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BA in Communication Studies - Rhetoric and Public Culture

The Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies with a concentration in Rhetoric and Public Culture program at Regent University provides students with the chance to develop public speaking, critical thinking, listening, and verbal and nonverbal communication skills needed in many communications careers. Read on for more information about this BA concentration.

Official Program Name:

Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies with a concentration in Rhetoric and Public Culture

School Offering Program:

Regent University

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

Prospective students of this Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies program might have taken prior communication and writing courses and possess strong speaking and analytical skills. Applicants to Regent University should have a high school diploma or equivalent; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

From the influence of communication on culture to theories of persuasion, the Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies with a concentration in Rhetoric and Public Culture program at Regent University is designed to help students build effective communications skills for debates, persuasive writing, speech writing, and criticism. In concentration courses, students might build an understanding of organizational communications, argumentative writing practices, perception, and rhetorical criticism. Core courses address speech types, speaking strategies, interpersonal relationship development, and narrative concepts. A public speaking course in the core curriculum outlines presentation preparation and delivery and methods for formal and informal speaking engagements. A capstone requires that students draw on their studies to propose and present a research paper or project.

Learning Format:

Online and on-campus

Program Length:

120+ credits.

Financial Aid Available:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Regent University's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies with a concentration in Rhetoric and Public Culture:

In addition to the 21 credits in the area of concentration, students will be required to complete 49 credits in general education coursework, 18 credits in communication core courses, and 35 credits in general electives to earn this degree. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Regent University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

General Education Courses (49 credits)

  • The Making of the Christian Mind
  • The Making of a Christian Leader
  • Introduction to Bible
  • Christian Doctrine
  • Introduction to Christian History & Thought
  • Public Speaking
  • Regent Foundations of Success
  • English Composition
  • Research and Academic Writing
  • The True, the Good & the Beautiful
  • Literature of the Western World
  • Art and Culture
  • Choose one of the following mathematics courses:
    • Math for Liberal Arts
    • College Algebra
    • Statistics
    • Calculus I
    • Discrete Math
  • Choose one of the following natural sciences course:
    • Introduction to Biology with Laboratory
    • General Biology I
    • Origins of the Cosmos
  • Choose one of the U.S. History courses:
    • U.S. History I (to 1877)
    • U.S. History II (from 1877)
  • Choose one of the following economics courses:
    • Introduction to Economics
    • Microeconomics
  • Choose one of the following Global Studies course:
    • World Geography
    • Western Civilization I
    • Western Civilization II
    • World History I
    • World History II
    • Introduction to Spanish I
    • Introduction to Spanish II
    • Intermediate Spanish I
    • Intermediate Spanish II

Communications Major Courses (18 credits)

  • Public Speaking
  • Foundations of Communication
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Communication Theory
  • Narrative Concept and Development
  • Communicating in the 21st Century

Concentration Courses: Rhetoric and Public Culture (21 credits)

  • Communication Studies
  • Persuasive Communication
  • Communication Criticism
  • Capstone Seminar
  • Choose nine credits of communication electives

Electives (35 credits)

  • Students choose 35 credits of general elective courses

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Graduates of the BA in Communication Studies - Rhetoric and Public Culture program might choose to advance their education in a master's degree program. A graduate degree might further explore communication theories and practices and enhance one's skills in public speaking and writing. A graduate degree could be required for executive-level positions in corporate communications departments, government offices, or PR firms. Master's degrees graduates could look into include:

  • Master's of Communication Management
  • Master of Arts in Media Communications
  • Master of Arts in Communication Studies
  • Master of Business Administration - Communications

Career Paths:

Those who earn the BA in Communication Studies with a concentration in Rhetoric and Public Culture might be prepared for mid-management positions in public relations, digital journalism, marketing, business communications, or the news industry. They might write press releases, create PR campaigns, prepare speeches, or represent individuals in public speaking forums.

Careers that graduates might possess the skills for include:

  • Speech writer
  • Press secretary
  • Public relations coordinator
  • Communications specialist

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