Communication and rhetoric prepares students to become versatile communicators in spoken, written, and visual forms. Building on the College’s liberal arts core, and housed within the English department, the Communication and Rhetoric major produces proactive learners who are efficient and effective problem-solvers, proficient in the analysis of their own and others’ visual and graphic communication in both print and digital media. Graduates are well-positioned for a variety of careers, not only in typical communication-related fields such as journalism, media, advertising, and public relations, but also in the wide range of other fields that require excellent reading, writing, and critical thinking skills. In addition to classroom instruction, all students receive direct pre-professional training in the form of internships and seminar projects conducted in consultation with local businesses and communication professionals.
Students who elect to combine the communication and rhetoric major with teacher certification take the communication/rhetoric requirements, with the exception that the Professional Semester (student teaching) substitutes for the required internship (COMM 482). The education course sequences listed below substitute for the Praxis Strand, and in lieu of the COMM electives students will take any two of the six survey courses from the literature major (ENGL 201, 202, 203, 204, 205, and 206).
Students who elect to pursue teacher certification through our English education program receive special instruction in teaching methods and philosophy through the English department (in addition to their required coursework in the education department). In order to be eligible for the Professional Semester (student teaching), students must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.7.