Rhetoric 102
RHET 102 01, MWF 9:30 AM-10:20 AM, PROF. MALYSZEK
RHET 102 02, MWF 10:30 AM-11:20 AM, PROF. MALYSZEK
The Seasons
This course will bring you all four seasons in one semester. While we will necessarily start with winter, we will focus too on spring, summer, and fall. We will read essays, short stories, poems, and novels about the seasons, and even experience the seasons through music and visual art. We will explore not only how the seasons transform our literal surroundings, but also how they inspire us to notice details, look for signs of change, and celebrate the passage of time. As we watch the seasons turn, you will turn into a seasoned writer as you develop your skills in writing researched essays. Each week, we will focus on new tools to refine your writing style—tools like the right words, sentence rhythm and variety, and the logic of persuasion.

RHET 102 03, TR 8:30 AM-9:50 AM, PROF. EUTENEUER
RHET 102 04, TR 10:00 AM-11:20 AM, PROF. EUTENEUER
Play and Games, Writing and Research
Effective writing and communication skills help us better express our ideas and beliefs in all areas of our lives. One area of our life that modern technology has greatly expanded is our capacity to play games with anyone, anywhere. As digital games continue to become more accessible to wider audiences through mobile phones, subscription services, and simplified game engines, their impact and influence will continue to grow. Through a series of written essays, students will take a critical look at games and play, analyzing how digital games are made, who plays them, what stories they tell, and what makes the medium of games unique. Building off of the skills learned in RHET 101, students will perform rhetorical analysis, exercises in style, and academic research into how games depict, critique, and reinforce ideals related to race, gender, class, and sexual orientation. Ultimately, students will gain the ability to effectively integrate and cite research in order to craft persuasive and expressive arguments.

Rhetoric 210
RHET 210 01 TR 12:30 PM-1:50 PM, PROF. GLEASON
Public Speaking
In Rhetoric 210, students typically study and practice the art and science of public address. Through an examination of the five classical canons of rhetoric, students will learn the skills needed to speak intelligibly, forcefully, and persuasively to an audience.  At the completion of the course, students should be able to: 

  • use rhetorical principals to advance civic dialogue in conjunction with H-SC’s mission to form good men and good citizens 
  • demonstrate a working knowledge of rhetorical principles such as invention, disposition/arrangement, style, memory, and delivery
  • practice honing these rhetorical principals through exercitatio (trans., imitation) in accordance with the progymnasmata
  • demonstrate an awareness of audience and occasion in speech preparation and delivery
  • develop a topic fully and effectively using the Ethos, Pathos, and Logos
  • research and present evidence to support claims
  • employ appropriate use of eye contact, gestures, and vocal expression when speaking
  • critically review their own and their classmates’ speeches
  • analyze and respond to live and recorded speeches
  • employ methods for reducing speech anxiety and techniques for improving listening

RHET 210 02 TR 8:30 AM-9:50 AM, PROF. DEAL
RHET 210.03, TR 10:00 AM-11:20 AM, PROF. DEAL
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.  At the completion of the course, students should be able to:

  • demonstrate a working knowledge of the rhetorical principles of invention, arrangement, style, memory, and delivery
  • demonstrate an awareness of audience and occasion in speech preparation and delivery
  • develop a topic fully and effectively
  • research and present evidence to support claims
  • employ appropriate use of eye contact, gestures, and vocal expression when speaking
  • critically review their own and their classmates' speeches
  • analyze and respond to live and recorded speeches
  • employ methods for reducing speech anxiety and techniques for improving listening
  • use professional, gender-neutral, and inclusive language in interpersonal, small group, and public communication settings

Rhetoric 240
RHET 240.01, TR 12:30 PM-1:50 PM, PROF. EUTENEUER
Rhetorics of Teaching and Learning
Rhetoric 240 is a 3-credit course for students across the curriculum who have demonstrated a proficiency in introductory Rhetoric courses and have an interest in tutoring, consulting, teaching, mentoring, or coaching. The course focuses on theories of learning and education and the practices of teaching, coaching, and mentoring within the broader disciplines of Rhetoric, Writing, and Communications. This course provides a theoretical overview of the work that happens in educational exchanges from the perspective of both the student and the teacher. Students will consider theory, practice, and praxis around how, when, where, and why learning happens. In doing so, students will practice the act of teaching as well as refine their own skills in learning. Students will read, write about, and discuss texts; observe educators, coaches, or mentors in their practice; and write reflectively about these experiences through a variety of assignments.

