COM 202 Rhetorical Criticism (3 credits)
This is a course in the practical art of rhetorical criticism. The course focuses on the application of standard rhetorical critical methods to communication artifacts. Although rhetorical criticism has its roots in the evaluation of speeches, this course provides students the opportunity to evaluate a wide range of communication artifacts, ranging from speeches to films, music, art, and even architecture. Through rhetorical criticism, students learn to better understand the motives, strategies, and effects of strategic public communication. Class activities, discussions, readings and assignments are designed to develop communication, critical thinking, and analytical skills through an introduction to rhetorical criticism. Prerequisite: Any 100-level Communication course or Permission of Instructor.