Division of Interdisciplinary and International Studies

Culture and Communication

Bruce Henderson, Professor and Coordinator

Major in Culture and Communication

The major makes connections between two intellectual areas: the study of how culture informs and shapes all aspects of communication, and its corollary area of investigation, how communication is the process through which culture is created, modified, and challenged. To explore these dynamic relationships, students consider culture and communication from a variety of intellectual perspectives from schools and divisions at the College.

This unique interdisciplinary program draws from the curricula and faculties in the Departments of Speech Communication; Television-Radio; Cinema, Photography, and Media Arts; and Strategic Communication. Majors must complete six core courses and one foundation course for each area of inquiry, satisfy the requirements for a minor in a complementary field, achieve foreign language proficiency, and complete the full requirements for one of four areas of inquiry. The areas of inquiry are international and intercultural communication, media and cultural studies, organizational culture and technology, and visual and cinema studies. In addition to work in the four foundation areas, students select liberal arts courses from a wide range of areas, including English, art history, theater arts, web development, sociology, music, politics, modern languages and literatures, business, and health policy studies.

Culture and communication majors build an interdisciplinary intellectual framework that forges connections between a variety of ways to study culture and a diversity of communication forms, practices, and organizations. The interdisciplinary curriculum provides students with diverse and easily transferable conceptual skills in critical thinking, analytical writing, and research methods across the humanities and social sciences. The major and minor not only offer preparation to enter an increasingly complex global culture, but also open up a wide, flexible range of opportunities not limited to one communications enterprise or postgraduate area of study. The culture and communication program emphasizes intellectual agility and lifelong learning skills required for success in a constantly changing world.

Requirements for the Major in Culture and Communication -- B.A.

Core Courses

WRTG xxxxx

Any level-1 composition course from WRTG 10600 through WRTG 16500 (except WRTG 10100; placement based on verbal SAT and a writing sample)

3

SPCM 11000

Public Communication

3

CLTC 10000

Introduction to Culture and Communication

3

SPCM 12000

Communication, Culture, and Rhetoric

3

WRTG 31800

Writing from Cultural Experience* or

3

WRTG 32000

Public Essay

3

CLTC 48000

Seminar in Culture and Communication

3

Total, core courses

18

*Course has prerequisite(s) that the student is responsible for meeting. (Note: Virtually all those prerequisites are minimal -- a specified number of courses in the liberal arts, class standing, etc.)

Areas of Inquiry Foundation Courses (taken by all majors)

International and Intercultural Communication

TVR 22000

Global Flow of Information

3
Media and Cultural Studies

TVR 12100

Introduction to Mass Media

3
Organizational Culture and Technology

STCM 20000

The Digital Workplace

3
Visual and Cinema Studies

CNPH 10100

Introduction to Film Aesthetics and Analysis

3

Total, foundation courses

12

Students select one of the following four areas of inquiry and complete its requirements:

International and intercultural communication

21

Media and cultural studies

21

Organizational culture and technology

21

Visual and cinema

21

Total, B.A. in culture and communication

51

Language requirement: Culture and communication majors are required to complete a foreign language through the intermediate level or to demonstrate equivalent proficiency as part of their degree requirements. This may require up to four courses, depending on the level of proficiency demonstrated.

Areas of Inquiry

International and Intercultural Communication Area of Inquiry

The infrastructure of global communication systems manifests itself in text and images speeding around the world, from Hurricane Katrina to the Iraq war. The international and intercultural communication area of inquiry is an interdisciplinary liberal arts program that recognizes the importance of developing rich, nuanced understandings of increasingly multicultural and technologically connected international environments.

This program draws on multiple perspectives in the humanities and in the technical and social sciences (such as anthropology, politics, and sociology), as well as on comparative media studies, which investigates different cultural, national, and ethnic groups. Through this area of inquiry, students learn how cultures are produced, transmitted, and transformed through the discourses of literature, language, sounds and images, and nonverbal communication.

TVR 26200

Qualitative Mass Media Research Methods

3

Choose six courses from the following, at least three at level 3 or above, and no more than three from any department:

