What is Rhetoric?

Rhetoric is the study and art of writing and speaking well, being persuasive, and knowing how to compose successful texts and presentations. From songs and speeches to tweets and Facebook posts, Rhetoric is actively shaping our experience and the world in which we live.

  • Professor speaking in front of class
  • Two students working on a problem together
  • Two students in conversation
  • A Professor lecturing in front of a white board
  • Two students in conversation


The Writing Center helps all in the University community improve their writing, including attitudes and self-confidence about writing.