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Undergraduate Catalog 2016-2017


Department of Communication and Department of English

Rhetoric is the theory of persuasive communication, both written and spoken. The minor in rhetoric has been designed for students who want to know the principles and skills of practical persuasion in its varied contexts. The program will be of value for all students wishing to improve their writing and speaking skills and especially useful for those students who plan careers in business, management, law, government, and education. The minor in rhetoric is an interdisciplinary program offered through the cooperation of the Department of English and the Department of Communication.

Fifteen semester hours of coursework are required:

  1. Six semester hours from the course list in Rhetorical Theory and Analysis of Discourse
  2. Six semester hours from the course list in Writing and Speaking Skills
  3. Three semester hours in electives from either section of the Rhetoric Course List
  4. At least nine of the fifteen semester hours must at the 300-level or higher (including at least six hours at the University of Maryland, College Park)
  5. No more than six of the fifteen semester hours may be taken at an institution other than the University of Maryland, College Park
  6. No more than six of the fifteen semester hours may count toward the student's major, supporting courses, and college requirements
  7. No course from the student's major department may count toward the minor
  8. No course used to satisfy a Fundamental Studies requirement may count toward the minor
  9. No course used to satisfy the requirements of another minor may count toward the rhetoric minor.
  10. No course grade below the grade of "C-" may count toward the minor
  11. An overall GPA of 2.0 in the minor is required for graduation.

Entering the Minor:

The College of Arts and Humanities has established a maximum enrollment in the rhetoric minor. Students wishing to pursue the minor should check the Arts and Humanities minor website: www.arhu.umd.edu/undergraduate/academics/minors , or the rhetoric minor website: http://rhetoric.umd.edu , for the current status of minor admissions.

When enrollment in the minor is open, students should review the requirements above, make tentative selections of courses to satisfy these requirements, and meet with one of the advisers below. Students will officially declare the minor in rhetoric during this advising session. The earliest possible advising meeting is recommended, however, because, under University rules for minors, no student may declare the minor during their final year of coursework.

Current course lists for the minor in Rhetoric can be found at:

Minor Advisors:  

Michelle Murray Yang
Department of Communication
2114 Skinner Building



Michael Israel
Department of English
3126 Tawes Hall



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