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Rhetoric and Politics

The doctoral program in Rhetoric and Politics in the Department of Communication was ranked #3 among “top up and coming rhetoric programs” in 2004. It is specifically designed to provide students with the conceptual and methodological tools to study all forms of public persuasion. Faculty in this area specialize in rhetorical theory and criticism, international social movements and protest, national identity studies, presidential rhetoric, and political communication.

The doctorate in Rhetoric and Politics is designed to give students a solid foundation in rhetorical theory and criticism, along with innovative and often interdisciplinary approaches to the study of public address. Our program encourages theoretically rigorous, historically grounded work in rhetorical studies.

Our doctoral students are very active in the professional organizations in our field. They have presented conference papers at the annual meetings of the National Communication Association, ALTA, the Rhetoric Society of America, and the Southern States Communication Association.

The city of Atlanta is home to the Martin Luther King, Jr., Center for Nonviolent Social Change, the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). A major world media center, Atlanta also offers students in the doctoral program a wealth of opportunities. Georgia State is within walking distance of CNN, Turner Broadcasting System (TBS) and the Atlanta Journal Constitution.