Rhetoric & Public Advocacy

This concentration examines communication texts - images, objects, and speech, to identify how they inform and/or persuade; researchers to make judgments about effectiveness, artistry, and ethical value. 

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Steve Depoe

Stephen P. Depoe, PhD (Northwestern, 1986), is a Professor of Communication and Department Head. He is currently the co-editor of a book series on Media and Environmental Communication published by Palgrave MacMillan. He was the founding...

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Ron Jackson

Ronald L. Jackson II is past co-editor (with Kent Ono) of Critical Studies in Media Communication. His research explores empirical, conceptual, and critical approaches to the study of masculinity, identity negotiation, Whiteness, and Afrocentricity..

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Eric Jenkins

Eric Jenkins, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in Communication at the University of Cincinnati. He studies the connection between media technology and consumerism, with a particular focus on visual media. His theoretical perspectives include...

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John Lynch

Dr. Lynch's teaching and research interests focus on the rhetoric of science and medicine, especially on how the public understands science. I teach rhetorical/communication criticism, the rhetoric of science and research ethics. My current...

  • COMM 2002: Advanced Public Speaking (1071) 
  • COMM 2012: Persuasion & Civic Engagement 
  • COMM 2028: Communication & Popular Culture* 
  • COMM 3002: Argument & Contemporary Issues 
  • COMM 3071: Communication Criticism*
  • COMM 3089: Social Media & Citizenship
  • COMM 4005: Communication Ethics*
  • COMM 4028: Comm & Women in Elective Politics 
  • COMM 4044: Visual Culture & Rhetoric
  • COMM 4063: Presidential Rhetoric
  • COMM 4064: Rhetoric of Protest & Reform
  • COMM 4067: Environmental Communication* 
  • COMM 4068: Comm of Technology & Science 
  • COMM 4069: Rhetorical Dimensions of Terrorism 
  • COMM 5003: Rhetoric, Environment & Science 
  • COMM 5011: Rhetoric & Society 

Parentheses = Pre-req | Asterisk = Online Section Available | Bold = Filfills Department's Diversity & Inclusion Requirements

  • Take PD 2070 during your sophomore year to learn about experiential learning opportunities.
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of America 
  • Cincinnati Mayor’s Office
  • Easter Seals 
  • March of Dimes
  • United States Embassy in Mexico 
  • The Alice M. House Speech Contest is an annual competition awarding cash prizes for the most outstanding extemporaneous speech. Registration begins spring semester. 

Minors, certificates (International Human Rights; Legal Studies), and courses in journalism, political science, and English complement this concentration.


  • AFST-1030: BLM in a Post-Racial Society
  • AFST-2050: Race, Gender, Soc Inequality
  • ENGL-2005: Topics in Rhetoric
  • ENGL-2014: Rhetorical Grammar
  • ENGL-3059: Intro to Rhet & Prof Writing
  • ENGL-3074: Rhetoric of Social Media
  • ENGL-3077: Visual Persuasion
  • JOUR-2020: Media Law & Ethics
  • POL-1010: Intro to American Politics
  • POL-1021: Post-Truth & Fake News
  • POL-2010: Public Opinion & USA Politics
  • WGS-1051: Revolutionary Women
  • WGS-2039: Intro to Justice, Gender, Law 
  • Option 1: Majors accepted into our 4+1 Program take graduate classes their senior year. After earning their BA degree, students in good standing are formally admitted to the graduate program and complete their MA degree in one additional year.


  • Option 2: Most traditional graduate programs require 2 additional years of education. These options complement a Communication BA:
  • Juris Doctorate (Law School)
  • MA in Gender & Cultural Studies MA in Political Science
  • MA in Public Advocacy and Activism 
  • Attorney, Judge, or Legal Assistant
  • City Manager or City Council Membership 
  • College Professor
  • Community Organizer
  • Grant Writer
  • Investigative Journalist
  • Motivational Speaker
  • Non-Profit Manager
  • Political Campaign Staff
  • Volunteer Coordinator