Rhetoric is intended to provide an appreciation of the role of rhetoric in the creation and maintenance of human understanding; to promote exploration of the role of the symbol in the human condition; to foster an understanding of the role of communication media in contemporary society; and to enhance the ability to critique all forms of human communication. The Rhetoric Department works toward these ends in the context of a liberal arts environment.
Students who entered the University in Fall 2013 or earlier may complete the Rhetoric and Media Studies (RHET) major as described in the 2013-14 catalog, or may choose to complete the new Civic Communication and Media (CCM) major. Those choosing to complete the new major must first consult the CCM department chair.
Students who entered the University in Fall 2014 or later will complete the new Civic Communication and Media (CCM) major.
Willamette University Debate Union
The department hosts a speech and debate program for any College of Liberal Arts students interested in intercollegiate debate and speaking competition. Work and competition is under the guidance of the Director and Assistant Director of Debate. For additional information see Willamette University Debate Union in this catalog.