Rhetoric and Composition
Contact
Department Chair:
Laurie McMillin

Phone: (440) 775-8907
Fax: (440) 775-8619

Location:
King Building 139
10 N. Professor St.
Oberlin, OH, 44074

Courses

Courses

FALL 2016

Courses for First-Year Students Only


The Rhetoric and Composition Department regularly offers at least one First-Year Seminar per year. First-year students seeking a small, writing-intensive course to orient them to the liberal arts at Oberlin College should seriously consider taking an FYSP. The First-Year Seminars offered by Rhetoric and Composition faculty for 2016-17 are listed below.

RHET 100 - Academic Writing for the American Classroom
This course is designed for multilingual and international students interested in exploring the writing process in English, with particular focus on American academic conventions and expectations of inquiry, argument, and attribution of sources. The class will serve as a writing community in which students read and discuss the work of classmates. Students will write often, reflect on their individual writing process, and meet regularly with the instructor to discuss progress.  Instructor: D. Guidry

Writing Courses for First-and Second-Year Students


For first- or second-year students seeking an introduction to college writing. These courses focus on a variety of topics, but they all offer substantial attention to the process of writing and to critical thinking and reading. Many sections are interdisciplinary and employ a workshop/discussion format. Especially recommended for first- and second-year students who do not feel prepared to take other Writing Certification or Writing Intensive courses across the curriculum

RHET 103 - College Writing: Motives and Methods
In this course students explore their writing processes, learn how to read more critically, write in a variety of forms and develop research skills. The class serves as a writing community in which to discuss essays and writing strategies and share written work. Assignments are designed to challenge students and involve them in the kinds of reading, writing, and research that will serve them well at Oberlin and in their lives outside the college. Instructor: D. Guidry

RHET 104 (-01 & -02) - College Writing and Beyond: Negotiating Language, Culture and Power
In this course, students will work to create meaning and knowledge through reading and writing as they negotiate issues of language, culture, and power. Students will explore the challenges and possibilities of using multiple language and cultural resources when writing for diverse purposes and audiences. Assignments are also designed to prompt students to think critically and analytically about language use and writing strategies. Instructor: Staff

RHET 105 - Writing to Learn and Participate 
This course is about writing to accomplish something. Class activities emphasize strategies used in college papers and how non-academic writing requires similar skills in research, argument, and composition. Students write weekly drafts of several short papers, which are workshopped in class meetings and discussed in individual appointments with the instructor. P/NP Grading  Instructor: J. Cooper

RHET 106 - Writing About Media  
This course is designed for students interested in exploring what it means to write about and through various forms of media. Through a combination of papers, blogs and presentations, students will think about the rhetorics involved in forms like advertising, television, comics, movies, and popular music, while developing the analytical skills to help them better understand these varied modes of media expression. In doing so, they will also be introduced to different modes of college writing, ways to develop fluency and facility with academic forms and rhetorical terms, and skills that can be applied across the college curriculum. The class will serve as a writing community in which students read and discuss the work of classmates. Students will write often, reflect on their individual writing process, and meet regularly with the instructor to discuss progress.  Instructor: B. Doan  

RHET 110 - Writing with Speech
In this course, students will develop skills needed to construct and deliver effective speeches by recognizing the role of communication in cultivating engaged participation in public life and encouraging an audience-centered approach to speaking, persuasion, and rhetoric. While theoretical foundations of public speaking methods and techniques will be discussed, this is a practice-oriented course. As such, students will develop effective writing and speaking techniques through classroom discussions, activities, and assignments. Students will develop speeches and presentations based upon their own socio-political interests. Instructor: C. Smith

Courses for Students at any level


RHET 120 - Journalism Basics
This course will cover basic reporting, news and features writing, and ethics in journalism. In addition to course writing assignments, students will be encouraged to produce articles for student and local publications.   Instructor: F. Protzman

Writing Courses for Students Beyond the First Year


Rhetoric and Composition courses at the 200-level are intended for students beyond the first year who are interested in improving their writing skills. Issues in disciplinary discourses and composing and revising for a range of writing tasks are emphasized through frequent writing assignments, class discussions, and writing workshops. First-year students may enroll in these courses only by special consent of the instructor.

RHET 204 - Writing for Social Justice
In this course, we will explore the rhetorical aspects of social justice writing. As a class, we will critically analyze the strategies and ethics of a diverse range of activists and public intellectuals who use their writing as a form of social critique and to effect social change. Students will develop, negotiate, and revise their own writing strategies and ethics as they write on social justice issues relevant to their interests. Instructor: Staff

RHET 307 - From Nature Writing to Ecopoetics

A writing workshop for exploring current debates about “nature writing” and “ecopoetics.” Through a combination of literary analysis, our own creative production and peer critique in a workshop setting, and experiential exercises, we will interrogate the concepts of “nature,” “the natural,” and “the environment.” What are they? How do we relate to them? How do we communicate them? Closed to First-Year students. Instructor: M. Wilkinson

RHET 401 - Teaching and Tutoring Writing Across the Disciplines
In this course, students study composition theory and pedagogy and at the same time learn to work with with their peers on writing in either the writing center or in a writing-intensive/writing-advanced course offered in various disciplines. In the process of helping to educate others, students work toward a fuller understanding of their own educational experiences, particularly in writing.  Instructor: L. McMillin

Practica


These courses offer students a chance to gain practical experience in writing either by working with an approved student publication or by developing a grant or fellowship application.

