Requirements for Completing the Notation in Cultural Rhetorics

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Requirements for Completing the Notation in Cultural Rhetorics

Students pursuing the Notation must take 5 courses, for a total of 13-15 units:

  • PWR 99A: Portfolio preparation I (1 unit)
  • PWR 99B: Portfolio preparation II (2 units; taken in the senior year; prerequisite is PWR 194NCR)
  • PWR 194NCR: Introduction to Cultural Rhetorics (4 units)
  • PWR Elective Course: PWR 91 (3-4 units) or PWR 194 (3-4 units)
  • Non-PWR Elective Course with a significant fosed on communication skills in relation to cultural rhetoric.

As a capstone requirement for the Notation, students will produce an electronic Portfolio (ePortfolio) that showcases the students' ability to engage deeply and to communicate about issues related to cultural rhetoric.  It will be assessed by a committee as the final requirement of the Notation.



Students should declare their intention to pursue the Notation between the end of the first year and the beginning of the junior year (perhaps in conjunction with declaring a major or shortly thereafter). Students will identify and establish connections with their advisors/mentors as soon as possible after acceptance into the Notation, one from the major or an affiliated discipline and one from PWR.  See details on the NCR Major Advisors page.


Students typically should take 99A at the earliest opportunity after they have been admitted into the Notation.  They must take PWR 194NCR before the end of the fall of their senior year.  They take PWR 99B in the winter of their senior year.

Students submit ePortfolios for approval at the beginning of the spring quarter of their senior year and will be informed if they earned the Notation designation by the end of April or the beginning of May. 

Notation recipients are recognized in a Program Ceremony in the middle of May.