If you've ever felt passionate about a cause, movement or ideal, get the skills, knowledge and experience you need to inspire your audience, persuade your skeptics, and counter your critics.
The Bachelor of Arts in Rhetoric and Public Advocacy is a liberal arts communication program that will give you the skills you need to frame an argument, analyze messages, apply language strategically, and use your body and voice in compelling ways – timeless abilities that are important in any career path.
Blend theory, critical practice, and analysis to explore how meaning is created and shared with classes in:
- intercultural communication
- culture and identity
- performance history
- public persuasion
- visual rhetoric
Major or Minor
Rhetoric and Public Advocacy is a popular second major or minor because it brings value for personal growth and professional goals for many students pursuing degrees in subjects such as:
- political science
- pre-law or pre-med
Political Communication Option
Students can choose a concentration in political communication to gain a deeper understanding of the role of effective communication in a diverse society. It is ideal for students interested in leadership positions in civic life or with social advocacy groups, as well as for those pursuing law school or graduate programs in public affairs.
Learn from Experts
Engage in lively, challenging discussions with award-winning faculty of nationally and internationally recognized scholars who are also practitioners -- professors who run non-profit advocacy groups, lead political or healthcare campaigns, and work as trained drama therapists or professional speechwriters.
The Student Experience
Explore potential career paths, get real world insights, develop valuable workplace skills, and build a network of professional contacts through internships, peer teaching opportunities, and student organizations.
Students have recently interned at:
- ABC / ABC News
- Hamptons Magazine
- Harlem School of the Arts
- National Alliance on Mental Illness
- Walt Disney Company
Numerous on-campus opportunities to find your voice and gain hands-on experience include Spotlight Hour performances, oratory competitions, and participation on Hofstra's award-winning, co-curricular Speech and Debate Team (also known as Hofstra Forensics), which welcomes students of all majors to compete against peers from other universities across the nation.
Learn outside the classroom through a variety of study abroad opportunities that provide life-changing experiences that enhance your academic and personal growth. Learn how to communicate with people from other parts of the world, cultivate a global perspective, and build your resume.
Your Hofstra degree will help you channel your interests and skills into many career options such as lawyer, teacher, public relations specialist, political strategist, campaign manager, lobbyist, corporate recruiter, corporate communications officer, speechwriter, patient advocate, event planner, museum director/educator, nonprofit administrator, fundraiser, or marketing/advertising professional. Based on a survey of recent alumni:
Job, grad school, or both
Accept positions within 6 months of graduation
Average number of internships among participating students
Our graduates enjoy considerable success upon graduation, whether they obtain positions at prestigious companies or pursue advanced study at top graduate schools.
Recent alumni work at companies such as:
- AssuredPartners, Inc.
- Columbia University Medical Center
- East Meadow School District
- Northwell Health
- Ovation TV
Those pursuing graduate degrees study at:
- Boston University
- Columbia University
- Cornell University
- Hofstra University
- New York University