Communication Science and Rhetorical Studies

This option deals with social, psychological, and practical aspects of communication and human behavior. Students focus on public, mass, online, organizational, group, and interpersonal communication. They develop qualitative and quantitative research skills, conceptual and analytical thinking, and effective oral and written communication.

Fundamentals
COM ARTS 260 Communication and Human Behavior3
Core - Part One (1 course) 13
Introduction to Rhetoric in Politics and Culture
Great Speakers and Speeches
Rhetoric of Campaigns and Revolutions
Core - Part Two (1 course) 13
Introduction to Quantitative Research in Communication
Theory and Practice of Persuasion
Applied Communication (1 course)3
Theory and Practice of Argumentation and Debate
Speech Composition
Theory and Practice of Group Discussion
Introduction to Interpersonal Communication
Theory and Practice of Interpersonal Communication
Theory–History-Criticism (3 courses)9
Topics in Rhetoric and Communication Science
Rhetoric and Health
Media and Human Behavior
Online Communication and Personal Relationships
Introduction to Rhetoric in Politics and Culture
Introduction to Quantitative Research in Communication
Theory and Practice of Persuasion
Great Speakers and Speeches
Communication and Conflict Resolution
Rhetoric of Campaigns and Revolutions
Intercultural Communication & Rhetoric
The Rhetoric of Religion
Topics in Digital Studies (Communication Science & Rhetoric)
The Psychology of Communication
Contemporary Political Discourse
Rhetoric and Technology
Nature of Criticism-The Public Arts of Communication
Rhetoric and Power on the Internet
Digital Media and Political Communication
Digitally Documenting Everyday Communication
Media, Deliberation, and Public Issues
Communication Theory
Theories of Deliberation and Controversy
Communication and Interethnic Behavior
Classical Rhetorical Theory
Contemporary Rhetorical Theory
Rhetoric of Globalization and Transnationalism
Rhetoric of US Immigration and Naturalization
Communication in Complex Organizations
Dynamics of Online Relationships
Special Topics in Rhetoric and Public Address
Special Topics in Communication Science
Mass Media and Youth
Health Communication in the Information Age
History of American Public Address
Communication and Social Conflict
Radio–TV–Film (1 course)3
Survey of Contemporary Media
Film Comedy
Topics in Film and Media Studies
Critical Internet Studies
Race, Ethnicity, and Media
Introduction to Film
Television Industries
Film History to 1960
Film Genres
Introduction to Media Production
History of the Animated Film
History of Documentary Film
Sports Media
Ethics of Entertainment Media
Topics in Digital Studies (Radio, Television, & Film)
The Films of Alfred Hitchcock
Gender, Sexuality, and the Media
Latino/as and Media
Asian Americans and Media
Media and National Identity
Sound Cultures: Podcasting and Music
Cultural History of Broadcasting
Television Criticism
Critical Film Analysis
French Film
Russian and Soviet Film
Global Media Cultures
New Media and Society
Italian Film
Global Art Cinema
American Independent Cinema
Avant-Garde Film
Editing and Post-production for Video and Film
Writing for Television and Film
Cinematography and Sound Recording
Producing for Internet TV and Video
Television Genres
Digital Game Cultures
Contemporary Hollywood Cinema
The American Film Industry in the Era of the Studio System
Contemporary Media Industries
Special Topics in Media and Cultural Studies
Special Topics in Production
Special Topics in Film
Advanced Video Production and Direction
German Film
Advanced Motion Picture Production Workshop
COM ARTS 663
Film Theory
Electives 6
Two COM ARTS courses numbered 200-699 2
Total Credits30
Freshman
FallCreditsSpringCredits
Communication-A3Ethnic Studies (complete within first 60 credits)3
COM ARTS 100 (complete during your first year)
Foreign Language (if required)3-4
Quantitative Reasoning-A (complete during your first year)3-4L&S Breadth3
Foreign Language (if required)4L&S Breadth3
COM ARTS 260 (L&S Breadth)13I/A Comp Sci, Math, or Stats (if required for the BS)3
First-Year Seminar (optional)1
Please refer to the Requirements tab in the Guide for additional College of Letters & Science Breadth and Degree Requirements as well as Residence and Quality of Work requirements for the major.
 14 15
Sophomore
FallCreditsSpringCredits
Com Arts Applied Communication (satisfies Communication-B)3Quantitative Reasoning-B3
Com Arts Core Course3
COM ARTS 361 (satisfies QRB and a requirement in the major )
L&S Breadth3Com Arts Core Course3
I/A Comp Sci, Math, or Stats (if required for the BS)3L&S Breadth3
Elective3L&S Breadth3
INTER-LS 210 (optional: complete in the fall or spring)1Elective3
 16 15
Junior
FallCreditsSpringCredits
Com Arts Theory-History-Criticism3Elective in the Major: Com Arts 200-6993
Com Arts Theory-History-Criticism3L&S Breadth3
L&S Breadth3L&S Breadth or and Elective3
L&S Breadth3Elective3
Elective3Elective3
(Note: Students must declare a major by the time they reach 86 credits.) 
 15 15
Senior
FallCreditsSpringCredits
Com Arts Theory-History-Criticism3Elective in the Major: Com Arts 200-6993
Com Arts Radio-TV-Film3Elective3
Elective3Elective3
Elective3Elective3
Elective3Elective3
 (The number of credits per semester will vary. However, the total number of credits for the entire degree should equal 120.)
 15 15
Total Credits 120