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.
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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.

RHCS Inclusivity Statement

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.

Faculty Highlights

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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Linda Bartlett Hobgood
Hobgood Selected as Panelist

Linda Hobgood, director of the Speech Center and rhetoric and communications studies faculty member, was a recent panelist for a program entitled, “Pat Nixon: Unheralded First Lady,” sponsored by the First Ladies Association for Research and Education (FLARE).

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Dr. Lauren Craig Tilton
Tilton and Arnold Awarded

Lauren Tilton, associate professor of digital humanities, and Taylor Arnold, associate professor of statistics, received a $485,000 grant from the Mellon Foundation for their Distant Viewing Toolkit project. Learn more.

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Dr. Mari Lee Mifsud
Mifsud Published

Mari Lee Mifsud, professor of rhetoric and women, gender, and sexuality studies, has published a new essay entitled, “Appendix: Atelēs” in the edited collection, A New Handbook of Rhetoric, edited by Michele Kennerly.

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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