Requirements for the Minor

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The undergraduate minor in rhetoric and persuasion requires a minimum of 15 s.h., including 12 s.h. earned in courses taken at the University of Iowa and at least 12 s.h. earned in Department of Rhetoric courses. Students must maintain a g.p.a. of at least 2.00 in all courses for the minor and in all UI courses for the minor. Course work in the minor may not be taken pass/nonpass.

The minor educates students in responsible, credible, and effective methods to take active leadership roles in engaging social issues in personal, professional, and communal settings. The program empowers students to look at the world as a place open to change and receptive to influence and to view themselves as agents capable of improving the world and their place in it. The minor aims to professionalize students—whether in their capacity as individual citizens, members of the community, or leaders in the workplace—by guiding them to understand audiences and situations, to use language responsibly and strategically, and to develop the integrity and authority of their own voice.

The minor in rhetoric and persuasion requires the following course work.

A maximum of five of these courses may count toward the minor:

RHET:2055 Persuasion and Advocacy 3
RHET:2065 Persuading Different Audiences: Launching a Successful Career 3
RHET:2070 Persuasive Stories 3
RHET:2085 Speaking Skills 3
RHET:2090 Conversation Practicum 3
RHET:2095 Fundamental Strategies of Persuasion 3
RHET:2135 Rhetorics of Diversity and Inclusion 3
RHET:2350 Forensic Rhetoric 3
RHET:2620 Body Language: Study of Movement and Gesture in Speaking 3
RHET:3009/URP:3217/PBAF:3217 Negotiation and Conflict Resolution 3
RHET:3085 Advanced Speaking Skills 3
RHET:3250 Persuasive Writing for Science and Health Care Professionals 3
RHET:3260 Persuasive Speaking for Science and Health Care Professionals 3
RHET:3290 Advanced Business Speaking 3
RHET:3350 Gaming (the) Systems 3
RHET:3560/POLI:3560/SJUS:3560 Public Policy and Persuasion 3
RHET:3585 Speak, to Change the World: The Art of Speechwriting and Speechmaking 3
RHET:3630 Apology and the Art of Verbal Self-Defense 3
RHET:3700 Advocacy and Sustainability: Crafting Stories of People, Place, and Resilience 3
RHET:4980 Special Projects for Undergraduates arr.

A maximum of one of these courses may count toward the minor:

RHET:2000/ARTS:2000/ASP:2000/EDTL:2000 Big Ideas: Creativity for a Lifetime (when taught by a rhetoric instructor) 3
RHET:2610/THTR:2610 Acting for Success 3
BUS:3000 Business Communication and Protocol 3
CLSA:3742/WRIT:3742 Word Power: Building English Vocabulary 3
COMM:1816 Business and Professional Communication 3
GWSS:3138/SJUS:3138 Writing to Change the World  3
LATH:3000 Latham Fellows: Science Communication Skill Building 1-2
LATH:3001 Latham Fellows: Science Outreach Project 2
THTR:1140 Basic Acting 3