Rhetoric  Minor

An Interdisciplinary Program of the Departments of Communication and English
College of Arts and Humanities
University of Maryland

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Proposing Courses for Minor Curriculum

Approved 11 February 2005

Rhetoric is the theory of persuasive communication, both written and spoken. The minor in rhetoric has been designed for students who want to know the principles and skills of practical persuasion in its varied contexts. The program will be of value for all students wishing to improve their writing and speaking skills and especially useful for those students who plan careers in business, management, law, government, and education. The minor in rhetoric is an interdisciplinary program offered through the cooperation of the Department of English and the Department of Communication.

Requirements for a Minor in Rhetoric:

Fifteen semester hours of coursework are required.

  1. Six semester hours from the course list in Rhetorical Theory and Analysis of Discourse
  2. Six semester hours from the course list in Writing and Speaking Skills
  3. Three semester hours in electives from either section of the Rhetoric Course List
  4. At least nine of the fifteen semester hours must at the 300-level or higher (including at least six hours at the University of Maryland, College Park)
  5. No more than six of the fifteen semester hours may be taken at an institution other than the University of Maryland, College Park
  6. No more than six of the fifteen semester hours may count toward the student’s major, supporting courses, and college requirements
  7. No course from the student's major department may count toward the minor
  8. No course used to satisfy a Fundamental Studies requirement may count toward the minor
  9. No course used to satisfy the requirements of another minor may count toward the rhetoric minor.
  10. No course grade below the grade of "C" may count toward the minor

Advising

Advisors:

Michelle Murray Yang
Department of Communication
2114 Skinner Building
mlmurray@umd.edu

301.405.0873

Michael Israel
Department of English
3126 Tawes Hall
israel@umd.edu
301.405.3816

Fall Advising

The departments do not provide advising during the summer months. We will again provide advising for the minor when classes begin on September 2.  We recommend that you contact one of the advisors above as soon as possible on that date because the rhetoric minor is a limited enrollment minor and there are but a few slots left for admission in the fall.  Students will access the minor on a "first contact (after September 2), first access" basis.

University regulations specify "to ensure appropriate academic advising, students who wish to pursue a minor should inform both the college responsible for their major and the unit offering the minor as early as possible, but in no case later than one full academic year before the expected date of graduation."  We recommend you seek admission to the minor and receive advising within the first six credits of your minor. In observance of this regulation, no student will currently be admitted to the minor who is graduating in Summer or Fall 2014 or Spring 2015.

Advising for Current Minors:

For senior checks or answers to any questions contact the adviser in the department that advised your admission.


Rhetoric Course List

Last Revised 10 Feb 2014

Links to course descriptions and schedules in COMM and ENGL.

The following links are to the full curriculum and schedules in the two participating departments. To find rhetroic courses among these full listings, select only the courses listed below that have been approved for the rhetoric minor. Only those approved courses provide credit toward the minor.

Department Course descriptions: COMM courses; ENGL courses  

Summer 2014: COMM courses; ENGL courses
Fall 2014: COMM courses; ENGL courses

* Note on Courses numbered xx8 or xx9:  In the University of Maryland course numbering system, courses numbered xx8 or xx9 are repeatable for limited additional credit as long as the content is distinct.  Typically, these courses appear in the course schedule with a letter suffix and a subtitle indicating their specific subject matter.  When selecting these courses marked with an asterisk (*) in the list below, make certain that the course subtitle appearing in the class schedule matches the subtitle indicated on the list of approved rhetoric courses.  Not all sections of courses may qualify for minor credit, only those with approved subtitles.

Rhetorical Theory and Analysis of Discourse

COMM 250 Introduction to Speech Communication Inquiry (3)

COMM 360 The Rhetoric of Black America (3)

* COMM 398 Selected Topics in Communication: The Rhetoric of Popular Culture (3)
COMM 398 is repeatable with different content to six credits maximum

* COMM 398 Selected Topics in Communication: Civic Communication Practcum (3)
COMM 398 is repeatable with different content to six credits maximum

COMM 401 Interpreting Strategic Discourse (3)
Credit will be granted for only one of the following: COMM 401 or ENGL 487. Permission to enroll must be obtained from the COMM advisor.

