CGS grows students into writers and thinkers— people with the crucial ability to communicate and persuade. Students who study rhetoric know how to research a topic, craft a sentence, and build an argument.
What do you get from studying rhetoric?
Clear writing, which flows from clear thinking. You’ll learn both in your rhetoric classes.
The ability to write an organized, coherent argument with a particular audience in mind
Persuasiveness—the skills to use evidence and reasoning to make a case
Critical thinking tools for reading, writing and speaking—including oral presentation and digital and multimedia expression skills
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rhetoric outcomes. What will my rhetoric courses cover?
History will integrate with rhetoric as you learn about the origin and development of rhetoric and why it’s relevant today
You’ll learn the essay form and refine your skills in grammar, style, and organization
You’ll write inside the classroom and outside of the classroom, developing a process that takes you from class discussion to instructor conferences to the outside world
Both rhetoric courses are required. RH 104 is taken during the summer semester. CGS rhetoric courses fulfill
BU Hub general education credits in six areas.
RH 103: Rhetorical Practices From the Ancient World to Enlightenment
Rhetorical Practices from the Ancient World to Enlightenment CGS RH 103
4 credits. 2nd sem.
BU Hub Learn More Writing, Research, and Inquiry Oral and/or Signed Communication Research and Information Literacy
In Rhetoric 103, you will be taken chronologically through key periods in history to learn about the origin and development of the art of Rhetoric and its relevance today, ultimately in order to enable you to apply key rhetorical skills to your own textual and verbal practice. Students will receive semester-long instruction and practice in writing, oral communication, and research and information literacy. Effective Fall 2018, this course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub areas: Writing, Research, and Inquiry, Oral and/or Signed Communication, Research and Information Literacy.
RH 104: Rhetorical Practices From the Industrial Revolution Through the Digital Revolution
Rhetorical Practices from The Industrial Revolution through the Digital Revolution CGS RH 104
BU Hub Learn More First-Year Writing Seminar Digital/Multimedia Expression Critical Thinking
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 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. Effective Fall 2018, this course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub areas: First-Year Writing Seminar, Digital/Multimedia Expression, Critical Thinking.
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