Section: Composition, Humanities, Schools   |   School: School of Rhetoric

Both Rhetoric courses carry the honors designation.

Rhetoric I introduces students to the concepts and practical principles of the ancient art of rhetoric, the third part of the classical Trivium. Drawn largely from Aristotle’s Rhetoric and Quintilian’s Institutio Oratoria, the course trains students in using and applying the classical rhetorical canons to a variety of spoken and written assignments. In particular, students learn how to think rhetorically as both producers and critics of persuasive communication, guided by knowledge of the rhetorical process, kairos and stasis theory, the common topics and proofs. Students also continue to develop their skill in constructing well-organized essays and speeches, advancing their range of stylistic expression, preparation and delivery. Underlying this course is the assumption that excellent speech and writing bring glory to God and bring us to enjoy Him.

Topics include: the various forms and key principles of rhetoric; the key elements of rhetoric at work in various historical speeches and writings; how to apply rhetorical concepts and principles in formal and informal speech and writing.  

Prerequisite: Logic 2 or permission of Registrar

Suggested Grade Level: 11

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