Rhetoric Programs in Europe (BA/MA)
If you know of any programs or courses in rhetoric not on the list (in alphabetical order according to country), please let us know.
Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB)
The Master in French and Romance Languages and Literatures (Master en langues et literature française et romanes) offers a few courses on rhetoric, including “Théories et pratiques de la rhétorique”.
The BA in Information and Communication offers a course on “Rhétorique et argumentation”.
Catholic University Leuven (KU Leuven)
KU Leuven in Antwerpen offers a BA-level course on ‘Rhetoric and argumentation’ in the Bachelor Toegepaste Taalkunde (Applied Language Studies). Some courses in the master programs are linked to this introductory course, such as ‘Critical Text Analysis’ in the Master of Journalism, and ‘Speech Analysis’ in the Master of Interpreting.
The Faculteit Letteren in Leuven offers BA-level courses on rhetoric (eg. Latin & Greek Studies) Onderwijsaanbod – KU Leuven.
Ghent University (UGent)
Ghent University offers courses in rhetoric both on BA and MA level at the Classics Department, courses in persuasive communication at the Department of Communication Studies and modules on rhetorical criticism through courses on Cultural Studies at the Department of Educational Studies.
The National Academy for Theater and Film Arts (NATFA) “Krastyo Sarafov” offers a Master’s Degree in Public Speaking. The programme offers a variety of theoretical courses and training on public, media and virtual communication.
Sofia University “Kliment Ohridski”
Sofia University offers a Master’s Degree in Rhetoric. The programme offers a variety of historical, critical, practical and business oriented courses.
The University of Copenhagen
Section of Rhetoric at Department of Communication at the University of Copenhagen offers a full university education in rhetoric with programmes at the BA, MA, and PhD levels. The faculty cover a range of fields of expertise including the history of rhetoric, rhetorical writing, and rhetorical criticism, protest rhetoric, and new materialism and offer courses in topics such as oral rhetoric, rhetoric in society, rhetorical argumentation, rhetorical innovation, debate culture and rhetorical citizenship. The notion of rhetorical citizenship undergirds the programs at the BA and MA levels.
Aarhus University offers elective subjects on a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree level, a seperate Master’s Programme as well as a Master’s Degree in continuing education. The Master’s Programme offers MA-level courses in narrative rhetoric, argumentation, dialogue, new media, genre studies, speech writing and the rhetorical tradition.
University of Jyväskylä
The Department of Communication at University of Jyväskylä has a Speech Communication Centre offering degrees from the BA to the PhD. The Centre has three core areas of research: 1) Learning communication skills and developing communication competence, 2) Interpersonal communication in private and working life, and 3) Technologically mediated communication. According the centre’s website, “education in rhetoric, and particularly in pronunciation, use of the voice, and oral interpretation, merged into the so-called Finnish language movement. Education in oral interpretation and rhetoric was consolidated in almost every university in Finland in the 1950s. The title speech communication was first used at the University of Jyväskylä in the 1980s.”
University of Marburg
The University of Marburg offers a Master’s Degree in Speech Science with a specialization either in Phonetics or Speech Communication. The latter has a strong orientation towards rhetorical studies and performance studies/oral interpretation.
University of Tübingen
The University of Tübingen offers Bachelor and Master programs in Rhetoric (“Allgemeine Rhetorik”). The courses cover a wide variety of historical and theoretical issues such as “Rhetorical Analysis and rhetorical production”, “Ancient rhetoric”, “Transformations of rhetoric in history”, “Contemporary rhetorical theory” etc. The program also includes practical courses on text composition and media production.
University of Amsterdam
The University of Amsterdam has two Masters Programs for those interested in studying rhetoric and argumentation. The University offers both a Master in Philosophy with a Discourse and Argumentation Studies Track and a Master in Rhetoric, Argumentation and Philosophy.
Leiden University offers a minor in bachelor (10 ECTS) with courses on classical rhetoric and rhetorical theory.
University of Oslo
In 2002 the University of Oslo established an undergraduate programme in rhetoric and communication, with a strong discourse- and conversational analysis component. In 2007 a full five years master programme was created, opening as well for PhD-students in rhetoric. Among the courses are: ”Ancient Rhetoric”, ”Modern Rhetoric”, ”Conversation Analysis”, ”Discourse Analysis”
University of Bergen
In 2003 an undergraduate programme in rhetoric was established at the University of Bergen. Among the courses are: ”Rhetoric – Introduction to theory and Practice”, ”Classical rhetoric”, ”Media Rhetoric”, ”Visual Rhetoric”, ”Scandinavican Rhetorical Studies”, ”Rhetoric in Literature and Literary Theory”, ”Rhetorical Argumentation”. Media Studies also offer courses in rhetoric: Rhetoric and strategic communication, Media rhetoric, and Strategic communication.
University of Warsaw
The Department of Rhetorics and Media offers Master programme in rhetoric.
Catholic University of Lublin
The University of Lublin offers a BA degree in Applied Rhetoric.
At Lunds University’s Department of Communication and Media, students can earn a degree in rhetoric on all levels up to and including a PhD. Some undergraduate courses and all advanced level courses are offered in English. Undergraduates can take courses on practical rhetoric, theory, history, rhetorical criticism, rhetorical didactics and methods, as well as special area study courses such as cross cultural rhetoric, the history of propaganda, and the rhetoric of death and dying. Lund offers 2nd cycle courses on such themes as the history of rhetoric, contemporary rhetorical theory, democratic participation, and the rhetoric of science.
Södertörn University offers an undergraduate programme in rhetoric with two specializations: one towards rhetorical pedagogy and counselling, the other towards political rhetoric and sustainable development. Among the courses are: “Rhetorical Didactics”, “Writing courses”, “Rhetorical Field Studies”, “Language, Power, and Social Identity”, “Rhetoric Project Management”, “Rhetoric and Society”, and “Science Communication”.
The Department of Literature at Uppsala University offers an undergraduate as well as a graduate programme in rhetoric. Among the undergraduate courses are Rhetorical Criticism, Political Rhetoric, Rhetoric and the Media, Contemporary Rhetorical Research Problems. At the graduate level Uppsala offers courses such as: The Concepts and Ideas of Classical Rhetoric, Theory and Method of Rhetorical Research.
At Örebro University, the section of Rhetoric together with the English and Swedish sections offer a joined BA programme in Language, Rhetoric and Communicative Leadership with courses taught in both English and Swedish. Students who select the Rhetoric track attend courses on the basic concepts of classical and modern rhetoric, rhetorical argumentation, visual rhetoric, as well as rhetorical leadership. At the same time, students train in public speaking and debating.
Lectures and workshops on basic rhetorical concepts and presentation skills are offered to students attending various BA programmes outside the Department of Humanities, such as Law, Social Sciences, Engineering, and Medical Sciences.
Royal Halloway, University of London
The Centre for Oratory and Rhetoric in the Department of Classics offers a Master of Research programme in Rhetoric, the only research-based programme of its kind in the UK. The emphasis is on the progressive development of skills of analysis and independent research, as well as on more creative work (e.g. the composition of a speech). The programme offers preparation for research at PhD level and for a wide range of other careers involving rhetoric or communication, and can also be taken as continuous professional development by those already in careers such as law, business, media, or medicine.
University of Central Lancashire
The School of Journalism, Media and Communication at University of Central Lancashire offers a MA in Rhetoric.