Capstone Project in Rhet Crit

Course Description

Writing the Master’s thesis or capstone project. Taken as the last course in the M.A. English with a Specialization in Rhetoric program. Exceptions may be made if within two courses of program completion, with approval of the lead faculty. Students study published models of rhetorical criticism. They hone critical tools and apply them to a substantial, original project. Working closely with the capstone instructor and peers, students take this project from inception to final form: a work of professional-quality rhetorical criticism. Grading basis is S/U only. Course is eligible for In Progress (IP) grade.

Learning Outcomes

  • Produce abstracts and articles in accordance with submission guidelines for presentations at academic conferences and publication in scholarly journals.
  • Compose rigorous peer critiques.
  • Evaluate the relevance and validity of different approaches to rhetorical criticism in producing a substantial, original project.
  • Produce a work of professional-quality rhetorical criticism.


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