9:55 - 10:45; Tuesdays and Thursdays in Vilas 4070

Professor Robert Howard
6144 Vilas Communication Hall
OH: 11:00 - 12:00 Thursdays

(Please email ahead if possible to ensure availability.)

Midterm Exam: 10/23, 9:55 - 10:45 AM
Comprehensive Exam: 12/14, 02:45 - 04:45 PM
(If you are unable to attend these exams, please sign up for the course another semester.)

Discussion Section

TA Erik Hjalmeby

(Please note: discussion sections are not interchangeable.)

#301: 11:00 Tuesdays 2653 Humanities (Honors Section)
#302: 11:00 Tuesdays 2180 Grainger
#303: 12:05 Tuesdays 4015 Vilas
#304: 9:55 Wednesdays 2165 Grainger
#305: 11:00 Wednesdays 348 Birge
#306: 12:05 Wednesdays 4041 Vilas



Paper Proposal Form

Course Objectives:

(1) to gain a sense of the breadth and impact of classical rhetorical theory on Western religious thought; (2) to establish a general model of the historical progression of Western rhetorical traditions; (3) to explore the diversity of rhetorical analysis; (4) and to apply those analytical methods to specific examples of contemporary religious expression.

Grading and Assignments:

Grading Scale in Percents of Total Possible Earned Points
A : 100 - 93%
AB: 92 - 88%
B: 87 - 83%
BC: 82 - 78%
C: 77 - 70%
D: 69-60%
F: below 60%

Individual Assignments with Weights

Undergraduate Students

20%: midterm examination

The midterm examination will be a factual exam of all material to that point in the course. It will be taken in class on the appropriate date. Critical analysis will not be tested on the midterm.

20%: section participation

The section instructor will base this grade on the paper proposal, attendance, discussion participation, quizzes, and other criteria.

25%: final examination

The final examination will be a factual exam of the cumulative of all material in the course. It will be taken during the final time period. Critical analysis will not be tested on the final.

35%: paper

The paper must be 6-8 pages/1500 - 2000 words.
The topic must be a rhetorical analysis of the religious symbols deployed by a specific document as approved by the section instructor on or before the approval deadline.
The paper must be emailed to your section instructor by the due date via email attachment in pdf., .rtf, .or .doc format.
2.5% extra credit will be given on the paper grade if its primary document has been digital recorded by the student and is turned in with the paper.

Graduate Students

20% section participation

Graduate students may enroll in Professor Howard's section only and are expected to come to and participate in the discussions.

80% seminar length paper

The paper must be 20 -30 pages/6,000 - 10,000 words.
The topic must be approved by Professor Howard in face-to-face or email correspondence.
The paper must be emailed to your section instructor by the due date via email attachment in pdf., .rtf, .or .doc format.

Undergraduate Students Seeking Honors Credit

Undergraduate students seeking honors credit must notify the instructor by the end of the second week of the course. These students must be in Section 1 with the professor-in-charge. Successful completion of honors credit shall include the regular midterm, participation, and final. Additionally, the paper must be of 12 - 25 pages/3000 - 6000 in length, and the student will be responsible for meeting with the instructor for at least one consultation session after the paper is proposed and before the last week of classes.

Exam Dates and Times

Students not able to attend the scheduled exam dates and times may not take the exams at another time. If a student has a schedule conflict, please enroll for the course another semester when there are no conflicts. Students needing special accommodations must display their VISA to the professor-in-charge before the end of the second week of class. Every effort will be made to provide accommodations through the testing center. Exams missed due to severe illness may be rescheduled if a dated medical document is presented after the missed exam.


Full attendance is required of all students. Because discussion sections are not interchangeable, students must attend the section for which they are registered or they will not be graded and will fail the course. Because the ideas and meanings in a course such as this emerge in the interaction between the instructors and students, students missing more than 3 discussion sections shall not have participated at an acceptable level and may fail the course. Students not attending lectures will miss material not otherwise available and are obligated to seek out that material from classmates. To avoid duplication and reserve both office hours and class time for students attending lectures, please do not ask the instructors to recapitulate material missed or not understood as a result of not attending lectures.

Required Texts:

Conley, Thomas M. 1990. Rhetoric in the European Tradition. University of Chicago Press: Chicago, Illinois.
(Available for purchase at the Underground Campus Textbook Exchange.)

Course Packet
(Available to order for purchase at Bob's Copy Shop on University.)
(Also available online through links on the schedule page.)


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