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, rhetoric146s role in civic life, and rhetoric146s relation 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.
Rhetoric in the Ancient World
The history of rhetorical theory and practice from 500 BCE to 500 CE. Focus on Greek and Roman rhetorics' relation to politics, law, religion, philosophy, liberal education and culture along with an examination of ancient rhetorics' influence on medieval rhetoric. Readings include selections from the sophists, Isocrates, Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, Quintilian, Tacitus, and Augustine.
U.S. Public Address 1630-1865
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.
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.