Bachelor of Arts in Rhetoric

Learn the art of effective communication.

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“Going into the professional world, you need both speaking and writing skills to make an impact. This degree gave me the opportunity to round out all of my skills.”

Kellie Smith (B.A. in Rhetoric and English, '22)

Content Coordinator, RxMG

About this Program

The Department of Writing and Rhetoric in the College of Liberal Arts offers the B.A. in Rhetoric. Students learn to speak, write, and design effectively while also becoming discerning critics of the communication practices saturating our world.

  • Students can choose from a wide variety of speech, writing, and rhetoric classes that examine communication in interpersonal, community, civic, academic, professional, and historical contexts.

Studying writing, rhetoric, and speech communication allows students to look at modern problems– and into the future– through the lens of a time-tested discipline.

The Value of a Rhetoric Degree

The major helps students build critical thinking and communication skills that set them apart in the professional world. Combined with another major–in anything from the humanities to business or pre-med–the rhetoric helps prepare students to communicate specialized subjects in a variety of contexts.

Graduates leave UM with a portfolio of well-crafted projects and marketable skills for every aspect of professional life–from interviews and emails to business plans and reports.

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    Program Information

    Program Type


    Area of Study



    4 years


    B.A. in Rhetoric

    Program Location


    Required Credit Hours


    Degree Requirements

    See the information below on the rhetoric major. For a full description, visit the online catalog.

    Students in the B.A. in Rhetoric complete 33 credit hours.

    • Spch 102: Public Speaking OR Spch 105: Business and Professional Speech
    • Spch 305: Collaborative Communication OR Spch 314: Intercollegiate Debate 
    • Writ 220: Survey of Rhetoric
    • Writ 250: Advanced Composition
    • Writ 300: Rhetoric of Professional Communication
    Six courses in Rhet, Writ, and Spch at the 200-level or higher:
    • Rhet 201: Introduction to Rhetoric
    • Rhet 325: Research Methods in Rhetoric
    • Rhet 330: Queer Rhetorics
    • Rhet 389: Internship in Writing, Rhetoric, Speech
    • Rhet 442: Feminist Rhetorics
    • Rhet 477: Rhetorics of Race in the US South
    • Writ 210: Rhetoric I: Foundations to 1650
    • Writ 300: Rhetoric of Professional Communication
    • Writ 301: Responding to Writers
    • Writ 310: Writing in Professional Contexts
    • Writ 320: Technical Writing
    • Writ 340: Contemporary Writing Studies
    • Writ 345: Community Writing
    • Writ 350: Writing for Digital Media
    • Writ 360: Document Design
    • Writ 370: Editing and Proofreading
    • Writ 380: Scientific Writing
    • Writ 398: Topics in Writing Studies on Location
    • Writ 399: Special Topics
    • Writ 410: Grant Writing
    • Writ 415: Digital Rhetoric
    • Writ 440: Writing for Accountancy
    • Spch 200: Interpersonal Communication
    • Spch 210: The Art of the Interview
    • Spch 301: Responding to Communicators
    • Spch 314: Intercollegiate Debating
    • Spch 405: Organizational Communication


    Choosing your Minor or Double Major

    Bachelor of Arts students must choose a minor (or double major). Combine your study of rhetoric with many other subjects based on your interests and career goals.

    Next Steps

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