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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 (EDP)

Please consult the University Bulletin for degree requirements.

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.

The following is a sample of courses offered in Communications:


CRS 101. Theories of Communications and Rhetoric

4 hours

This gateway course to the major is designed to establish a broad understanding of various theories used in communication and rhetoric studies. Students will learn theories about messages themselves as well as the various contexts in which they occur: interpersonal communication, public communication, mass communication, intercultural and gendered communication, and organizational communication. The ethical implications of these theories will also be considered.
 
CRS 110. Public Speaking I 4 hours
This course is designed to develop and enhance students' ability to communicate effectively to any audience. Students will deliver both prepared and impromptu speeches. They will give humorous and inspirational speeches as well as informational speeches focusing on organization and the use of visual aids. Students develop all the tools necessary to effectively communicate - their voice, their gestures, their body language, and their eye contact. They will receive timely written and oral feedback from the instructor. Speeches will be videotaped and critiqued. The goal is to become a more polished and confident speaker.
 
CRS 111. Public Speaking II 4 hours
This course develops communication skills gained in Public Speaking I. Students will learn to convey their messages directly, confidently, and persuasively. Students will practice delivering persuasive speeches for a variety of occasions from the classroom to the boardroom. They will learn to make the closing argument to the jury, to field the difficult interview question, to close the sale, to give the congratulatory toast, and to deliver the inspirational speech. Speeches will be videotaped and critiqued. Prerequisite: CRS 110.
 
ARC 201. Seminar for Student Tutors 1 hour
Peer tutors at the Academic Resource Center spend two hours per week assisting other students, individually or in groups, with course material, papers, and preparation for examinations. In addition, they participate in support and training meetings with the ARC directors and with instructors of the courses in which they tutor. They discuss how to work with texts in different disciplines, encourage study group members to help each other learn, and foster student engagement with and assimilation of course content. Graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis. Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor and Associate Provost for Student Achievement.
 
CRS 220. Investigative Writing 4 hours
This expository writing course is designed to develop research and writing skills. Emphasis will be on learning a wide range of library and Internet-based research techniques and purposefully presenting information to a variety of audiences in appropriate format and style. Students will be asked to define their own investigative projects and to analyze and revise their own writing. This course is recommended for freshmen and sophomores. Prerequisite: COR 101.
 
CRS 221. Persuasive Writing 4 hours
This course is designed to develop sophisticated strategies of persuasion for analyzing and generating arguments responsive to targeted audiences in a variety of contexts, including civic, professional, and academic. Students will learn both classical and contemporary strategies of persuasion. Emphasis will be on presenting clear, coherent, and logical arguments. Students will be asked to define their own projects within assigned contexts. Students will evaluate their own and others' writing to enable the revision process. This course is open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors only. It is offered in the fall semester. Prerequisites: COR 101 and COR 102.
 
CRS 240. Journalism 4 hours
This course teaches the fundamentals of journalistic news writing and reporting. From interviews to the Internet, students will learn how to gather information from a variety of sources and write stories using different types of leads, endings, and structures. They will also engage in a critique of today's journalistic practices. This course is offered in the fall semester.
 
CRS 250. Broadcasting and the New Electronic Media 4 hours
This course is designed to introduce students to the economic, regulatory, and creative forces that affect the broadcast industry. The course will raise theoretical questions and practical concerns about the different types of media (TV, radio, and the Internet) that deal with the electronic transmission of information. The focus will be on industry trends and on current issues facing these media industries. This course is offered in the fall semester.
 
CRS 340. Writing for Business and the Professions 4 hours
This course is for students who have mastered the basic skills and insights of writing and who wish to improve their ability to write clear, concise, persuasive prose designed for audiences in business and the professions. Students are required to write a variety of texts, such as proposals, progress reports, recommendation reports, and manuals. Other elements of the course may include oral presentations. Prerequisite: CRS 220, CRS 221, or permission of the instructor.
 
CRS 380. Independent Study in Communication and Rhetoric Studies 1-4 hours
Supervised independent communications project. Prerequisites: Submission of a proposed outline of study that includes a schedule of meetings and assignments approved by the instructor, the division chair, and the Provost and Senior Vice President prior to registration. The student must be pursuing a major in communication and rhetoric studies.
 
WRI 381. Independent Study in Writing 1-4 hours
Supervised independent writing project. Prerequisites: Submission of a proposed outline of study that includes a schedule of meetings and assignments approved by the instructor, the division chair, and the Provost and Senior Vice President prior to registration. The student must be pursuing a minor in writing or a major in communication and rhetoric studies.
 
CRS 390. Advanced Topics in Communication and Rhetoric Studies 4 hours
This advanced course will examine selected topics in rhetoric, communication, or media studies, such as Global Media, Civic Literacy, Global Culture and Rhetoric, Rhetoric of Human Rights, Gendered Communication and Rhetoric, Media Culture and Society, Political Rhetoric, and Mass Media Effects. Prerequisite: CRS 101 or permission of the instructor. This course may be taken more than once.
 
WRI 391. Special Topics in Writing 4 hours
Study of a selected topic in the field of writing, such as Public Relations Writing, Scientific and Technical Writing, Oral History, and The Art of the Essay. The topic will vary from year to year and may be offered by communication and rhetoric studies faculty or English faculty. Prerequisite for special topics taken with communication and rhetoric studies faculty: CRS 101 or permission of the instructor.
 
CRS 401. Internship in Communication and Rhetoric Studies 1-4 hours
An internship is designed to provide a formalized experiential learning opportunity to qualified students. The internship generally requires the student to obtain a faculty supervisor in the relevant field of study, submit a learning agreement, work 30 hours for every hour of academic credit, keep a written journal of the work experience, have regularly scheduled meetings with the faculty supervisor, and write a research paper dealing with some aspect of the internship. An internship for the writing minor must be writing intensive. Written work should total five pages of academic writing for every hour of credit. An extensive list of internships is maintained by the Career Services Office, including opportunities at CNN, Fox 5, WSB-TV, Green Olive Media, and The Atlanta Journal Constitution. Students are strongly encouraged to do multiple internships, but only 4-semester hours can be applied as elective credits to the major. Graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis. Prerequisites: Permission of the faculty supervisor and qualification for the internship program.
 
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