2020 Fall Course Offerings

COMM 002: Communication & Social Understanding

Remote (Online)
T/Th: 8:00-9:35am, Samantha Joyce

Remote (Online)
M/W/F: 9:15-10:20am, David Benin

Remote (Online)
M/W/F: 10:30-11:35am, David Benin

Introduces how we critically assess the everyday communication practices and texts (spoken, visual, and mediated) that construct and transmit social knowledge. This course satisfies Artistic Understanding (Analysis & Creative Practice) of the Core Curriculum.

Required for the Communication Major and Minor.

COMM 003: Communication Inquiry

Hybrid (In-person)
M/W/F: 11:45am-12:50pm, Veronica Hefner

Hybrid (In-person)
M/W/F: 2:45-3:50pm, Veronica Hefner

Seminar-style discussion course that uses key concepts and communication writings to develop a theoretical vocabulary and critical analysis of issues pertaining to culture, communication, and identity. This course satisfies the Social, Historical, and Cultural Understanding requirement as well as the American Diversity requirement of the Core Curriculum. 

Required for the Communication Major and Minor.

COMM 010: Argument & Advocacy

Hybrid (In-person)
M/W/F: 8:00-9:05am, STAFF

Hybrid (In-person)
M/W/F: 9:15-10:20am, Neeley Silberman

Focuses on the general principles of argument and advocacy as they relate to creating change in different spheres of social life through discourse and public speaking.

Required for the Communication Major and Minor.

COMM 100: Communication Theory

Hybrid (In-person)
M/W/F: 8:00-9:05am, Neeley Silberman

Hybrid (In-person)
M/W/F: 2:45-3:50pm, STAFF

Surveys the major theories of communication with an emphasis on interpersonal, social, psychological, historical, semiotic, and technological approaches to human interaction. This course satisfies the Writing In the Disciplines requirement of the Core Curriculum.

Required for the Communication Major and Minor.

COMM 106: Intercultural Communication

Remote (Online)
T/Th: 9:45-11:20am, Scott Schonfeldt-Aultman

Examines the roles of identity, history, power, language, cultural values, nonverbal communication, migration, cultural space, popular cultural communication, and relationships. Students will become familiar with intercultural communication theories and with approaches to studying intercultural communication. Seeks to provide a basis for comprehending the relationship between culture and communication and for understanding cultural practices, differences and similarities. This course satisfies the American Diversity requirement as well as the Social, Historical, and Cultural Understanding requirement of the Core Curriculum. 

Required for the Digital Studies minor.

COMM 110: Quantitative Methods

Hybrid (In-person)
M/W/F: 10:30-11:35am, Veronica Hefner

Introduces quantitative research approaches using surveys, experimental research design, and statistical data analysis such as correlation, t-test, and ANOVA. Prerequisites: 002, 003, 010; or permission of the chair.

Required for the Communication Major and Minor.

COMM 111: Qualitative Methods

Remote (Online)
M/W/F: 11:45-12:50pm, David Benin

Introduces qualitative research approaches using participant observation and interviewing, formulating research questions, and the collection and analysis of data. Prerequisites: 002, 003, 010; or permission of the chair.

Required for the Communication Major and Minor.

COMM 116: Advertising & Civic Engagement

Remote (Online)
T/Th: 9:45-11:20am, Samantha Joyce

Designed to give students an understanding of both the theory and practice of advertising through the medium of civic engagement projects.

Application Course.

COMM 122: American Journalism

Hybrid (In-Person)
T/Th: 3:00-4:35pm, Nolan Higdon

Introduction to the craft of news writing and reporting in print and electronic news media; emphasis on journalism as a profession and ethical conduct.

Application Course.

COMM 125: Media, Technologies, & Culture

Hybrid (In-person)
T/Th: 1:15-2:50pm, Aaron Sachowitz

Remote (Online)
T/Th: 3:00-4:35pm, Dan Leopard

Focuses on the critical and technical concepts and skills necessary for understanding media and culture in the 21st century. Emphasis on digital, information, and visual literacy. This course satisfies both Artistic Understanding (Analysis and Creative Practice) requirements for the Core Curriculum.

