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Speech Communication & Rhetoric

Speech Communication and Rhetoric

The capacity to speak sits at the heart of politics, human rights and culture. Speech Communication and Rhetoric is an ideal course of study for students interested in politics, philosophy, literature, law, business and public advocacy.

How does language shape everyday activities like law making, social protest and technological innovation? How are political controversies created and resolved with words? How are words used to challenge institutions and create political change?

With its emphasis on both theory and practice, the Speech Communication and Rhetoric minor is a rigorous and flexible way to explore the power and possibilities of written and spoken discourse. Each course in the program affords an opportunity to develop skills in argumentation, public advocacy and ethical communication.

Graduate students in the program have the opportunity to delve deeper in rhetorical theory and gain insight into the ways in which speech influences everyday life, energizes public debate and fosters new forms of political and social engagement.

Rooted in a rich tradition of scholarship, the Speech Communication and Rhetoric program is committed to interdisciplinary inquiry that advances critical understanding of human discourse and expression. To that end, the Program sponsors a biannual Conference on Rhetorical Theory, promoting collaboration and critical interdisciplinary dialogue about the possibilities of rhetoric.

Read more about our Program here.