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More responses to business major article

The reverberations from the “business major is slack” article continue at

Here is one interesting response….

here is the short version: Employers have repeatedly emphasized that they want to hire college graduates whose talents include writing. Ah, writing. Not something that biz majors are expected to do very often.

Here is the very sucko response from a business dean

The same tired line again and again:

Business students could very well be the most broadly educated students at a university. They take the same core writing, speech and general education classes as liberal arts students do. They are as apt to study abroad as students in other majors. But on top of that, they spend considerable time on practical skills.


Article about the easiness of business major

Hopefully we don’t contribute to this….

p.s. remember reading this may add to your monthly available free articles from NYT.

the rheetoric of the resume….1984 style

The Rhetoric of the Resume by Steve W. Anderson

Abstract: A conceptual model can be devised based on J. Kinneavy’s formulation of the rhetorical triangle, which states that basic to all uses of language are a person who encodes a message, the signal or language that carries the message, the reality to which the message refers, and the decoder or receiver of the message. In the case of the job search, the encoder or job applicant is an outsider and the decoder or personnel officer an insider. Each has a different perception of the reality being dealt with in the search. This situation can be used by the applicant to help evaluate material for inclusion in the resume. Insiders have control over the description of the type of person they are seeking, but they have little control over how outsiders style themselves to fit that description. The applicants are, largely, what they say they are; that is, the readers of resumes know only what they are told. Outsiders should use this opportunity to make themselves appear to be insiders.

Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the College English Association (Clearwater Beach, FL, April 12-14, 1984)….. if anyone wants to find it….

syallbi links

thought it might be helpful at this point in semester to list some interesting syllabi: (a Summer 2002 George Mason class)

Columbia Closings

Here is a link to an interesting website. It features photos and background information about closed businesses in the greater Columbia area (restaurants, shops, etc.).

Sometimes people comment on the different entries and share their stories about actually going to these places when they were still open.

This could be material for an assignment, probably finding out why some of the businesses had to close by interviewing business neighbors or people who live close by. That’s just a thought, though. It’s probably also a genre with a strong visual component – most of these places look very bleak now.

Richard Wolff

Richard Wolff – Capitalism Hits the Fan

Here’s some links related to the lecture/talk I mentioned in class. Because of it’s explicit use of terms such as socialism and Marx it may be tough to use at a place like this, but I really think that a) it could be a really good conversation starter as long as you don’t mind where the conversation goes (or written responses), b) the idea of a democratic entrepreneurship is a reasonable idea and important addition to the notion of social entrepreneurship.

Genre ecology assignment

Here is my assignment for the genre ecology section:

Look at the Carolina Honor Code and the Carolinian Creed on USC’s website

and see how it applies to ethics and ethical behavior in general by comparing to either another university’s honor code (for example, Brigham Young or Notre Dame) or to a fraternity’s or sorority’s code. Interviewing a fraternity or sorority member is the best way to obtain first-hand information on the subject. Also, try to find out what kinds of sanctions are used if people break the code in a way.

For the university honor code section, get in touch with the Office of Academic Integrity and find out about their penalties and counseling that is used when people commit an offense. This can be done with other universities by e-mailing the respective office there. If there is a code, then there is an official function that deals with offenses, too.

What do all honor codes have in common? How do they differ, and why?