Here is a sampling of some of the RMPC courses that you can take. The descriptions below are taken from selected course syllabi, so course specifics may vary somewhat from term to term. For a complete list of courses offered by the Department of English Language and Literature, see our Course List. For a list of courses being offered in the current academic year, see This Year's Courses.
Introduction to Rhetorical Studies
This course is about the ways in which arguments are built and used. We will analyze persuasive documents, and we will produce some as well. We will work on our critical reading skills and our expressive writing abilities.
Genres of Business Communication
But most importantly, English 210F will help develop your ability to communicate in a professional, concise, and appropriate style for the business world.
Introduction to Digital Media Studies
Introduction to Semiotics
The first section of the course will concentrate strongly on theory, and the second section will focus on both theory and application in various semiotic sectors.
Medieval and Renaissance Rhetoric
Theories and Practices of Documentation
Although there will be considerable overlap, the first section of the course focuses on design issues such as information navigation, layout, and genre, and the last section focus more closely on graphic communication issues such as representation, the use of icons, and rhetorical effects.
Overlaying, and hopefully uniting, the two sections will be a recurrent emphasis on clear and effective communication. We’re going to pretend that we can unproblematically isolate messages “behind” document and graphic design, and discuss ways to increase the efficiency of expressing those messages.
Writing for the Media
The Rhetoric of Digital Design