The Wabash College Rhetoric Departmenthas a long and illustrious record in teaching the principles and practice of rhetoric to generations of Wabash men. We define rhetoric as the ethical study and use of symbols (verbal and nonverbal) to publicly address controversial issues. We offer coursework devoted to the rhetoric utilized in legal, political, sports, and media contexts as well as in classical and contemporary time periods. We also offer a strong program of co-curricular activities that includes both on- and off-campus public speaking events.
Studying rhetoric helps students become effective speakers, listeners, and writers; understand their roles as ethical actors and citizens; and analyze how a variety of texts function persuasively. Such preparation leads students into productive careers in professional, academic, and legal contexts.