The Blugold Seminar is not just another "English class." Rather, it is a course designed to provide students with the essential skills needed to succeed in many of the classes they will take as an undergraduate at Eau Claire; specifically, this course teaches students how to join conversations in the academic world. Throughout the semester, students will hone their critical reading and writing skills so that they can feel confident expressing their unique voice in the classroom.
Courses in the Blugold Seminar are composed of four segments that take students through writing-intensive and inquiry-based approaches to college-level reading, researching, and writing.
Reading the Conversations
Students will be introduced to some of the major conversations or debates pertaining to the section theme. Students will also be introduced to parts of the ancient discussions about rhetoric. Students will learn about the resources available at McIntyre Library and the practices necessary for college-level research.
Students will learn a variety of rhetorical terms and concepts and practice them with a variety of readings. Students will use information literacy and research skills to find and evaluate an authoritative source (such as a scholarly article) on a particular topic. Students will learn how to do rhetorical analysis and will write a rhetorical analysis paper on the source they selected.
Students will collect additional authoritative sources to read more deeply on their topic. Students will practice rhetorical knowledge by discussing and analyzing their new source materials. Students will write a paper that allows them to articulate the divergent views expressed in their readings and to put those views in conversation with one another.
Joining the Conversation
Students will bring together their skills and the course goals by undertaking scholarly research on a topic of their choice and by contributing to the existing conversation on that topic. Students will make decisions about the rhetorical aspects of their final paper or project (such as intended purpose, targeted audience, genre, format, etc.).