What will I learn?

Comprehensive communication majors emphasizing in rhetoric at Northwest learn to research, create and deliver persuasive messages and listen critically to these messages. In this major, students study the core areas of communication theory, public speaking, writing, group behavior, persuasion and interpersonal communication. Additional areas of study include intercultural communication, argumentation and classical, modern and postmodern rhetorical theory and method as applied to an American issue.

Professionals in the field are civically engaged, critically analyze how people develop persuasive messages as well as how those messages affect public perception of the subject. They identify logical and ethical problems within persuasive messages, or with their effects on particular groups or communities and intervene to increase awareness and understanding. Minors that match well with a rhetoric major include philosophy, political science, English, theater, history, psychology, sociology, humanities and media studies.


Job titles related to this major include: Political or non-governmental (NGO) campaigns strategist and lobbyist; Pre-Law/Legislative Assistant; Elected Official; Speech writer; Volunteer recruitment and management; Nonprofit administration and fundraising; Counseling and social services; Graduate study; Teaching; Consultant; Training and development; Human resources; Marketing, advertising sales and public relations; Management.

Which department am I in?

School of Communication and Mass Media

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
US$13,449.52 per year
This fee is calculated on 28 credit hours - 14 each trimester.

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

Expected November 2022

Start date

12 January 2022


School of Communication and Mass Media

Wells Hall, Room 237,

Northwest Missouri State University, 800 University Drive, 101 Valk,



64468, United States

Entry requirements

For international students

Admission requirements for first-time freshmen must include the following: A minimum high school grade point average of 2.00 or "C" average and; A college-preparatory curriculum in secondary school, including courses in mathematics, science, language and social studies.

English proficiency exam score

TOEFL – 61

IELTS - 5.5

PTE – 44

C1 Advanced (formerly CAE) – 162

GTEC – 1100

iTEP – 3.5

SAKAE – 11 to 12

EIKEN - Pre-1 (2304)

TOEIC – 586

Duolingo – 90

The application deadline for fall term is Jun 15 and Spring term is Nov 01.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About Northwest Missouri State University

Programs are career-focused, meaning students gain the skills required for a competitive edge in the tough graduate job market.

  • Main campus in Maryville, Missouri
  • 20:1 student-to-teacher ratio
  • 96% graduate prospects rate
  • Focus on profession-based learning

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