Course Overview

Words matter to God.  As Christians, we should certainly have pure thoughts and honest words, but it matters to God also that our words are well crafted so that we communicate our message with clarity and power.  This class is designed to equip the student to accomplish precisely that.  How do ordinary people think extraordinary thoughts, speak unusually powerful words, or write things down in a way that lots of people want to read them?  They must learn how this is accomplished and work to achieve it. In this course, students will approach research and writing from these areas of focus amongst many others:

  • History of Rhetoric: How have others taught and learned about communication?
  • Research: Why write if I don’t have anything to say?
  • Correctness: Is it ever right to be wrong?
  • Revision: What do I do if this just isn’t working?
  • Delivery: Are you listening?
  • Tips from Great Communicators: What works for other people?

The classical scholars taught their students how to look for ideas everywhere and in everything, and they taught their students how to organize those ideas so that they could be effectively communicated.  This class is designed to teach the student how to arrange ideas with clearly embedded directions so that audiences can follow thoughts. Upon completion of this class, the student will be better equipped to think deeply, speak logically, and write effectively to change lives.


RES511 e4-12


This Course is Taught by

Dr. Beth Ashburn: Provost, Professor of English

I have been honored to serve as chairperson of the General Education Division, Dean of Academics, Vice President of Academics and, since 2009, Provost at Piedmont International University. I'm currently a member of the TRACS Commission and I'm a regular workshop presenter for TRACS and ACSI as well as other organizations. I earned my Bachelor’s in Religious Education at Piedmont and went on to the University of North Carolina at Greensboro to complete an MA in English and a PhD in English with a concentration in Rhetoric and Composition.


Degree Seeking Students

  • Application and Acceptance
  • Register for Class
  • Order Workbook
  • Order Textbooks (Logos Bible Software is required)
  • Become Familiar with Logging on to Blackboard
  • Understand the Course Schedule

Important Information

  • Course Syllabus

Enrichment Students

  • Register


  • Course Workbook




 This e4-12 course has 12 lectures approximately 45 minutes long.

  • History of Rhetoric
  • Invention
  • Foundational Principles and Databases
  • Logos and Documentation
  • Organization
  • Argumentation
  • Style
  • Correctness
  • Revision
  • Delivery
  • Tips from Great Communicators


Promotional materials are available to the liaison to help promote e4-12 to your church. Please view the designated area for liaisons only in blackboard. If you need help or more information,  please contact Terrill Gilley the e4-12 academic coordinator.