Students continue to strengthen their critical and analytic skills in this course as they critically consume and analyze a variety of challenging texts, formulate and support their own assertions related to course content, and engage in the process of constructing, enacting, and producing an independent research paper both in written and oral form. In this class, students examine the American Dream as it permeates daily life in the United States. Students explore the mythos and meaning(s) of the American Dream and the ways in which it operates as a rhetorical device that privileges some groups while marginalizing others. Ultimately, students uncover the good, the bad, and maybe even the ugly ways in which talk that centers on the American Dream operates in society. Affiliate: Communication Studies.