Courses: Current and Upcoming

Upcoming Courses Spring 2014

Department of Communication Studies Spring 2014

 

Three programs are offered through the Department of Communication Studies:

  • Communication Studies-CMST: a major and a minor. Students are admitted following an interview with the department chairperson.
  • Culture and Communication-CLTC: a major. Students are admitted following an interview with the program coordinator.

 

The BACHELOR OF ARTS in Communication Studies and the BACHELOR OF ARTS in Culture and Communication are recommended for students who want a broad liberal arts background as preparation for possible careers in public relations, business, law, education, government, social services, and other professions, or for graduate study.

 

All courses in the area of Communication Studies are open to non-majors, although some upper level courses have prerequisites.

 

Culture and Communication Courses

 

CLTC 10000-01, 02 Introduction Culture and Communication LA

CREDITS: 3

INSTRUCTOR: Christopher House, Muller 429, Ext. 4-3216

ENROLLMENT: 20

PREREQUISITES: None.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course explores the contribution from various perspectives within the Communication Studies tradition toward studying the relationship between culture and communication. To this end, students will be exposed to areas of inquiry complimenting the rise of cosmopolitanism. With specificity in mind, this course will cover such relationships as, (1) cultural forces and trends producing and defining cosmopolitanism (2) the cultural, racial and socio-political aspects present within cosmopolitan studies and (3) how these forces and trends are challenging dominant models of knowledge.

 

 

CLTC 11000–01 Media Literacy and Popular Culture 1 LA SS

CREDITS: 3

INSTRUCTOR: Cyndy Scheibe, Williams 115B, Ext. 4-1324

ENROLLMENT: 60

PREREQUISTIES: Open to freshmen and sophomores only.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course serves as an introduction to the theory and practice of media literacy with an emphasis on developing skills in analysis and evaluation of media messages, as well as an understanding of critical thinking and the mediated communication process. Using an interdisciplinary approach that draws from many fields (especially communications, psychology, and education), the course includes analyses of messages from both traditional (e.g., print, TV, film) and digital (e.g., websites, social media) formats, drawn from both popular and educational media, and examines the effects of media messages on beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors. Working individually and in small groups, students also create their own media messages, while reflecting on their roles as media producers and the impact of their messages on others.

 

CLTC 49000-01 Internship: Culture and Communication NLA

CREDITS: 1-6

INSTRUCTOR: Laurie Arliss, Center For Health Sciences 414, Ext. 4-3578

ENROLLMENT: 5

PREREQUISITES: Junior standing or above and permission of instructor.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: The internship provides a structured intensive learning experience in an organization dedicated to research, planning, policymaking, or service provision in an area related to culture and communication. Supervision is provided by an on-site professional preceptor. Students are required to submit periodic written field reports, as well as a final internship experience report. Variable credits up to 6 credits.

 

 

 

Communication Studies Courses

 

CMST 11000-06, 07 sections Public Communication 3A HU LA

CREDITS: 3

INSTRUCTOR: Howard Erlich, Center for Health Sciences 417, Ext. 4-3534

ENROLLMENT: 18 each section

PREREQUISITES: None.

STUDENTS: Open to all Ithaca College students.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: To improve students' ability to organize thought for communicative purposes; to develop students' confidence, spontaneity, and extemporaneous style in one-to-many oral communication situations; to encourage students’ development and use of logical argument supported by evidence in persuasive communication attempts both inside and outside the classroom setting; to increase students' sensitivity to appropriate and inappropriate language use, and nonverbal communication stimuli; to assist students’ choice of appropriate message content, organization and style for a variety of audience situations; to stimulate development of critical listening skills for use inside and outside the classroom as communication receiver-consumer.

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Approximately 50% class time is lecture discussion; 50% class time is speech making and critical listening.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Text(s) to be announced. Attendance is required. Students must participate in discussion, speaking, and critical listening. Speeches and outlines. Other requirements to be announced.

 

CMST 11500-all sections Business and Professional Communications HU LA

CREDITS: 3

INSTRUCTORS:

Sections 01, 02: Ann Byrne, Center for Health Sciences 418, Ext. 4-1124

Sections 03, 04, 09: Chris Langone, Muller 118, Ext. 4-3025

Sections 05, 06: Heather Brecht, Rothschild Place 126, Ext. 4-3429

Section 07: (ONLINE) Laurie Arliss, Center for Health Sciences 414, Ext. 4-3578

Section 08: David Smith, Rothschild Place 126, Ext. 4-5794

ENROLLMENT: 20 each section (except the online course enrollment is: 18)

PREREQUISITES: None.

