In the fall of 1910, Syracuse University inaugurated the Department of Oratory - one of the nation’s first academic programs devoted to the study of communication and rhetoric. In the intervening 100 years, that department became part of the School of Speech and Dramatic Arts, then the Department of Speech Communication, and now continues as the Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies.
Students and faculty in the discipline of communication and rhetorical studies (CRS) focus on communicative discourse and its interactional consequences. Students in the communication and rhetorical studies major develop a set of specific professional communication skills, including group and teamwork, interpersonal relationship management, argumentation, conflict management, interviewing, public speaking, leadership, listening, and critical skills. As important as skill development is, the study of communication also involves a sophisticated understanding of communication processes such as context and culture. Examples include studying communication practices of organizations, families, politics, public discourse, popular culture, social movements, and cross-cultural interaction.
Citizen Participation, Metadiscourse and Accountability: A Public Hearing on a Zoning Change for Wal-Mart, Richard Buttny
Wal-Mart’s presentation to the community: Discursive practices in mitigating risk, limiting public participation, and developing a relationship, Richard Buttny
Drawing on the words of others at public hearings: Zoning, Wal-Mart, and the threat to the aquifer, Richard Buttny and Jodi R. Cohen
Accounts of violence from Arabs and Israelis on ABC-TV’s panel discussion from Jerusalem, Richard Buttny and Donald G. Ellis