Communication & Rhetorical Studies

Our Approach to Learning

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
  • persuasion in the marketplace

We are committed to engaging creative communication research and development in applied communication.

Our approach to learning focuses on our mission statement: "the ethical difference" & "walking the humanities into the marketplace."

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.

Student Resources


The Gumberg Library provides our students with research and academic resources.


Our undergraduate and graduate Marketplace Internship Programs provide students with professional advisement, services, preparation, and opportunities connected to student programs of study.