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You'll begin by examining human thought and engagement through communication principles. Building on this foundation, you'll go on to create and test ideas, develop abilities of your own, and become confident and effective in public presentations and interpersonal relationships. 

Why should I study rhetoric and public influence?

The rhetoric and public influence emphasis helps students understand the roles of communication and persuasion in culture. Nation building and social movements are often a function of effective communication. Rhetorical criticism provides the tools to help interpret the impact and effectiveness of each communication situation. This emphasis also requires history and political science courses, making it especially practical for those who anticipate a career in the legal or political arenas.

What can I do with this degree?

Rhetoric & Public Influence emphasis prepares students for opportunities including further graduate work or careers in fields such as:

  • Law
  • Ministry
  • Academic recruiting
  • Government
  • Politics
  • Leadership
  • Social Advocacy

What skills will I develop?

  • Research methods
  • Communication analysis
  • Contextual analysis
  • Public speaking
  • Strategic thinking
  • Public relations

What unique experiences or opportunities will I have?

The Communication Studies department strongly encourages study abroad for experiential learning related to intercultural communication. The department runs Europe Term, a study abroad semester designed for communication studies majors. You'll spend the semester living and studying at Schloss Mittersill, a castle in Austria, with a group of your peers. The semester incorporates a variety of communication courses applicable to the major.

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