First Semester Comm Course Options

One of the great things about being a freshman in the School of Communication is that there are immediate opportunities to take foundational communication requirements and electives your first semester. While you’ll be discussing the numerous options at freshman orientation, I wanted to give you a head’s up as to some of the ones you’ll be hearing about this summer!

RTVF 001: Intro to Radio, TV, Film, and New Media – This interdisciplinary course is designed to increase the student’s understanding of how radio, television, film, and new media communicate ideas. Through a study of perceptual principles, graphic design, photography, radio and sound, film, television, and the Web, students explore the underlying forms and processes of media. The development of a critical vocabulary and an analytical perspective, and the opportunity to create various media projects provide students with the background to pursue further studies in mediated communication.

RTVF 010: (AA) Intro to Film and Television Study – The basic language of filmic expression and the methodologies of film study, including their influence on television and video, are introduced through analysis of films and television programs. Emphasis is on ways of looking at films and television, the major concepts of theory, the various forms of film and television, and the techniques that determine visual styles.

RTVF 011: History and Theory of Audio and Radio – Introduction to the development of the radio industry, from 1919 to the present, focusing on managerial structure and philosophies, technological changes, programming formats, licensing, and national and international policies.

RTVF 015: Survey of Electronic Media – An overview of today’s electronic media environment, While this course emphasizes broadcasting and cable, its scope includes newer forms of information and entertainment distribution technology and associated current issues. Students will develop critical awareness of the roles played by stakeholders such as the public, industry, and regulators in an environment of fast paced social and technological change.

SPCM 001: (CP) Oral Communication – Develop effective communication skills through a variety of communicative experiences including intrapersonal, interpersonal, interviewing, nonverbal, small group communication, and public speaking. Theories of communication are explored. Recommended for all students.

SPCM 004: Interpersonal Communication – This course provides an examination of concepts and fundamental principles of dyadic communication and develops an appreciation for the ways in which interpersonal relationships develop, endure and deteriorate. Interpersonal interaction in social, professional, and familial contexts and interviewing situations are addressed.

SPCM 005: Histories and Theories of Rhetoric – This course introduces students to the history of the study of oral public discourse, the development of classical rhetoric, narrative and the performance of classical texts, and the distinction between orality and literacy in the construction of narrative. The course explores the impact of the development of the printing press, publishing and journalism on the construction, dissemination and reception of messages by audiences. Comparisons are made between the various communication contexts and their role in shaping spoken or written rhetorical “texts.”

SPCM 007: (CP) Public Speaking – Examination of the theory and practice of public communication. Emphasis on critical thinking, listening, and the art of criticism. Practice in speech composition and delivery, stressing principles of clarity, interest, and audience analysis. Speeches to inform and to persuade are stressed.

SPCM 011: Voice and Diction – Exploration of theories of speech and voice production. Students have the opportunity to practice individual patterns of speech and voice. Attention is paid to vocal quality, variety, flexibility, and range. Dialectical variations in speech production are discussed.

SPCM 033: Nonverbal Communication in Human Interaction – Processes and effects of communicating in nonverbal behavior and message systems with emphasis on communication by means of body movement (kinesics), spatial relationships (proxemics) and vocal cues (paralinguistics); by means of touch, physical appearance and dress, physical behavior and communication through objects. Readings, discussion and research projects.

SPCM 124: Communication, Culture, Healing – This class explores experiences and practices of healing as students consider the communication about healing in a variety of cultures. It moves from a concern about cure to a wider consideration of healing contexts. As the students learn that the possibilities of healing are defined by the culture of the healers, the healed, and the audiences to healing, they begin to explore performances of narrative, music, dance, and ritual as healing modalities in a variety of cultures.

SPCM 129: Performing History – This course investigates performance as a means to engage with aesthetic, historical and current events. It examines the theory, practice, ethics, and political efficacy of performed history and current events, from “living newspapers” to performances of political poetry and prose fiction based upon historical documents.

LACS/MASS 150C: Latim America in Non-Fiction Film – The course critically examines the historical trajectory of Latin American documentary, linking them to the long tradition of documentary features produced in North America about the Latin American region. Particular attention will focus on the aesthetics of social issue documentary in the Latin American context; the relationship between the filmmakers and their conception of media, citizenship and democracy; perceptions and depictions of the south in the north; role of social movements in the documentary process; documentaries as denunciation in “emerging” democracies. The class will combine lectures and screenings every week of a broad range of feature documentaries, with students  expected to participate actively in discussions of readings, film presentations, guest lectures, as well as unfolding issues making news in the region, as they relate to any specific films.

For incoming freshmen with transfer credit for Writing Composition (WSC 1 & 2):

JRNL 010: Journalism Tools – Journalism has evolved from the typewriter and telegraph days to an age of instantaneous communication. Students will be introduced to and learn the use of modern journalism tools such as HTML, computer-based information research, still and video cameras, audio recorders and techniques of audio/video editing, information graphics, as well as other tools as the technologies and profession continue to evolve. Outside community research and reporting time is required.

JRNL 011: News Writing and Reporting – Defining news and its importance in a democratic society; structure of news-gathering process; the elements of news; introduction to basic news reporting and writing for the Web, print and broadcast; use of the Internet as a reporting and research tool; accuracy and fairness as journalistic imperatives. Outside community research and reporting time is required.

Want to start mapping out your first semester schedule? Give me a call at (516) 463-5216