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Upcoming RHCS Fall 2022 Courses 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

RHCS 106-01: Introduction to Cultural Studies (T/R) 3:00-4:15 PM

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

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

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

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

RHCS 352-01 Media Theory (M/W) 10:30-11:45 AM

RHCS 412-01 ST: Race, Ethnicity and Media (T) 3:00-5:45 PM

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

RHCS 412-03 ST: Seminar in Media Studies  (M/W) 12:00-1:15 PM 

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: Race, Ethnicity, and Media- Dr. Cho

 How do media discourses about difference provide insight into the reproduction of inequality? What kinds of racialized logics and ideologies are embedded in media? This course takes an interdisciplinary approach to these questions, relying on humanistic social science inquiry to study race, ethnicity, and mass media. By foregrounding the history and experiences of marginalized groups in the US, we will examine the power dynamics and context – historical, socio-political, and cultural – in which media representations are produced, disseminated, interpreted, and contested. Although our primary geographical focus is on the United States, our readings will also examine the complex ways “racecraft” (Fields & Fields, 2014) occurs in global media contexts. Along the way, we will incorporate intersectional identities, such as gender, sexuality, class, age, ability, nationality, immigration status, and language, into our discussions to better understand how they inform media production and consumption. An important part of our exploration this semester is studying media texts themselves to gain the necessary tools to critically consume dominant racial and ethnic representations in mass media. We also examine how media producers and audiences create meaning and space for alternative discourse through ethnic media, independent media, and digital media. This fall, we will concentrate on media discourses in educational spaces; ‘diversity’ in news production and representation; how race and ethnicity operate in political communication; and a student-led area of inquiry.

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 412-01: Seminar in Media Studies- TBA

Advanced course in the study of media and digital culture. More details to follow. For questions, contact the RHCS chair, Timothy Barney, at