The Media, Rhetoric and Culture (MRC) program provides students
the critical tools and practical skills necessary to engage in the
analysis of communication. Focusing on the social, political and
cultural influences of communication, students create, interpret,
analyze and evaluate various forms of communication messages. MRC
students engage in the critical enquiry of the "how," "why," and
"to what impact" questions in regard to communication. The program
has the following learning outcomes:
- Students will appreciate and articulate the value of
communication to promote community engagement and social
- Students will comprehend and analyze how identity and power
affect communication globally and locally.
- Students will demonstrate the ability to advocate appropriately
and effectively in professional and public contexts.
- Students will engage in systematic and innovative inquiry into
the production, reception, and circulation of public and mass
- Students will comprehend and articulate the historical,
theoretical, and critical perspectives as they apply to a variety
of public and mass mediated messages.
- Students will interpret, evaluate and critique the symbolic and
shared processes of meaning making.
The Media, Rhetoric and Culture major is comprised of 33 credit
hours and the minor of 18 credit hours, as mandated by the college.
Three courses in the program will also fulfill college
requirements: Public Speaking, Media Literacy, and an approved
course in Communication and Culture (a menu of courses that focuses
on issues of diversity from a communication perspective). Several
of the MRC courses meet the Communication and Culture requirement
in the College of Communication.
Fairbanks, Room 118
4600 Sunset Ave.
Indianapolis, Indiana 46208
Program Director: Dr. Allison Harthcock
Assistant: Maggie McGlynn