Welcome to the Department of Rhetoric, Communication and Theatre!
We offer communication courses that feature performance activities and emphasize the theory, history, and criticism of rhetorical communication. Our experienced faculty members will help you achieve personal fulfillment, civic engagement, and career success.
In addition to providing public speaking classes for hundreds of St. John's students each semester, we also offer a major in Rhetoric and Public Address and several minor programs of study.
SPE 1000C or HON 1020C Public Speaking for the College StudentRCT 2020 Persuasion
RCT 1155 Language and Intercultural CommunicationRCT 2000 Advanced Public SpeakingRCT 2015 Nonverbal CommunicationRCT 2025 Organizational CommunicationRCT 2070 Strategic CommunicationRCT 2080 Media and Culture
SPE 1000C or HON 1020C Public Speaking for the College StudentRCT 1015 Introduction to Interpersonal CommunicationRCT 2020 Persuasion
RCT 1050 Fundamentals of Speech ProductionRCT 1155 Language and Intercultural CommunicationRCT 1510 Introduction to TheatreRCT 1540 Introduction to Acting IRCT 2000 Advanced Public SpeakingRCT 2015 Nonverbal CommunicationRCT 2110 Oral InterpretationRCT 4953 Independent Study
Only academic programs approved by NYSED are eligible for federal and state aid: NYS Inventory of Registered Programs http://www.nysed.gov/heds/IRPSL1.html. Minors are not recognized by NYSED therefore associated courses are only eligible for federal or state aid consideration when required by a major or when also used to satisfy a core or general elective requirement.
Jeremiah Hickey, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Chair
Department Chair Secretary
St. John Hall, Room 344
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The Communication Studies program in St. John’s College of Liberal Arts & Sciences provides students with the theories and practices to communicate effectively.
The unique focus of international relations, communication as diplomacy, and political economy of media makes this program attractive to those who want to apply communicative dimension to their professional field in an increasingly multi-sector global systems.
Journalists who report on political affairs need both a thorough knowledge of government and politics and the skills to collect, analyze, and communicate relevant information. The dual B.S./M.A. program in Journalism and Government and Politics will allow you to complete both degrees in just five years of full-time study.
Journalists who report on culture and society need to understand social movements, cultural practices that influence human behavior, and the structures that make up our society, They also need the research skills to collect, analyze, and communicate relevant information.
The Bachelor of Science in Journalism prepares students for careers in all aspects of modern journalism — print, online and broadcast — with skills in writing and reporting in multiple media.
The Ph.D. in Multi-Sector Communication prepares you to explore new pathways to information sharing and communication, chart the agenda of this tech-driven evolution, and explore the new theoretical framework inherent in our digital native society.
The Minor in Photojournalism enables students to develop their knowledge and creative techniques in photographic styles of fashion, art, photo illustration, experimental, commercial, documentary, photojournalism, sports, and editorial. By combining the intellectual, artistic, experimental and cultural diversity the visual arts offer, students receive vigorous training in the history, practices and methodologies of photography, and the visual arts in general in order to advance their artistic abilities, while also receiving extensive theoretical instruction on how photography has influenced cultural perceptions, political movements, and social attitudes to remain as the most persuasive force of visual communication. Endorsed by Magnum Photos, the renowned photo agency founded by Masters, Robert Capa and Henri Cartier-Bresson, as well as the New York Daily News, the Minor in Photojournalism offers students the training to break new artistic barriers, discover their individual artistic voices, and compete in the highly competitive world of the photography and the visuals arts.
The Associate Degree in Television and Film at St. John’s University offers students a thorough but rudimentary understanding of the theory, history, and practice of television and film craft and technique, and the business structures of the television and film industries.
The B.S. degree program in Television and Film offers over 50 different Television and Film courses - in writing, production, post-production, animation, special effects, sound design, acting, theory of film and television, film studies, and the business of television and film.
The Associate Degree in Television Studies at St. John’s University offers students a basic understanding of the theory, history, and practice of television craft and technique – studio and field work and their differences - and the business structures of the television industry.
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