit: 100-200 level elective
1 unit: RHCS 295
3 units: 300-400-level electives

6 units total required for the minor

One (1) FYS course taught by an RHCS faculty member may count toward the major or minor by approval of the department chair.

Note:  No more than one unit each of internship and independent study may count toward the major. Internships are strongly recommended and are graded pass/fail. Practicum credits will not count toward the major and are graded pass/fail. Applies to majors/minors and general electives.