Speech courses

The Speech component of the Institute for Writing and Rhetoric at Dartmouth College reflects Speech at its best. We've created a forum for dynamic conversations to push our thinking about Speech and other forms of communication. You'll find this spirit of curiosity and enthusiasm reflected in how we talk about, think about, write about, and do Speech. You'll also see our commitment to Speech through our thoughtfully designed courses that help students to become more confident, more effective, more informed communicators.

Speech Outcomes

Speech courses equip students to be able to achieve the following: 

1. Critically analyze and evaluate communication (written, oral, and/or multimodal) using various methods of rhetorical analysis. 

2. Construct and present oral arguments with rhetorical goals including (but not limited to) informing and persuading. 

3. Understand, and when applicable apply and extend, communication theory, concepts or models, critically engaging theory into practice in societal contexts. 

4. Critically examine evidence for possible use in messages. 

5. Reflect through their rhetorical choices an understanding of responsible communication ethics. 

6. Explore connections between speaking and writing clearly, including similarities and differences among modes of communication. 

7. Practice the exploration and dynamics of speechmaking, identifying processes, products, and relationships between processes and products.