COMM 450 Classical and Medieval Rhetorical Theory (3)
Permission to enroll must be obtained from the COMM advisor.

COMM 451 Renaissance and Modern Rhetorical Theory (3)

COMM 453 The Power of Discourse in American Life (3)

* COMM 458 Seminar in Political Communication: Political Communication (3)
COMM 458 is repeatable with different content to six credits maximum.

* COMM 458 Seminar in Political Communication: Rhetoric of Presidency: Pivotal Presidential Campaigns (3)
COMM 458 is repeatable with different content to six credits maximum.

* COMM 458 Seminar in Political Communication: Civic Communication (3)
COMM 458 is repeatable with different content to six credits maximum.

COMM 460 Public Life in American Communities, 1634-1900 (3)

COMM 461 Voices of Public Leadership in the Twentieth Century (3)

* COMM 469 The Discourse of Social Movements: Women’s Rights in the United States (3)
Recommended: COMM 401. Junior standing. COMM 469 is repeatable to 6 credits if content differs.

* COMM 469 The Discourse of Social Movements: Communication and Religion (3)
Recommended: COMM 401. Junior standing. COMM 469 is repeatable to 6 credits if content differs.

COMM 471 Public Communication Campaigns (3)
Prerequisite: COMM 200 or permission of department.

COMM 475 Persuasion (3)

* COMM 498 Seminar: The Rhetoric of Political Campaigns (3)

* COMM 498 Seminar: Barack Obama, Speaker (3)

ENGL 242 Introduction to Non-Fiction Prose (3)

ENGL 280 Introduction to the English Language (3)

ENGL 281 Standard English Grammar, Usage, and Diction (3)

ENGL 282 Introduction to Rhetorical Theory (3)

* ENGL 348 Literary Works by Women: Women Abolitionists (3)
Prerequisite: two lower-level ENGL courses, at least one in literature; or permission of department. ENGL 348 is repeatable with different content to six credits maximum

* ENGL 379 Special Topics in Literature: Contemporary Rhetorical Theory (3)
ENGL 379 is repeatable with different content to nine credits maximum

* ENGL 379 Special Topics in Literature: Fractured Sentences: Prison Literature and the Rhetoric of Resitance (3) ENGL 379 is repeatable with different content to nine credits maximum

* ENGL 379 Special Topics in Literature: Medieval Rhetoric and Literature (3)
ENGL 379 is repeatable with different content to nine credits maximum

ENGL 381 MGA Legislative Seminar (3)
Prerequisite: permission of department.

ENGL 383 The Uses of Language (3)

ENGL 384 Concepts of Grammar (3)

ENGL 385 English Semantics (3)

* ENGL428 Seminar in Language and Literature: The Rhetoric of Abolition; (3)
Permission from Director of Honors required.  Credit will be granted for only one of the following: ENGL 428X or ENGL 488 (Rhetoric of Abolition). ENGL 428 is repeatable with different content to nine credits maximum

* ENGL 458 Literature by Women after 1800: History of Women's Rhetoric (3)
Prerequisite: two English courses in literature or permission of department. ENGL 458 is repeatable to 9 credits if content differs. Also offered as WMST458. Credit will be granted for only one of the following: ENGL458 or WMST458.

ENGL 482 History of the English Language (3)
Prerequisite: ENGL 280 or LING 200 or permission of department.

ENGL 483 American English (3)
Prerequisite: ENGL 280 or LING 200 or permission of department.

ENGL 484 Advanced English Grammar (3)
Credit will be granted for only one of the following: ENGL 484 or LING 402.

ENGL 487 Foundations of Rhetoric (3)
Credit will be granted for only one of the following: ENGL 487 or COMM 401.

