Rhetoric Track

Becoming a persuasive communicator

The rhetoric track at Missouri State prepares you to research, compose and deliver persuasive communication messages. This program option places special emphasis on production and critical analysis of spoken and written communication, specifically the texts of communication practitioners.

Within the rhetoric track, the primary areas of study include the following:

  • Persuasion 
  • Argumentation 
  • Political communication 
  • Public speaking 
  • Nonverbal communication and listening 
  • Interpersonal communication 

For a more detailed outline of the courses required in the rhetoric track, please view the advising sheet.

Career options

While a degree in communication provides a foundation of knowledge and skills appropriate to a wide range of professions, you will need to consider carefully how you can tailor your broad education to specific jobs and industries. Internships, volunteer experience, elective courses and complementary majors or minors can play a pivotal role in your preparation for various careers.

The rhetoric track prepares you for careers in the following areas:

  • Arts management
  • Counseling and social services
  • Fundraising
  • Graduate study
  • Human resources
  • Law enforcement
  • Management
  • Marketing, advertising and public relations
  • Nonprofit administration
  • Political campaigns coordinator
  • Sales
  • Speech writing
  • Training and development
  • Volunteer recruitment and management

Students in class