Department of English

Overview of First-Year Rhetoric and Writing Program

Rhetoric is a humanistic discipline, one that examines diverse forms of persuasion across genres (including literature), cultures, and historical moments. Rhetoric is also a practical art that will cultivate your ability to communicate clearly and effectively both verbally and in writing. Students in the emphasis explore rhetorical and writing theories and processes while analyzing and producing written, oral, visual, and digital texts. As an RW emphasis with excellent critical and communicative skills, you will be well prepared for professional life in law, business, marketing, politics, education, and any field requiring analytical, persuasive, and creative approaches to writing. Because the study of Rhetoric and Writing complements and enhances all other fields of study, we encourage double-majors and minors.

English 1300 and 1305 comprise a two-semester sequence that "stretches" English 1310, the first of two required first-year writing courses, over two semesters. The "stretched" version of English 1310 was designed to give beginning writers more time to learn university standards and expectations. Students whose test scores indicate they are not prepared for 1310 enroll in English 1300 and then 1305. Both courses are credit bearing (1300 counts as three hours of elective credit, and 1305 is the three-credit-hour equivalent of 1310).

English 1300: Rhetoric and Writing I, Stretch A, is the first half of core (C01), the written communication stretch sequence for students with ENGL ACT scores below 18. The course emphasizes critical reading, writing theory, and the writing of academic essays. Students use the same course texts as English 1310, but stretch the work across two semesters.

English 1305: Rhetoric and Writing, Stretch B, is the second half of the core written communication stretch sequence for students with ENGL ACT scores of 18 or below. Students enroll in English 1305 after they have successfully completed English 1300. The course emphasizes critical reading, textual analysis, and rhetorical theory and criticism.

English 1310 is the first core writing course required of all students. ENGL 1410, ENGL 2080, ENGL 2090, or INOV 2100 are the second writing course options across the university. Students should check their discipline's requirements to determine which course they are required to take.

English 1310: Rhetoric and Writing I-Academic Reading and Analytical Writing:

Rhetoric and Writing I is the core writing course required of all students at UCCS. The English 1310 curriculum reaches purposefully beyond the high school writing curriculum. It asks students to analyze civic and academic arguments, to prepare for the critical analysis of academic texts, and to gain intellectual control of writing tasks in college courses and contexts beyond the university classroom. Presenting the idea that language matters, the course takes rhetorical theory, writing process theory, and an introduction to genre theory as course content-a signature feature of a writing-about-writing curriculum. Instructors of English 1310 design academic units around topics found in the course reader, Language Matters.

English 1410: Rhetoric and Writing II-Academic Argument and Research:

Rhetoric and Writing II focuses on academic inquiry and argument, building upon the basic analytical and rhetorical proficiencies learned in ENGL 1310. In ENGL 1410 students write in-depth researched arguments on substantive issues (each 1410 class is focused on a theme like the 60's, immigration, education food, mass media, and Disney, and students research an aspect of the larger theme). Writers engage in extended inquiry (which encompasses identifying, evaluating, documenting, and integrating print and non-print sources), enabling them to examine their chosen issue in its full complexity. They write an extended researched argument cast in the stases they deem effective for their chosen rhetorical situations.

Text: The core text for ENGL 1410 is Jeanne Fahnestock and Marie Secor's A Rhetoric of Argument, which affords students theoretical and practical access to rhetorical principles, concepts, strategies, and instructional activities necessary for their successful use of classical stasis. Writing faculty also select additional texts based on their chosen topics of study.

College of Letters, Arts & Sciences | Department of English
Phone: (719) 255-4018 | Location: COLU 1025
Department Chair Dr. Lesley Ginsberg | Phone: (719) 255-4004 |
Administrative Contact: Rose Johnson | Phone: (719) 255-4018 |