This course qualifies to satisfy Arts and Letters Group. It is designed to provide students with appropriate tools of understanding and evaluating critically debates, speeches, and other forms of oral discourse in the public sphere, and to provide students with a performative basis for engaging in that discourse thoughtfully and effectively. Students gain both theoretical and practical knowledge of the rhetorical principles, ancient and modern, underlying oral argumentation. Students learn to evaluate arguments based on the principles of ethos, pathos, and logos, and identify the basic types of appeals used by speakers. They evaluate public oral controversies using these and other rhetorical and ethical principles, in written essays and oral presentations. They read theories of listening and deliberative reasoning, and they apply principles derived from these theories by engaging in the performance of debates and colloquies, both as speakers and as participants in the critical audience.
Theory/Rhetoric courses teach media theory, the major modes and schools of criticism and theory, and theories and techniques of reasoning, rational discourse, and argumentation.
English Minor courses offer students centuries of cultural experience and representation in poetry, prose, drama, film, TV, new media, and folk artifacts. The English minor can focus and extend the values of a liberal arts education, while also providing extensive training in writing, speaking, and critical thinking.
The interdisciplinary minor in Writing, Public Speaking, and Critical Reasoning offers students a coherent program of courses that strengthen students' abilities to write well, to speak effectively in public, and to think critically. This minor is built on courses in English, Writing, and Philosophy and is taught by professors from English, Philosophy, and the Honors College.
Writing, Public Speaking, and Critical Reasoning Certificate courses strengthen students' abilities to write well, to speak effectively in public, and to think critically. This certificate program is built on courses in English, Writing, and Philosophy and is taught by professors from English, Philosophy, and the Honors College.