School of Humanities and Sciences

Department of Communication Studies

Bachelor of Arts

Laurie Arliss, Professor and Chair

Communication studies is the home of Ithaca College's liberal arts approaches to understanding human interaction in its many forms. Students and faculty in the Department of Communication Studies seek to understand the way in which culture both affects and results from communication, as they explore a diversity of communication forms, practices, and organizations in an increasingly complex global culture. The department emphasizes small, interactive classes and close student-faculty interaction; its courses and cocurricular activities both provide a foundation in communication theory and skills and encourage multiple avenues of inquiry within which students can craft their own meaningful academic experiences.

The department offers two majors and three minors.

The communication studies major combines theory and practice in classes that focus on how, why, and with what effects people communicate -- creating and sharing meaning, whether it be in the workplace, an informal gathering of friends, a family celebration, or a nationwide political process (to name just a few possibilities). A major in communication studies develops competence in theoretical analysis as well as the practical implementation of communication. The program is recommended for students who want a broad liberal arts background as preparation for careers in such fields as public relations, business, government, social services, and law, or for graduate study.

The culture and communication major is offered in cooperation with the Roy H. Park School of Communication and other departments at the College. This interdisciplinary program makes connections between two areas of inquiry: 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 relationships, students consider culture and communication from a variety of intellectual perspectives across schools and divisions at the College. A degree in culture and communication prepares students for graduate study, whether law school or business school, or master's and doctoral programs in a range of critical studies areas. Students interested in this major should contact the coordinator, Bruce Henderson, professor of communication studies, 422 Muller Center.

The minors offered in the department -- communication studies, culture and communication, and health communication -- allow considerable flexibility so that a student can select courses which best complement his or her major. Those seeking a broad disciplinary focus can opt for the communication studies minor, while those who wish to cross disciplinary lines can select the culture and communication minor. Health communication is also an interdisciplinary minor. All minors must be declared through consultation with the departmental chair; minor advisers guide students in course selection.

Communication Studies, B.A.
Culture and Communication, B.A.
Communication Studies Minor
Culture and Communication Minor
Health Communication Minor

Requirements for Honors in Communication Studies

Departmental honors are awarded based on a senior project done under the sponsorship of a faculty member and its successful defense in an oral examination conducted by a faculty committee. A cumulative GPA of 3.50 is required. Students must propose the project by the end of the penultimate semester before graduation and must complete it by the middle of the semester they plan to graduate.

Requirements for the Major in Communication Studies -- B.A.

(The major's name change, from speech communication, is pending NYSED approval.)

Required courses

SPCM 11000

Public Communication

3

SPCM 12000

Communication, Culture, and Rhetoric

3

SPCM 14000

Small Group Communication

3

SPCM 14900

Fundamentals of Interpersonal Communication

3

SPCM 21500

Argumentation and Debate

3

SPCM 23000

Analysis and Performance of Literature

3

 

Total, required courses

18

Restricted electives

Select 12 credits in applications in communication studies:

SPCM 22500

Health Communication (3)

 

SPCM 24300

Interviewing (3)

 

SPCM 31100

Advanced Public Communication (3)

 

SPCM 32400

Rhetoric and Social Order (3)

 

SPCM 33200

Folklore and Cultural Performances (3)

 

SPCM 33300

Analysis and Performance of Prose (3)

 

SPCM 33400

Group Performance of Literature (3)

 

SPCM 33500

Analysis and Performance of Poetry (3)

 

SPCM 34600

Gender and Interpersonal Communication (3)

 

SPCM 34700

Intercultural Communication (3)

 

SPCM 34800

Family Communication (3)

 

SPCM 38900

Selected Topics (3)

 

SPCM 39700

Directed Readings (3)

 

SPCM 42900

Seminar in Public Communication (3)

 

SPCM 43900

Seminar in Literary and Cultural Performance (3)

 

SPCM 44900

Seminar in Interpersonal Communication (3)

 

SPCM 45100

Communication and Social Influence (3)

 

SPCM 49500

Internship (3)

 
 

Total, applications in communication studies

12

Select 6 credits in theories of communication studies:

SPCM 32600

Classical Theories of Rhetoric (3)

 

SPCM 32700

Modern and Contemporary Theories of Rhetoric (3)

 

SPCM 35300

Language and Social Interaction (3)

 

SPCM 45900

Seminar in Communication Theory (3)

 
 

Total, theories of communication studies

6

Select 3 credits in research methods in communication studies:

SPCM 32800

Uses and Methods of Communication Criticism (3)

 

SPCM 34100

Communication Research Methods (3)

 
 

Total, research methods in communication studies

3

Select 6 credits of electives in communication studies:

At least 3 credits must be taken at level 3 or 4, and 1 credit at level 4.

Summary

Total, required courses

18

Total, restricted electives

27

Unrestricted electives

75

Total, B.A. in communication studies

120

Communication studies majors have 75 elective credits, but they are encouraged to elect at least one 18- to 27-credit sequence outside the department as a minor concentration or cognate area. No more than two grades below a C (2.00) will be accepted in courses toward fulfilling requirements of the major.

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

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.

Core courses

WRTG xxxxx

Any level-1 composition course from WRTG 10600 through WRTG 16500 (except WRTG 10100)

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 the 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, 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*

 
Communication studies

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 the 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 in 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*

 
Communication studies

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 the 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 the 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

Choose 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 the prerequisites are minimal -- a specified number of courses in the liberal arts, class standing, etc.)

Visual and cinema studies area of inquiry

The visual and cinema studies 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 looks at critical studies from the perspective of the humanities rather than from a social science perspective. It entails theory, history, and criticism courses from 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 the 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.

Minors

Requirements for the minor in communication studies

Level-1 and level-2 electives

9

Level -3 and level-4 electives

9

Total, minor in communication studies

18

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 listings in the four areas of inquiry
in the culture and communication major



3

 

Total, culture and communication minor

21

Requirements for the minor in health communication

STCM 11100

Presentation Media and Visual Design

3

SPCM 11000

Public Communication or

 

SPCM 11500

Business and Professional Communication

3

SPCM 22500

Health Communication or

 

HLTH 22600

Health Communication

3

HLTH 20500

Critical Health Issues

3

Human communication/practice

Select one course from the following:

STCM 10800

Human Communication in Organizations

 

SPCM 14000

Small Group Communication

 

SPCM 14900

Fundamentals of Interpersonal Communication

 

SPCM 15000

Introduction to Communication Theory

 

SPCM 21500

Argumentation and Debate

 

SPCM 31100

Advanced Public Communication

 

SPCM 35300

Language and Social Interaction

3

Health policy/analysis

Select one course from the following:

ECON 30400

Economics of Health Care

 

POLT 36500

The Politics of Health

 

PHIL 23000

Bioethics

 

SOCI 31400

Sociology of Health and Medicine

 

SOCI 31600

Women and Health

 

ANTH 48000

Medical Anthropology

 

HLTH 25000

International Health Issues

 

HLTH 30400

Economics of Health Care

 

HLTH 15200

Introduction to Health and Physical Education

3

Applications/technology

Select one course from the following:

STCM 15000

Professional Applications of Technology

 

HPS 35000

Communicating in Health Service Organizations

 

HLTH 31700

Community Health

 

HLTH 33000

Health Promotion in the Workplace

 

MKTG 31200

Principles of Marketing

3

 

Total, health communication minor

21