About RCL

RCL Section 1

Instructor: Teresa Hamilton    tlh40@psu.edu
Class Location: 202 Chambers Building
Office hours by appointment

RCL Section 2

Instructor: Jessica O’Hara        jjo12@psu.edu
Class Location 103 Rackley Building
Office hours Wednesday nights by appointment

Course Textbook: Rhetoric and Civic Life, Second Custom Edition for Penn State. Crowley and Hawhee. Custom textbook. IBSN: 9781269958486

ENGL/CAS 137H-138T, Rhetoric and Civic Life (RCL), is a year-long honors course offering comprehensive training in oral, written, visual, and digital communication for the twenty-first century. It unites these various modes under the flexible art of rhetoric and uses rhetoric both to strengthen communication skills and to sharpen awareness of the challenges and advantages presented by oral, written, visual, and digital modes.

RCL I focuses particularly on two critical academic capacities: analyzing and contextualizing. In this semester, students learn to rigorously examine the rhetoric surrounding them, compellingly present their findings in various modes, and thoughtfully contextualize their research.

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