BA in English – Rhetoric/Composition Emphasis

Rhetoric and composition courses, beyond the freshman level, are offered through the Department of English. Students may obtain a Bachelor of Arts in English with an emphasis in Rhetoric and Composition.

Students wishing to pursue a graduate degree in any field or those interested in teaching writing at the high school level will be immersed in classical and modern rhetoric. Students will learn how rhetoric is an ancient and useful study, one of the original seven Liberal Arts (along with logic, grammar, arithmetic, geometry, astronomy and music). The principles of rhetoric have been employed in law, politics, education, science, and religion from classical Greece and Rome through the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, and into the modern eras of the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. Each of these areas will be studied.

Core Requirements – 70-76 hours

Christian Literacy – (18-24 hours)

LOWER LEVEL COURSES

  • BI 1211/1311 Life of Christ
  • BI 1214/1314 Book of Acts
  • BI 2202/2302 Pentateuch
  • BI Elective (2/3 hours)

UPPER LEVEL COURSES

  • BI 3311 Marriage and Family
  • BI 4311 Christian Cultural Heritage
  • BI Elective (2/3 hours)
  • BI Elective (2/3 hours)

Christian Heritage Literacy – (12 hours)

  • HU 1310 Western Cultural Heritage I
  • HU 1320 Western Cultural Heritage II
  • HU 2310 Western Cultural Heritage III
  • HU 2320 American Cultural Heritage

Mathematical and Scientific Literacy – (10 hours)

  • Mathematics Requirement: MH 1338 Finite Mathematics or higher
  • Physical Science Requirement: a Physical Science, Chemistry, or Physics course
  • Natural Science Requirement: one course from Biology
  • Scientific Laboratory Requirement: one scientific laboratory companion course for either the course taken for the Physical Science requirement or the Natural Science requirement.

Information and Communication Literacy – (21 hours)

COMPOSITION AND LITERATURE

  • EH 1301 English Composition I
  • EH 1302 English Composition II
  • EH 2301 or EH 2303

COMMUNICATION

EH 1303 Speech Communication

TECHNOLOGY (ONE FROM THE FOLLOWING LIST)

  • CA 1302 Computer Applications
  • CS 2305 Intro to Computer Science & Programming
  • INF 1300 Information Research and Strategies
  • ED 2325 Technology in the Classroom [required for students seeking ED degrees]

FOREIGN LANGUAGE

6 hours in a given foreign language. Students pursuing a BA degree in English who have not earned six (6) hours or more of foreign language credit at the college level may meet this requirement by achieving a passing score on a nationally administered standardized exam in foreign language. Otherwise students will need to take six (6) hours or more in a given foreign language.

Personal and Social Literacy – (10 hours)

  • PE 1300 Lifetime Fitness
  • FE 1100 Freshman Experience
  • PE Activity – Two one-hour activity courses
  • Social Science: PY 1310 Introduction to Psychology
  • FASL 1090 Service-learning Course I
  • FASL 2090 Service-learning Course II
  • FASL 3090 Service-learning Course III
  • FASL 4190 Service-learning Course IV – Counts as a one-hour course

Requirements for Composition/Rhetoric Emphasis – 42 hours

  • EH 3315 Technical Writing – 3 hours
  • EH 3301 Advanced Composition – 3 hours
  • EH 33XX/43XX American or British Literature (upper level) – 6 hours
  • EH 4301 Literary Criticism – 3 hours
  • EH 4317 Rhetorical Theory – 3 hours
  • EH 3321 Feature Writing – 3 hours
  • EH 3301 Introduction to Philosophy – 3 hours
  • EH 3303 Logic – 3 hours
  • EH 4361/62/63/64 Special Topics – 3 hours
  • EH 3300 Creative Writing – 3 hours
  • EH 3302 or 3304 Fiction Writing or Poetry Writing – 3 hours
  • EH 4351 Studies in the English Language – 3 hours
  • EH 4312 Internship – 3 hours

Electives – 12 hours

Total Hours – 125-130 hours

Note

48 hours of upper level credits are required for graduation. This number decreases by one hour for each upper level BI course taken for 2-hour credit.