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.

[Above, student-athlete Asa Goldstock and CRS student shares her Syracuse Story and what she loves about the university]


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.

Message from the Department Chair

Dear CRS Students,

On behalf of the entire CRS community, I hope that you finished your spring semester well. We are proud of your resilience and grace as you adapted to the challenges of pandemic learning.

CRS faculty and staff are currently hard at work planning for the upcoming academic year. The University will continue monitoring the pandemic, making decisions based on the best available public health information. What is certain is that, whatever happens, CRS is up to the challenge. We’ve already begun contingency planning with faculty and staff to ensure a coordinated, department-wide response. Our goals are twofold. The first is to maintain the department’s longstanding teaching excellence through the high quality and consistency of CRS courses. The second is to ensure the well-being of students, both in terms of their physical safety and their academic—and by extension, professional—development. The CRS degree has long prepared students to navigate diverse communication contexts skillfully, ethically, and with a high degree of versatility. In the coming months, these outcomes will be increasingly critical, especially for students who will soon find themselves on the job market. CRS faculty and staff are committed to equipping students, and the networks that support you, with the tools needed to overcome the challenges posed by the COVID-19 crisis, and beyond that, to find ways to thrive personally and professionally.

Charles E. Morris III
Professor and Chairperson, CRS