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English 15S

What is English 15S?

With an added emphasis on exploring your options at college, English 15S at Penn State challenges you to an ambitious semester-long inquiry into the subject of rhetoric, an ancient art that has always been closely associated with education and with democratic institutions. The course has a simple goal: to help you to become "critical citizens" inside and outside the university, people who engage actively and influentially with the communities they belong to because they have an awareness of how communities are created and influenced through language and other symbols. The course proposes to create a safe and yet provocative environment where you can develop sophistication as a producer and consumer of discourse while learning more about the opportunities and majors available at Penn State.

What else do I need to know?

In addition to meeting a 3-credit GWS requirement, the course satisfies the requirement for a first-year seminar.

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