Students must be admitted to the program and earn a minimum cumulative 3.00 grade point average in Rhetorical Leadership courses taken at UWM. The Rhetorical Leadership designation (either Certificate or Concentration) requires completion of 15 credits distributed as follows:
Required Courses (6 credits)
Commun 772, Rhetorical Leadership and Ethics, 3 cr.
and one of either
Commun 762, Argumentation in Theory and Practice, 3 cr., or
Commun 872, Rhetorics of Constituting Communities and Social Controversy, 3 cr.
Electives (9 additional credits)
Chosen from the following list:
- Commun 665, Introduction to Mediation, 3 cr.
- Commun 667, Great American Speakers and Issues, 3 cr.
- Commun 672, Communication and Social Order, 3 cr.
Commun 701, Critical Analysis of Communication
- Commun 735, Rhetorical Theory, 3 cr.
- Commun 762, Argumentation in Theory and Practice, 3 cr.
- Commun 835, Seminar in Contemporary Public Address, 3 cr.
- Commun 860, Seminar: Issues in Communication with a Rhetorical Topic, 3 cr.
(Commun 860 may be repeated up to 6 cr. with change of topic)
- Commun 862, Public Deliberation, 3 cr.
- Commun 865, Theory and Practice of Mediation, 3 cr.
- Commun 872, Rhetorics of Constituting Communities and Social Controversy, 3 cr.
- Commun 873, The Digital Mirror, 3 cr.
- Commun 874, Rhetoric of Women's Rights
- Commun 882, Rhetoric of Kenneth Burke, 3 cr.
- Commun 893, Rhetoric of/and the Internet, 3 cr.
- Commun 973, Topics in Rhetorical Research
(Commun 973 may be repeated up to 6 cr. with change of topic)
- Commun 998, Communication Internship, 1-3 cr.
(To count toward RL requirements, the internship must be approved in advance as on a
Rhetorical Leadership and be directed by a member of the Rhetorical Leadership committee)
For post-baccalaureate students, a maximum of 3 graduate credits may be transferred to count toward the certificate program's 15-credit requirements. Courses will be considered for transfer into the certificate program only if the applicant can provide ample, acceptable evidence that the course taken is substantially the same as one of the five courses that constitute the certificate program. The Rhetorical Leadership Committee will make such determinations, and its decision is final. No transfer credit is allowed for post-graduate students.