Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
1. Identify and write clearly about rhetorical theories from the classical period to the present-day.
2. Analyze in writing the influence of classical rhetoric as it applies to our current understanding of persuasion, communication and our political process.
3. Summarize in writing how rhetoric and ethical and social responsibility are influenced by one another.
4. Demonstrate in writing an understanding of terminology, the physical and cultural evolution of rhetoric, and the role of rhetoric in present-day politics.
5. Conduct research and generate a written analysis of the socio-political development of rhetoric and the role of rhetoric in our electronic age, and offer speculation as to the future of rhetoric as technology continues to expand.
6. Participate in workgroups and collaboratively write a persuasive argument; analyze the persuasive arguments of other workgroups and rate according to their adherence to Aristotelian standards, their cohesiveness/logic and their overall execution.
7. Respond in writing to historical "landmark" speeches, and analyze the context, influence and lasting effects thereof.
8. Employ APA documentation style for research papers, and demonstrate a proficiency in critical analysis.