Rhetoric 301
RHET 301 01, TR 12:30 PM-1:50 PM, PROF. BUCKLEY
Creative Nonfiction
This course is a combination of workshop and seminar that will help students refine their writing skills while learning about various nonfiction genres. In addition to composing their own original nonfiction pieces, students will also read and analyze a sampling of so called “creative nonfiction” in order to discover how one writes most effectively about complex issues and how writers develop a personal style and voice.

Rhetoric 310
RHET 310.01, TR 2:00 PM-3:20 PM, PROF. GLEASON
Advanced Public Speaking
For as long as humans have endured we have told stories. But what makes a storyteller? 
What makes a good one? What makes an ethical one? In RHET 310, we will examine folklore and oral histories from a variety of cultures in search of these answers. Along the way you will learn how to craft effective oral presentations for a variety of contexts. Specifically, you will build on the experience gained in RHET 210 to include the following modes of delivery: manuscript, memorized, impromptu, and extemporaneous speaking.

Rhetoric 360
RHET 360.01, TR 10:00 AM-11:20 AM, PROF. GLEASON
Topics in Rhetorical Tradition
Interviewing is an important skill and the stories people tell inform culture. In this class, we will look at how scholars from across disciplines have perfected the art of the interview, and how these individuals represent their work through audio-visual mediums. Special attention is given to the historical process of map making, and the recording of field-based research with A/V, UAV, and GNSS equipment. As an experiential learning course, you will learn how to conduct, record, and publish interviews alongside drone-based photogrammetry surveys to produce orthomosaic deep maps of Hampden-Sydney College and the Slate Hill Plantation. In doing so, you will learn important skills in the 21st century and think critically about the history and future of public memory. You should consider taking this course if you are interested in anthropology/archaeology, learning how to interview someone, A/V production, UAV operation, and GIS software. The only prerequisite is that you are willing and able to have honest, frank, and empathetic dialogue with others about sensitive topics regarding race, slavery, and American history.

Rhetoric 370
RHET 370.01, MW 12:30 PM-1:50 PM, PROF. DEAL
Rhetoric and Culture
All sections of Rhetoric 370 investigate the ways in which definitions of identity acquire cultural significance through written and oral expression. In this section, we examine rhetorics of space and place, focusing on the SC Lowcountry and GA Sea Islands.  We will study aspects of the region’s identity, including its cultural expressions, natural and built environments, histories, and economies in order to understand and articulate the region’s distinctiveness. Three intersecting themes guide students’ study: Romance, Power, and Isolation.  Each theme allows us to interpret the identity of the region through a prism or along a continuum, illustrating that the region’s identity is not static; it is continually in flux depending upon context and audience.

A critical course component is a required field trip (during the week of Fall Break) to sites along the National Park Service’s Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor*. The travel portion of the course is designed to enrich students’ experiences and contribute to their understanding of the region’s significance. Students will tour historic and cultural sites and explore the natural environs. Students will hike in lowcountry forests, sea kayak in creeks and rice paddies, and travel by ferry boat to explore unbridged islands.

* The Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor was created to call attention to the historic and cultural contributions of the Gullah Geechee people. The Gullah Geechee people are the descendants of West and Central Africans who were enslaved and bought to the lower Atlantic states of North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, and Georgia to work on the coastal rice, Sea Island cotton and indigo plantations.  Because their enslavement was on isolated coastal plantations, sea and barrier islands, they were able to retain many of their indigenous African traditions. These traditions are reflected in their foodways, arts and crafts, and spiritual traditions. They also created a new language, Gullah, a creole language spoken nowhere else in the world. . . . The Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor, and the federal Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission established to oversee it, were designated by an act of Congress on October 12, 2006 through the National Heritage Areas Act of 2006. (https://www.nps.gov/places/gullah-geechee-cultural-heritage-corridor.htm)

Rhetoric 481
RHET 481.01, W 8:30 AM-9:20 AM, PROF. GLEASON
Capstone for Rhetoric Minors
Rhetoric minors H-SC have a passing familiarity with the method of loci, a traditional of mnemonic recall based upon the ancient Greek poet Simonides of Ceos. As a pedagogical tool, the method of loci helps an individual memorize material, but the core tenants of 1) elaborate encoding, 2) chunking, and 3) using examples that are “close to the life world” are lessons that benefit any rhetor. Thus, in this EL capstone course, students will propose an individual final project that applies this rhetorical “art of memory” to future goals, hobbies, or career aspirations. Although the course does include a common core reading list and assignment guidelines (notably an end of the semester presentation and live exam), students will create an individualized plan of study and final project. Students are assessed through four checkpoints wherein an individual must demonstrate mastery of his proposed topic in order to progress to the next module. Students are also assigned weekly reflection assignments to chart the progress they have made and solicit feedback from the instructor.