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Eloquentia Perfecta (EP) Resources

Instructors of Eloquentia Perfecta sections in the Fordham Core Curriculum incorporate focused instruction in writing and speaking into their courses. Resources available here include general references, useful websites, and discipline-specific tools, assignments, and sample syllabi.

Eloquentia Perfecta Requirement (From “Toward 2016”)

Goals. The ability to express oneself with logical clarity in both written and oral form is a basic goal of the core and needs to be pursued in courses beyond the first phase of the core that deals explicitly with writing proficiency. Building on skills developed in the foundational Composition and Rhetoric class or introducing students to disciplinary approaches to effective presentation, EP seminars will embody the core’s emphasis on writing and speaking, now with particular attention to the disciplinary concerns of the specific courses bearing the EP designation.

Description. In addition to their disciplinary goals, core classes designated as Eloquentia perfecta (or EP) seminars will dedicate at least one fifth of class time to student writing and oral expression. Work on student writing and oral expression might include, but need not be limited to, peer review and editing, guided group analysis of student essays, in-class work on essay assignments, study of discipline-specific writing conventions, and oral presentations by individuals and/or groups. In order to facilitate sustained and detailed attention to student prose, EP seminars will be capped at 19 students.

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Suggested Readings

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One copy of each suggested text has been placed on permanent Reserve at the Circulation and Reserve Desk in the Rose Hill library.

  • BEAM: A Rhetorical Vocabulary for Teaching Research-Based Writing,” Joseph Bizup
  • The Bedford Handbook, Diana Hacker and Nancy Sommers
  • The Craft of Research, Wayne C. Booth, Gregory G. Colomb, and Joseph M. Williams
  • Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation, Lynne Truss
  • The Elements of Style, William Strunk Jr., E. B. White, and Roger Angell
  • Revising Prose, Richard A. Lanham
  • Style: Lessons in Clarity and Grace, Joseph M. Williams and Joseph Bizup
  • They Say / I Say: The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing, with Readings, Gerald Graff, Cathy Birkenstein, and Russel Durst

African American Studies

American Catholic Studies

EP-3 Syllabi

Suggested Readings

  • A Guide to Writing in Religious Studies,” Harvard University, Faye Halpern, Thomas A. Lewis, Anne Monius, Robert Orsi, and Christopher Whit
  • Quality Research Papers for Students of Religion And Theology, Nancy Jean Vyhmeister, and Terry Dwain Robertson
  • Writing Theology Well: A Rhetoric for Theological and Biblical Writers, Lucretia Yaghjian

Anthropology

EP-1 Syllabus

Suggested Readings

Art History

EP-3 Syllabus

Suggested Readings

Classical Languages and Civilization

Communication and Media Studies

Comparative Literature

EP-2 Syllabus

EP-3 Syllabi

Suggested Readings

  • A Short Guide to Writing About Literature, Sylvan Barnet and William E. Cain
  • A Short Guide to Writing About Film, Timothy Corrigan
  • A Short Guide to Writing About Music, Jonathan Bellman

Computer and Information Science

EP-3 Syllabus

EP-4 Syllabi

Suggested Readings

  • The Craft of Scientific Writing, Michael Alley

Economics

EP-4 Syllabus

Suggested Readings

  • A Guide to Writing in Economics,” Duke University and Paul Dudenhefer
  • Writing Economics,” Harvard University, Robert Neugeboren and Mireille Jacobson
  • A Short Guide to Writing About Social Science, Lee Cuba
  • Economical Writing, Deirdre N. McCloskey
  • The Student's Guide to Writing Economics, Robert Neugeboren

English

EP-2 Syllabi

EP-3 Syllabi

EP-4 Syllabi

Suggested Readings

  • A Short Guide to Writing About Literature, Sylvan Barnet and William E. Cain
  • A Short Guide to Writing About Music, Jonathan Bellman
  • A Short Guide to Writing About Film, Timothy Corrigan

History

EP-1 Syllabi

EP-3 Syllabi

EP-4 Syllabus

Suggested Readings

  • A Pocket Guide to Writing in History, Mary Lynn Rampolla
  • A Short Guide to Writing about History, Richard A. Marius and Melvin E. Page
  • A Short Guide to Writing About Social Science, Lee Cuba

Mathematics

Suggested Readings

Medieval Studies

Modern Languages and Literatures

Philosophy

EP-1 Syllabi

EP-3 Syllabi

EP-4 Syllabi

Suggested Readings

  • A Guide to Philosophical Writing,” Harvard University and Elijah Chudnoff
  • The Philosophy Student Writer's Manual, Anthony J Graybosch, Gregory M. Scott, and Stephen M. Garrison
  • Philosophical Writing: An Introduction, A. P. Martinich
  • Writing to Learn: An Introduction to Writing Philosophical Essays, Anne M. Edwards
  • The Philosophy Student Writer’s Manual, Anthony J. Graybosch, Gregory M. Scott, and Stephen M. Garrison

Political Science

EP-1 Syllabus

EP-4 Syllabus

Suggested Readings

Psychology

EP-1 Syllabus

Suggested Readings

Sociology

EP-1 Syllabi

EP-3 Syllabus

EP-4 Syllabi

Suggested Readings

  • A Guide to Writing Sociology Papers, The Sociology Writing Group
  • A Short Guide to Writing About Social Science, Lee Cuba

Theatre

EP-1 Syllabus

Suggested Readings

  • A Short Guide to Writing About Theatre, Marcia Ferguson

Theology

EP-1 Syllabi

EP-3 Syllabi

EP-4 Syllabi

Suggested Readings

  • A Guide to Writing in Religious Studies,” Harvard University, Faye Halpern, Thomas A. Lewis, Anne Monius, Robert Orsi, and Christopher Whit
  • Quality Research Papers for Students of Religion and Theology, Nancy Jean Vyhmeister, and Terry Dwain Robertson
  • Writing Theology Well: A Rhetoric for Theological and Biblical Writers, Lucretia Yaghjian

Visual Arts

EP-4 Syllabus

Suggested Readings

  • Art-Write: The Writing Guide for Visual Artists, Vicki Krohn Amorose
  • A Short Guide to Writing About Art, Sylvan Barnet

Women's Studies

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