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Speech Communication & Rhetoric

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Undergraduate Study

A Minor in Speech Communication & Rhetoric:

How does language shape everyday activities like law making, social protest, and technological innovation? How are political controversies created and resolved with words? What is the difference between ethical and violent forms of expression? How are words used to challenge institutions and create political change? How does the capacity to speak sit at the heart of politics, human rights, and culture?
A minor in Speech Communication & Rhetoric is a ideal course of study for students interested in politics, philosophy, literature, law, business, and public advocacy.
With its emphasis on both theory and practice, the Speech Communication & Rhetoric minor is a rigorous and flexible way to explore the power and possibilities of written and spoken discourse. Each course in the program affords an opportunity to develop skills in argumentation, public advocacy, and ethical communication. More advanced courses allow students to investigate the ways in which language defines social and political life and how the capacity for speech is central to defining what it means to be a human being, a citizen, and a member of local, national, and global communities.

Minor Requirements:

  • Eighteen (18) credit hours in Communication & Rhetoric
  • Nine (9) of those 18 credit hours must be in courses numbered 300 or higher¬†

See course descriptions and the Undergraduate Bulletin for more course information.

An Undergraduate Degree in Speech Communication & Rhetoric:

At the University of South Carolina, students can use the inderdisciplinary Bachelor of Arts program to pursue and earn an undergraduate degree in the area of Speech Communication & Rhetoric. For more information, click here.

Appointments are available during the advisement period each semester. To sign-up for an appointment, consult the schedule posted outside room 405 in the Humanities Office Building (HUO).