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Department of Communication Studies

Political Communication

Politics and civic engagement depend on strategic use of language. Political leaders employ
communication and rhetoric to mobilize publics, negotiate policy, affect public opinion,
maintain relations with other nations and, of course, win votes.

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Core Courses

COMM 320: Theories of Human Communication (3 hrs)

COMM 330: Rhetoric in Western Thought (3 hrs)

COMM 431: Criticism of Public Discourse (3 hrs) or

COMM 433: Communication Research Methods (3 hrs)

COMM 550: Senior Colloquium (3 hrs) or

COMM 551: Senior Honors Thesis (3 hrs)

Total: 12 hours

Political Communication Courses (Choose 12 hours)

COMM 325: Argumentation and Debate (3 hrs)

COMM 434: Rhetoric of Social Movements (3 hrs)

COMM 435: Political Communication (3 hrs) ***REQUIRED***

COMM 470: Rhetoric of Community Building (3 hrs)

COMM 525: Argumentation Theory (3 hrs)

COMM 526: Persuasion (3 hrs)

COMM 545: Communication and Democracy (3 hrs)

Total: 12 hours


15 hours of additional COMM courses.

Additional Requirements

3 hours must be at the 500 level or above (in addition to COMM 550 or COMM 551).


Why Communication Studies?

Quick Facts

Degrees:  Bachelors of Arts or Bachelors of Science
Areas of Study:

Political Communication

Organizational Communication

Legal Communciation

Relational Communication


Department Scholarships

KSU Scholarships

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