Program Overview

The Rhetoric and Writing Program encompasses the following core undergraduate general education courses: ENGL 1310: Academic Reading and Analytical Writing,  and ENGL 1410: Argument and Inquiry.  ENGL 1310 is a core requirement for all undergraduates at UCCS.  ENGL 1410 is the second core writing requirement for undergraduates in many majors. The Rhetoric and Writing Program rises vertically in scope from ENGL 1310 and ENGL 1410 (our core writing foundation) to encompass a BA in English with a Rhetoric and Writing emphasis.  A related degree plan with a substantive subset of rhetoric and writing coursework is our undergraduate BA in English with a Teacher Preparation emphasis in either elementary or secondary education. For a complete overview of our program's history, instructional philosophies, and emphasis on professional development, please see "Language Matters: Rhetoric and Writing I as Course Content" and "WPA as Rhetor: Scholarly Production and the Difference a Discipline Makes."

The Rhetoric and Writing First-year Program:

English 1310 and 1410, Rhetoric and Writing I and II comprise the first-year rhetoric and writing curricula and are aligned with the Council of Writing program Administrators' Recommended Outcomes for First-Year Writing Curricula (College English, Volume 63, Number 2, January 2001).

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

Rhetoric and Writing I is the first course in a two-course sequence of core writing courses. 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. Please also see the English 1310 Outcomes and Assessment Data(1300 and 1305: two semesters that end up being equivalent to 1310.)

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

Rhetoric and Writing II is the second course in the two-course sequence of core writing courses. The English 1410 curriculum builds on the basic rhetorical and analytical competencies learned in English 1310 and moves students beyond analytical writing to engage in extended academic inquiry and write researched arguments on substantive issues. The course asks students to invent appropriate ethical, pathetic, and logical appeals in the development of their own arguments, and introduces classical stasis theory as a method of invention. In addition, students use Stephen Toulmin's concepts of warrant, backing, grounds, data, and claim to evaluate and revise their own reasoning and arguments.

By the end of the course, students should be able to effectively map complex issues, accurately summarize and responsibly present counterclaims, and strategically cast their arguments in stases deemed effective for particular rhetorical situations. Instructors of English 1410 determine the topics of inquiry and research, select appropriate readings, and use  A Rhetoric of Argument as the course rhetoric.  Please also see the English 1410 Outcomes and Assessment Data.