Communication Studies B.A. - Rhetoric and Public Discourse

Bachelor of Arts - Communication Studies; Rhetoric and Public Discourse Concentration

College of Humanities & Sciences

Catalog Year: 2022-23

General Education Requirements

Information regarding these requirements can be found in the General Education Section of the catalog. 


Lower-Division Core Courses12
Upper-Division Core Courses6
Upper-division Writing
Rhetoric & Public Discourse Concentration30
Major Courses
Allied Courses
Additional Major Electives
Statistics Requirement3-4
Total Hours51-52

Degree Specific Credits: 51-52

Required Cumulative GPA: 2.0

Note: To graduate with a degree in Communication Studies, the student must complete 36 COMX credits with 18 of those credits in courses numbered 300 or above. Students must also complete an approved statistics course.

Lower-Division Core Courses

Complete all of the following courses:
COMX 111AIntroduction to Public Speaking3
COMX 115SIntroduction to Interpersonal Communication3
COMX 220SIntroduction to Organizational Communication3
COMX 240HIntroduction to Rhetorical Theory3
Total Hours12

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Upper-Division Core Courses

Rule: Complete the following subcategories. 6 total credits required.


Note: Students must complete an approved Statistics course prior to taking COMX 460. Students taking COMX 460 in the fall or spring semester will also be required to take COMX 461. Those taking COMX 460 in summer are exempt from this requirement.

Complete the following course:
COMX 460Research Methods3
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Upper-Division Writing Course 

Choose one of the following courses:3
Rhetoric, Nature, and Environmentalism
Communication and Conflict-Writing
Communication in Personal Relationshps
Communication in Nonprofit Organizations
Communication and Technology
Risk, Crisis, and Communication
Rhetorical Criticism and Theory
Rhetorical Construction of Women
Rhetoric of Women's Activism
Health & Family Communication
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Rhetoric & Public Discourse Concentration  

Rule: Complete the following subcategories. 27 total credits required.

Major Courses

Complete four of the following courses:12
Persuasive Communication
Persuasive Speaking and Criticism
Rhetoric, Nature, and Environmentalism
Communication, Consumption, and Climate
Gender and Communication
Rhetorical Criticism and Theory
Rhetorical Construction of Women
Feminisms and Film
Rhetoric of Women's Activism
Special Topics
Special Topics
Special Topics
Special Topics
Total Hours12

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Allied Courses

Complete four of the following courses:12
Intro to South & S. East Asia
Introduction to Climate Change: Science & Society
Economics of the Environment
Introduction to Environmental Economics & Climate Change
Nature and Society
Environmental Politics & Policies
US Environmental Movement
Studies in the Film
Film Theory
American History II
America in Crisis
U.S. History: WWII to Present
African-American Struggle for Equality
Terrorism: Violence in the Modern World
Ancient Greece
Environmental History
Introduction to Literature
Climate Change Ethics and Policy
Intro Ethics and Environment
Intro to Logic: Induction
Environmental Philosophy
Intro to Political Theory
Media, Public Opinion, Polling
American Political Thought
American Political Participation
American Constitutional Law
Race, Gender & Class
Social Stratification
The Community
Environmental Sociology
Political Sociology
Women's Rights and Women's Roles Around the World
History and Literature: Perspectives of Women
Media Representations of Women, Men, and Sexuality
Social and Political Perspectives on Gender and Sexuality
Feminist Theory and Methods
Total Hours12

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Additional Major Electives

Complete 3 additional COMX credits to achieve a total 36.3

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Statistics Requirement

Complete one of the following courses:3-4
Statistical Procedures in Education
Psychological Statistics
Social Statistics
Introduction to Statistics
Total Hours3-4

Minimum Required Grade: C-