9.10. Communication and Rhetoric Studies

Programs offered:
B.A. in Communication and Rhetoric Studies
B.A.L.S. in Communication and Rhetoric Studies
Minor in Communication and Rhetoric Studies (TU)
Minor in Communication and Rhetoric Studies (ADP)

The program in Communication and Rhetoric Studies prepares students to become critically reflective citizens and practitioners in professions, including journalism, public relations, law, politics, broadcasting, advertising, public service, corporate communications and publishing. Students learn to perform effectively as ethical communicators – as speakers, writers, readers and researchers who know how to examine and engage audiences, from local to global situations. Majors acquire theories, research methods and practices for producing as well as judging communication of all kinds – written, spoken, visual and multi-media. The program encourages students to understand messages, audiences and media as shaped by social, historical, political, economic and cultural conditions. Students have the opportunity to receive hands-on experience in a communication field of their choice through an internship. A leading center for the communications industry, Atlanta provides excellent opportunities for students to explore career options and apply their skills.

B.A. in Communication and Rhetoric Studies (see Sec. 8.5.1. for a complete list of B.A. graduation requirements)

  1. Completion of all of the following courses:
    CRS 101 Theories of Communication and Rhetoric
    CRS 110 Public Speaking I
    CRS 120 Introduction to Media Studies
  2. Completion of two of the following courses, only one of which may be a Writing(WRI) course:
    CRS 240 Introduction to Newswriting
    CRS 260 Writing for Business and the Professions
    CRS 310 Public Relations Writing
    CRS 320 Persuasive Writing
    ENG 230 Creative Writing
    WRI 290 Special Topics in Writing
    WRI 490 Advanced Special Topics in Writing
  3. Completion of five of the following courses, with at least three of them bearing the CRS designation. Two of the five (not including CRS 401 Internship in Communication and Rhetoric Studies) must be completed at the 400-level; of these two 400-level courses, at least one must be completed at Oglethorpe. CRS 401 Internship in Communication and Rhetoric Studies may be taken for a maximum of 6 semester hours counting toward the major.
    CRS 200 Independent Study in Communication and Rhetoric
    CRS 280 Gender, Culture and Communication
    CRS 290 Special Topics in Communication and Rhetoric Studies
    CRS 340 Mass Media Effects
    CRS 400 Advanced Independent Study in Communication and Rhetoric Studies
    CRS 401 Internship in Communication and Rhetoric Studies
    CRS 415 Survey of Research Methods
    CRS 420 Media, Culture and Society
    CRS 430 Race and Representation in the Media
    CRS 470 Globalization and the Media
    CRS 480 Rhetoric of Human Rights
    CRS 490 Advanced Special Topics in Communication and Rhetoric Studies
    ENG 331 Writing Prose, Fiction and Nonfiction
    WRI 200 Independent Study in Writing
    WRI 400 Advanced Independent Study in Writing
  4. Additional requirements and things to note:
    1. A grade of “C-” or better is required in all courses contributing to the major.
    2. All majors must also complete a TU minor course of study to connect their field to a related body of knowledge and to enhance career possibilities. Students are encouraged to broaden their knowledge and skills through this required minor in such areas as studio art, philosophy, psychology, business administration, politics and international studies. This minor requirement may not be fulfilled by the (TU) Writing minor.
    3. At least one of the courses meeting the writing requirement must have a CRS designation.
    4. At least one 400-level CRS course (excluding CRS 401) must be taken at Oglethorpe.
    5. At most, one course contributing to the major can be counted toward a minor or a second major in another discipline.
    6. If a third writing course is taken, it will count toward one of the five electives in section 3 (above).
    7. Though CRS 401 Internship in Communication and Rhetoric Studies maybe taken more than once, a maximum of 6 semester hours may be applied to the major. Any additional semester hours earned from CRS 401 will be applied to general electives.

