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Rhetoric and Public Address Minor

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. 

Degree Type
Area of Interest
Associated Colleges or Schools
Program Location
  • Queens Campus
Required Credit Hours



SPE 1000C or HON 1020C Public Speaking for the College Student
RCT 3130 Foundations of Rhetorical Theory

Electives (three chosen):

RCT 2000 Advanced Public Speaking
RCT 2010 Rhetoric of Sports
RCT 2030 Rhetoric of Popular Culture
RCT 2035 Public Memory
RCT 2040 American Public Address
RCT 2060 Argumentation: Inquiry and Advocacy
RCT 3120 The Free Speech Tradition in the United States
RCT 3140 Rhetorical Communication Strategies
RCT 3150 Rhetoric of Social Movements
RCT 3160 Modern Rhetorical Theory
RCT 3180 Legal Argumentation
RCT 3190 Rhetoric of Religion

Only academic programs approved by NYSED are eligible for federal and state aid: NYS Inventory of Registered Programs  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.

Contact Us

Jeremiah Hickey, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Chair
[email protected]

Michelle Semetis
Department Chair Secretary
St. John Hall, Room 344
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