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Rhetoric

Hofstra University's Department of Rhetoric offers a liberal arts education that is designed to transform students into informed, skillful, and ethical communicators who will become leaders in their careers and their communities. Course offerings include speechwriting, debate, performance history, and intercultural communication, and blend theory, critical practice, and analysis to explore how meaning is created and shared in the social world. Students also have access to hundreds of internships on Long Island and in nearby New York City, and go on to successful careers in fields such as media, business, politics, government, and education. They become clear, sharp thinkers and eloquent orators for the things that matter to them most - personally, professionally, and politically.

Highlights of our program include:

  • A concentration in Political Communication for students interested in positions of leadership in civic life or advanced study in law, communications or public affairs.
  • A distinguished faculty of award-winning scholars of national and international repute who have ongoing research interests in political and intercultural communication, performance studies, cultural studies and popular culture, social movements, persuasion, and rhetoric.
  • Enriching experiences beyond the classroom walls including the Speech & Debate Team, the student-run club P.O.I.S.E. (Professional Organization in Speech Education), oratory competitions in persuasive speaking, and "Spotlight Performances" that highlight excellent student work at the end of each semester.

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