Study of the fundamental principles and strategies of informative, persuasive, and ceremonial speaking. Emphasis on how to research, organize, and deliver a speech. The ethical, political, and social character of public speaking is also examined. Students perform a variety of speeches and oral exercises and serve as speech critics and interlocutors.
Study of the precepts, theories, strategies, and ethics of argument. Students critically analyze arguments found in speeches, public debates and controversies, newspaper articles and editorials, television news programs, and scholarly texts. Students write argumentative essays, present argumentative speeches, and engage in class debates.
Introduction to Rhetoric
Topical survey of the major questions and controversies in rhetorical theory, criticism, and practice. Topics include: classical canons of rhetoric, the�role of rhetoric�in civic life, and the relationship of rhetoric to power, politics, law, education, and ethics. Readings may include selections from Isocrates, Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, Quintilian, Nietzsche, Burke, Toulmin, Perelmen, Habermas, Foucault, White, Allen, and others.
Survey of the major methods of rhetorical criticism, including neo-Aristotelianism, dramatism, social movement rhetoric, close textual analysis, and others. Topics include: the theoretical underpinnings of these methods, examining the nature of rhetorical texts, analyzing scholarly essays employing these methods, and writing and presenting essays based on critical analysis of rhetorical texts.
Rhetoric in the Ancient World
The history of rhetorical theory and practice from 500 BCE to 500 CE. Focus on Greek and Roman relationship of rhetoric to politics, law, religion, philosophy, liberal education and culture along with an examination of the influcence of ancient rhetoric�on medieval rhetoric. Readings include selections from the sophists, Isocrates, Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, Quintilian, Tacitus, and Augustine.
U.S. Public Address Until 1865
History and criticism of major U.S. speeches and rhetorical texts. Examination of a broad range of historical and rhetorical factors that influenced the construction and reception of speeches from the colonial period through the end of the Civil War. Focus on the political, religious, legal, and social exigencies to which the speeches responded, as well as the place of these rhetorical texts in U.S. public controversies.
Study of the history, theories, principles, and strategies of public advocacy in the process of social, political, economic, and legal change. Students examine case studies of advocacy campaigns, consider the ethical and ideological implications of such campaigns, and may engage in service-learning projects associated with a local integrated advocacy campaign.
Creation of various media on environmental and social justice issues that affect future generations. Students will use discussions with sustainability field experts and experiences with their natural environment to produce public advocacy campaigns. May Experience ONLY.
Sacred Rhetorical Traditions
Analysis of radical discourses and eloquence from divine or unspeakable truth. Emphasis is given to contemporary rhetorics that stem from mystic experiences, ancient contemplative practices, or prophetic traditions.
The ethical questions raised by the practice of human communication. The sources of ethical standards, methods of ethical criticism, and perspectives on the ethics of persuasion.
Lincoln Presidential Rhetoric
The public speeches of Abraham Lincoln are examined using close textual analysis and contextual history to understand persuasion, motives, and artistry in public discourse; to learn about Lincoln's life and times; and to understand his influence on slavery, the Civil War, and beyond.
Free Speech in Democracy Inc.
The seminar looks at speech economies from multiple perspectives. If attention is scarce thanks to digital media saturation, what happens to thought in a marketplace of ideas?" And when money gets involved
History of Ideas in Context II
Texts and ideas from a variety of disciplines and genres (including the humanities, fine arts, and political philosophy) in both Western and non-Western cultural contexts. Topics will vary.