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  • 92.5% of graduating seniors from the College of Business in 2013 had a full-time job or were in graduate school within three months of graduation (highest on-campus)
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Step Three—Composition and Public Speaking

Composition I and Public Speaking Requirements

To fulfill both your UI Composition I (writing) and College of Business Public Speaking requirements, students may follow one of these suggested options based upon placement recommendations, proficiency credits and personal preferences. The Composition I and Public Speaking requirements are completed during freshman year.

How to Fulfill the Requirements

The 4 Most Common Ways

Students who earn RHET 105 Proficiency credit from either the two Advanced Placement exams (score of 4 or 5 on either test) or the ACT English score (32 or higher) have successfully fulfilled the Composition I requirement. These students may take CMN 101 in either the Fall or Spring Semesters.

OR

Students who are placed into RHET 105 with I-Card numbers ending in an even number, could take RHET 105 in the Fall Semester and CMN 101 in the Spring Semester.
Students who are placed into RHET 105 with I-Card numbers ending in an odd number, could take CMN 101 in the Fall Semester and RHET 105 in the Spring Semester (they are not permitted to take RHET 105 in the Fall).

OR

Students who are placed into RHET 105 may elect to take CMN 111 & CMN 112 as substitute courses for RHET 105 and CMN 101 courses. Students who choose these courses will take CMN 111 in the Fall Semester and CMN 112 in the Spring Semester.

OR

Nonnative English speakers can fulfill the Composition I requirement by completing ESL 111 and 112 or ESL 115. More information can be found here.

Please Note: Students having fulfilled the Composition I requirement through AP/ACT/Department of English proficiency credits will NOT want to consider this two course sequence.

About the Courses

Pay attention to course prerequisites!

Rhetoric 105: RHET 105 Principles of Composition

Study of the methods of exposition, the problems of argument, the use of evidence, and style; practice in expository writing. This course fulfills the Campus Composition I General Education requirement. Credit is not given for both RHET 105 and CMN 111 and CMN 112. 4 hours.

Communication 101: CMN 101 Public Speaking

Preparation and presentation of short informative and persuasive speeches; emphasis on the selection and organization of material, methods of securing interest and attention, and the elements of delivery. Credit is not given for both CMN 101 and either CMN 111 or CMN 112. 3 hours.

Communication 111: CMN 111 Oral & Written Communication I

Principles and practice in communication; stress on fundamentals of critical thinking in writing and speaking. The Campus's Composition I requirement is fulfilled by this course in conjunction with CMN 112.

Communication 112: CMN 112 Oral & Written Communication II

Continuation of Oral & Written Communication I; stress on deliberation and fundamentals of communication and public argument through speaking and writing.

English as a Second Language 111: ESL 111 Intro to Academic Writing I

Introduction to the process of writing: fundamentals of paragraph development: analysis of rhetorical patterns: development of oral skills. This course is the first term of a two-term sequence (ESL 111-ESL 112) that fulfills the campus Composition I general education requirement.

Credit is not given for both ESL 111 and ESL 115. Prerequisites: 111 placement result on the English Placement Test.

English as a Second Language 112: ESL 112 Intro to Academic Writing II

Continued instruction of the fundamentals of the multi-paragraph essay and introduction to research writing; instruction on basics of library research, synthesizing sources, and elements of style. This is the second term of a two-term sequence (ESL 111-ESL 112) that satisfies the campus Composition I general education requirement.

Credit is not given for both ESL 112 and ESL 115. Prerequisite: Completion of ESL 111.

English as a Second Language 115: ESL 115 Principles of Academic Writing

Introduction to the research paper, including the writing process: pre-research, academic style and organization, and a variety of writing and skill-building tasks; development of peer and self-editing skills. ESL 115 fulfills the campus Composition I requirement for non-native speakers of English.

Credit is not given for both ESL 115 and any other Comp I courses: RHET 101, RHET 102, RHET 103, RHET 104, RHET 105, CMN 111, CMN 112, ESL 111, ESL 112. Prerequisite: 115 placement result on the English Placement Test.

 

Some Other Ways to Fulfill the Writing and Speaking Requirements

Students who are placed into RHET 101 will take RHET 100 & RHET 101 in the Fall Semester and RHET 100 & RHET 102 in the Spring Semester.

OR

Students who are placed into RHET 103 will take RHET 103 in the Fall semester and RHET 104 in the Spring Semester.

AND

CMN 101 could be taken from a Community College before sophomore year or in the Fall or Spring Semesters during sophomore year.

About the Courses

Pay attention to course prerequisites!

RHET 100: Rhetoric Tutorial

Tutoring in writing skills to be scheduled by individual tutors. Open only to students placed in and registered for RHET 101 or RHET 102. May be repeated to a maximum of 2 hours. Approved for S/U grading only.

Prerequisite: Concurrent registration in RHET 101 or RHET 102.

RHET 101: College Writing I

Instruction in structuring argumentative essays: concentrates on creating problem statements, making points, and providing evidence in academic essays. This course is the first term of a two-term sequence (RHET 101/100—RHET 102/100) that fulfills the campus's Composition I General Education requirement. Credit is not given for both RHET 101 and RHET 103.

Prerequisite: Concurrent registration in RHET 100; placement in RHET 101. 3 hours.

RHET 102: College Writing II

Continued instruction in structuring argumentative essays: concentrates on evidence, claims, warrants, issues, discussion, and elements of style. Second term of a two-term sequence (RHET 101/100—RHET 102/100) that fulfills the campus's Composition I General Education requirement. Credit is not given for both RHET 102 and either RHET 104 or RHET 105.

Prerequisite: RHET 101; concurrent registration in RHET 100. 3 hours.

RHET 103: College Composition I

Instruction in structuring argumentative essays: concentrates on creating problem statements, making points, and providing evidence in academic essays. This is the first term of a two-term sequence (RHET 103—RHET 104) that satisfies the campus's Composition I General Education requirement. Credit is not given for both RHET 103 and RHET 101.

Prerequisite: Placement in RHET 103. 3 hours.

RHET 104: College Composition II

Continued instruction in structuring argumentative essays: concentrates on evidence, claims, warrants, issues, discussion, and elements of style. This is the second term of a two-term sequence (RHET 103—RHET 104) that satisfies the campus's Composition I General Education requirement. Credit is not given for both RHET 104 and either RHET 102 or RHET 105.

Prerequisite: RHET 103. 3 hours.