PhD in Communication and Rhetoric
For more than thirty years, our Ph.D. graduates have been the leaders in the study of the relationship between communication and technology.
As new forms of technologically mediated communication emerge, research and scholarship are needed to describe their nature and account for their unique effects.
The mission of the Ph.D. in Communication and Rhetoric at Rensselaer is to enable students to make a contribution with rigor, depth, and creativity on issues related to communication in technologically mediated contexts. Our approach draws on the insights of rhetoric, technical communication, composition, communication studies, human-computer interaction, game studies, and graphic design.
We are uniquely positioned to provide an environment for graduate study in communication and technology. We combine the resources of a premier technological university with a faculty strongly grounded in theory and research as well as technology and media.
"My years in C&M shaped me into the researcher and teacher that I am today. I consider myself an interdisciplinary thinker -- surely a result of the nature of C&M... Just as important to me are the personal and professional relationships that I formed at RPI and that I continue to form with RPI graduates from other years. I cannot imagine my career without these relationships, which keep me connected to the profession."Beth Britt '97
Associate Professor of English
"Much of my professional identity and success and many of my most cherished personal relationships reside in the growing community of people I joined when I began my studies in C&M."Greg Clark '85
Associate Dean in the College of Humanities
Brigham Young University