* ENGL 488 Topics in Advanced Writing: Rhetoric of Abolition (3)
Credit will be granted for only one of the following: ENGL 428X or ENGL 488 (Rhetoric of Abolition).  ENGL 488 is repeatable with different content to nine credits maximum

* ENGL 488 Topics in Advanced Writing: Visual Rhetoric (3)
ENGL 488 is repeatable with different content to nine credits maximum

* ENGL 488 Topics in Advanced Writing: Writing about Literacy in Community Environments (3)
ENGL 488 is repeatable with different content to nine credits maximum

* ENGL 488 Topics in Advanced Writing: Language and Humor (3)
ENGL 488 is repeatable with different content to nine credits maximum

* ENGL 488 Topics in Advanced Writing: Digital Rhetorics (3)
ENGL 488 is repeatable with different content to nine credits maximum

* ENGL 489 Special Topics in English Language: Gender and the History of Rhetoric (3)
ENGL 489 is repeatable with different content to nine credits maximum

* ENGL 489 Special Topics in English Language: Language of Advertising (3)
ENGL 489 is repeatable with different content to nine credits maximum

* ENGL 489 Special Topics in English Language: Language of the Law (3)
ENGL 489 is repeatable with different content to nine credits maximum

* ENGL 489 Special Topics in English Language: Language and Politics (3)
ENGL 489 is repeatable with different content to nine credits maximum

* ENGL 489 Special Topics in English Language: Modern Women's Essays (3)
ENGL 489 is repeatable with different content to nine credits maximum

* ENGL 489 Special Topics in English Language: Nineteenth Century Black Women Rhetors (3)
ENGL 489 is repeatable with different content to nine credits maximum

* ENGL 489 Special Topics in English Language: Women and Rhetoric in Nineteenth Century Literature (3)
ENGL 489 is repeatable with different content to nine credits maximum

* ENGL 489 Special Topics in English Language: Orality and Literacy (3)
ENGL 489 is repeatable with different content to nine credits maximum

* ENGL 489 Special Topics in English Language: Rhetoric of Style (3)
ENGL 489 is repeatable with different content to nine credits maximum

* ENGL 489 Special Topics in English Language: Language, Literature, and Cognition (3)
ENGL 489 is repeatable with different content to nine credits maximum

* ENGL 489 Special Topics in English Language: Rhetoric of Grammar (3)
ENGL 489 is repeatable with different content to nine credits maximum.

* ENGL 489 Special Topics in English Language: Women's Rhetoric (3)
ENGL 489 is repeatable with different content to nine credits maximum.

* ENGL489 Special Topics in English Language: Conversation Analysis (3)
ENGL 489 is repeatable with different content to nine credits maximum.

* ENGL489 Special Topics in English Language: Language Change and the History of English (3)
ENGL 489 is repeatable with different content to nine credits maximum.


Writing and Speaking Skills

COMM 200 Critical Thinking and Speaking (3)
Prerequisite: COMM 100 or COMM 107 or permission of department.

COMM 230 Argumentation and Debate (3)

COMM 330 Argumentation and Public Policy (3)

COMM 455 Speechwriting (3)

ENGL 291 Intermediate Writing (3)

ENGL 292 Writing for Change (3)
Credit will be granted for only one of the following: ENGL 292 or ENGL 278 Topics in Literature: Writing for Change.

ENGL 293 Writing in the Wireless World (3)
Recommended: ENGL 101.  Credit granted for only one of the following: ENGL278Z or ENGL293

* ENGL 379:  Special Topics in Literature: Editing and Document Design (3)
Credit will be granted for only one of the following: ENGL 379C or ENGL 494.  ENGL 379 is repeatable with different content to nine credits maximum

ENGL 388W: Writing Internship: Writing Center Internship (3)
ENGL 388 is repeatable with different content to nine credits maximum

ENGL 390 Science Writing (3)
Prerequisite: 60 credits and completion of ENGL101 or equivalent. This course may not be used toward the rhetoric minor requirements if it is used to fulfill the professional writing requirement. Junior standing. Not open to students who have completed ENGL393S. Credit will be granted for only one of the following: ENGL390 or ENGL393S.

ENGL 391 Advanced Composition (3)
Prerequisite: 56 hours of college credit which must include ENGL 101 or equivalent. This course may not be used toward the rhetoric minor requirements if it is used to fulfill the professional writing requirement.

ENGL 392 Legal Writing (3)
Prerequisite: 56 hours of college credit which must include ENGL 101 or equivalent. This course may not be used toward the rhetoric minor requirements if it is used to fulfill the professional writing requirement.

ENGL 393 Technical Writing (3)
Prerequisite: 56 hours of college credit which must include ENGL 101 or equivalent. This course may not be used toward the rhetoric minor requirements if it is used to fulfill the professional writing requirement.