STUDENTS: Open to all Ithaca College students who have an interest in developing their professional skills.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Students will be provided with opportunities to develop their skills at business and professional communication in a variety of forms. Specifically, they will learn to effectively prepare and deliver oral presentations, work in small groups, participate in interviews as either the interviewer or interviewee, listen actively and critically to the presentations of others, and maintain good interpersonal relationships in the workplace. Some instruction may also be provided in writing effective résumés and business letters.

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Student presentations, lectures, in-class discussions and exercises.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Text(s) to be announced. Presentations, exams, attendance and participation.

 

CMST 12000-01 Communication, Culture, and Rhetoric 1 HU LA

CREDITS: 3

INSTRUCTOR: Scott Thomson, Center for Health Sciences 419, Ext. 4-3670

ENROLLMENT: 25

PREREQUISITES: None.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Cultures create ideas, identities and actions through speeches, films, music, rituals and other forms of communication. This course provides students with a theoretical vocabulary for critically evaluating public communication and its role in our culture(s). The critical vocabulary that organizes the course is drawn from neo-Classical Rhetoric, Semiotics, Narrative, Dramatistic, and Psychoanalytic Theories. Students will use the theoretical concepts to gain insight into the effects, effectiveness, truth, and ethics of communication.

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Lecture-discussion.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Coursepack, papers, participation, regular quizzes.

 

CMST 12400-01 Courtrooms and Communication 1 HU LA

CREDITS: 3

INSTRUCTOR: Michael Whelan, Muller 421, Ext. 4-3542

ENROLLMENT: 20

PREREQUISITE: None

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Courtrooms and Communication provides an active introduction to law and advocacy as human, not technical, phenomena. The course is conducted around in-class discussions, readings and media, and participation in mock trials. The key concepts stressed in this course are advocacy, evidence, burdens of proof, judgment, conduct of trial, legal proceedings as theater, juries as decision making groups, the ethical responsibilities of advocates, and legal reasoning. Courtrooms and Communication is a required course in the Legal Studies Major.

 

CMST 13200-01, 02 Storytelling 3B FA LA

CREDITS: 3

INSTRUCTOR: Regina Carpenter, Rothschild Place 107, Ext. 4-1546

ENROLLMENT: 20

PREREQUISITE: None

STUDENTS: Open to all students at Ithaca College. No previous performance experience required. Students of Theatre Arts, English, School of Communications, Anthropology, Sociology, and Recreation should find the course of particular interest.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This is an introductory course on storytelling in contemporary society. The course will provide basic training in the art and craft of storytelling and will examine and analyze storytelling in a variety of cultures, settings, and contexts. While learning at least three stories during the semester, you will also learn about yourself as a performer, and will explore your own personal, family, and cultural identity.

FORMAT AND STYLE: Combination of lecture-discussion and workshop-performance rounds.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Three storytelling performances, weekly written response papers, class participation, and a written study of storytelling in everyday life.

 

CMST 14000-01 Small Group Communication 1 LA SS

CREDITS: 3

INSTRUCTOR: Ann Byrne, Center for Health Sciences 418, Ext. 4-1067

ENROLLMENT: 25

PREREQUISITES: None.

STUDENTS: Open to all Ithaca College students.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: To acquaint students with contemporary theories of group development and dynamics. To provide a variety of group situations in which students can experience these dynamics and learn how their participation relates to small group theory.

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Lecture-discussion, small group exercises and assignments.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Text(s) to be announced. Attendance and participation in formal group presentations, simulations and group exercises, exams, projects and class participation.

 

CMST 14900-01 Fundamentals of Interpersonal Communication 1 LA SS

CREDITS: 3

INSTRUCTOR: Ann Byrne, Center for Health Sciences 418, Ext. 4-1067

ENROLLMENT: 25

PREREQUISITES: None.

STUDENTS: Open to all Ithaca College students.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: The understanding and application of basic principles of interpersonal communication to everyday situations. Topic areas include self-concept, interpersonal perception, language, nonverbal communication, relational development and conflict management. The practical benefits of this course are to better understand one's own motives and interpersonal communication patterns.

