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Rhetoric and Media Studies

Majoring & Minoring

 

The major and minor in Rhetoric and Media studies combine a common set of core courses with the flexibility of electives. Required courses engage students with the theory and methods employed by scholars in rhetoric and media studies and electives pursue these topics within various kinds of media and contexts. A student’s course of study culminates in the completion of a major project in their capstone course. Students are well-prepared for employment in rhetoric- and media-related fields and for post-graduate study.

Students should declare the major by the end of the sophomore year to provide maximum flexibility in planning for core requirements and electives. Students are also encouraged to consult with their department advisors about how coursework from other departments can be integrated into their study of rhetoric and media studies. 

Course descriptions may be found in the Course Catalog and information about scheduled offerings of courses are available in Webadvisor.

Major Requirements

A minimum of 40 semester credits, distributed as follows:

  • RHMS 100 Introduction to Rhetoric and Media Studies
  • RHMS 203 Rhetorical Theory
  • RHMS 260 Empirical Research Methods
  • RHMS 301 Rhetorical Criticism
  • RHMS 302 Media Theory
  • At least one of these three courses: RHMS 200 Media Design and Criticism, RHMS 270 Interpersonal Media, or RHMS 275 Interpersonal Rhetoric
  • One of the following 400-level capstone courses:  RHMS 406 Race, Rhetoric and Resistance, RHMS 408 Argument and Persuasion in Science, RHMS 425 American Cinema Studies: Advanced Analysis and Criticism, or RHMS 431 Feminist Discourse Analysis
  • Twelve additional semester credits of RHMS electives to complete the 40-credit requirement. Eight of these semester credits must be at the 300 or 400 level.

Students may apply up to 4 semester credits of practicum or independent study to the major.

Minor Requirements

A minimum of 24 semester credits, distributed as follows:

  • RHMS 100 Introduction to Rhetoric and Media Studies
  • One of the following combinations selected in consultation with your minor advisor to complement your rhetoric and media studies coursework and your major:
    • RHMS 203 Rhetorical Theory and an additional rhetoric course at the 300 or 400 level
    • OR
    • RHMS 260 Empirical Research Methods and an additional media course at the 300 or 400 level
  • One of the following 400-level capstone courses:  RHMS 406 Race, Rhetoric and Resistance, RHMS 408 Argument and Persuasion in Science, RHMS 425 American Cinema Studies: Advanced Analysis and Criticism, or RHMS 431 Feminist Discourse Analysis
  • Eight additional semester credits of elections, four of which must be at the 300 or 400 level.

Practicum and independent study coursework do not count toward the minor.

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