Duquesne University, Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies
The Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies integrates the mission of Duquesne University within its curriculum, recruitment, and program development, while simultaneously attending to disciplinary expectations for scholarly excellence. We invite students into a learning environment attentive to narrative ground and the historical moment. The Ph.D. in Rhetoric program seeks to discern and offer answers to questions confronting the human condition from a humanities grounded rhetoric and philosophy of communication perspective. The department educates the next generation of communication professors whose primary mission is to educate undergraduate students.
Areas of Study
- Communication Ethics and Crisis in the Public Sphere
- Integrated Marketing Communication/Corporate Communication
- Rhetoric of Technology
- Completion of a valid master's degree from an accredited institution, or its professional (J.D., M.D., etc.) equivalent.
- Demonstration of undergraduate and graduate study sufficient and appropriate to undertake doctoral study in the field of rhetoric and philosophy of communication.
- Submission of official transcripts, recording all baccalaureate and graduate work, and substantiating receipt of degrees.
- Submission of Graduate Record Examination scores; Verbal and Analytical scores are of greater concern than Quantitative scores.
- Submission of three letters of recommendation, at least two of which should be from academic sources.
- Completion of a statement describing why the Ph.D. Program in Rhetoric at Duquesne University is appropriate for your educational development as a teacher/scholar (not more than 500 words).
- Submission of a representative writing sample produced for an audience (a course paper or a published article).
- An official score report indicating satisfactory performance on TOEFL, when appropriate.
- Professor Pat Arneson, Ph.D., Ohio University
- Professor Ronald C. Arnett, Ph.D., Ohio University
- Assistant Professor Garnet C. Butchart, Ph.D., University of Massachusetts
- Visiting Instructor Sarah M. Deluliis, Ph.D., Duquesne University
- Professor Janie Harden Fritz, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin
- Associate Professor Erik Garrett, Ph.D., Purdue University
- Assistant Professor Craig T. Maier, Ph.D., Duquesne University
- Assistant Professor John Rief, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh
- Professor Kathleen G. Roberts, Ph.D., Indiana University
- Assistant Professor Inci Ozum Sayrak, Ph.D., University of Texas
- Associate Professor Richard H. Thames, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh
- Assistant Professor Anthony M. Wachs, Ph.D., Duquesne University
NCA Awards Received by Faculty and Students, 2000-present
- Kibler Memorial Award, 2006
- Haiman Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Freedom of Expression, 2013
- Distinguished Scholar Award, 2017