Rhetoric and Philosophy of Communication

Grounded in the department's established commitment to the philosophical student of communication, the Master of Arts emphasis in Rhetoric & Philosophy of Communication (36 credits) provides students with a traditional liberal arts education for leadership in academia, law, and the marketplace. This program offers fundamental courses for a doctoral degree or enhancement of a liberal arts foundation in communication.




Required Credit Hours


Program Requirements

  • COMM 500 Professional Communication
  • COMM 501 Persuasion in the Marketplace
  • COMM 522 Communication Research & Evidence
  • COMM 523 Communication Ethics & Professional Civility
  • COMM 556 Organizational and Leadership Communication
  • COMM 559 Philosophy of Communication
  • COMM 561 Rhetorical Theory
Students select five (5) electives in consultation with advisors.

Graduate Assistantships

The department offers a limited number of on-campus graduate research assistantships for M.A. students enrolled in the M.A. in Rhetoric & Philosophy of Communication degree program on a competitive basis. To be considered for an assistantship, you must be fully admitted to the M.A. Program and have submitted complete application information prior to the application deadline.

Assistantship Consideration
All M.A. applicants enrolled in the M.A. in Rhetoric & Philosophy of Communication degree program are automatically considered for assistantships. If you are seriously considering an assistantship, we encourage you to write a brief single-spaced paragraph about work and/or research experience as well as your work ethic within the Personal Statement.

Assistantship Details
Assistantships include tuition remission and stipend. Students on assistantship are not permitted to engage in outside employment.

Contact for more info

Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies