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CGS RH 101: English Composition: Argument and Critical Thinking
Begins with critical reading, writing, and thinking strategies. Students learn the conventions of the expository essay and how to meet its demands by developing a thesis, organizing an argument, and supporting claims with reasoning and evidence. Students also receive instruction in grammar, style, and document design. Through class discussion and by working on assignments, students explore connections between readings assigned in Rhetoric and their readings in other courses.
CGS RH 102: English Composition and Research
Focuses on research while further developing students' expository writing skills. Students learn how to use electronic and traditional research tools, how to select and weigh evidence and integrate sources into an argument, and how to use standard scholarly conventions to document their research.
CGS RH 103: Rhetoric I: Changing Times, Changing Minds: Revolutions in the Ancient World through the Enlightenment
This course offers instruction in writing, critical reading and research. It focuses on four themes taken from the four units that comprise the semester's curriculum ("The Birth of 'God': The Advent of Monotheism"; "The Development of Democracy and the Democratic Self"; "Rediscovering Nature and the Self: The Renaissance"; and "Reason to Revolution: The Enlightenment"). Readings and discussions relate these themes to current issues and problems in order to explore how the past has shaped the world of today. Three papers invite students to research and write about these relationships. Shorter informal writing assignments allow students to integrate the texts and lectures across the curriculum with learning experiences outside the classroom. The course makes extensive use of the university library and online resources to teach research skills. Finally, students learn core academic writing skills, including argumentation and the evaluation, integration, and documentation of sources. [Open only to students admitted to the CGS January Program]
CGS RH 104: Rhetoric II: Changing Times, Changing Minds: The Industrial Revolution through the Digital Revolution
Through class discussion and learning experiences, students explore connections between readings assigned in Rhetoric and those in other courses, focusing on themes drawn from the two units that comprise the semester's curriculum ("The Century of Change: The Long 19th Century Yields 20th Century Breaks with the Past" and "The Post-World War Maelstrom: The Escalation of Change.") The course further develops skills in expository writing and introduces exploratory essay writing. Students continue to explore the contemporary relevance and meaning of the interdisciplinary curriculum. Students refine their skills in grammar, style, organization, and document design. [Open only to students admitted to the CGS January Program]