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B.A. in Rhetoric

Craft your message.

Study and practice the art of effective messaging. Delve into rhetorical theory to learn how language and other symbols shape meaning, identity, and culture. Apply rhetorical strategies in speaking and writing for any given purpose, audience, or context. Use the power of effective rhetoric to make an impact in your life, your communities, and your world.

Rhetoric graduates are effective, ethical communicators who pursue careers and graduate study requiring strong thinking, speaking, and writing skills.

Requirements for the Major

The B.A. in Rhetoric requires only 33 credit hours, including:

Sample Electives:

  • Collaborative Communication (Speech 305)
  • Community Writing (Writing 345)
  • Organizational Communication (Speech 405)
  • Performing Citizenship in Ancient Athens and Contemporary America (Writing 398)
  • The Art of the Interview (Speech 210)
  • Writing the Crescent City – Gender and Culture in New Orleans, LA (Writing 398)
  • This is Lovecraft Country – Race, Gender, and Place in the USA (Writing 398)

Only one Writ 398 or 399 course may count toward the major. Students must earn a C or higher in all work applied toward the major.

In accordance with CLA guidelines, students must also complete a minor course of study or second major.

Scholarships are available.

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Karen Forgette
Advisor, B.A. in Rhetoric
Lamar Hall Suite B