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Rhetoric Minor

The Rhetoric minor provides undergraduate students an opportunity to acquire special competence in the history, theory, and criticism of civic discourse and cultural practices. It brings together courses from both the Department of English and the Department of Communication Arts and Sciences, from which students may learn about the nature and function of rhetoric in politics, the professions, the classroom, and the media. The list of course offerings is designed to feature applied as well as theoretical approaches, and allows students to explore the subject in breadth as well as depth. Students completing the minor will command a greater knowledge of an appreciation for the significance of rhetoric as a central component of civic life.

PRESCRIBED COURSES (6 credits)

  • CAS 201(GH) – Rhetorical Theory
  • ENGL 471 – Rhetorical Traditions

ADDITIONAL COURSES (Select 9 credits from the following list)

  • CAS 175 GH(3) – Persuasion and Propaganda
  • CAS 311(3) – Methods of Rhetorical Theory
  • CAS 321(3) – Rhetoric and Law
  • CAS 375(3) – Persuasion and Propaganda
  • CAS 411(3) – Rhetorical Criticism
  • CAS 415(3) – Rhetoric of Film and Television
  • CAS 420(3) – Rhetorical Theory
  • CAS 426W(3) – Communication Ethics
  • CAS 475(3) – Studies in Public Address
  • CAS 478(3) – Contemporary American Political Rhetoric
  • ENGL 415 – Advanced Nonfiction Writing
  • ENGL 416 – Science Writing
  • ENGL 417 – The Editorial Process
  • ENGL 420 – Writing for the Web
  • ENGL 472 – Current Theories of Writing and Reading
  • ENGL 473 – Rhetorical Approaches to Discourse
  • ENGL 474 – Issues in Rhetoric and Composition

SUPPORTING COURSES (3 credits)

Select 3 credits from the following course list in consultation with adviser.

  • CAS 499/ENGL 499 - Foreign Study
  • L A 495 - Internship
  • CAS 494H – Honors Thesis Research or ENGL 310H – Honors Thesis Research
  • ENGL 487W – Senior Seminar

A minimum of 6 credits required at the 400 level; a maximum of 6 credits may be double-counted for either CAS or ENGL majors; a C or better must be received in order for subsequent courses to count towards minor requirements.

For more information, contact:

Dr. Stephen Browne, 212 Sparks Building, 814-865-1028, sxb17@psu.edu