English Course Descriptions: Fall 2011

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 academic, argumentative essays: concentrates on defining and focusing problems, creating arguments, and providing evidence gleaned from primary sources. Students will produce roughly 5000 words of polished prose. Maximum class size is 16 students. 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 academic, argumentative essays: reviews the work in Rhetoric 101, develops knowledge of principles of rhetoric, and concentrates on using primary and secondary sources to support arguments. Students will produce roughly 6000 words of polished prose. Maximum class size is 16 students. 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 academic, argumentative essays: concentrates on defining and focusing problems, creating arguments, and providing evidence gleaned from primary sources. Students will produce roughly 5000 words of polished prose. Maximum class size is 16 students. 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 academic, argumentative essays: reviews the work in Rhetoric 103, develops knowledge of principles of rhetoric, and concentrates on using primary and secondary sources to support arguments. Students will produce roughly 6000 words of polished prose. Maximum class size is 16 students. 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 writing practice, particularly with writing analytic and argumentative essays based on primary and secondary sources. Emphasis will be on invention, organization, drafting, and revising. All sections require 7500 words of polished, formal writing as well as frequent informal and in-process writing. 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 extension into more specialized forms of writing. Class activities include anticipating your audience, exploring stylistic choices, synthesizing and responding to material from multiple sources, planning and shaping a draft, receiving and incorporating feedback, revising, and editing. Rhetoric 233 is designed for the student whose career will require advanced competence in writing as an adjunct to another professional activity. Course size is limited to 24 students. Students will produce 7,500 words of polished prose as well as frequent in-process writing. Prerequisite: completion of campus Composition I requirement. This course fulfills the campus Advanced Composition requirement.

243 INTERMEDIATE EXPOSITORY WRITING

Rhetoric 243 is reserved for rhetoric majors. This course will give further and extensive practice in expository writing, with emphasis on style and critical analysis. Class activities include incorporating nonfiction prose sources smoothly into arguments, audience analysis, and writing in different contexts. Students should leave Rhetoric 243 with a polished nonfiction prose style, particularly in argument. Course size is limited to 24 students. Students will produce 7,500 words of polished prose as well as frequent in-process writing. Prerequisite: completion of campus Composition I requirement. This course fulfills the campus Advanced Composition requirement.

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