Course Information

Instructor: Teresa Hamilton Email:

Office Location: 120 Burrowes Building, Desk B.

Office hours Monday 9:30-10:30 and Thursday 10-12 (walk-ins)

Section 3- 308 Willard  Lab 202 Chambers

Section 4 -105 Wartik   Lab 205 Chambers

Textbooks and Readings:

The Essential Guide to Rhetoric. Keith and Lundberg. ISBN: 9780312472399

The Hodges Harbrace Handbook. Glenn and Gray. IBSN: 9781337375214

Penn State Rhetoric and Civic Life RCL  for Student Sample Work


Rhetoric and Civic Life, a two-semester honors course, offers comprehensive training in oral, written, visual, and digital communication for the twenty-first century. It unites these various modes under the flexible art of rhetoric and uses rhetoric both to strengthen communication skills and to sharpen awareness of the challenges and advantages presented by oral, written, visual, and digital modes.

In this course, the second of a two-part sequence, students will hone their rhetorical skills within the context of civic life by 1) developing stances and persuasive arguments 2) learning to deliberate effectively and 3) crafting advocacy appeals with attention to mode of delivery.