The undergraduate minor in rhetoric and persuasion requires a minimum of 15 s.h., including 12 s.h. earned in courses taken at the University of Iowa and at least 12 s.h. earned in Department of Rhetoric courses. Students must maintain a g.p.a. of at least 2.00 in all courses for the minor and in all UI courses for the minor. Course work in the minor may not be taken pass/nonpass.

The minor educates students in responsible, credible, and effective methods to take active leadership roles in engaging social issues in personal, professional, and communal settings. The program empowers students to look at the world as a place open to change and receptive to influence and to view themselves as agents capable of improving the world and their place in it. The minor aims to professionalize students—whether in their capacity as individual citizens, members of the community, or leaders in the workplace—by guiding them to understand audiences and situations, to use language responsibly and strategically, and to develop the integrity and authority of their own voice.

The minor in rhetoric and persuasion requires the following course work.

A maximum of five of these courses may count toward the minor:
RHET:2000/ARTS:2000/ASP:2000/EDTL:2000Big Ideas: Creativity for a Lifetime (when taught by a rhetoric instructor)3
RHET:2031/GWSS:2000Desire, Consent, and Sex in U.S. Culture(s): Replacing Coercion and Violence with Respect (when taught by a rhetoric instructor)3
RHET:2055/GWSS:2055Persuasion and Advocacy3
RHET:2065Persuading Different Audiences: Launching a Successful Career3
RHET:2070Persuasive Stories: The Cultural Phenomenon of the West3
RHET:2085Speaking Skills3
RHET:2090Conversation Practicum3
RHET:2095Fundamental Strategies of Persuasion3
RHET:2250Negotiation and Conflict Resolution3
RHET:2620Body Language: Study of Movement and Gesture in Speaking3
RHET:3085Advanced Speaking Skills3
RHET:3138/GWSS:3138/SJUS:3138Writing to Change the World (when taught by a rhetoric instructor)3
RHET:3150/GWSS:3700Narratives of Gender and Masculinity (when taught by a rhetoric instructor)3
RHET:3250Persuasive Writing for Science and Health Care Professionals3
RHET:3260Persuasive Speaking for Science and Health Care Professionals3
RHET:3290Advanced Business Speaking3
RHET:3585Speak, to Change the World: The Art of Speechwriting and Speechmaking3
RHET:3630Apology and the Art of Verbal Self-Defense3
RHET:3700Advocacy and Sustainability: Crafting Stories of People, Place, and Resilience3
RHET:4980Special Projects for Undergraduatesarr.
A maximum of one of these courses may count toward the minor:
BUS:3000Business Communication and Protocol3
CLSA:3742/WRIT:3742Word Power: Building English Vocabulary3
COMM:1816Business and Professional Communication3
GWSS:3138/RHET:3138/SJUS:3138Writing to Change the World (qualifies for this group if not being taught by rhetoric instructor)3
LATH:3000Latham Fellows: Science Communication Skill Building1-2
LATH:3001Latham Fellows: Science Outreach Project2
RHET:2610/THTR:2610Acting for Success3
THTR:1140Basic Acting3