SAW Courses

The SAW program offers several credit-bearing courses each semester, in addition to a variety of courses taught during the January-term. Recent January-term courses have included Public Speaking for ESOL Students; Activism on Paper: Writing and Social Responsibility from a 21st Century Perspective; Women, Speak Up! Using Your Voice for Social Change; Advanced Peer Mentoring: Research and Publication on Mentoring ESOL Students; and Controversial Conversations in Civic Discourse. The following courses are offered each semester:

CUSP 212: Peer Mentoring: Theory and Practice

Taught by the SAW Faculty Director, this speaking- and writing- intensive course is an introduction to the discipline of Writing Center Studies and its related fields. Regular readings introduce students to the foundational histories, theories, pedagogies, research, and scholarship shaping the field’s discourses. Through class discussions and analytical writing and speaking assignments, students critically examine competing arguments about best practices in order to devise their own philosophies of mentoring. A mentoring practicum, which includes observations of seasoned mentors at work as well as opportunities to conduct sessions, provides a practical lens through which to evaluate the theory. This 2-credit course is available by invitation only to those students who have applied and been accepted to work as SAW Peer Mentors.

CUSP 104: Public Speaking, Leadership and Presence

What are the elements of an effective public speech? What rhetorical strategies do people use to support and/or influence one another? Using the same techniques that professional actors use to relax, focus their message, and connect with their audience, students explore the art and craft of public speaking. Through an intensive semester of training, analyzing, writing, and speaking, students learn and practice how to confidently communicate, express themselves authentically, and motivate others. A number of public speeches are analyzed to enable students to evaluate critically the effects of culture on communication and communication on culture. Students may register for this 4-credit course without special permission.