Department of Rhetoric & Communication Studies

Department of Rhetoric & Communication Studies

The RHCS curriculum analyzes and theorizes symbolic action across a variety of venues, including law, rhetoric, media, elective politics, history, resistance efforts, public memory, and relational dynamics.
Major & MinorCourses

Student Success

With its innovative bridging between an emphasis on critical/ethical thinking and a focus on the practical role of communication in public life, the Department of Rhetoric Communication Studies empowers students to find fulfilling careers and professional and educational experiences across a wide diversity of subjects. Our RHCS students have gone on from UR to make exciting, creative, and vital contributions to civic culture.

Rhetoric student Lindsey Frank, '23, wins Female Athlete of the Year Award

Lacrosse & Field Hockey and Two Sport Atlantic 10 First Team All-Conference Player Lindsey Frank, '23, was named the 2023 Female Athlete of the Year at the RVA Sports Awards.

Frank exemplifies all the positive aspects of sport and has made a positive impact on the Richmond community in 2022. Congrats, Lindsey!

RHCS Inclusivity Statement

Faculty Highlights

Dr. Justin Wigard
Wigard Published

Justin Wigard, post-doc research associate in rhetoric and communciations studies, published the book Attack of the New B Movies.

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Dr. Ravynn K. Stringfield
Stringfield Published

Ravynn Stringfield, visiting assistant professor of rhetoric and communication studies, published "How Writing and Motherhood Coexist for Author Taylor Harris" in shondaland.

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Dr. Lauren Craig Tilton
Tilton Awarded

Photogrammar, a project led by Lauren Tilton, associate professor of digital humanities; and Taylor Arnold, associate professor of statistics; along with colleagues in the Digital Scholarship Lab at UR and American Studies at Yale University, was awarded the American Studies Association's 2022 Garfinkel Prize in Digital Humanities.

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Dr. Timothy Barney
Barney Delivered Invited Talk

Timothy Barney, chair and associate professor of rhetoric and communication studies, delivered an invited talk at the Biennial Public Address Conference in October 2022 at the University of Kansas called "'The Angel of Sarbandan': Ford Foundation Philanthropy, Transnational Development, and the Scalar Geopolitics of 1950s Iran."

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Scholarship Repository Readership

The University of Richmond's Scholarship Repository shares faculty publications with a world-wide audience. The map below shows where articles from RHCS faculty are being read around the globe.

Contact Us

Mailing Address:
Department of Rhetoric & Communication Studies
402-C Weinstein Hall
231 Richmond Way
University of Richmond, VA 23173

Phone: (804) 289-8263
Fax: (804) 287-6496

Department Chair: Timothy Barney
Academic Administrative Coordinator: Robin Mundle