Areas of Study


Rhetoric is the study of writing and speaking effectively. Students who pursue rhetoric through the Professional and Public Writing concentration of the English major or the Communication and Public Advocacy minor develop critical and creative communication skills for verbal, written, and digital engagements. These skills take shape in courses ranging in focus from argumentation to visual rhetoric, popular culture to critical theory, games studies to technical writing.

Rhetoric faculty

Indiana University’s Rhetoric faculty study and teach the history, practice, and theory of rhetoric, communications, composition, and public speech. Among them you’ll find renowned experts on the rhetoric of games and sports, hermeneutics and interpretation, digital rhetorics, multilingualism, and global English—among other topics of fascination.