B.A.L.S. in Communication and Rhetoric Studies (see Sec. 8.5.2. for a complete list of B.A.L.S. graduation requirements)

  1. Completion of all of the following courses:
    CRS 101 Theories of Communication and Rhetoric
    CRS 110 Public Speaking I
    CRS 120 Introduction to Media Studies
  2. Completion of two of the following courses:
    CRS 240 Introduction to Newswriting
    CRS 260 Writing for Business and the Professions
    CRS 310 Public Relations Writing
    CRS 320 Persuasive Writing
    ENG 230 Creative Writing
    WRI 290 Special Topics in Writing
    WRI 490 Advanced Special Topics in Writing
  3. Completion of five of the following courses, with at least three of them bearing the CRS designation. Two of the five (not including CRS 401 Internship in Communication and Rhetoric Studies) must be completed at the 400-level. CRS 401 Internship in Communication and Rhetoric Studies may be taken for a maximum of 6 semester hours counting toward the major.
    CRS 280 Gender, Culture and Communication
    CRS 290 Special Topics in Communication and Rhetoric Studies
    CRS 340 Mass Media Effects
    CRS 401 Internship in Communication and Rhetoric Studies
    CRS 415 Survey of Research Methods
    CRS 420 Media, Culture and Society
    CRS 430 Race and Representation in the Media
    CRS 470 Globalization and the Media
    CRS 480 Rhetoric of Human Rights
    CRS 490 Advanced Special Topics in Communication and Rhetoric Studies
  4. Completion of two semesters of a single foreign language.
  5. Additional requirements and things to note:
    1. A grade of “C-” or better is required in all courses contributing to the major.
    2. All majors must also complete an ADP minor course of study to connect their field to a related body of knowledge.
    3. At least one of the courses meeting the writing requirement must have a CRS designation.
    4. At least one 400-level CRS course (excluding CRS 401) must be taken at Oglethorpe.
    5. At most, one course contributing to the major can be counted toward a minor or a second major in another discipline.
    6. If a third writing course is taken, it will count toward one of the five electives in section 3 (above).
    7. Though CRS 401 Internship in Communication and Rhetoric Studies may be taken more than once, a maximum of 6 semester hours may be applied to the major. Any additional semester hours earned from CRS 401 will be applied to general electives.

Minor in Communication and Rhetoric Studies (TU)

  1. Completion of all of the following courses:
    CRS 101Theories of Communication and Rhetoric
    CRS 120 Introduction to Media Studies
  2. Completion of one of the following courses:
    CRS 240 Introduction to Newswriting
    CRS 260 Writing for Business and the Professions
    CRS 310 Public Relations Writing
    CRS 320 Persuasive Writing
  3. Completion of two of the following courses, at least one of which must be at the 400-level.
    CRS 110 Public Speaking I
    CRS 280 Gender, Culture, and Communication
    CRS 290 Special Topics in Communication and Rhetoric Studies
    CRS 340 Mass Media Effects
    CRS 420 Media, Culture, and Society
    CRS 430 Race and Representation in the Media
    CRS 470 Globalization and the Media
    CRS 480 Rhetoric of Human Rights
    CRS 490 Advanced Special Topics in Communication and Rhetoric Studies
  4. Additional requirements and things to note:
    1. A student may earn a Communication and Rhetoric Studies minor or a Writing minor, but not both.
    2. At least three of the courses contributing to the minor must be taken at Oglethorpe.

Minor in Communication and Rhetoric Studies (ADP)

  1. Completion of all of the following courses:
    CRS 101Theories of Communication and Rhetoric
    CRS 120 Introduction to Media Studies
  2. Completion of one of the following courses:
    CRS 220 Investigative Writing
    CRS 240 Introduction to Newswriting
    CRS 260 Writing for Business and the Professions
    CRS 310 Public Relations Writing
    CRS 320 Persuasive Writing
  3. Completion of two of the following courses, at least one of which must be at the 400-level.
    CRS 110 Public Speaking I
    CRS 280 Gender, Culture, and Communication
    CRS 290 Special Topics in Communication and Rhetoric Studies
    CRS 340 Mass Media Effects
    CRS 420 Media, Culture, and Society
    CRS 430 Race and Representation in the Media
    CRS 470 Globalization and the Media
    CRS 480 Rhetoric of Human Rights
    CRS 490 Advanced Special Topics in Communication and Rhetoric Studies
  4. Additional requirements and things to note:
    1. At least three of the courses contributing to the minor must be taken at Oglethorpe.