Speech at Dartmouth

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 forward our thinking about speech and other forms of communication.  This spirit of curiosity and enthusiasm is reflected in how we talk about, think about, write about, and do speech. 

We design our courses mindful of scholarship of learning and knowledge transfer so that we can discover with our students ways to become more confident, more effective, more informed communicators. We critically aim to engage theory into practice both in and out of the classroom.

From ancient rhetorical theory to contemporary disciplinary scholarship, readings of Aristotle to the commentary of present-day rhetorical, critical, and social science scholars, students in Speech courses embark on a rigorous course of study that equips them for a variety of rhetorical situations, across contexts, including advocacy campaigns, social movements, and persuasion analysis.