Zac Parker

    Zac Parker completed a Rhetoric major, as well as a major in Philosophy at Whitman. A dedicated member of the forensics team, Zac graduated in 2015 and is currently pursuing a graduate degree in the field at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Samantha Grainger-Shuba

Samantha Grainger-Shuba completed a Rhetoric major at Whitman in 2016. Sam's senior thesis, "'This Is Not a Legal Proceeding': Deconstructing the New Title IX," was awarded the National Communication Association's 2016 James Golden Oustanding Student Essay in Rhetoric award, as well as the Southern States Communication Association's Franklin Shirley Award for Best Undergraduate Paper. Sam will take a year off before pursuing graduate work in rhetorical studies.


The majority of graduate programs in rhetorical studies are part of larger communication studies programs, while some are part of English departments or broader programs in the liberal arts and digital humanities. A few graduate programs in rhetorical studies are listed here.

Arizona State University School of Human Communication

Baylor University Department of Communication Studies

Colorado State University Department of Communication Studies

Northwestern University School of Communication

The Pennsylvania State University Department of Communication Arts and Sciences

The Pennsylvania State University Rhetoric and Composition Program

University of Pennsylvania Annenberg School for Communication

San Diego State Department of Communication Studies

Syracuse University Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies

University of California at Berkeley Rhetoric Program

University of Illinois Department of Communication

University of Kansas Department of Communication Studies

University of Minnesota Department of Communication Studies

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill Department of Communication Studies

University of Pittsburgh Department of Communication Studies

University of South Carolina Speech and Rhetoric Program

University of Southern California Annenberg School of Communication

University of Texas Department of Communication Studies

University of Washington Department of Communication

University of Wisconsin at Madison Rhetoric Program

Wake Forest University Department of Communication

Wayne State University Department of Communication Studies