Introduction to the First-Year Rhetoric and Writing Program

Rhetoric is a discipline in the humanities that examines diverse forms of persuasion across genres, cultures, and historical moments. Rhetoric is also an art that enables practitioners to communicate clearly and effectively in many different modes. Students in the UCCS First-Year Rhetoric and Writing courses explore rhetorical and writing theories and processes while analyzing and producing written, oral, visual, and digital texts. Students strengthen their critical and communicative skills within First-Year Rhetoric and Writing courses while also fulfilling the core writing course requirements in UCCS's Compass Curriculum

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who complete courses in the First-Year Rhetoric and Writing Program achieve the following learning outcomes:

Rhetorical Knowledge: Students will learn and apply key rhetorical concepts by analyzing and composing a variety of texts and responding to and recognizing diverse rhetorical situations and purposes for a range of audiences; students will consider constraints that are inherent to different environments and acquire the ability to transfer rhetorical concepts to contexts beyond the classroom.

Critical Thinking, Reading, and Composing: Students will develop strategies for critical thinking, analytical reading, academic research, and rhetorically informed writing.

Processes: Students will employ rhetorical knowledge to develop a recursive, transferable writing process suited to academic aims; this process may include reading, inventing, drafting, collaborating, reflecting, and revising.

Knowledge of Conventions: Students will develop knowledge of genre conventions, syntactical structures, and commonly accepted citation and format styles for rhetorical impact and to protect intellectual property.

Habits of Mind: Students will name and value habits of mind that help them flourish in a variety of disciplines and contexts. Students will practice curiosity, creativity, persistence, and metacognition.

Multimodal Composition: Students will be able to strategically compose and rhetorically analyze a range of texts including print, electronic, visual, verbal, and aural texts such as presentations, essays, webpages, videos, podcasts, and/or other formats.

Courses