Application course.

Required for the Cinematic Arts minor.

COMM 133: Video Production

Hybrid (In-person)
T/Th: 11:30am-1:05pm, Jason Jakaitis 

Introduces students to the basics of digital video production, including film language and sound design, video camera basics, cinematography and lighting, non-linear video editing, and post-production techniques. Prerequisite: 125 or equivalent. This course satisfies both Artistic Understanding (Analysis and Creative Practice) requirements for the Core Curriculum.

Application Course.

COMM 158: Film

Remote (Online)
Wed: 6:00-9:10pm, Dan Leopard

Examines film history and film theory through the lens of communication, emphasizing the centrality of film to the visual imagination and the development of visual culture. This course satisfies both of the Artistic Understanding (Analysis and Creative Practice) requirements of the Core Curriculum. 

Application course.

Required for the Cinematic Arts minor.

COMM 161: Communication & Social Justice

Remote (Online)
M/W/F: 9:15-10:20am, Scott Schonfeldt-Aultman

This course will explore whiteness, communication, and culture broadly. As such, we will explore how whiteness is interrelated with communication, rhetoric, culture, identity, ideology, interpretation, etc. More specifically, we will explore what we mean by "whiteness," social construction of whiteness, white fragility, white identity, cross-racial dialogue, histories of whiteness, black perspectives on whiteness, James Balewin's work on whiteness, whiteness as a strategic rhetoric, rhetorical strategies of whiteness, white rhetorics of crime/prison, whiteness and media, rhetorics of white backlash/disadvantage/victimization/affirmative action, whiteness and the far right, and white anti-racism/anti-racists. This course satisfies both The Common Good and Community Engagement requirements of the Core Curriculum.

190 Student Media Practicum (.25)

Hybrid (In-person)
Digital Media Lab
Monday: 4:30-5:30pm, Aaron Sachowitz

Hybrid (In-person)
Media Lab
Monday: 5:40-6:40pm, Ginny Prior

Remote (Online)
Journalism Lab
Day/time TBA, Ellen Rigsby

One quarter academic credit may be applied to student participation in radio, video, visual, film, journalism, internship, digital media, public relations, advertising or independent study. Macken Collegiate Forensics Program may be taken for full or fractional credit. Four practicums are required for the Digital Studies minor. Please note: Does not satisfy an area requirement.

COMM 195: Internship

Hybrid (In-person)
Independent contract, Ginny Prior

Students work in an appropriate internship position in the field of communciation, under the supervision of a faculty member. Normally open only to Communication majors in the senior year, with approval of the department chair and supervising instructor.

COMM 196: Senior Capstone Project

Hybrid Flex (Online option)
M/F: 1:00pm-2:35pm, Ellen Rigsby

Remote (Online)
M/F: 1:00pm-2:35pm, David Benin

The Capstone Project you produce in Comm 196 represents the culmination of your experience  studying Communication with our department. The Capstone course requires you to make a scholarly or creative contribution to the field of Communication Studies and should draw upon the work you have accomplished in your major courses.

Because the course is research-driven and requires students to be self-motivated, the Communication Department expects you to prepare for your Capstone experience by producing a short proposal detailing the topic, method, and theories that you will use in your research or creative project. Permission of instructor required. Note: You cannot register for Capstone on Gael Xpress. You submit your proposal; the Capstone team decides if changes are needed (and lets you know; and you resubmit the proposal); the Capstone team places you in one of the classes; the Communication Department then registers you.

Required for the Communication major.

COMM 310: Communication and Culture

Hybrid (In-person)
M: 6:00pm-9pm, Aaron Sachowitz

This graduate course is open to undergraduates and serves as the entry point for the 4+1 BA/MA in Intercultural Communication pathway. The course investigates the relationship between communication and culture. Students will use case studies to apply a range of intercultural communication theories to analyze problems that typically arise in “real world” cross-cultural settings. Students are expected to make a clear connection between communication phenomena (e.g., current social issues) and intercultural communication theories as they work toward critical engagement with intercultural and cross-cultural communication competency.