English, Rhetorics of Science, Technology, and Culture, Certificate
Rhetorical understanding and the ability to produce rhetorically effective texts are excellent complements to any academic discipline, because every specialty depends on the discovery and dissemination of ideas, as well as the structuring of arguments in the process of building knowledge in a field. The Rhetorics of Science, Technology, and Culture (RSTC) certificate offers a focused study in the kinds of choices we make when we analyze and communicate scientific, technical, and diverse cultural phenomena, whether through traditional written text, visuals, video, internet venues, or some multimodal combination of those. Students will have opportunities not only to research in a wide variety of fields, including understanding different modes of communication and cultural practices, but to create and edit documents that best address the needs of their intended audiences, ranging from specialists to the general public. An RSTC certificate could enhance the career options of any student majoring or minoring in a science, technology, or social science field, and in its attention to various kinds of practical know-how—e.g., science writing, technical writing, grant writing, nature writing, editing—could also increase the career options for students in the humanities and the arts.
|Fifteen semester credits, selected from:||15|
|Histories and Theories of Rhetoric|
or CJ 207
|Introduction to Rhetoric and Society|
|Editing and Publications Management|
|Visual Rhetorics of Science, Technology, and Culture|
|Grant Proposal Writing|
|Seminar in Science and Nature Writing|
|Seminar in Rhetorics of Science, Technology, and Culture 1|
|Internship in Writing|
Strongly recommended, but should not be taken until student has successfully completed at least three other courses in the array.
Note: There must be at least 48 unique credits between a student's major and this certificate if course work overlaps for purposes of meeting graduation requirements for first and second degree programs.