Communication with Concentration in Rhetorical Communication

BA/BS (19 hours of core courses; 2 co-requisite hours; 13-18 hours of concentration courses)

For more than 2,000 years the study of communication was the study of rhetoric. The rhetorical communication concentration at Houghton helps students connect to the historical roots of communication study while bringing the conversation up-to-date with the application of rhetorical theory to current forms of delivering messages. Central to the study of rhetoric is the notion of civic engagement. In a democracy, the opportunity for people to express themselves, to present arguments, to engage in debate, and to praise and blame is critical to the orderly functioning of society. The rhetorical communication concentration is designed to help students construct effective and ethically responsible messages appropriate to scholar-servants. In the church, the workplace, and the community, such speakers play a critical role in creating solutions to problems, defending the rights of the oppressed, and improving the lives of fellow humans. The study of rhetoric also helps students become more discerning consumers of messages. This concentration is especially applicable to those students interested in law, politics, and the ministry.

COMM 101 Presentational Speaking (also satisfies the Integrative Studies Community: Communication requirement) 2
Total 2
Required CoursesCredits
COMM 205 Introduction to Communication Theory 4
COMM 214 Introduction to Mass Media 4
COMM 215 Interpersonal Communication 4
COMM 216 Organizational Communication 3
COMM 417 Seminar in Public Communication 4
Total 19
Concentration CoursesCredits
COMM 316 Advanced Presentational Speaking 2
 Four Elective Courses chosen from the following courses:
COMM 319 American Public Address 4
COMM 244 Oral Performance of Literature 4
COMM 295, 395 Special Topics 2 - 4
COMM 389 or 489 Communication Internship 1, 2, 3, or 4
MIN 324 Principles of Expository Preaching 4
PHIL 222 Logic and Critical Thinking 4
WRIT 214 Literary Non-Fiction 4
WRIT 312 Creative Writing in Public Life 4
Concentration Total 13 - 18

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