ENGL 394 Business Writing (3)
Prerequisite: 56 hours of college credit which must include ENGL 101 or equivalent.  This course may not be used toward the rhetoric minor requirements if it is used to fulfill the professional writing requirement.

ENGL 395 Writing for Health Professions (3)
Prerequisite: 56 hours of college credit which must include ENGL 101 or equivalent. This course may not be used toward the rhetoric minor requirements if it is used to fulfill the professional writing requirement.

* ENGL 398 Topics in Professional Writing: Writing about the Arts (3)
Prerequisite: 60 credits and completion of ENGL101 or equivalent. This course may not be used toward the rhetoric minor requirements if it is used to fulfill the professional writing requirement. ENGL 398 is repeatable with different content to six credits maximum

* ENGL 398 Topics in Professional Writing: Writing Case Studies and Investigative Reports (3)
Prerequisite: 60 credits and completion of ENGL101 or equivalent. This course may not be used toward the rhetoric minor requirements if it is used to fulfill the professional writing requirement. ENGL 398 is repeatable with different content to six credits maximum

* ENGL 398 Topics in Professional Writing: Writing about Economics (3)
Prerequisite: 60 credits and completion of ENGL101 or equivalent. This course may not be used toward the rhetoric minor requirements if it is used to fulfill the professional writing requirement. ENGL 398 is repeatable with different content to six credits maximum

* ENGL 398 Topics in Professional Writing: Writing for Nonprofits (3)
Prerequisite: 60 credits and completion of ENGL101 or equivalent. This course may not be used toward the rhetoric minor requirements if it is used to fulfill the professional writing requirement. ENGL 398 is repeatable with different content to six credits maximum

* ENGL398 Topics in Professional Writing: Writing Non-Fictional Narrative (3)
Prerequisite: 60 credits and completion of ENGL101 or equivalent. This course may not be used toward the rhetoric minor requirements if it is used to fulfill the professional writing requirement. ENGL 398 is repeatable with different content to six credits maximum

* ENGL 398 Topics in Professional Writing: Writing about the Environment (3)
Prerequisite: 60 credits and completion of ENGL101 or equivalent. This course may not be used toward the rhetoric minor requirements if it is used to fulfill the professional writing requirement. ENGL 398 is repeatable with different content to six credits maximum

* ENGL 398 Topics in Professional Writing: Scholarly Writing in the Humanities (3)
Prerequisite: 60 credits and completion of ENGL101 or equivalent. This course may not be used toward the rhetoric minor requirements if it is used to fulfill the professional writing requirement. ENGL 398 is repeatable with different content to six credits maximum

ENGL 467 Computer and Text (3)

* ENGL 479 Selected Topics in English and American Literature after 1800: The Computer as Text: Multimedia as Critical Expression (3)
ENGL 479 is repeatable with different content to nine credits maximum

* ENGL 488 Topics in Advanced Writing: Writing Autobiography (3)
ENGL 488 is repeatable with different content to nine credits maximum

* ENGL 488 Topics in Advanced Writing: A Voice of One's Own--The Personal Essay (3) or Writing the Personal Research Essay (3)
ENGL 488 is repeatable with different content to nine credits maximum

* ENGL 488 Topics in Advanced Writing: Academic Writing (3)
ENGL 488 is repeatable with different content to nine credits maximum

* ENGL 488 Topics in Advanced Writing: Proposal Writing (3)
ENGL 488 is repeatable with different content to nine credits maximum

* ENGL 488 Topics in Advanced Writing: Classic Prose (3)
ENGL 488 is repeatable with different content to nine credits maximum

* ENGL 488 Topics in Advanced Writing: Web Authoring (3)
ENGL 488 is repeatable with different content to nine credits maximum

* ENGL 489 Special Topics in English Language: Classical Rhetoric and Contemporary Writing (3)
ENGL 489 is repeatable with different content to nine credits maximum

ENGL 493 Advanced Writing Theory and Practice (3)
Prerequisite: satisfactory completion of professional writing requirement.

ENGL 494 Editing and Document Design (3)
Prerequisite: ENGL 391, ENGL 393 or equivalent. Credit will be granted for only one of the following: ENGL 379C or ENGL 494. Permission to enroll must be obtained from the ENGL advisor.

Courses approved for the Rhetoric Minor that are no longer scheduled

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