2015-2016 Undergraduate Course Catalog 
    Oct 02, 2023  
2015-2016 Undergraduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Communication and Rhetorical Studies, BS

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Charles Morris III, Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies
100 Sims Hall, 315-443-2308, cemorris@syr.edu


Richard Buttny, Dana Cloud, Craig Dudczak, Kathleen Feyh, Jeffrey Good, Lynn Greenky, Diane Grimes, Rachel Hall, Kenneth Johnson, Amos Kiewe, Kendall Phillips, Erin Rand, Amardo Rodriguez


This program allows students to integrate their individual professional interests with a thorough background in communication and rhetorical studies and a selection of arts and sciences courses.

Program Requirements

Students must complete a total of 120 credits. Of these, 36 credits must be in communication and rhetorical studies. Students must also take 54 credits in arts and sciences, including 6 credits in writing (English); 6 credits in the natural sciences and mathematics; 6 credits in the social sciences; 6 credits in the humanities, including foreign language proficiency at a 102 level (American Sign Language does not fulfill this requirement, although it can be taken as an Arts and Sciences elective); and 30 credits in areas supporting their studies in communication.

Academic Electives: 78 credits

A&S Electives (x10) 3 credits each

Humanities (3 credits)

Foreign Language (3 credits)

Natural Science (x2) 3 credits each

Social Science (x2) 3 credits each

General Electives (x10) 3 credits each



As of the academic year 2005-06, all communication and rhetorical studies majors who also pursue a second major, an additional minor, or attend one of the SUAbroad centers for a semester, are allowed to enroll in up to 57 credits in non-arts-and-sciences courses. This modification means that communication and rhetorical studies majors who fall under one or more of the above categories (double major, minor, or SU Abroad) are no longer required to pursue 54 credits in arts and sciences courses but are given greater flexibility in taking more non-arts-and-sciences courses. Please note that the current requirements, including two writing courses, two humanities courses, two science courses, two social science courses, and a language proficiency at the 102 level (for a total of 27 credits), remain intact.


Total Credits Required: 120

Degree Awarded: BS in Communication and Rhetorical Studies

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