We often get asked to name the best places to study rhetoric. Here’s an exchange from Ask Figaro. Rhetoric profs, feel free to weigh in. And we should add York College of Pennsylvania as a great rhetoric school. It hosted Figaro a few years ago. We also loved a recent visit to historic Hamden-Sydney College, which requires rhetoric of every student.
Great site! I love the posts. I’d like to get better at rhetoric/debate/writing. I’ve started both books Thank you for Arguing and Word Hero. Do you have any suggestions on college courses or further higher level education? Thanks!
Thanks for the kind words. Your best bet for rhetoric at college is at state universities such as Iowa State and Berkeley. Rhetoric education continues to grow at the public colleges, while it lags sadly behind in the elite private colleges. Go online and see what courses the schools offer. You may see courses and programs labeled “rhetoric” that actually have little to do with classical rhetoric. If the program doesn’t offer courses with Aristotle, Cicero and Quintilian, don’t apply. They’re not the sum total of a rhetoric education, but you can’t have an education in rhetoric without these foundational thinkers.
Oh, and avoid the Ivy League, which banished rhetoric many years ago and has yet to rediscover it. Does it seem strange that the most elite liberal arts schools fail to teach one of the original liberal arts? Does it seem weird that rhetoric, the art of leadership, remains missing even while Americans are questioning the expense and relevance of a liberal arts degree? It sure does to me.