RTCP 107 - Practicum in Journalism
Through this course students earn academic credit working for an approved journalistic publication on campus. The course does not meet as a class, but students are expected to attend all required staff meetings and fulfill the assignments made by their editors.  Instructor: J. Cooper


SPRING 2017

Writing Courses for First-and Second-Year Students


For first- or second-year students seeking an introduction to college writing. These courses focus on a variety of topics, but they all offer substantial attention to the process of writing and to critical thinking and reading. Many sections are interdisciplinary and employ a workshop/discussion format. Especially recommended for first- and second-year students who do not feel prepared to take other Writing Certification or Writing Intensive courses across the curriculum.

RHET 103 (01 and 02) - College Writing: Motives and Methods
In this course students explore their writing processes, learn how to read more critically, write in a variety of forms and develop research skills. The class serves as a writing community in which to discuss essays and writing strategies and share written work. Assignments are designed to challenge students and involve them in the kinds of reading, writing, and research that will serve them well at Oberlin and in their lives outside the college. Instructor: D. Guidry

RHET 104 - College Writing and Beyond: Negotiating Language, Culture and Power  
In this course, students will work to create meaning and knowledge through reading and writing as they negotiate issues of language, culture, and power. Students will explore the challenges and possibilities of using multiple language and cultural resources when writing for diverse purposes and audiences. Assignments are also designed to prompt students to think critically and analytically about language use and writing strategies. Instructor: Staff

RHET 105 - Writing to Learn and Participate 
This course is about writing to accomplish something. Class activities emphasize strategies used in college papers and how non-academic writing requires similar skills in research, argument, and composition. Students write weekly drafts of several short papers, which are workshopped in class meetings and discussed in individual appointments with the instructor. P/NP Grading  Instructor: J. Cooper

RHET 110 - Speaking and Writing  
In this course, students will develop skills needed to construct and deliver effective speeches by recognizing the role of communication in cultivating engaged participation in public life and encouraging an audience-centered approach to speaking, persuasion, and rhetoric. While theoretical foundations of public speaking methods and techniques will be discussed, this is a practice-oriented course. As such, students will develop effective writing and speaking techniques through classroom discussions, activities, and assignments. Students will develop speeches and presentations based upon their own socio-political interests. Instructor: C. Smith

Writing Courses for Students Beyond the First Year


Rhetoric and Composition courses at the 200-level are intended for students beyond the first year who are interested in improving their writing skills. Issues in disciplinary discourses and composing and revising for a range of writing tasks are emphasized through frequent writing assignments, class discussions, and writing workshops. First-year students may enroll in these courses only by special consent of the instructor.

RHET 204 - Writing for Social Justice
In this course, we will explore the rhetorical aspects of social justice writing. As a class, we will critically analyze the strategies and ethics of a diverse range of activists and public intellectuals who use their writing as a form of social critique and to effect social change. Students will develop, negotiate, and revise their own writing strategies and ethics as they write on social justice issues relevant to their interests. Instructor: Staff

RHET 208 - American Political Rhetorics
In this course we will analyze, discuss, write about, and present on how American political rhetorics work.  We will focus on contemporary campaign advertising, debates, speeches and writing by presidents and candidates, and Supreme Court rulings and dissents.  We will work mostly in the television and Internet eras, when visual and social media have become central to campaign messages-and to political successes and failures.  As part of our discussions of all of these elements, we will engage with questions of how identity is used to attract-and alienate-political participation.  Research projects will expand from our class readings to bring in additional rhetorical forms, thus expanding our understanding of what comprises American political rhetorics. Instructor: D. Guidry

RHET 305 - Grant and Fellowship Proposal Writing
Sooner or later many professionals need to apply for grants. This course covers the basics of writing grant proposals or fellowship applications and researching funding sources. Students will learn to use the Cleveland Foundation Center’s database and work on a proposal to fund a community-based project or fellowship proposal in their area of interest. Instruction includes individual attention to fundamental college-level writing skills. Especially useful for artists, scientists, and community activists. Instructor: J. Cooper

RHET 401 - Teaching and Tutoring Writing Across the Disciplines
In this course, students study composition theory and pedagogy and at the same time learn to work with with their peers on writing in either the writing center or in a writing-intensive/writing-advanced course offered in various disciplines. In the process of helping to educate others, students work toward a fuller understanding of their own educational experiences, particularly in writing.  Instructor: L. McMillin

Practica


These courses offer students a chance to gain practical experience in writing either by working with an approved student publication or by developing a grant or fellowship application.

RTCP 107 - Practicum in Journalism
Through this course students earn academic credit working for an approved journalistic publication on campus. The course does not meet as a class, but students are expected to attend all required staff meetings and fulfill the assignments made by their editors.  Instructor: J. Cooper

RTCP 308 - Fellowship Writing
Second Semester, First Module
This course is for students interested in writing applications for awards committees. Sessions will combine discussions of successful applications, in-class tutorials, and limited lecturing. We will focus more on editing than on generating a first draft. To that end, students can expect to apply several critical methodologies to their materials including those from literary theory, theories of visual design, and logic. Those interested in Watson, Fulbright, or Major UK awards are especially encouraged to enroll. Instructor: N. Petzak