2021 Spring Course Offerings

COMM 002: Intro to Media & Cultural Studies 

M/W/F: 8:00-9:05am, Samantha Joyce
M/W/F: 9:15-10:20am, Samantha Joyce
M/W/F: 10:30-11:35am, STAFF
M/W/F: 2:45pm-3:50pm, 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: Introduction to Human Communication

T/Th: 11:30am-1:05pm, 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: Rhetoric & Public Discourse

M/W/F: 11:45am-12:50pm, Ellen Rigsby

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

T/Th: 8:00-9:35am, Neeley Silberman

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 109: Visual Communication - Comics & Graphic Novels

Tues: 6:00-9:10pm, Dan Leopard

We will examine the world of comics within the context of visual culture and through the lenses of art, pop, politics, resistance, and entertainment. We will read print comics, watch animation, and explore web comics and new digital forms. And we will make our own comics that use research, reportage, and the creative use of graphic storytelling. Satisfies Artistic Understanding  (Analysis and Creative Practice) for Core Curriculum. Application Course.

COMM 110: Quantitative Methods

T/Th: 9:45-11:20am, 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

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 112: Interpersonal Communication

M/W/F: 2:45-3:50pm, STAFF

Explores nonverbal communication, family and interracial relationships, conflict, forgiveness, negotiation, gender, and more. Satisfies Social, Historical, and Cultural Understanding for Core Curriculum.

COMM 117: Public Relations

Mon: 6:00-9:10pm, Dennis Erokan

Provides an in-depth understanding of public relations as it is practiced throughout society, the marketplace, and in politics. Research, plan, execute, and evaluate in a public relations context. 

Application Course.

COMM 123: Sports Journalism

T/Th: 3:00-4:35pm, STAFF

Explores the history and practice of sports journalism in print, radio, television, and online media.

Application Course.

COMM 125: Media, Technologies, & Culture

T/Th: 9:45-11:20am, Jason Jakaitis
T/Th: 11:30-1:05pm, David Benin
T/Th: 1:15-2:50pm, 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

T/Th: a:15-2:50pm, 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 143: Advanced Media Production

Wed: 6:00-9:10pm, Jason Jakaitis

Focuses on advanced topics in digital media production. Topics may include: documentary video, online journalism, web design, motion graphics and digital audio. Prerequisite: 125 or equivalent. This course satisfies both Artistic Understanding (Analysis and Creative Practice) requirements for the Core Curriculum.

Application Course.

Required for the Digital Studies minor.

COMM 163: Special Topics - Television & Cultural Criticism

M/W/F: 10:30-11:35am, Samantha Joyce

Let’s watch TV! This course focuses on television shows to discuss the cultural and social impact of the medium as a whole and its relationship with culture. Shows such as Game of Thrones, The Office, Stranger Things, Bob’s Burgers, and Grey’s Anatomy serve as examples of the historical rise of broadcast television, the development of television narration, the evolution of television genres, the changing nature of the entertainment industry, and controversies of television’s effects on audiences. Watching "television" is a must, so grab your remotes! 

COMM 190 Student Media Practicum (.25)

Digital Media Lab
Monday: 4:30-5:30pm, Aaron Sachowitz

Media Lab
Monday: 5:45-6:45pm, Ginny Prior

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

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

M/F: 1:00pm-2:35pm, Scott Schonfeldt-Aultman
M/F: 1:00pm-2:35pm, Aaron Sachowitz

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.