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 will 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 will 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 is part of what brings glory to God and part of what brings us to enjoy Him.

Prerequisites: Logic 2 or permission of the instructor

2022-2023 Rhetoric Book Lists