Television-Radio

TVR 32400

European Mass Media*

TVR 42600

Seminar in Geomedia*

Strategic Communication

STCM 36000

Communication in Culturally Diverse Organizations*

Health Promotion and Physical Education

HPS 11000

War, Hunger, and Genocide: An International Health Perspective

HPS 25000

International Health Issues*

Anthropology

ANTH 22000

Southeast Asia: Its Peoples and Cultures*

ANTH 22500

South Asia: India and Its Neighbors*

ANTH 23500

Jewish Cultures: A World View*

ANTH 24100

Modern Africa*

ANTH 27000

North American Indians*

ANTH 28500

Caribbean Cultures*

ANTH 31000

Culture and Personality*

History

HIST 20300

Introductory Geography*

SOCI 20900

Ethnic United States since the Civil War*

HIST 32000

The United States and the Third World*

Politics

POLT 12900

Introduction to Global Studies

POLT 32800

International Conflict*

POLT 32900

Third World Politics*

Religious Studies

RLST 20100

Religion and Culture*

RLST 20200

Religion and Society*

Sociology

SOCI 11600

Introduction to Multicultural Studies

SOCI 20700

Race and Ethnicity*

SOCI 30300

Global Race and Ethnic Relations*

Speech Communication

SPCM 33200

Folklore and Cultural Performances*

SPCM 34700

Intercultural Communication*

Total, international and intercultural communication area of inquiry

21

*Course has prerequisite(s) that the student is responsible for meeting. (Note: Virtually all those prerequisites are minimal -- a specified number of courses in the liberal arts, class standing, etc.)

Media and Cultural Studies Area of Inquiry

One of the fastest-growing fields of study at academic institutions around the world, media and cultural studies integrates both the humanities and the social sciences in its attempt to understand cultural artifacts, practices, and ways of life -- often, although not exclusively, centering on media and popular culture.

The area of inquiry in media and cultural studies incorporates courses from 12 departments across four schools. In addition to the departments more traditionally associated with cultural studies, this area also includes courses in art history, sport studies, music, and health policy studies.

This area of inquiry differs significantly from the visual and cinema studies area of inquiry in that the latter draws more heavily from the humanities, including art history, literary theory, and cinema studies. Media and cultural studies draws more from the social sciences, notably anthropology, sociology, and politics, in its attempt to understand social and cultural practice -- in particular, media as social and cultural phenomena. Media and cultural studies addresses audiences, industries, economics, and effects, as well as media content.

SPCM 32800

Uses and Methods of Communication Criticism

3

Choose six courses from the following, at least three at level 3 or above, and no more than three from any department:

Television-Radio

TVR 12200

Introduction to Media Aesthetics and Analysis

TVR 31200

Government and Media*

TVR 32200 New Telecommunication Technologies*

TVR 33500

Electronic Media Criticism*

TVR 38800

Alternative Media*

TVR 46000

Senior Seminar: Topics in Media Effects*

Cinema, Photography, and Media Arts

CNPH 21400

Hollywood and American Film

4

CNPH 30300

Images of Men and Women in Mass Media*

Speech Communication

SPCM 33200

Folklore and Cultural Performances*

Anthropology

ANTH 10400

Cultural Anthropology

ANTH 34500

Life Stories: An Ethnographic Approach*

Art History

ARTH 13500

Visual Culture*

ARTH 13700

Visual Persuasion*

ARTH 25500

The Mediated Image*

History

HIST 27200

History of the Future*

Politics

POLT 10200

Media and Politics

POLT 34200

Liberalism and Marxism*

POLT 34300

Feminist Theory*

Sociology

SOCI 11600

Introduction to Multicultural Studies

SOCI 13000

Youth and Youth Cultures*

SOCI 20700

Race and Ethnicity*

SOCI 21000

Women's Lives*

SOCI 22800

Men's Lives*

SOCI 32500

Race, Class, and Gender *

Music

MUNM 13000

Music in Society

MUNM 25100

Music and the Media

MUNM 25600

Women in Popular Music: From Bessie Smith to MTV

MUNM 25700

History of American Popular Song

Health Promotion and Physical Education

HPS 13000

Healthy Viewings: Media, Medicine, and Health

Sport Management and Media

SPMM 29500

Social Aspects of Sport*

SPMM 39400

Sport in Film and Literature*

Total, media and cultural studies area of inquiry

21-22

*Course has prerequisite(s) that the student is responsible for meeting. (Note: Virtually all those prerequisites are minimal -- a specified number of courses in the liberal arts, class standing, etc.)

Organizational Culture and Technology Area of Inquiry

The organizational culture and technology area of inquiry provides students with the opportunity to explore this fundamental component of human experience -- the relationship between human agency and social structure -- by examining the impact of technology on organizations. Students draw links between the ways technology influences the flow of information and knowledge and the problem of organizational culture, including practices of influence, control, and conflict perpetuated in and through cultural forms. Coursework includes a focus on the capabilities of specific technologies of communication and opportunities for examination of issues of organizational life, including the permeable boundary between organizations and society at large.

