Program Information

A major in Rhetoric and Media Studies is intended to provide an appreciation of the role of rhetoric in the creation and maintenance of human understanding; to promote exploration of the role of the symbol in the human condition; to foster an understanding of the role of communication media in contemporary society; and to enhance the ability to critique all forms of human communication. The Rhetoric and Media Studies Department works toward these ends in the context of a liberal arts environment.

Students who entered the University in Fall 2013 or earlier may complete the Rhetoric and Media Studies (RHET) major as described in the 2013-14 catalog, or may choose to complete the new Civic Communication and Media (CCM) major. Those choosing to complete the new major must first consult the CCM department chair.

Students who entered the University in Fall 2014 or later will complete the new Civic Communication and Media (CCM) major.

Willamette University Debate Union

The department hosts a speech and debate program for any College of Liberal Arts students interested in intercollegiate debate and speaking competition. Work and competition is under the guidance of the Director and Assistant Director of Debate. For additional information see Willamette University Debate Union in this catalog.

Internships

During their junior and senior years, Rhetoric and Media Studies majors have the opportunity to participate in internships in political communication, radio and television stations, newspapers, hospitals, public relations and corporate communication departments. Students interested in internships should contact their advisor or the chair of the department.

Requirements for the Rhetoric And Media Studies Major (8.25-9 Credits)

Core requirements

  • Oral proficiency: IDS 062X, RHET 140, or 150 (AR) with minimum grade of B (.25 or 1)
  • RHET 231 Classical Rhetoric (1)
  • RHET 261W Rhetorical Criticism (1)
  • RHET 326 Contemporary Rhetorical Theory (1)
  • Successful completion of written and oral comprehensive exams

Additional Courses (4)

  • Four additional courses from the Rhetoric curriculum at the 200-level or above
  • At least three of these courses must be at the 300-level or above

Senior year experience (1)

Rhetoric/Media Studies Minor (5.25 or 6 Credits)

Electives

  • Three courses from the Rhetoric curriculum at the 200-level or above
  • At least two of these courses must be at the 300-level or above