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Why Communication & Rhetorical Studies at Duquesne?

Our Approach to Learning

Communication Research and Development

Our department consists of nationally known scholars, outstanding students, and executive faculty drawn from top communication firms. Our founding corporate partnerships with MARC USA (an advertising and integrated marketing communication agency) and Ketchum Public Relations strengthen our ongoing emphasis on communication research and development. We conduct research and development in integrated marketing communication, advertising, public relations, corporate communication, intercultural communication, and persuasion in the marketplace. We are committed to engaging creative research and development in applied communication. Read more in our departmental newsletters.

The Ethical Difference

We believe that it is essential to develop the skills, the knowledge, and the conscience of the next generation of communication leaders, who will shape the world that they inherit. Our educational environment invites innovation, diversity, resilience, and moral values in a changing world. We consider questions of communication ethics across the curriculum, not just in a capstone course for our students. For our faculty, staff, and students, the engagement of communication ethics is what Alexis de Tocqueville and Robert Bellah et al. call "habits of the heart."

Walking the Humanities into the Marketplace

As part of the Duquesne community, we offer the finest contemporary professional education, distinguished by a solid foundation in Catholic values, the humanities, and practical application. We educate communication engineers, not communication technicians, providing students with the knowledge, skills, and expertise to solve practical problems in all areas of communication. Our graduates understand the importance of theory informed practice and action. They "walk" ideas into the marketplace and effect positive change.

Top Tier Ranking

Studying communication in the Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies is a starting point for an exciting and successful professional journey. Our program, recognized by the Princeton Review in 2008, unites communication research and client-based marketplace projects through a humanities education.

Ongoing faculty scholarship and marketplace involvement infuse your learning experience with ideas and the ability to put those ideas into action.

Leadership Development

Our ongoing commitment to research, ethics, and engagement in the marketplace brings classroom learning to life through our majors:

Each major provides opportunities for you to put theory into practice, honing your skills as a communication professional. We prepare you to be a communication leader who will shape this century.

Marketplace Preparation

Energized by the Spiritan tradition and a firm belief in the mission of Duquesne University, our distinguished faculty, dedicated staff, and involved students are inspired, called to serve, and driven to succeed. Faculty and students are involved in learning outside the classroom that includes volunteer, internship, and practicum experiences nationally and internationally.

We invite you to learn more about communication at Duquesne through our: