Course Information


“I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept.” –Angela Davis



Instructor: Teresa Hamilton Email:

Office Location: 120 Burrowes Building, Desk B.

Office hours Tuesday 3:00-5:00 and Wednesday 10:00-12:00

9:05-10:20  Section 9 (101 Leonard Building)

10:35-11:50 Section 10 (018 Henderson Building)

1:35-2:50  Section 12 (371 Willard Building)

Textbooks and Readings:

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

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.