Upcoming RHCS Spring 2022 Courses

RHCS 100-01: Public Speaking (T/R) 9:00-10:15 a.m.

RHCS 100-02: Public Speaking (M/W) 9:00-10:15 a.m.

RHCS 102-01: Interpersonal Communication (M/W) 1:30-2:45 p.m.

RHCS 102-02: Interpersonal Communication (M/W) 3:00-4:15 p.m.

RHCS 103-01: Rhetorical Theory (T/R) 12:00-1:15 p.m.

RHCS 103-02: Rhetorical Theory (T/R) 1:30-2:45 p.m.

RHCS 104-01: Interpreting Rhetorical Texts (T/R) 12:00-1:15 p.m.

RHCS 105-01: Media, Culture and Identity (T/R) 10:30-11:45 a.m.

RHCS 105-02:  Media, Culture and Identity (T/R) 1:30-2:45 p.m.

RHCS 245-01: Digital Humanities (M/W) 3:00-4:15 p.m.

RHCS 295-01: Visual and Visuality in Rhetorical Criticism (M/W) 9:00-10:15 a.m.

RHCS 343-01: Rhetoric and Politics  (T/R) 10:30-11:45 a.m.

RHCS 350-01: Rhetoric in a Globalized World (M/W) 10:30-11:45 a.m.

RHCS 412-01 ST:#BlackGirlsMadeThis: Black Girls’ Online Media Making (T) 3:00-5:45 p.m.

RHCS 412-02 ST: Rhetoric of South Asia (W) 12:00-2:45 p.m.

RHCS 412-03 ST:Ritual in Contemporary Society (M/W) 12:00-1:15 p.m.

Course Descriptions

RHCS295: Vision & Visuality in Rhetorical Criticism — Dr. Barney

Explores how the visual image has changed the study of rhetoric in profound ways and broadened our understanding of the relationship between symbols and cultures. In this introduction to the rhetorical criticism of visual texts, students will learn how to research, write, and read criticism on a variety of forms, including photographs, films, television, print advertising, maps, even material spaces –paying special attention to how these forms are embedded in complex historical contexts. At the same time, students will consider how the concept of “vision” itself in the interpretation of rhetorical artifacts has important political and social implications.


RHCS 412 (01): #BlackGirlsMadeThis: Black Girls’ Online Media Making (Special Topics Seminar in Media Studies) – Dr. Stringfield

 In this seminar, students will explore and learn to analyze Black women and girls’ online media making, digital curatorial work and community-building practices in the twenty-first century from a Black feminist perspective. We will engage the criticism of scholars such as Drs. Jessica Marie Johnson, Moya Bailey, and Catherine Knight Steele to examine and analyze Black women and girls’ expressions of joy, resistance, and self-making across various media case studies in web series, music, social media and blogging and digital magazines. Students will become confidence and knowledgeable about major arguments and concepts that form the foundation of Black feminist digital humanities and digital media studies that impact Black women’s online media practices like: misogynoir, intersectionality, digital alchemy, and cultural appropriation. This course will encourage students to embrace creative, collaborative, and critical work throughout the semester. 

RHCS 412 (02): Rhetoric of South Asia – Dr. Mifsud

In this seminar, we study the rhetorical production of “South Asia” in contemporary U. S. media cycles. Our work is guided by the inspiring critical and creative work of such writers as Gayatri Spivak, Arundhati Roy, Edward Said, Homi Bhabha, Amartya Sen and Martin Bernal. We equip ourselves with classical, critical, and creative tools from rhetorical theory, and with a feminist focus, we excavate discourses of cultural violence and innovate rhetorical means of their elimination. We engage an array of connected texts, artifacts, accounts, and case studies from the ancient epic Ramayana, to the pillars of Akbar, the erotic temples of Khajuraho, the arguments in British Parliament circa 1800s of Edmund Burke and Charles James Fox against the East India Trading Company, Gandhi’s famous speeches, personal accounts of the Great Partition, youth culture rhetoric’s in Bangladesh, and the contemporary transnational and transmedia rhetoric’s to build the Ram temple. Student work is collaborative, collective, critical, and creative, oriented towards digital/media production for public audiences.

RHCS 412 (03): Ritual in Contemporary Society – Dr. Cavenaugh

This course explores the communicative and social functions of rituals in everyday, contemporary experience. Ritual lies at the intersection of the symbolic and the transformative. A wedding ritual, for instance, is both an attempt to symbolize ideals about marriage and a speech act that produces a married couple. This course explores how ritual functions in contemporary Westernized cultures to create, sustain, and transform identities and communities.