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ENGL/HONR 3390 Visual Rhetoric

Dr. Susan Garza
Office: FC 267 or CCH 126
Contact Info and Office Hours

Course Description: This interdisciplinary course focuses on the relationships between imagery and ideology. Students will be asked to both analyze and design visual texts and to think about ways in which visual representations are defined in their field of study.

Student Learning Outcomes: Students will use readings from various fields to (1) define visual rhetoric as a general concept, (2) define visual rhetoric as it is used in their field of study, (3) analyze the visual elements of texts, both general and field specific, and (4) create texts, both general and field specific, using the analytic and creative skills developed throughout the course.

Put in more everyday, layman terms: I want you to be able to pick up any text and be able first, to identify the visual elements that comprise that text, second, to understand how those elements affect the way meaning is made in that text, and third, to be able to use elements of visual rhetoric in the creation of your own texts.

Prerequisites - English 1301 and 1302. Basic word processing competency. Familiarity/experience with using multimedia software is helpful, but students who are open to learning these new applications are welcome as well.

Required Texts and Materials
The Elements of Visual Analysis. Marguerite Helmers, Pearson, 2006.
The 9/11 Report: A Graphic Adaption. (Paperback) Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colon. Publisher: Hill and Wang, 2006
Maus I: A Survivor's Tale: My Father Bleeds History (Paperback) Art Spiegelman. Publisher: Pantheon, 1986.\\ Packet of readings

Graded Activity

Late Assignments Late assignments will not be accepted if not accompanied by a cover memo that explains why the work is late. Email memos are acceptable if they are written in an acceptable format. Late work can be penalized up to 50% and is subject to a higher evaluation standard than work that is completed on time. Daily work cannot be made up, unless you make arrangements prior to missing class.


Academic Integrity and Dishonesty Students are expected to "demonstrate a high level of maturity, self-direction and ability to manage their own affairs" and to "conduct themselves in accordance with the highest standards of academic honesty." Please refer to the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi General Academic Policies and Regulations for complete information.

Resources for Students

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