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.



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, film and media arts, drama, and music.

Recent CRS News

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    Featured News

    Two VPA Students Selected as 2023-24 Remembrance Scholars

    Two College of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) students are among the 35 students chosen by Syracuse University’s Remembrance Scholar Selection Committee to be the 2023-24 Remembrance Scholars. Read More...

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    Two VPA Graduate Students Recognized as Outstanding Teaching Assistants

    Two College of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) graduate students were among the 35 teaching assistants recognized by the Graduate School for outstanding work and valued contributions to the educational experience at Syracuse University: Evan Bode G'23, Department of Film and Media Arts, and Kerry Mess G'23, Department of Communication...

  • Allison Crossman

    Student News

    Allison Crossman, a senior communication and rhetorical studies major in the Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies and military spouse, was awarded the Family Member & Dependent Undergraduate Scholarship from Syracuse University's Office of Veteran and Military Affairs (OVMA). OVMA scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis, and most...

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