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Rhetoric and Media Studies, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Oregon, OH, United States
What do we do in Rhetoric and Media Studies?  Many specific things, of course, but the basic goal is to provide students with effective tools—theoretical, methodological, and creative—for understanding how speeches, images, texts, stories, conversations, and symbols work. This Rhetoric and Media Studies program is offered by Lewis and Clark College.
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Within that general framework, here are some of the exciting questions our courses examine: 

  • How is the motion picture industry adapting to new technology?
  • What effects can we expect from strategies and tactics in political campaigns?
  • How can arguments between Plato and Aristotle help us understand contemporary public rhetoric?
  • How are identities, relationships, and communities affected by social media?
  • How do audiences respond to film-making techniques?
  • How can a powerful speech change history?

And that’s not all.  You can study the stories we tell each other about personal health, how historical figures and events come to be represented in public memory, and how sound and image in motion pictures can frame reality.  And you can study how these processes and issues interact with gender, race, and culture.

Not only that, but you can receive academic credit for supervised internships related to the department—in advertising, film production, newspapers or magazines, nonprofit advocacy, and so on.  Our students conduct their own original research and creative work and collaborate with faculty on films, books, and scholarly articles.

Learning Outcomes

Courses and requirements of the Rhetoric and Media Studies program from Lewis and Clark College are designed to provide students with opportunities to achieve the following learning outcomes:

  • Master key theories of rhetoric and media studies and their applications in specific areas of the field, such as popular culture, race, gender, film, health, and new media.
  • Develop literacy in the central methodologies—critical, rhetorical, empirical—employed by scholars in the field.
  • Apply knowledge to ethical and practical problems through coursework, internships, practica, and/or civic engagement. 
  • Develop skill in presenting ideas orally, visually, and in writing.
  • Conduct and present an original, independent capstone project that utilizes appropriate theory and methodology. 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Rhetoric and Media Studies
  • Media Design and Criticism
  • Rhetorical Theory
  • Public Discourse
  • Professional Discourse
  • Argumentation

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

  • Online Common Application or Paper Application with essay attached.
  • Official transcripts of all secondary school and college grades. 
  • Financial Documents
  • Proof of English proficiency.
  • School Report.
  • Teacher Evaluation, completed by a teacher who has taught you in an academic course (English, mathematics, science, foreign language, history, or social studies). 
  • SAT and/or ACT scores are optional for international student applicants, but are highly recommended for applicants who attend international/American schools. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    52346 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 52346 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    52346 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 52346 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Oregon

  • 1031 - 1710 USD/month
    Living Costs

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