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Pursue a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies – Rhetoric and Advocacy degree at Regent University.

B.A. in Communication Studies – Rhetoric & Advocacy

Make A Statement.

You have a passion to communicate and use your words to shape and influence the world around you. Regent’s Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies—Rhetoric & Advocacy degree will help you master the art of persuasion as you study argumentative writing, language, and dialogue.

On Campus, Online
120+
May 6, 2024
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EXPLORE YOUR CAREER PATH

Develop a strong skill set for a career in speech writing, public relations, media, or the law.

BUILD ON A STRONG FOUNDATION

Anchor your knowledge and skill on Christian principles and values.

LEARN FROM THE BEST

Be mentored by faculty in Virginia Beach who hold the highest degrees in their field. Meet the faculty.

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Explore exciting scholarship opportunities such as academic merit scholarships, honors college scholarships, and more! Learn about the scholarships for on-campus incoming freshmen: the $10,000 Freedom Scholarships, $4,000 Homeschool Scholarships and $4,000 Private School Scholarships. Explore all scholarships.

ALIGN YOURSELF WITH EXCELLENCE

Regent has been ranked among Top National Universities by the U.S. News & World Report for four years (2019, 2020, 2022 and 2023). Our programs have also ranked as the #1 Best Online Bachelor's Programs in Virginia 11 years in a row (2013-2023). Experience the Regent difference through the B.A. in Communication Studies – Rhetoric & Advocacy program.

Please complete the Request Information form on this page to learn more about this program.

On completing the B.A. in Communication Studies—Rhetoric & Advocacy program, you can:

  • Write and speak clearly, eloquently, and effectively.
  • Develop effective and ethical debate practices drawn from theories of persuasion.
  • Understand how verbal and nonverbal communication affects personal identity, culture, and perception.

Career Opportunities:

  • Speechwriter
  • Communications specialist
  • Public relations coordinator
  • Press secretary
  • Pre-law student
$57Thousand
Approximate Average Salary for Public Relations Coordinator, 2022 Salary.com
Introduction to the principles and procedures of competent interpersonal communication in the context of ethnicity and culture. Attention is given to people as bearers of culture and to the application of theory and research to real-life communication situations.
Principles and practices of effective, efficient, and ethical argumentation and debate from their classical origins, including theories of persuasion, research on persuasive communication, and the formation of social and political attitudes.
Protection for the expression of offensive and challenging ideas in the public square. Free speech is studied in its cultural and historical context in addition to its relation to the law. It is also addressed in relation to civility and Christian public witness.
Students learn and apply principles of aesthetical criticism, rhetorical criticism, ethical criticism, and perceptual criticism to all modes of human communication, practicing communication criticism in various contexts.
Requires lab experience participating in live critique of events in the public square conducted through podcast type venues. Critiques apply both rhetorical and Christian worldview lenses to current events and the journalism that covers it. Prerequisite/corequisite COM 245, COM 330, COM 416. Cross-listed with JRNU 444.
Integrates the major disciplines in communication and affords the student direction and advisement in proposing, designing, and executing a senior research paper or project. Prerequisites: COMM 245 and Senior standing.
Approved internship in a field of the student’s specialty. This guided learning experience is a culminating experience in which the student applies the principles and skills learned, demonstrating competency under the guidance of a specialist in the field of communication.

Step 1: Apply to Regent University

Submit your application using the Regent University Online Application.

Note: If you are unable to complete our application due to a disability, please contact our Admissions Office at 757.352.4990 or admissions@regent.edu and an admissions representative will provide reasonable accommodations to assist you in completing the application.

Step 2: Submit Your Unofficial Transcripts

Submit your unofficial high school or college transcripts to regent.edu/items.

Upon submitting your application, you will receive an email requesting authorization for Regent University to obtain your official transcripts from your U.S. degree-granting institution. International transcripts must be evaluated by a NACES, AACRAO or NAFSA approved agency.

Step 3: Submit Your Government-Issued ID

To ensure academic integrity, Regent University requires a copy of a government-issued ID. Please submit a scanned copy or photograph of it to regent.edu/items.

Step 4: Submit Your FAFSA

Complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at studentaid.gov Regent's school code is 030913.


Please feel free to contact the Office of Admissions at 757.352.4990 or admissions@regent.edu should you have any further questions about the application process.

Note: All items submitted as part of the application process become the property of Regent University and cannot be returned.

DegreeTuition Block Rate Per SemesterCredit Hours Per SemesterTuition Rate Per Year
Students taking on-campus classes
(fall & spring semesters)
$9,97512 - 18$19,950
DegreeTuition Cost Per Credit HourAverage Credit Hours Per SemesterAverage Tuition Per Semester
Students taking on-campus classes
(fall & spring semesters)
$665Under 12$7,980
Students taking on-campus classes
(fall & spring semesters)
$665Over 18$11,970
Students taking on-campus classes
(summer semester)
$665N/A$1,995+

Student Fees Per Semester

University Services Fee (On-Campus Students)$850 (Fall & Spring)
$700 (Summer)

Housing Fees » | Military Admissions & Aid » | Cost of Attendance »

DegreeTuition Cost Per Credit HourAverage Credit Hours Per SemesterAverage Tuition Per Semester
Part-Time Students (3-11 Credit Hours Per Semester)$4506$2,700
Full-Time Students (12+ Credit Hours Per Semester)$39512$4,740

Student Fees Per Semester

University Services Fee (Online Students)$700

Military Admissions & Aid » | Cost of Attendance »

DegreeTuition Block Rate Per SemesterCredit Hours Per SemesterTuition Rate Per Year
Students taking on-campus classes
(fall & spring semesters)
$9,49312 - 18$18,986
DegreeTuition Cost Per Credit HourAverage Credit Hours Per SemesterAverage Tuition Per Semester
Students taking on-campus classes
(fall & spring semesters)
$630Under 12$7,560
Students taking on-campus classes
(fall & spring semesters)
$630Over 18$11,340
Students taking on-campus classes
(summer semester)
$630N/A$1,890+

Student Fees Per Semester

University Services Fee (On-Campus Students)$850 (Fall & Spring)
$700 (Summer)

Housing Fees » | Military Admissions & Aid » | Cost of Attendance »

DegreeTuition Cost Per Credit HourAverage Credit Hours Per SemesterAverage Tuition Per Semester
Part-Time Students (3-11 Credit Hours Per Semester)$4506$2,700
Full-Time Students (12+ Credit Hours Per Semester)$39512$4,740

Student Fees Per Semester

University Services Fee (Online Students)$700

Military Admissions & Aid » | Cost of Attendance »

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