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Notation in Cultural Rhetorics Courses

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NCR students are required to take the following cultural rhetorics courses as part of their Notation:

  • PWR 194NCR: Introduction to Cultural Rhetorics (4 units)
  • PWR Elective Course in Cultural Rhetorics (PWR 91 or PWR 194, 3-4 units)
  • Non-PWR Elective Course with a significant cultural rhetorics component (3-5 units)

In addition to these cultural rhetorics courses, all Notation students are required to take the Portfolio Preparation courses (99A and 99B).

PWR 194NCR: Introduction to Cultural Rhetorics

PWR 194NCR is open to all students but also serves as the required gateway courses for students in the Notation in Cultural Rhetorics. This class is usually offered once per year, typically in winter quarter.

PWR 194NCR Course description and schedule

PWR Elective Courses in Cultural Rhetorics

PWR offers several elective courses in cultural rhetorics each year, typically one offering each quarter. These courses are open to all students, not just those in the NCR.

2023-2024 Course Information

Non-PWR Elective Courses in Cultural Rhetorics

Choosing a Non-PWR Elective

NCR students are responsible for choosing a non-PWR elective course that supports their learning goals within the program.

In selecting courses for their elective, students should keep in mind the following criteria. A non-PWR elective course must:

  • be offered by a department, program or interdisciplinary program at Stanford (Note: A course taken while studying abroad may count if you receive credit for it on your Stanford transcript)
  • have a focus on cultural rhetorics
  • provide students the opportunity to produce an artifact they can include in their ePortfolio (i.e. written paper, oral presentation, multimedia project)
  • Not count as the student’s primary WIM course. However, students may count the course towards other requirements for their major.

Students record their choice of elective course by emailing the NCR Team ( after consultation with their NCR PWR Advisor.

Sample Non-PWR Elective courses

Below are sample courses that could qualify as non-PWR elective courses; see ExploreCourses for full descriptions. Students must email with their choice of elective course, whether that course is on this list or not, in order for that course to count toward their progress in the Notation. If you have questions about the non-PWR Elective course requirement, email

  • Africaam 21 (CSRE 21, LINGUIST 65, LINGUIST 265): African American Vernacular English
  • Africaam 52N (English 52N, Polisci 29N): Mixed Race Politics and Culture
  • Africaam 78 (CSRE 78): Art + Community: Division, Resilience, & Reconciliation
  • Africaam 81 (Africast 81, Africast 181): Media Representations of Africa
  • Africaam 101 (Amstud 101, CSRE 41): Black & White Race Relations in American Fiction & Film
  • Africaam 102 (CSRE 201, History 201): From Confederate Monuments to Wikipedia: The Politics of Remembering the Past
  • Africaam 106 (CSRE 103B, EDUC 103B, EDUC 337): Race, Ethnicity, and Linguistic Diversity in Classrooms: Sociocultural Theory and Practices
  • Africaam 127A (CSRE 127A): Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Arts
  • Africaam 146L (AFRICAST 246L, MUSIC 146L, MUSIC 246L): Studies in
  • Ethnomusicology: Musics of Africa and the African Diaspora
  • Africaam 181Q (FILMSTUD 181Q): Alternative Viewpoints: Black Independent Film
  • AMSTUD 51Q (COMPLIT 51Q, CSRE 51Q): Comparative Fictions of Ethnicity
  • AMSTUD 157X (FEMGEN 157, FEMGEN 257): Language as Political Tool: Feminist and LGBTQ Movements and Impacts
  • AMSTUD 226X (CSRE 226X, EDUC 226): Curating Experience: Representation in and beyond Museums
  • RELIGST 246, RELIGST 346): Constructing Race and Religion in America
  • AMSTUD 261 (FEMGEN 261, FEMGEN 361): Personal Narratives in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
  • AMSTUD 265 (ASNAMST 265, HISTORY 265, HISTORY 365): Writing Asian American History
  • ANTHRO 64Q (LINGUIST 64Q, NATIVEAM 64Q): These Languages were here first: A look at the indigenous languages of California
  • ARTHIST 178 (AMSTUD 178, ARTHIST 378): Ethnicity and Dissent in United States Art and Literature
  • ARTHIST 186B (AMSTUD 186D, ASNAMST 186B): Asian American Art: 1850-Present
  • ASNAMST 91A (ENGLISH 91A): Asian-American Autobiography
  • ASNAMST 144 (CSRE 144, FEMGEN 144X): Transforming Self and Systems: Crossing Borders of Race, Nation, Gender, Sexuality, and Class
  • ASNAMST 174S (CSRE 174S): When Half is Whole: Developing Synergistic Identities and Mestiza Consciousness
  • CHILATST 14N (CSRE 14N, EDUC 114N): Growing up Bilingual
  • CHILATST 147L (CSRE 147L, MUSIC 147L, MUSIC 247L): Studies in Music, Media, and Popular Culture: Latin American Music and Globalization
  • COMPLIT 51Q (AMSTUD 51Q, CSRE 51Q): Comparative Fictions of Ethnicity
  • COMPLIT 149 (CSRE 149, ILAC 149): The Laboring of Diaspora & Border Literary Cultures
  • COMPLIT 204 (NATIVEAM 204): Indigenous Poetics and the Politics of Resistance
  • CSRE 20N (SOC 20N): What counts as “race,” and why?
  • CSRE 85B (HISTORY 85B, JEWISHST 85B, REES 85B): Jews in the Contemporary World: Faith & Ethnicity, Visibility and Vulnerability
  • CSRE 103 (PSYCH 103): Intergroup Communication
  • CSRE 117Q (FEMGEN 117Q): Queer Arts: Remembering and Imagining Social Change
  • CSRE 150G (FEMGEN 150G, TAPS 150G): Performing Race, Gender, and Sexuality
  • CSRE 243 (EDUC 145, EDUC 243): Writing Across Languages and Cultures: Research in Writing and Writing Instruction
  • DANCE30 (AFRICAAM 37): Chocolate Heads Performance Project: Dance & Intercultural Performance Creation
  • EDUC 149 (EDUC 249): Theory and Issues in the Study of Bilingualism
  • EDUC 178 (EDU 270): Latino Families, Languages, and Schools
  • ENGLISH 43A (AMSTUD 143M, ENGLISH 143A, NATIVEAM 143A): American Indian Mythology, Legend, and Lore
  • ETHICSOC 104X (FEMGEN 94H, HUMRTS 104, SOC 186): Introduction to Disability Studies and Disability Rights
  • FEMGEN 36N (HISTORY 36N): Gay Autobiography
  • FEMGEN 116 (FEMGEN 216X): Narrating Queer Trauma
  • FEMGEN 156X (LINGUIST 156): Language and Gender
  • FILMSTUD 181Q (AFRICAAM 181Q): Alternative Viewpoints: Black Independent Film
  • JAPAN 121 (JAPAN 221): Translating Japan, Translating the West
  • JAPANGEN 149 (JAPAN 249): Screening Japan: Issues in Crosscultural Interpretation
  • POLISCI 28N: The Changing Nature of Racial Identity in American Politics

Questions? Reach out to the NCR team ( for more information.