Program Requirements

Students must be admitted to the program and earn a minimum cumulative 3.00 grade point average in Rhetorical Leadership courses taken at UWM. The Rhetorical Leadership designation (either Certificate or Concentration) requires completion of 15 credits distributed as follows:

Credits and Courses

Required
COMMUN 772Rhetorical Leadership and Ethics3
COMMUN 762Argumentation in Theory and Practice3
or COMMUN 872 Rhetorics of Constituting Community and Social Controversy
Electives
Select three of the following:9
Introduction to Mediation
Great American Speakers and Issues
Communication and Social Order
Critical Analysis of Communication
Rhetorical Theory (title change pending)
Argumentation in Theory and Practice (if not selected above)
Seminar in Contemporary Public Address
Seminar: Issues in Communication: (Subtitle, with a rhetorical topic)
Public Deliberation
Theory and Practice of Mediation
Rhetorics of Constituting Community and Social Controversy (if not selected above)
The Digital Mirror
The Rhetoric of Kenneth Burke
Rhetoric of/and the Internet
Topics in Rhetorical Research: (Subtitled)
Communication Internship (with rhetorical leadership topic directed by a member of the Rhetorical Leadership Committee)
Total Credits15

Students who have little experience in positions of responsibility will be encouraged to participate in a relevant internship during the course of their studies. The program will assist students in identifying appropriate opportunities.

Additional Requirements

Transfer Credit

No more than 20% of the required credits may be taken at an institution other than UWM. Courses will be considered for transfer into the certificate program only if the applicant can provide ample, acceptable evidence that the course taken is substantially the same as one of the five courses that constitute the certificate program. The Rhetorical Leadership Committee will make such determinations, and its decision is final. These courses are subject to Graduate School transfer policy and must be approved by the director of the certificate program. No transfer credit is allowed for post-graduate students.

(To count toward RL requirements, the internship must be approved in advance and be directed by a member of the Rhetorical Leadership committee.)

For post-baccalaureate students, a maximum of 3 graduate credits may be transferred to count toward the certificate program’s 15-credit requirements. Courses will be considered for transfer into the certificate program only if the applicant can provide ample, acceptable evidence that the course taken is substantially the same as one of the five courses that constitute the certificate program. The Rhetorical Leadership Committee will make such determinations, and its decision is final. No transfer credit is allowed for post-graduate students.

Graduate Grievance Procedures

Federal law and UWM policy require programs and departments to have procedures for graduate students to appeal academic decisions such as grades or scholastic standing. These procedures ensure the protection of students’ rights. These pages serve as a reference on procedures for graduate student academic appeals.