Rhetoric and Public Communication

Rhetorical studies offers a broad overview of research in the classical as well as contemporary rhetorical traditions. The department offers graduate courses in rhetorical theory and criticism, contemporary speakers and speeches, communication ethics, political communication in America, the rhetoric of controversy, methods of rhetorical criticism, theory and uses of argument and rhetorical approaches to social movements. The seminars may focus on such topics as presidential rhetoric and communication and gender.

Rhetoric Graduate Courses

For course descriptions please go to the online graduate course catalog.

503. FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND COMMUNICATION ETHICS (3)

519. POLITICAL COMMUNICATION IN AMERICA (3)

600. THE CLASSICAL TRADITION IN RHETORICAL THEORY (3)

602. CONTEMPORARY RHETORICAL THEORY (3)

603. SEMINAR IN PUBLIC RHETORIC (3)

604. METHODS OF RHETORICAL CRITICISM (3)

605. THEORY AND USES OF ARGUMENT (3)

606. COMMUNICATION ETHICS (3)

619. SEMINAR IN PRESIDENTIAL RHETORIC (3)

620. RHETORICAL APPROACHES TO SOCIAL MOVEMENTS (3)

640. SEMINAR IN COMMUNICATION AND GENDER (3)

760. SEMINAR IN RHETORIC (3)

Contact Us

Kathleen Valde
Director of Graduate Studies
Watson Hall 205
(815) 753-7106
kvalde@niu.edu 

Office Support Specialist
Reavis Hall 107
(815) 753-1925