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Ph.D. in Rhetoric History & Highlights

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.

Emphasis areas: Communication Ethics and Crisis in the Public Sphere, Rhetoric of Technology, and Integrated Marketing Communication/Corporate Communication.

Distinctive features: A scholar-teacher model of inquiry and constructive hermeneutics guided by rhetoric and philosophy attentive to communication ethics, history, and ongoing practical application.

Learning environment: Rooted within the Catholic Intellectual Tradition, the Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies offers a praxis approach (theory informed action) to ground the application of communicative practices in theoretical insights. This commitment embraces the department's two-fold mission: (1) to "Walk the Humanities into the Marketplace" with (2) "the Ethical Difference."

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

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