Rogarian Essay


A 1200-1800 word research essay. 

Research Requirements = minimum three sources from TCC library catalog/databases.

Learning Outcomes

You will learn to

  • Approach a controversial issue through dialogue using the Rogerian argument strategy
  • Create an argument that uses a non-confrontational structure and consensus-building tone
  • Adopt an outwardly neutral and objective stance toward an issue
  • Use higher-order critical thinking skills of synthesis and creative problem solving to develop a compromise position or “common-ground” between opposing viewpoints.
  • Select, organize, and incorporate academic research material (at least 3 distinct, non-internet, TCC library or database sources) into your essay.

Characteristics of the Rogerian Essay

A successful essay

  • Will include an introduction that presents the problem/issue, introduces the opposing viewpoints, and then discusses the issue’s impact on both sides.
  • Will describe accurately and fairly the two opposing points of view on the problem/issue, demonstrating genuine understanding of each.
  • Will present these viewpoints in neutral but clear language.
  • Will lay out possible ways to compromise or alternative solutions to the problem that would benefit both sides.
  • Will use empathetic and non-judgmental language as a way of reaching compromise.

A generic outline could look as follows:

  • Intro (one paragraph)
    • Overview of problem/issue and controversy about how to solve it.
    • Side A’s answer to the problem
    • Side B’s answer to the problem
    • Question you will explore setting up the two sides.
  • Body
    • Side A: (paragraphs 2-3)
      • reasons and support (examples and explanations of Side A’s policy)
    • Side B: (paragraphs 4-5)
      • reasons and support (examples and explanations of Side B’s policy)
    • Compromise and Conclusion (paragraphs 6-7)
      • Answers question from introduction
      • Discussed shared values and common ground between Side A and B.
      • Uses common ground to craft a compromise.


  • MLA Format
  • A recommended 1200-1800 word range; essays below 1000 will receive automatic deductions and below 600 will be considered failing.
  • Academic research material (at least 3 distinct, non-internet, TCC library or database sources) into your essay.
  • Works Cited Page and Internal Citation (following MLA style)
  • Third-person point of view.


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