Step Two—Rhetoric

To begin building writing and communication skills, students follow one of three course options in the freshman year, based upon your composite ACT English Composition score:

RHET 105 & SPCM 101: Principles of Composition & Public Speaking

Students who place into RHET 105 with I-card numbers ending in an even number should take RHET 105 in the fall semester and SPCM 101 in the spring semester.

Students who place into RHET 105 with I-card numbers ending in an odd number must take SPCM 101 in the fall semester and RHET 105 in the spring semester (they are not permitted to take RHET 105 in the fall).

Students who have proficiency credit or AP credit for RHET 105 can take SPCM 101 in either the fall or spring semester.

RHET 100, 101 and 102, or RHET 103 and 104, & SPCM 101: College Writing I and II, or College Composition I and II, & Principles of Effective Speaking

Students who place into RHET 101 will take RHET 100 & 101 in the fall semester and RHET 100 & 102 in the spring semester.

Students who place into RHET 103 will take RHET 103 in the fall semester and RHET 104 in the spring semester.

SPCM 101 should be taken first semester, sophomore year.

SPCM 111 & 112: Verbal Communication

Students who place into RHET 105 may elect to take the SPCM 111 & 112 sequence in place of the SPCM 101 & RHET 105 sequence.

Students who choose this sequence will take SPCM 111 in the fall semester and SPCM 112 in the spring semester.

About the Courses . . .

RHET 100: RHEToric Tutorial

Tutoring in writing skills to be scheduled by individual tutors. Open only to students placed in and registered for RHET 101 or RHET 102. May be repeated to a maximum of 31 2 hours. Approved for S/U grading only. Prerequisite: Concurrent registration in RHET 101 or RHET 102. 1 hour.

RHET 101: College Writing, I

Instruction in structuring argumentative essays: concentrates on creating problem statements, making points, and providing evidence in academic essays. This course is the first term of a two-term sequence (RHET 101/100-RHET 102/100) that fulfills the campus Composition I general education requirement. Credit is not given for both RHET 101 and RHET 103. Prerequisite: Concurrent registration in RHET 100; placement in RHET 101. 3 hours.

RHET 102: College Writing, II

Continued instruction in structuring argumentative essays: concentrates on evidence, claims, warrants, issues, discussion, and elements of style. Second term of a two-term sequence (RHET 101/100-RHET 102/100) that fulfills the campus Composition I general education requirement. Credit is not given for both RHET 102 and either RHET 104 or RHET 105. Prerequisite: RHET 101; concurrent registration in RHET 100. 3 hours.

RHET 103: College Composition, I

Instruction in structuring argumentative essays: concentrates on creating problem statements, making points, and providing evidence in academic essays. This is the first term of a two-term sequence (RHET 103-RHET 104) that satisfies the campus Composition I general education requirement. Credit is not given for both RHET 103 and RHET 101. Prerequisite: Placement in RHET 103. 3 hours.

RHET 104: College Composition, II

Continued instruction in structuring argumentative essays: concentrates on evidence, claims, warrants, issues, discussion, and elements of style. This is the second term of a two-term sequence (RHET 103-RHET 104) that satisfies the campus Composition I general education requirement. Credit is not given for both RHET 104 and either RHET 102 or RHET 105. Prerequisite: RHET 103. 3 hours.

RHET 105: Principles of Composition

Study of the methods of exposition, the problems of argument, the use of evidence, and style; practice in expository writing. This course fulfills the Campus Composition I general education requirement. Credit is not given for both RHET 105 and either RHET 108 or SPCM 111 and SPCM 112. 4 hours.

SPCM 101: Public Speaking

Preparation and presentation of short informative and persuasive speeches; emphasis on the selection and organization of material, methods of securing interest and attention, and the elements of delivery. Credit is not given for both SPCM 101 and either SPCM 111 or SPCM 112. 3 hours.

SPCM 111: Oral & Written Communication I

Principles and practice in communication; stress on fundamentals of critical thinking in writing and speaking. The Campus rhetoric requirement is fulfilled by this course in conjunction with SPCM 112. Credit is not given for both SPCM 111 and SPCM 112, and College Information 32 College of Business Undergraduate Student Handbook other courses that fulfill the Composition I requirement (i.e., RHET 100; RHET 101 and RHET 102; RHET 103 and RHET 104; RHET 105; RHET 108; ESL 114 and ESL 115). Credit is also not given for both SPCM 111-SPCM 112 and SPCM 101. SPCM 111-SPCM 112 may not be taken by students who have completed the University's Composition I requirement. 3 hours.

SPCM 112: Oral & Written Communication II

Continuation of Oral & Written Comm I; stress on deliberation and fundamentals of communication and public argument through speaking and writing. The campus rhetoric requirement is fulfilled by this course in conjunction with SPCM 111. Credit is not given for both SPCM 111-SPCM 112 and other courses that fulfill the Composition I requirement (i.e., RHET 100; RHET 101 and RHET 102; RHET 103 and RHET 104; RHET 105; RHET 108; ESL 114 and ESL 115). Credit is also not given for both SPCM 111-SPCM 112 and SPCM 101. SPCM 111-SPCM 112 may not be taken by students who have completed the University's Composition I requirement. Prerequisite: SPCM 111. 3 hours.

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