rhetoric Professors Davis, Deal, Hardy, K. Weese; Associate Professors Perry, VarholyL; Senior Lecturers Robbins, Schooling; Assistant Professors Euteneuer, Gleason, Horne, Nace; Visiting Assistant Professors Buckley, Greene, Kays Director: Katherine J. Weese The requirements for a minor in Rhetoric are 19 hours, including Rhetoric 102, 210, 301, and 310. Students must also complete two courses from the following group: Rhetoric 360, Rhetoric 370, and English 380. Finally, students must take Rhetoric 481 during the fall or spring semester of their senior year. Students completing the Rhetoric minor who elect also to complete the Creative Writing minor (see under English) are allowed a one course overlap (Rhetoric 301). RHETORIC 100. (3) INTRODUCTION TO GRAMMAR AND COMPOSITION. This course emphasizes basic sentence grammar-parts of speech, sentence types, sentence combining, and major errors in sentence construction-and the basic elements of compositionthesis development, paragraphing, and selection and organization of evidence. Students also develop vocabulary and reading skills. Prerequisite: consent of the Director of the Rhetoric Program. RHETORIC 101-102. (3-3) PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICE OF GOOD WRITING. In this course students learn and practice the skills they need to write well. The course emphasizes reading, clear thinking, composing, revising, and editing, and in the process prepares students for other courses that demand careful reading, thinking, and writing. The course also provides a foundation of skills necessary to pass the Rhetoric Proficiency Examination. Prerequisite: for Rhetoric 101, none; for Rhetoric 102, Rhetoric 101, or consent of the Director.
RHETORIC 200. (0) PROFICIENCY TUTORIAL. (No credit-equal to a three-hour course.) This is a tutorial course designed for those students who have not passed the timed Rhetoric Proficiency Examination after three attempts or have completed the equivalent of six semesters of enrollment without passing the examination. During the semester students review the principles of sound argumentative prose under the tutelage of an instructor and write three essays. Receiving a grade of Satisfactory on the three essays constitutes a demonstration of proficiency in writing and so satisfies the College’s Rhetoric Proficiency Examination requirement. RHETORIC 210. (3) PUBLIC SPEAKING. A good person is a good citizen, and a good citizen is an ethical, confident speaker. Rhetoric 210 introduces students to the art of public speaking and civil discourse. Emphasis is placed on crafting intelligent and compelling arguments that unite—rather than divide—an audience. Over the course of the semester students deliver informative and persuasive speeches that incorporate foundational rhetorical techniques, theories, and figures of speech. In addition, students critique their own work and the work of their peers. Students’final grades in the course reflect both oral and written work. Prerequisite: none. RHETORIC 301. (3) CREATIVE NONFICTION. This course is a workshop/seminar that helps students refine their writing skills. Students also read and analyze works of nonfiction prose in order to discover how one writes most effectively about complex issues and how writers develop a personal style and voice. Prerequisite: Rhetoric 102.