ENG 450: Rhetorical Studies


Rhetorical Studies is a specialized course designed to expose students to the theories and applications of the writing and reading processes and to enhance critical thinking skills. This course will assist students to effectively use the tools of reading, writing, and thinking in their personal, professional, and public lives.


  1. Demonstrate an ability to review, analyze, and practice principles of classical and contemporary rhetorical theory, including visual rhetoric.
  2. Demonstrate multiple rhetorical approaches through multiple audiences, purposes, and genres.


Complete all of the following:

Required Materials


You must purchase the following required textbook:

Ramage, John D., John C. Bean, and June Johnson. Writing Arguments: A Rhetoric with Readings. Concise Edition. 7th ed. New York: Pearson Longman, 2016. (ISBN-10: 032196428-4   ISBN-13: 978-032196428-1)

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Since this is an online course, it is your responsibility to arrange to use a computer with reliable internet access. (The higher speed you have for your internet access, the easier the course will be for you to complete.) It is also your responsibility to make sure you have the word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software required to complete your assignments.

Grading Policies

Grades will be based on your work in the following weighted categories:

You may check your progress in the course at any time by accessing the gradebook in I-Learn. In assigning final grades for this course, the instructor will use the BYU-Idaho Standard Grade Definition criteria listed below.

A = The grade of ‘A’ represents outstanding understanding, application, and integration of subject material and extensive evidence of original thinking, skillful use of concepts, and ability to analyze and solve complex problems. Demonstrates diligent application of Learning Model principles, including initiative in serving other students.

B = The grade of ‘B’ presents considerable/significant understanding, application, and incorporation of the material, which would prepare a student to be successful in next level courses, graduate school, or employment. The student participates in the Learning Model as applied in the course.

C = The grade of ‘C’ represents sufficient understanding of subject matter. The student demonstrates minimal initiative to be prepared for class. Sequenced courses could be attempted, but mastering new materials might prove challenging. The student participates marginally in the Learning Model.

D = The grade of ‘D’ represents poor performance and initiative to learn, understand, and apply course materials. Retaking a course or remediation may be necessary to prepare for additional instruction in this subject matter.

F = The grade of ‘F’ represents failure in the course.

Grading Scale

A 100%–93% C 76%–73%
A- 92%–90% C- 72%–70%
B+ 89%–87% D+ 69%–67%
B 86%–83% D 66%–63%
B- 82%–80% D- 62%–60%
C+ 79%–77% F 59% and lower

University Policies

Read the University Policies page located in I-Learn. Make sure that you understand what these policies mean for you as a student. If you have questions about any of these policies, you should contact your instructor.

Personal Honor

In this class, our interactions with each other should be guided at all times by the following principles of personal honor.

You should make sure that you understand the above principles of personal honor. It is important for all class members to strive to follow the above principles in our associations with one another.

If you have any questions about how Personal Honor is related to academic honesty or the University's dress and grooming standards, you may visit the University Standards web page to get more information.

Course Schedule

This course has been designed to follow a weekly schedule in which you will complete one lesson per week. Check the Calendar tool in I-Learn to see due dates and details. Additionally, all activity instructions include the due date and time. If you have any questions about when a specific assignment is due, you should contact your instructor for assistance.

The average study time is 3 to 4 hours per week per credit to earn a “B” grade. So, for a 3-credit class, it is expected that you will spend an average of 9-12 hours of total study time each week to successfully complete this course. You may need to put in more study time to earn a higher grade or to accommodate your personal learning needs. Consequently, in order to keep up with the assignments and learn the most from this class, you should schedule about 1 to 2 hours a day to study for this class. Also, be aware that with this course, there is no "time off" for holidays that might occur during the week. Plan ahead and arrange your study schedule so that any holiday activities do not keep you from completing learning activities by the posted due dates and times.

Learning Model Architecture

All the activities and assignments in the course are broken down into four areas which follow the Learning Model:

Prepare: Rhetorical Readings—The Theory Portion of the Class

Teach One Another: Rhetorical Application—The Practical Application Portion of the Class 

Ponder: Connections, Patterns, and Themes—The "You" Portion of the Class

Prove: Quizzes—The Assessment Portion of the Class: 


The instructor reserves the right to change any part of this syllabus at any time during the semester in order to adapt to changing course needs. You will be notified prior to any changes that may take place.

Please visit the University Policies page to read BYU-Idaho’s policies on student honor, students with disabilities, sexual harassment, and complaints and grievances.