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CAS 411 - Rhetorical Criticism

Professor: Stephen Howard Browne
Office: 212 Sparks
Phone: (814) 865-1028
Email: sxb17@psu.edu 
Professor: Kirt Wilson
Office: 220 Sparks Building
Phone: (814) 865-1985
Email: khw2@psu.edu 

Rhetorical Criticism is an upper-division course designed to enrich your understanding of the ways in which civic life is shaped by the power of language, persuasion, and public debate. Our focus is on the rhetoric of politics, broadly taken, especially with respect to protest, campaigns, and collective action for social change.

Course Objectives

  • engage key rhetorical texts in American cultural history;
  • learn about important principles of rhetorical criticism;
  • compose a research essay on a topic of your choice;
  • complete readings and participate in class discussion