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Rhetoric Minor

LIBERAL ARTS ENGLISH MINOR
Recommended for students who wish to supplement a major within a related field of the Humanities.

Core Courses

  • English 281    3 units (crs.) 
    Introduction to English Studies
    An introduction of the many facets of English Study, including literary theory, multicultural literature, and approaches to reading and writing about a variety of texts, such as fiction, poetry, essays, film, and others. This is a required course for all English majors. Does not fulfill the General Education Humanities requirements. Prerequisite: Any Writing-Based Inquiry Seminar (WBIS 188), or English 101 or English 110 and one of the following: English 210, 211, 212, 213, 214, 219, 220, 224, 225, 226, 227, 228, 231 or 247.

12-15 credits in the following courses:

  • English 301    3 units (crs.) 
    Modern Grammars
    Intensive study of English grammar, sentence structure and mechanics. Designed for students preparing to teach English and for others who desire to master fundamentals of the language. Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of instructor. 301/501
  • English 322    3 units (crs.) 
    Theories of Rhetoric and Writing
    An introduction to the field of rhetoric and composition. Providing an overview of the field, this course will draw on the history, trends, theories, practices, and pedagogical approaches of the discipline of rhetoric and composition. Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of instructor. 322/522
  • English 354    3-6 units (crs.) 
    Studies in Travel, Literature, and Culture: Optional Content
    This course may be offered with different content. With a different subtitle, it may be taken twice with the signature of the department chair. A study of travel narratives that investigates issues of representation, construction of self and others, and assumptions about culture, customs, and behavior. Fiction and nonfiction may be considered as well as films, photographs, advertisements, and maps. Prerequisites: English 281 or consent of instructor. 354/554
  • English 381    3 units (crs.) 
    Foundations of Literary Criticism
    An analysis of critical theories and their influence from the Greeks and Romans to the present; application of these theories to selected literary texts. Prerequisite: English 281. 381/581
  • English 382    3 units (crs.) 
    Contemporary Cultural Mythology - Optional Content
    An introduction to types of cultural studies that emphasizes the range of interpretations of everyday texts and events. The course features criticism such as structuralism, semiotics, and feminism and application of theories to selected literary texts. Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of instructor. 382/582
  • English 383    3 units (crs.) 
    Introduction to English Linguistics
    An introduction to sounds, word forms, and sentence structures of English. Special emphasis on theories of grammar affecting today's classroom. Prerequisite: English 281 or Junior standing. 383/583
  • English 386    3 units (crs.) 
    The Rhetoric of Literature
    A rhetorical approach analyzes literature as a persuasive device. In this course, students will read a variety of literary works and discuss the personal and social viewpoints and biases that these works reveal; explore theoretical and psychological studies of the nature of narrative as a discursive act; and discuss the rhetorical power of literature as compared with other forms of discourse that are more commonly thought of as "rhetorical." Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of instructor. 386/586
  • English 387    3 units (crs.) 
    Special Topics in Rhetoric and Composition - Optional Content
    This course may be offered with different content. With a different subtitle it may be taken twice with signature of the department chair. Students will study, in substantial depth, one topic in the field of rhetoric and composition. The topic will be chosen by the instructor. Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of instructor.

3-6 credits in the following courses:

  • English 303    3 units (crs.) 
    Creative Writing: Fiction I
    A course designed to provide opportunity for analysis of original student writing through a seminar or workshop approach. Assigned readings of professional fiction as well as selected student samples are offered for in-class discussion and critique. Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of department chair. 303/503
  • English 308    3 units (crs.) 
    Autobiography: Theory and Practice
    The course is designed to explore the definition and expression of personal identity through the genre of autobiography. There will be three areas of focus: the composition of an autobiography by the students, primary readings of autobiographies, and writing and language theory about the construction of narrative and the representation of the self through writing. Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of instructor. 308/508
  • English 317    3 units (crs.) 
    Technical Writing (EN)
    An elective composition course, designed to develop proficiency in writing technical and scientific reports and articles related to students' areas of specialization. Recommended by some major departments. Prerequisite: 45 units (crs.) including any Writing-Based Inquiry Seminar (WBIS 188), English 101, English 110, English 202, or consent of department chair. Limit to 3 crs. of Advanced Comp per semester. English 317 may not be taken concurrently with English 302, 307, 309, 310, 316, 318, 321 or 389.
  • English 385    3 units (crs.) 
    Computers and Writing
    In this course, students will explore the potential effects of computers on the writing process and on writing pedagogy. We will survey the research on the effects of computers on the social and cognitive aspects of writing, and we will study some theoretical works that attempt to predict the ways in which writing will continue to change in an increasingly computer-rich society. Students will analyze and critique hypertextual essays and stories, and will compose hypertexts of their own. Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of instructor.

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