Rhetoric and Public Address

The Classical Western Art of Rhetoric

Serious civic conversation and meaningful debate depend on rational and thoughtful rhetoric. That’s why eloquence in public discourse—and more generally, communication—has always been an essential part of the classical liberal arts education. Our program emphasizes Western civilization’s greatest thinkers and orators to help you master the art of rhetoric from its ancient roots to its current place in modern communication. With minors in Rhetoric, Organizational Communication, and Media Studies, Hillsdale ensures you’ll graduate as a more compelling speaker, masterful thinker, and responsible critic. Hone those skills in our nationally recognized forensics programs in debate, individual events, mock trial, and our annual, all-campus oratory competition. Rhetoric and Public Address is offered as both a major and minor.

The Edward Everett Prize

Everett Oratory Winners

The Edward Everett Prize in Oratory encourages and fosters the spoken word. Open to all Hillsdale College students of good standing, regardless of major or year in school, the contest features cash prizes of $3,000, $2,000, and $1,000 to the top three finishers.

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Competitive Speaking

Mock Trial Team

Hillsdale College offers three distinct opportunities for students interested in pursuing speech at a competitive-level: the debate, individual events, and mock trial teams.

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Lambda Pi Eta

Lambda Pi Eta members group photo.

This national speech and communications honorary was established under the auspices of the National Communication Association in 1984.

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Pi Kappa Delta

Edward Everett Prize, Ryan Murphy, '18 Pi Kappa Delta is an honorary consisting of educators, students, and alumni that cultivates articulate citizenship which seeks to expand access to intercollegiate speech and debate activities.

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