Public Speaking

English 155: Public Speaking (3 credits) focuses on the theories of rhetoric, the work of developing and preparing a speech and on the art and skill of delivering various kinds of oral presentations.  The assignments will: a) Introduce students to the traditions, theories and core principles of public speaking, from Aristotle’s Rhetoric to Cicero to Kenneth Burke; b) Engage them in the five-part “canon of rhetoric” for developing speeches; c) Give them opportunities to develop and deliver several different types of classic speeches, both as a speaker and as a speechwriter. English 155 is usually offered in the spring semester.