This course provides a survey of the multidisciplinary field of rhetorical studies. In addition to introducing key concepts, theoretical frameworks, and critical debates, this course examines the role of rhetoric in a range of academic disciplines and social contexts.
The systematic study of effective communication—the art of rhetoric—dates back at least to the epics of Homer and flourishes today in countless academic disciplines and fields of business. In fact, the “empire” of rhetoric is so vast and enduring that it “digests regimes, religions, and civilizations” (Roland Barthes). Nevertheless, English 700 sets out to compress two and a half millennia of rhetorical theory and criticism into a single semester. More specifically, this introductory seminar aims to provide students with the grounding in rhetorical theory necessary for advanced study in... Read more about Rhetorical Studies (ENGL 700)
Communicating expert knowledge to a diverse range of audiences is central to professional communication. For technical communication, the subject-matter-expert is a central resource as we craft technical documents; for the scientific popularizer, the expert researcher helps us craft messaging about key findings; for health communicators, medical and health professionals help shape complex information we deliver to patients and shape public health messaging; and so continues the important role of experts in all areas of professional communication. Becoming an expert on experts is part of the... Read more about Becoming an Expert on Experts (ENGL 493)