Spring 2013 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
Classical Rhetoric is the use of all available means to persuade. It originated over 2000 years ago with the ancient Greeks. Originally developed as a means to teach effective oratory, it is now largely associated with writing. But rhetoric has wide applicability. There is a rhetoric of the visual arts, of fiction, of drama and poetry, of music, of advertisement (naturally), and of many other fields.
This may be the most useful course you will ever take as an undergraduate.
Edward P.J. Corbett and Robert J. Connors, Classical Rhetoric for the Modern Student, 4th edition (required). Oxford University Press.
Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom's Cabin, edited by Elizabeth Ammons, Norton Critical Editions, 2nd edition (required).
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
3 short papers (1000 words) worth 20% each. A weekly short-answer quiz of five questions. The top 10 grades, added and curved, will count 40% towards your final grade.