To think and to argue well, and to express oneself clearly and persuasively, are essential to every academic discipline and to public and professional life. Calvin students learn to write, speak, and argue well, not simply as technical skills, but as integral parts of their liberal arts education. Effective writing and speaking in an academic context require advanced critical thinking and research skills. All of these skills are best developed progressively over the course of a deep and diverse education, in a variety of disciplinary contexts. The Rhetoric Across the Curriculum (RAC) Program exists to help all academic departments at Calvin educate students well in the arts of writing, research, public speaking, and other forms of rhetoric, and to ensure that these skills are an integral part of every academic program throughout the college.
Please contact Karen Saupe or Dean Ward to learn more about Rhetoric Across the Curriculum or to discuss how we might assist you and your students.
This website is a work in progress. If you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions for resources to include here, please let us know.
The Rhetoric Center website provides information about student resources.
-Karen Saupe and Dean Ward, Co-Directors, Rhetoric Across the Curriculum Program