The Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies (CRS) creates skilled and versatile communicators prepared for the diverse professional and personal contexts they will come to understand, pursue, and influence.

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Faculty research publications

Books, journal articles, book chapters


Areas of emphasis for undergraduates

Unlimited career opportunities


Faculty and student awards

Given at the campus, national and international levels

A Degree that Grows with You

Our undergraduate program is ideal for those students who wish to acquire communication skills that are highly valued by employers across numerous industries, including the media, business, politics, law, education, public affairs, public relations, and marketing. Our graduate program provides first-rate training in communication research and pedagogy, preparing graduates for competitive careers within academe or for diverse career opportunities outside it.

Learn from Experts

The CRS faculty is made up of active scholars who are absorbed in the study of communication and rhetorical studies. They conduct original research, present their work at national and international conferences, and write books or publish essays in scholarly journals. This enables them to share cutting-edge perspectives with students and keep their teaching up-to-date with current trends in the field of communication studies.

A Vibrant History

We’re proud of our department’s long history at Syracuse University. Launched in 1910 as the Department of Oratory, CRS is one of the nation’s first academic programs devoted to the study of communication and rhetoric. Throughout our evolution, our department has been housed in the College of Visual and Performing Arts, where our programs have benefited from close association with the disciplines of art, design, transmedia, drama, and music.

Recent CRS News

  • Seth Knievel

    Featured News

    Love, Revenge, Closure and Whales: CRS Showcases Its First Play in November

    This fall, the Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies (CRS) will be showcasing its first play titled “Moby Dick: A Gay Retelling." We spoke with writer and creator Seth Knievel, a second-year master’s student in the CRS department, about the upcoming play. Read More...

  • Christopher Perrello

    Faculty News

    CRS Faculty Spotlight: Christopher Perrello

    Christopher Perrello, faculty member in the Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies and the iSchool, is widely known for his enthusiastic and active role in the classroom. Perrello’s zealous persona carries him to his passion for assisting students with their professional development. Read More...

  • Gabriella Bello

    Alumni News

    CRS Alumni Spotlight: Gabriella Bello ’17

    Gabriella Bello graduated from the communication and rhetorical studies (CRS) program in 2017. Along with a degree in CRS, Bello achieved a B.S. in psychology and a minor in public communications. During her time at Syracuse University, Bello had several internship opportunities where she gained experience doing in-house communications. After graduating, she hoped to gain agency experience and try out a new field. Read More...

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