ENG492 201902 undergraduate

Term: 
Winter 2020
Course: 
ENG 492
Applies To: 
Undergraduate
Sections: 
Title: 
History of Rhetoric and Composition
Instructors: 

James Crosswhite

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  • Title: Professor
  • Phone: 541-346-3956
  • Office: 258 PLC
  • Office Hours: Fall term: W 12:00-3:00
Department Section Description: 

Rhetoric has been characterized as a power to lead the soul, the universal form of communication, the art of persuasion, the way we reason and deliberate with one another in conditions of uncertainty, the discourse of democracy, the ability to find and create arguments, the art of style, and as the metaphorical work of language. Rhetoric has also been understood, in its educational role, as a project of developing the essential communicative capabilities of human beings. For over two millennia, rhetoric has played this central role in the liberal arts. In this course, we will explore the history of rhetoric, with a focus on the way rhetoric has described essential rhetorical capabilities and the best ways of cultivating and strengthening them. Readings will range from Plato and Aristotle all the way to contemporary cognitive science and writing studies.

Fulfills: 

D-Theory/Rhetoric

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

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.
 

WSCR Minor

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.

WSCR Certificate

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.

Old Major: D-Literary Theory/Criticism

Literary Theory/Criticism courses teach academic and rigorous media comprehension, the major modes and schools of criticism and theory, and theories and techniques of reasoning, rational discourse, and argumentation.