Department of Communication Studies
CAS 3080 Great American Speakers
This course critically examines selected U.S. American speeches using critical rhetorical analysis. Each speech is evaluated in its historical, cultural and media context that includes an examination of U.S. American ideology and democracy as expressed thematically throughout historical time periods. Persuasive models (Aristotle, Burke, Black, Foss, and others) are used to critique the rhetorical skills and strategies of each speech. Students will analyze the influence and effectiveness of the examples of great speeches on public policy and civic engagement in each era of speech.