Department of English Department of English College of Arts and Sciences
Course Descriptions
Dr. Dmitri Stanchevici

The goal of this course is to introduce students to the art of rhetoric and to enable them to practice rhetoric’s major function, persuasion. Persuasion enters our lives when we make decisions, join or reject political causes, buy or sell things, argue, vote, teach, and in general whenever we deal with other people to influence their beliefs and to make them act in certain ways. Rhetoric teaches us to participate in this persuasive economy effectively and responsibly. To persuade, we use verbal language, images, demeanors, clothes, cars, social status, and other symbolic means. This class focuses on persuasion through writing.

Outcomes:  Students completing English 3604 successfully should be able to

  • demonstrate knowledge of rhetorical theory and practice

  • identify topics of meaning and interest and compose essays that persuasively engage these topics

  • discuss and apply the conventions, strategies, and purposes of persuasive writing

Required texts:

Kolln, Martha and Loretta Gray. Rhetorical Grammar: Grammatical Choice, Rhetorical Effects. 6th ed. Boston: Pearson/Longman, 2010. ISBN: 0205706754

Ramage, John D. Rhetoric: A User’s Guide. New York: Pearson/Longman, 2006. ISBN: 0321202120

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