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Rhetoric Course Offerings
Professors Bagby, Deis, Frye, Hardy, K. Weese; Associate Professors Davis, Deal, Rand, Varholy; Adjunct Associate Professors Cabas, D. O. Marion, Robbins, Schooling; Assistant Professors Nowlin, Perry; Visiting Assistant Professors Higginbotham, Weiss; Lecturer Wommack
Director: Lizabeth A. Rand
The requirements for a minor in Rhetoric are 18 hours, including Rhetoric 102, 210, 301, and 310. Students also need to complete one course from the following group: Rhetoric 401, Fine Arts 420, English 401, English 380, or Classical Studies 201. The final three hours are satisfied by one of the following courses: English 350 or 352, Fine Arts 208 or 308, Philosophy 102, Latin 411, French 305, German 402, Spanish 305 or 306, or other courses approved by the Director of the Rhetoric Program. Students completing the Rhetoric minor who elect also to complete the Creative Writing minor (see under English) are allowed a one course overlap.
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 composition-thesis 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 of 8-10 pages in length. 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. Students study the art of speaking in public. Students develop their abilities in the following areas: invention, arrangement, style, memory, and delivery. Emphasis is placed on learning the skills involved in speaking intelligibly, forcefully, and persuasively to an audience. During the course of the semester each student delivers four speeches. In addition, he critiques his own work and the work of his peers; he also analyzes several videotaped speeches from the "Great Speeches" series. He writes a mid-term examination that tests his knowledge of the principles of public speaking and his ability to analyze speeches. His final grade in the course reflects both his oral and his written work. Prerequisite: none.
RHETORIC 301. (3)
CREATIVE NONFICTION. This course is a workshop/seminar that helps students refine their writing skills. Students also experience reading and analyzing works of nonfiction prose, or "creative nonfiction," in order to discover how one writes most effectively about complex issues and how writers develop a personal style and voice. Prerequisite: Rhetoric 102.
RHETORIC 310. (3)
ADVANCED PUBLIC SPEAKING. This course, which builds on the foundations students acquire in Rhetoric 210, develops advanced students' ability to create and support sound propositions of fact, value, and policy. Through a review of the five classical canons of oratory (invention, arrangement, style, memory, and delivery) and an examination of representative classical and contemporary speeches, students learn to support and refute claims; to analyze the rhetorical situation and tailor their message accordingly; to employ and evaluate scholarly evidence; to recognize and avoid fallacies in reasoning; to use appropriate, effective, coherent language; and to deliver arguments with conviction and eloquence. The presentation of an argument in a public forum for a non-Hampden-Sydney College audience is an integral component of the course. Prerequisite: Rhetoric 210.
RHETORIC 401. (3)
TOPICS IN RHETORICAL THEORY AND PRACTICE. This course is a seminar devoted to the study of selected topics in rhetorical history and theory. Against the backdrop of their own experiences as writers and speakers, students read primary works in a particular area of rhetorical history, theory, or practice. Students work not only to understand rhetorical texts but also to forge links between rhetorical theory and their own written and oral practices. Prerequisite: Rhetoric 102.