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.
Assistant Professor of Communication Elizabeth Benacka and her two Richter scholars are investigating Stephen Colbert’s use of satire as a rhetorical device.
The Professor Footnote podcast was started late last year as a way to further discussion about “the wealth of creative and academic work that exists in the world and makes that world and its conversations more interesting.” Park was quoted several times in the episode titled “60 Years of Seduction: Fredric Wertham and the Comic Book Code of 1954.”