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History & Highlights

History

Duquesne University's Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies is the only program from a Catholic university to offer a Ph.D. in Rhetoric that is affiliated with the National Communication Association.

Program Timeline:

  • 2002: Ph.D. program approved by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  • 2004: Biennial Communication Ethics Conference moved to Duquesne University
  • 2011: Inaugural Annual Richard H. Thames Teaching Award
  • 2012: Inaugural Annual Wilhelm Wurtzer Scholarship Award
  • 2013: First Biennial Philosophy of Communication Conference held at Duquesne University
  • 2013: Inaugural D. Clark Edwards Service Award
  • 2015: The first Richard L. Lanigan Philosophy of Communication Scholar Award presented to Calvin O. Schrag

Highlights

We invite you to learn about the program highlights for our faculty, graduate students (current/ former), and alumni: