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The following Answers section is for the graduate students of the CRS program within the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University. Here you will find internal policies and procedures, forms and applications, and documentation needed during your time as a graduate student within the program.

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From Graduate Program Director Erin Rand:

Welcome to the CRS Graduate Program site for current graduate students. We are delighted you are with us! At this site, you will find calendars, forms, links to funding and other resources, an anonymous suggestion box (that will be checked periodically), and more. If you would like something added to the site, please let me know. 

Please come by or email if you have any concerns. We want to make your graduate school experience productive, invigorating, and even fun.

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Program Information: Curriculum

All students are required to complete a minimum of 33 credit hours of graduate level coursework.

In addition:

  • At least 24 credit hours must be Communication & Rhetoric courses
    • At least 15 credit hours must be 600 level or above
  • A maximum of 6 credit hours of “Independent Studies” are allowed
  • All students are required to complete the following 6 credit hours of core coursework:
    • CRS 601 Language, Interaction & Culture
    • CRS 603 Contemporary Theories of Rhetoric 

Students may take a maximum of 9 credit hours from other graduate programs within the University. These “other” courses should be clearly related to the student’s individual emphasis and cannot be taken as substitutes for communication and rhetorical studies courses.

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Additional Resources

CRS Travel Forms

Here are CRS Travel Forms and information about the CRS Travel Policy!

Other Travel Funding Opportunities