Department of English, College of LAS, University of Illinois


English Course Descriptions: Fall 2008

Rhetoric Courses

100 RHETORIC TUTORIAL

Tutoring in writing skills to be scheduled by individual tutors. Students placed in and registered for Rhetoric 101 or 102 must register for Rhetoric 100 each semester. Concurrent registration required in Rhetoric 101 or 102. 1 hour. May be repeated to a maximum of 2 hours.

101 COLLEGE WRITING, I

Instruction in structuring argumentative essays: concentrates on defining and focusing problems, creating arguments, and providing evidence in academic essays. This course is the first semester of a two-semester sequence (Rhetoric 101-102) that fulfills the Composition I requirement. Credit is not given for both Rhetoric 101 and 103.

Prerequisite: placement in Rhetoric 101; concurrent registration required in Rhetoric 100 (tutorial). 3 hours.

102 COLLEGE WRITING, II

Continued instruction in structuring argumentative essays: reviews the work in Rhet 101 and concentrates on providing support for arguments and elements of style. Students will write a research paper in this course. Second semester of a two-semester sequence (Rhetoric 101-102) that fulfills the Composition I requirement. Credit is not given for both Rhetoric 102 and either Rhetoric 104 or Rhetoric 105.

Prerequisite: Rhetoric 101; concurrent registration required in Rhetoric 100 (tutorial). 3 hours.

103 COLLEGE COMPOSITION, I

Instruction in structuring argumentative essays: concentrates on defining and focusing problems, creating arguments, and providing evidence in academic essays. This is the first semester of a two-semester sequence (Rhetoric 103-104) that satisfies the Composition I requirement. Credit is not given for both Rhetoric 101 and Rhetoric 103.

Prerequisite: Placement in Rhetoric 103. 3 hours.

104 COLLEGE COMPOSITION, II

Continued instruction in structuring argumentative essays: reviews the work in Rhet 103 and concentrates on providing support for arguments and elements of style. Students will write a research paper in this course. This is the second semester of a two-semester sequence (Rhetoric 103-104) that satisfies the Composition I requirement. Credit is not given for both Rhetoric 104 and either Rhetoric 102 or Rhetoric 105.

Prerequisite: Rhetoric 103. 3 hours.

105 PRINCIPLES OF COMPOSITION

Rhetoric 105 is designed to develop students’ academic writing skills through frequent writing practice, particularly with writing analytic and argumentative essays based on course readings and outside sources. Emphasis will be on thesis, organization, drafting, and revising. All sections require 30 typed pages of finished writing, typically divided into 4-7 essays and a formal research paper. There is no final exam. Course size is limited to 22 students. This course fulfills the campus Composition I requirement.

233 PRINCIPLES OF COMPOSITION

This course gives further practice in exposition, with an emphasis on organization, paragraphing, and sentence structure. Other topics appropriate for this class are critical reading techniques, sexism in language, finding and evaluating sources, responding to readings, anticipating your audience, planning and shaping a draft, argumentation and documentation, receiving and incorporating feedback, revision, and editing. Rhetoric 233 is designed for the student whose career will require competence in writing clear, precise prose as an adjunct to another professional activity. Maximum class size is 22 students. Students will write 5-6 expository essays during the course of the semester, together with other, shorter assignments; several of the essays will be revised at least once. Students will produce a minimum of 25 pages of finished writing. Some papers will involve research, but there is no formal research paper required. Prerequisite: completion of campus Composition 1 requirement. This course fulfills the campus Advanced Composition requirement.

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243 INTERMEDIATE EXPOSITORY WRITING

Rhetoric 243 is reserved for rhetoric majors. This course will give further practice in expository writing, with emphasis on style and critical analysis. Appropriate topics for Rhetoric 243 include incorporating nonfiction prose sources smoothly into arguments, audience analysis, and writing in different contexts. Students should leave Rhetoric 243 with a fairly polished nonfiction prose style, particularly in argument. Maximum class size is 22 students. Students will write 5-6 expository essays during the course of the semester, together with other, shorter assignments; several of the essays will be revised at least once. Students will produce a minimum of 25 pages of finished writing. Some papers will involve research, but no formal research paper is required. Prerequisite: completion of campus Composition I requirement. This course fulfill the campus Advanced Composition requirement.