Rhetoric, Minor

The rhetoric minor offers students the opportunity to acquire competence in the history, theory, and criticism of civic discourse and cultural practices. It brings together courses from both the communication studies and English departments, from which students may learn about the nature and function of rhetoric in politics, the professions, and the media.

Complete all courses listed below unless otherwise indicated. Also complete any corequisite labs, recitations, clinicals, or tools courses where specified.

Required Elective

ENGL 1160Introduction to Rhetoric4
or COMM 1210 Persuasion and Rhetoric


Note: For English majors, only one course from the major may also count toward this elective section of the minor.
Complete four of the following:16
Legal Argumentation, Advocacy, and Citizenship
Great Speakers and Speeches 2, 1930–Present
Communication Criticism
Free Speech: Law and Practice
Contemporary Rhetorical Theory
Rhetoric of Law
The Practice and Theory of Teaching Writing

GPA Requirement

2.000 GPA required in the minor