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COM-101

Public Speaking

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.

COM-201

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.

COM-315

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.

COM-316

U.S. Publc Address 1866-Prsnt

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 end of the Civil War to the present. 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.

COM-412

International Women's Rhetoric

Analysis of speeches given by women in the international community about their conditions and their circumstances. Exploring the historical, socio-political, and cultural contexts of speeches by women to understand the rhetorical strategies and effects of their messages.

COM-435

Race, Class, & Gender in Media

Examining how social perceptions of race, gender, and class are influenced by the mass media. The social connections between and among representations in print, film, electronic, digital media, institutional practices, and our experience of race, gender and class.

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