Rhetorical Studies Minor



Our minor in Rhetorical Communication helps students develop insight into persuasive techniques in debate and public presentations, as well as foster an understanding of how oral arguments are formed and their influence on human behavior. Students consider the classical foundations of rhetoric and critically evaluate persuasive messages from a variety of perspectives.  Our program emphasizes the importance of becoming effective producers of oral communication, as well as critical consumers.

The minor consists of 15 credits, and at least 12 of those must be completed at Florida International University. A grade of C or higher is required in all courses counted toward the minor.

Required courses for minor (15 credits):

  • SPC 3540 Persuasion
  • SPC 3210 Communication Theory
  • SPC 3230 Rhetorical Communication
  • SPC 3513 Argumentation and Debate
  • SPC 3425 Small Group Communication



Admission requirements for the minor:

  • Minimum GPA 2.0
  • Admittance to the university


The College of Architecture + The Arts Academic Advisors are available to provide students with guidance as they work towards attaining their degrees.  Appointments can be scheduled by contacting the CARTA Advising office at 305-348-2765 or stopping by PCA 272.

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