Rhetoric Program


Rhetoric 100, 101, 102, and 105 are all courses or course sequences that fulfill the Composition I requirement, a cornerstone of the General Education curriculum at UIUC. These courses are designed for first-year students. Placement in these courses is determined by ACT score. See below.

We also offer courses in Advanced Rhetoric and Composition (Rhetoric 233), where students can refine their practice of argumentation and effective use of prose style.

Please note that to protect the integrity of the learning experience, we do not overenroll our Rhetoric courses. We advise students to continue checking the registration system during open enrollment periods, but we are unable accomodate requests for overenrollment for any reason. Similarly, we do not authorize late-add requests.

In 2012, the Undergraduate Rhetoric Program received a Writing Program Certificate of Excellence from the Conference on College Composition and Communication.

Course Offerings

Rhetoric 100-102 Sequence

—is a year-long course sequence that satisfies the Composition I requirement. Students are placed into Rhetoric 100-102 if they earn a 19 or below on the ACT. Students typically enroll in Rhetoric 101 in the fall semester and Rhetoric 102 in the spring. Students in this sequence must be concurrently enrolled in a weekly, one-credit tutorial (Rhetoric 100). The maximum size for these courses is 16 students.

Rhetoric 233: Advanced Rhetoric and Composition

—offers advanced-level instruction in developing research-based arguments of moderate complexity within a special topics format.