The ATS postgraduate assistant just mentioned in an email that my PhD advisor, Dr. Ben Witherington, III, will be offering a course this summer titled "Socio-Rhetorical Criticism of the New Testament". I could finish my coursework in the spring but it looks like I'm going to go ahead and wait and take this class in the summer!
Here's the description:
NT903 offers a post-graduate/doctoral level course studying the use of rhetoric, social history, and social scientific critical methods to interpret and apply the New Testament. Reviews the various methodologies that fall under the headings mentioned above, with a focus on the main currents of thought and main contributors to these various disciplines. Students develop competencies in both the rhetorical side and the social historical or social scientific investigation of the New Testament. The course is taught in seminar format, with lectures by the professor, student paper presentations, and detailed critiquing by the class of these presentations, plus reading the required texts before each module.