Professors Stephen Newman, Lynn Su, Sandra Janin
Helps students develop an appreciation of the uses of language, rhetorical devices, and the wide array of techniques speakers and writers use to persuade others. Materials for the course may encompass legal briefs and judicial opinions, political speeches, historical documents, and newspaper editorials. Student are asked to consider the rhetorical choices available in conveying a point of view, describing a set of facts, directing (or diverting) a reader's attention, engaging others' sympathies, stirring their emotions, or otherwise enlisting their support for one's own cause. Students produce written work analyzing or employing the persuasive techniques under discussion. Limited enrollment. Satisfies the Writing Requirement.