Undergraduate Catalog 2019-2021

RHET - Rhetoric

RHET 0001 First Year Academic Seminar

This institutional credit course is required for all first-year students. By providing an overview of academic policies, campus resources, and general graduation guidelines, the seminar is designed to help students succeed in their university endeavors. In addition, the seminar will focus on building skills in preparation for completing the major requirements. This course does not count toward the total hours for graduation.


RHET 1110 Fndmtls of Public Speaking

A study of the basic principles governing effective speaking, emphasizing student speeches with informative and persuasive purposes.


RHET 2210 Small Group Communication

A study of leadership, group processes, communication, and management of discussion. Both presentation skills and decision-making skills will be stressed. Course will examine problem solving and conflict resolution through small group dynamics.


RHET 2315 Voice for the Public Speaker

Examines speech in the mass media, looking at techniques for effective delivery, intelligibility, and presence.


RHET 2350 Communication Theory

Prerequisite: RHET 1110. A study of communication theories, systems, models, formulations, and measurements; new dimensions in speech criticism and research methodology; critical study of published reports in the contemporary literature of the field.


RHET 2900 Special Topics in Rhetoric

Prerequisite: RHET 1110 or permission of instructor. This special topics course will provide the student with an opportunity to practice the skills and principles of rhetoric outside of the university classroom setting. Examples may include but are not limited to the following: facilitating community dialogues examining potential solutions to a variety of problems, organizing college student outreaches, and facilitating community learning projects.

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RHET 3000 Persuasion

Prerequisite: RHET 1110. A study of the rhetoric of persuasion from its most ethical uses in government, law, and society, to its misuses. Students will present several types of persuasive presentations.


RHET 3005 Service Learning

Prerequisite: RHET 1110. Discipline-related or interdisciplinary service-learning project developed in consultation with a faculty advisor or group of faculty advisors with assistance from the Office of Academic Engagement.


RHET 3100 Informative Speaking

Prerequisite: RHET 1110. An introduction to the varieties of informative speaking from the briefing to the lecture. Demonstrations, progress reports, and problem analysis will be examined.


RHET 3210 Communication in Organizations

Prerequisite: RHET 1110. Examines communication within organizational structures. The course looks at interviewing techniques, conducting group meetings, and making formal presentations.


RHET 3215 Interpersonal Communication

A study and application of basic communication concepts and theories in interactive communication situations from the personal to the organizational level.


RHET 3310 Performance Studies

Theory and practice in the process of dialogic engagement with emphasis on the student as performer.


RHET 3315 Personal Narrative

A study of narrative, or storytelling, as a way of communicating in conversation, oral performance, and literature: what stories are told to whom, how stories are told, and the forms and functions of narrative. Considers narrative in a variety of communication settings.


RHET 3320 Intercultural Communication

Prerequisite: RHET 1110. Examines communication practices in multi-cultural settings including international, national, regional, ethnic, racial, economic, and religious. The focus will be on observational and research activities involving intercultural communication differences.


RHET 3325 Storytelling: Analysis & Perf

Prerequisite: Rhetoric major or minor. This course will examine selected genres and forms of oral traditional narrative through the art of storytelling performance.


RHET 3355 Documentary Rsch Mth & Ethics

A focus on research methodologies, ethical and legal challenges, and approaches in documentary work.


RHET 3390 Forensics:Argumentation/Debate

Prerequisite: RHET 1110. Practical experience in rhetoric. Students work under instructional supervision to complete a variety of individually designed projects. This course is repeatable for credit.


RHET 4100 Instructional Communication

Introduction to theory and research in Instructional Communication. Students will explore the major paradigms of recent research on teacher effectiveness and communication in instructional settings, examine a variety of selected lines of programmatic research in Instructional Communication, and conduct an original research project focused on an aspect of communication in the classroom.


RHET 4305 Classical Rhetorical Theory

Prerequisite: RHET 2350. Historical overview and analysis of the classical foundations of Western rhetorical theory with an emphasis on Greek and Roman contributions. Students will have the opportunity to apply classical rhetorical theories and principles to contemporary issues.


RHET 4310 Performance of Comedy

Prerequisite RHET 2350 or permission of instructor. An examination of theory and practice of humor and comedy within a given performative tradition. Looks at various genres of comedic discourse, and examines the implications for the individual and the culture.


RHET 4315 Modern/Postmodern Rhet Theory

Prerequisite: RHET 2350. A survey of rhetorical theory highlighting selected theorists from the Renaissance through the present. Students will have the opportunity to apply rhetorical theory to actual rhetorical events and situations.


RHET 4320 Performance of Poetry

An examination of theory, practice, and history of the performance of poetry. The course covers poetry reading, the oral interpretation of poetry, and slam poetry.


RHET 4400 American Public Discourse

Prerequisite: RHET 2350. A study of significant rhetorical dimensions and issues in American history.


RHET 4500 Rhetorical Criticism

Prerequisite: RHET 2350. A study designed to develop a student's ability to criticize public discourse, including speeches, written work, and the mass media.


RHET 4950 Special Topics

Prerequisite: RHET 1110 and instructor approval. Topics of special interest not normally offered in the Rhetoric curriculum. This course is repeatable for credit.


RHET 4970 Thesis

Research, writing, and presentation of a substantial scholarly/creative project developed in conjunction with a faculty advisor or group of faculty advisors.


RHET 4980 Study Abroad

See the International Studies section of the catalog for details. This course is repeatable for credit.


RHET 4990 Rhetorical Practicum

An application of rhetorical praxis to a specific situation. This course is to be taken in the student's last semester.


RHET 4999 Undergraduate Research

Research project undertaken as preparation for a scholarly or creative presentation.