As a Ph.D. rhetoric student in Duquesne’s Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies, you will become trained in the nuances of classical rhetoric, modern rhetorical theory, political rhetoric and how rhetoric comes to bear in the digital, cultural and political landscapes of our time.
You’ll become an expert in the art and study of using language effectively and persuasively in order to influence, inform or persuade an audience—developing a deep understanding of how different forms of communication can be used to create meaning and influence. You’ll discover how language and communication shape our perception of the world and how we interact with others.
Atop a broad liberal arts foundation, you will explore communication research and development, technical and professional communication and ways in which the skills you curate through your degree will prepare you for life after graduation.
As a Ph.D. student in this program, you will be invited into a learning environment attentive to narrative ground and the historical moment, where you will learn to discern and offer answers to questions confronting the human condition from the perspective of a humanities-grounded rhetoric and philosophy of communication.
As a part of the next generation of communication professors going on to educate undergraduate students, you will find yourself well prepared for a life of intellectual pursuit, academia and rhetorical exploration.