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Rhetoric, Ethics, and Social Justice

Within the Rhetoric, Ethics & Social Justice concentration, students learn what makes persuasion possible say they can effectively communicate in personal, professional, and academic settings. Having this knowledge adds immense value to students who leave our program knowing what works and what fails in the processes of ethically shaping the thoughts, feelings, and actions of others in today’s fast-paced, interconnected, digital communication environment.

History of the Role of Persuasion in Politics
The Influence of Culture, Including Identities Constructed Through Race, Gender, and Class
Persuasion and Its Place in a Civil Society
Arguing, Debating, and the Place of Dialogue in an Ethical Society
How Sports as Persuasive
The Relationship Between Rhetoric and Philosophy
Understanding How Film and Television Influence

In my courses and in my research I like to examine how peoples’ decisions are influenced, especially through their relationships to sports (as participants and consumers) and politics. I do not think rhetoric is as much about the direct influence of a speaker over an audience (I say this and you do it as long as my speech is good), but rather see rhetoric as the words, images, and feelings that impact people and inform the choices they make.

Social Media Marketing and Content Generation
Public and Private Sector Communications Consulting (helping companies communicate better internally and externally)
Media Relations within Athletics, Local/State/National Government, Political Campaigning, and Other Sectors
Social Movement Organization, Deployment, and Campaigning
Human Resources
Branding for Organizations and Individuals


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