STCM 34000

Research and Evaluation in Communication Management and Design

3

STCM 45000

Communication and Learning Technologies: Theory, Application, and Policy

3

One of the following courses:

COMP 10500

Introduction to Web Development*

COMP 11000

Computers and Information Technology Systems*

STCM 15000

Professional Applications of Technology*

RLS 13900

Computer Applications in Recreation*

PHED 13900

Computer Applications in Physical Education*

HLTH 13900

Computer Applications in Health Education*

EXSS 13900

Computer Applications in Exercise and Sport*

3

Choose four courses from the following, at least two at level 3 or above, and no more than two from any department:

Strategic Communication

STCM 25100

Organizational Communication, Culture, and Conflict

STCM 32000

Leadership Communication*

STCM 36000

Communication in Culturally Diverse Organizations*

Television-Radio

TVR 32200

New Telecommunications Technologies*

Health Promotion and Physical Education

HPS 14000

Cyborgs, Clones, and Policy: New Technologies in Health and Medicine

HPS 22500

Health Communication

Politics

POLT 10200

Media and Politics

Sociology

SOCI 21200

Sociology of Work*

SOCI 29300

Introduction to Social Institutions and Organizations*

SOCI 30100

Technology and Society*

Business

MGMT 20600

Organizational Behavior and Management*

MKTG 39100

Electronic Commerce: Legal Issues*

MGMT 46000

Seminar in Organizational Development and Change*

Total, organizational culture and technology area of inquiry

21

*Course has prerequisite(s) that the student is responsible for meeting. (Note: Virtually all those prerequisites are minimal -- a specified number of courses in the liberal arts, class standing, etc.)

Visual and Cinema Studies Area of Inquiry

This area of inquiry focuses on how 21st-century visual communications structure meaning within social, political, historical, and aesthetic contexts. Within the last 20 years, the field of cinema studies has shifted away from an exclusive emphasis on the film itself as an isolated object toward critical theory and methodology that situate film, video art, installation, performance, theater, hybrid forms, photography, advertising, certain forms of fine art, and digital art forms as parts of a larger, more complex visual culture.

Visual and cinema studies is distinguished from the other three areas of inquiry in this major by its concentration on visually mediated communication forms. It emphasizes close textual analysis and historiographic research of both high and popular cultural media and visual forms.

The visual and cinema studies area of inquiry focuses on critical studies from a humanities, rather than a social science, perspective. It entails theory, history, and criticism courses from across all five schools at Ithaca College.

CNPH 30100

Nonfiction Film Theory* or

3

CNPH 30000

Fiction Film Theory*

3

Choose six courses from the following, at least three at level 3 or above, and no more than three from any department:

Cinema, Photography, and Media Arts

CNPH 21400

Hollywood and American Film

4

CNPH 24000

History of Photography*

CNPH 30300

Images of Men and Women in Mass Media*

CNPH 44000

Contemporary Photographic Issues*

Television-Radio

TVR 33500

Electronic Media Criticism*

TVR 46000

Senior Seminar: Topics in Media Effects*

Art History

ARTH 11000

Introduction to Art

ARTH 11400

Architecture across Cultures

ARTH 23300

Great Spaces: An Introduction to Urban Design*

ARTH 25200

Twentieth-Century European Art*

ARTH 28500

Art since 1960*

ARTH 34100

Women Artists and Cultural Change*

ARTH 34200

Images of Women in Western Art*

English

ENGL 22500

Literary Modernism and the Visual Arts*

Philosophy and Religion

PHIL 24000

Philosophy in Film*

PHIL 32600

Seminar in Aesthetics*

Theater Arts

THPA 36400

Aesthetics and Criticism of Drama*

Total, visual and cinema studies area of inquiry

21-22

*Course has prerequisites that student is responsible for meeting. (Note: Virtually all those prerequisites are minimal -- a specified number of courses in the liberal arts, class standing, etc.)

Completion of an Outside Field

Culture and communication majors are also required to complete an outside field that complements their area of inquiry -- an existing minor in another department or an outside field individually designed in consultation with the student's adviser and approved by the culture and communication coordinator. Some suggested minors are sociology, politics, psychology, art history, writing, history, philosophy, anthropology, and English, as well as various communication programs. Total credits in the minor or outside field must be 18 and may not include any courses selected for the major.

Culture and Communication Minor

Requirements for the Minor in Culture and Communication

Core Courses

CLTC 10000

Introduction to Culture and Communication

3

SPCM 12000

Communication, Culture, and Rhetoric

3

Visual and Cinema Studies

CNPH 10100

Introduction to Film Aesthetics and Analysis

3

Media and Cultural Studies

TVR 12100

Introduction to Mass Media

3

International and Intercultural Communication

TVR 22000

Global Flow of Information

3

Organizational Culture and Technology

STCM 20000

The Digital Workplace

3

Summary
Core courses 6
Areas of inquiry requirements 12

One course at level 3 or above from the additional requirements
for any of the four area of inquiry listings
in the culture and communication major



3

Total, culture and communication minor

21