Welcome to USF’s Rhetoric and Language Department faculty resource website. This website houses departmental newsletters, syllabi guidelines, course resources, archives of faculty development, and more! As we continue to support our students, as well as develop, revise, and reimagine our roles as teachers in these times, it might be helpful to consider the mission of our department and the program learning outcomes for guidance.

Mission Statement
The mission of the Rhetoric Program in the Department of Rhetoric and Language is to teach all University of San Francisco students to communicate effectively and ethically in academic, civic, and professional contexts. Through our classes, service, and co-curricular activities, we advance the Jesuit ideal of eloquentia perfecta–reason and eloquence in writing, speaking, and languaging–and guide our students as they learn to engage critically with the texts that influence their beliefs, values, and actions.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the rhetoric program, students will be able to:

  1. Explain and apply rhetorical concepts, theories, and principles in the process of analyzing various texts and rhetorical situations.
  2. Produce research-driven written, oral, and digital communication that demonstrates awareness, knowledge, and application of rhetorical concepts.
  3. Evaluate the ethics and effectiveness of their own and others’ communication in academic, civic, and professional situations.
  4. Articulate and interpret their own rhetorical/languaging choices and composing processes.

Please note: Downloading documents are strictly for Department Faculty Members. All documents are in a Google Drive Folder and department members were given access. Please make sure you are logged into your USF email account to access. If you are a new faculty, please get access from the Program Assistant before attempting to access.