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.

  • Major

    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

    • Two units 100-200 level electives

    • RHCS-295 Topics in Research

    • Five units 300- or 400-level electives

    • RHCS-490 Senior Capstone

    Note: FYS taught by faculty of the department may count as one of the two 100-200 level electives.

  • Minor

    The Rhetoric and Communication Studies Minor

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

    Six units, including:

    • RHCS-103 Rhetorical Theory or RHCS-104 Interpreting Rhetorical Texts

    • Two units 100-200 level electives

    • RHCS-295 Topics in Research

    • Three units 300- or 400-level electives

    Note: FYS taught by faculty of the department may count as one of the two 100-200 level electives.