Speech Communication and Rhetoric Major

Speech Communication and Rhetoric Studies is a program that focuses on the scientific, humanistic, and critical study of human communication in a variety of formats, media, and contexts.

Speech Communication and Rhetoric majors and degree programs will include instruction in the theory and practice of interpersonal, group, organizational, professional, and intercultural communication; speaking and listening; verbal and nonverbal interaction; rhetorical theory and criticism; performance studies; argumentation and persuasion; technologically mediated communication; popular culture; and various contextual applications.

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Search for colleges that offer a degree in Speech Communication and Rhetoric (use the College Search feature and enter "speech communication” or “rhetoric” in the major search field). Read the school’s department pages, they are often loaded with useful and specific information about the field.

What can you do with a major/degree in Speech Communication and Rhetoric Studies?

Typically, a bachelor's degree in speech communication is required to enter this career field.  An advanced degree may help with career advancement opportunities.  People who study speech communication and rhetoric may enter a broad variety of fields including business, law, media, education and healthcare.

 

Trade Associations and Professional Organizations in Speech Communication and Rhetoric Studies

Professional associations are groups of professionals dedicated to topics in specific fields. Professional associations provide a wealth of online resources, some of which are geared specifically towards students. These organizations typically also host conferences and events, providing great opportunities for learning and networking across your field of interest.

 

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