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Liberal Arts (L A)

L A 101H (GWS) Honors Rhetoric and Civic Life (4) Within a liberal arts framework and with attention to public discourse-- speaking, writing, online communication, and visual presentation--this course instructs students in the arts, practices, and principles of rhetoric.

L A 101H Honors Rhetoric and Civic Life (4)

This course offers students comprehensive training in oral, written, visual, and digital communication for the twenty-first century. It unites these various modes under the flexible art of rhetoric and uses the pedagogies associated with the rhetorical tradition both to strengthen communication skills and to sharpen critical awareness of the challenges and advantages presented by oral, written, visual, and digital modes. Students will read about and discuss rhetorical concepts and situations and put their knowledge immediately to use by analyzing civic rhetoric on campus and in their communities (including their networked communities), by researching current issues, and by developing and presenting arguments in oral, written, visual, and digital form.

The course is designed (although not required) for first-year Schreyer Honors College students and Paterno Fellows aspirants in the College of the Liberal Arts. In other words, it appeals to students with well developed communication abilities who might otherwise take English 30 and/or CAS 100H. It is aimed at developing students' skills in composing and delivering purposeful and effective texts. Whether or not those discourses are delivered verbally or visually (on paper, electronically, or orally), students will draw on established rhetorical canons of invention, arrangement, style, memory (tapping the resources of stored knowledge, such as the library), and delivery. Students will also become fluent in the rhetorical appeals of ethos, logos, and pathos in order to shape texts that are ethical yet purposeful. To meet these goals, students will meet in small classes (of no more than twenty students), where they will receive guided instruction in writing, public speaking, and the use of technology in order to learn the distinctive features of oral, written, visual, and electronic rhetoric. Staff for the course will be experienced full time faculty and advanced doctoral candidates in rhetoric drawn from English and CAS.

This course will satisfy the Gen Ed Writing/Speaking (GWS) requirement for Schreyer Honors College students and aspiring Paterno Liberal Arts Fellows. Because this four-credit course will substitute for the six-credit ENGL 015/030 plus CAS 100 requirement, students who complete LA 101 will need to take an additional two credits somewhere in order to complete graduation requirements.

General Education: GWS
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Fall 2009

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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