This course introduces students to the general areas and concentrations of the study of communication relating to everyday communication interactions. Students investigate concepts and basic theories related to a variety of communication contexts, including intrapersonal, interpersonal, group, organizational, mediated, gender and intercultural. This course is designed to be an entry level introduction to the discipline of Communication.
This course offers students a survey course in mass and mediated communication. By teaching issues surrounding media literacy, students are encouraged to develop a critical and cultural framework to assess various elements of the media. Specifically, the course traces media history, governmental regulation of the media, media economics, and the development of convergent media to understand the impact of the changing nature of mediated communication on society and culture.
This course offers students an introduction to the basic methods and techniques of writing for the print and broadcast media. The student practices clear and concise writing, effective editing, and efficient gathering and organization of news stories.
This course offers students an introduction to the skills of writing for various professional communication contexts, such as advertising and public relations, as well as audio-visual storytelling. Students critique the cultural, political, and economic factors that inform the production, use, and potential of media writing.
This course stresses building effective speaking skills necessary for professional careers and participation in civic life. Students learn various strategies that are available for assessing and meeting the demands of speaking situations. Assignments include a series of informative, persuasive, and commemorative speeches.
This course explores issues related to the unique communication processes attached to Small Group Communication and Public Speaking. This course will focus on how to communicate effectively in small groups, as well as how to present professional group presentations. Specifically we will discuss small group processes, including leadership, group roles, and conflict mediation
This course focuses on the history and importance of rhetorical tradition from the fifth century B.C. to the present, including the role classical rhetoric has played in the development of modern rhetorical theory.
This course is intended to provide a thorough introduction to various theories about the nature and dynamics of human communication. This course will explore the major subdivisions of the Communication discipline, including interpersonal, group, public, mass, and cultural communication.
This course provides an introduction to intercultural communication, focusing on the importance of diversity in our everyday lives. In order to develop a strong level of cross-cultural competency, this course challenges students to learn about the ways people from different cultural backgrounds communicate based on their worldviews and narratives.
This course is designed to introduce students to the central concepts and principles underlying the communicational process in the political arena. Students will be expected to demonstrate mastery of relevant terminology and theory, to recognize the forms and genres of political communication, to provide specific examples of such forms and genres and to critique and evaluate forms of political communication and to manifest their mastery in discussion and written assignments, as well as examinations and quizzes.
This course considers the history, performance, and politics of representation of women in stand-up comedy. Topics include the various industrial, social, and cultural contexts that led to both the prominence and marginalization of female comedians, as well as an examination of the rhetorical components of their material and performative features of their acts.
This course considers the politics of representation of LGBTQ+ individuals in film, television, advertising, and other media. Topics include the development of media stereotypes of the LGBTQ+ community and the various applications of "queer" as an identity, theory, and critical lens.
During their course of studies Communication majors may take up to two independent study courses arranged with an individual professor. The proposed independent study must be designed in cooperation with the professor and approved by the Department Chair
Required of all senior Communication majors, this course asks students to integrate the knowledge and skills they have acquired as communication majors. Being mindful of the ethical issues surrounding topics in communication studies, students are expected to develop a capstone project that culminates in both a senior thesis and a presentation of the results of their research.
Prerequisite(s): Rhetorical Theory and Criticismor CM 315 Communication Theory or Permission of Instructor.