Spring 2023 Course Offerings

COMM 002: Intro to Media and Cultural Studies

MWF, 9:15-10:20am: David Benin
MWF, 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.

COMM 003: Introduction to Human Communication

M/W/F, 11:45-12:50pm: Makiko Imamura

Introduction to Human Communication is designed to give students an overview of the basic concepts and theories of human communication as a meaning making process, involving both verbal and nonverbal symbols, that constructs social meaning across various contexts such as relational, intercultural, small group, and workplace. In order to understand human communication in these contexts, students will learn to examine, analyze, and interpret identities, perceptions, group dynamic and power, and technology and media in everyday life through the social scientific, interpretive, and critical lenses of the field of Communication Studies. This course will prepare students to develop fundamental knowledge on the study of communication as well as communication competence as a practical outcome. This course satisfies both the Social, Cultural, and Historical Understanding and American Diversity requirements of the Core Curriculum.

COMM 010: Rhetoric & Public Discourse

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

COMM 100: Communication Theory

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

COMM 111: Qualitative Methods

T/Th, 11:30-1:05pm: Scott Schönfeldt-Aultman

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 Communicatoin

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

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

Monday, 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

M/W, 4:00-5:35pm: Marcus Thompson

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

Application Course.

COMM 125: Media Technologies & Culture

T/Th, 8:00-9:05am: Samantha Joyce
M/W/F: 11:45-12:50pm: David Benin

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.

COMM 144: Community Media

M/W, 4:00-5:35pm: Jason Jakaitis

In Comm 144, students will study communal and non-commercial media production in the context of social movements and grass-roots activism, and create videos and multimedia content with and about Saint Mary’s College and the surrounding community. Students will develop basic interviewing skills and event videography and rapid-response reporting techniques, and will familiarize themselves with a variety of tools and methods for the dissemination of digital content. Comm 144 satisfies the Artistic Understanding (Analysis and Creative Practice) and Community Engagement requirements of the Core Curriculum.

COMM 158: Film - Brazilian Film

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

This course focuses on Brazilian film and history specifically, as well as broader questions about race, gender and class. We examine Brazilian films within a pan-American context and understand them as cultural, historical, political, economic products that characterize and reveal aspects, sensibilities and points of view from the represented nation. 

COMM 161: Communication & Social Justice - Drag

T/Th, 9:45-11:20am: Scott Schöfeldt-Aultman

Focus on drag, gender performativity, identity, as well as drag's communicative/ rhetorical aspects and its relationship to social justice. We will be producing a drag and social justice show with Momma's Boyz, a Bay Area hip-hop drag king group. Incorporates a service-learning component.

COMM 163: Special Topics - Media and Relationships

MWF, 9:15-10:20am, Veronica Hefner

This course explores the connection between media and interpersonal relationships by unpacking how social, digital, and traditional media use are related to the formation and maintenance of relationships, as well as how media use can influence individuals' perceptions and beliefs associated with romantic, friendship, family, and workplace relationships. The social-scientific course requires students to read academic journal articles related to media theory, interpersonal communication, and the integration of those two fields, as well as analyze a film for the final project.

COMM 190: Student Media Practicum (.25)

It is possible to earn a .25 academic credit for hosting a weekly radio show on KSMC; or for contributing weekly articles to The Collegian, the SMC student-run campus newspaper. Independent studies in other areas of media are also available at the request of students. Please contact Communication Dept chair Ellen Rigsby (erigsbu@stmarys-ca.edu) if you are interested in doing this.

COMM 195: Internship

Independent contract
Remote: Ginny Prior

COMM 195 is the mandatory course that gives you academic credit for your internship. The course can be taken for 1 credit (120 hours of internship work); .5 credit (60 hours); or .25 credit (30 hours). COMM 195 meets only three times during the semester. Your academic credit comes from keeping a multimedia journal (Google Sites, Wix, or Wordpress), and reading and analyzing books that help you with your internship responsibilities. Our Internship Coordinator Ginny Prior can help you identify internships in your areas of interest. It’s up to you to apply for and secure an internship. If you'd like to make an appointment with Ginny in person or on Zoom, contact her at vcp1@stmarys-ca.edu

COMM 196: Capstone - Senior Thesis

Mon/Fri, 1:00-2:40pm: Jason Jakaitis (specialty: media)
Mon/Fri, 1:00-2:40pm: Veronica Hefner (specialty: quatitative methods)

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. Proposal due date: Friday November 4. 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.

* Juniors and Seniors can take this class at the 500 level as a Master's Class for graduate credit, including the Master of Art in Communication at Saint Mary's. 

 

 

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For our Master of Arts in Communication degree:

COMM 302: Strategic Mediated Communication

M/W/F, 11:45-12:50pm: Veronica Hefner

This course examines media and mediated forms of communication as they intersect with cultural, economic, political or social contexts.  The focus is on both the analysis and strategic use of mediated communication for various occasions, including development, social change, crisis response, corporate/organizational digital presence, and social justice. The course integrates both critical and practical approaches to understanding effective mediated communication. By the end of this course, students will have completed a digital portfolio that will highlight all of their work in the program as a case study in strategic mediated communication at the individual micro level.

COMM 307: Applied Research Analysis

M/W/F, 10:30-11:35am: Veronica Hefner

This course prepares students to analyze a research project using both quantitative and qualitative data analysis. The primary foci of data analysis include (M)ANOVA, regression, and mediation and moderation analysis for quantitative survey data and coding based on the grounded theory approach for the qualitative data. Continuing from Applied Research Methods course, students will analyze the data and interpret and report the results. This is an on-campus course, offered during the regular work week. Students must take this course in the Spring of their +1 year. This is the third course of the Applied Research Certificate sequence.

COMM 344: Community Media

M/W, 4:00-5:35pm: Jason Jakaitis

In COMM 344, students will study communal and non-commercial media production in the context of social movements and grass-roots activism, and create videos and multimedia content with and about Saint Mary’s College and the surrounding community. Students will develop basic interviewing skills and event videography and rapid-response reporting techniques, and will familiarize themselves with a variety of tools and methods for the dissemination of digital content. COMM 344 satisfies the Artistic Understanding (Analysis and Creative Practice) and Community Engagement requirements of the Core Curriculum.

COMM 361: Communication and Social Justice - Drag

T/Th 9:45-11:20am: Scott Schönfeldt-Aultman

Focus on drag, gender performativity, identity, as well as drag's communicative/ rhetorical aspects and its relationship to social justice. We will be producing a drag and social justice show with Momma's Boyz, a Bay Area hip-hop drag king group. Incorporates a service-learning component.

COMM 363: Media and Relationships

M/W/F, 9:15-10:20am: Veronica Hefner

This course explores the connection between media and interpersonal relationships by unpacking how social, digital, and traditional media use are related to the formation and maintenance of relationships, as well as how media use can influence individuals' perceptions and beliefs associated with romantic, friendship, family, and workplace relationships. The social-scientific course requires students to read academic journal articles related to media theory, interpersonal communication, and the integration of those two fields, as well as analyze a film for the final project.