Students in the Department of Communication learn about two distinct areas of the discipline – rhetoric and media – and the intersections between the two. Beginning with the Greeks, students examine the history and theories of rhetoric and argument, which they use to analyze contemporary issues and controversies. Faculty also guide students through media history to current approaches in media, with both practical and analytical skills in radio and film. Students put these marketable skills to work through internships in the field, gaining valuable experience and a competitive edge.
“Racing/Sexing the Rhetorical Situation: Angela Davis’s Embodied Contextual Reconstruction,” is co-authored by Horwitz and Catherine Palczewski, and appears in Race and Hegemonic Struggle in the United States: Pop Culture, Politics, and Protest, edited by Mary E. Triece and Michael G. Lacy. Rowman & Littlefield, 2014.
Assistant Professor of Communication Elizabeth Benacka and her two Richter scholars are investigating Stephen Colbert’s use of satire as a rhetorical device.