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Lecture-discussion and exercises.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Text(s) to be announced. Exams, projects, papers. This is not a public speaking class. Students should expect to participate actively in class.

 

CMST 21500-01 Argumentation and Debate HU LA

CREDITS: 3

INSTRUCTOR: Scott Thomson, Center for Health Sciences 419, Ext. 4-3670

ENROLLMENT: 20

PREREQUISITES: Two courses in the humanities and/or social sciences.

STUDENTS: Open to all Ithaca College students.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Students enrolled in this class will learn how to: formulate and analyze propositions, develop and conduct strategies for research, organize and analyze arguments, evaluate support for arguments, and prepare affirmative and negative cases. Students will also learn techniques for the presentation of arguments in formal contexts and techniques for cross examination.

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Lecture/discussion, participation in in-class arguments.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Text: Ziegelmueller, George and Jack Kay. Argumentation: Inquiry and Advocacy. 3rd Edition. Boston: Allyn and Bacon, 1997.

 

CMST 21900-01 Communication Studies Practicum NLA

CREDITS: 1

INSTRUCTOR: Scott Thomson, Center for Health Sciences 419, Ext. 4-3670

ENROLLMENT: 20

PREREQUISITES: One course in humanities and/or social sciences.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Practical experience in competitive speech on campus, in intercollegiate events, and in the community at large; debate and legislative assemblies, discussion, informative persuasive speaking, impromptu and extemporaneous speaking, oral interpretation, dramatic duos and readers theater.

NOTE: The instructor will designate the minimum activities required to receive credit. May only be taken pass/fail. May be repeated for a total of 8 credits.

 

CMST 21900-02 Communication Studies Practicum NLA

CREDITS: 1

INSTRUCTOR: Michael Whelan, Muller 421, Ext. 4-3542

ENROLLMENT: 20

PREREQUISITES: Permission of Instructor

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course involves active participation in intercollegiate mock trial competitions. Working from a case developed by the American Mock Trial Association, students will prepare for and perform the role of attorneys and witnesses in mock trial competitions. Preparation for this activity involves developing a theory of the case and preparing opening statements, closing arguments, and direct and cross-examination of witnesses.

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Lecture/performance/competition

COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Pass/fail only

 

CMST 23000-01 Analysis and Performance of Literature 3A 3B FA LA

CREDITS: 3

INSTRUCTOR: Bruce Henderson, Muller 422, Ext. 4-3931

ENROLLMENT: 18

PREREQUISITES: Two courses in the humanities and/or social sciences.

STUDENTS: Open to all Ithaca College students.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course is an introduction to the performance of literature. Students will perform from major genres of literature (poetry, prose fiction, and prose non-fiction), with an emphasis on solo performance; there may also be some consideration of group performance of literature.

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Combination of lecture-discussion and workshop performance rounds.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Each student will present 4-6 classroom performances. In addition, students will write brief analytic papers, related to their performances. There may also be occasional quizzes over reading assignments and content discussed during in-class lecture-discussion.

 

CMST 28905-01 ST: Communication Studies: Cases in Business Communication HU LA

CREDITS: 3

INSTRUCTOR: Chris Langone, Muller 118, Ext. 4-3025

ENROLLMENT: 18

PREREQUISITES: Three courses in the humanities and/or social sciences; additional prerequisites as appropriate to the topic.

STUDENTS: Open to all Ithaca College Students.

COURSE DEPSCRITION: Topics of current interest. Examples include nonverbal communication, campaign rhetoric, listening, intrapersonal communication, and legislative and parliamentary procedure. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

 

CMST 33300-01 Analysis and Performance of Prose FA LA

CREDITS: 3

INSTRUCTION: Bruce Henderson, Muller 422, Ext. 4-3931

ENROLLMENT: 18

PREREQUISITES: CMST 23000, or three courses in Communication Studies (CMST) and/or theater.

STUDENTS: Open to all students meeting the prerequisites. Counts as an Applications course for Communication Studies (CMST) majors and as an upper-level elective for minors.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Study of analysis, cutting, adaptation, and performance techniques appropriate to oral interpretation of expository, descriptive, and narrative prose literature. Solo and ensemble performance experience, and performance evaluation experience. We will read texts by such writers as Edgar Allan Poe, James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, William Faulkner, Mario Vargas Llosa, Italo Calvino, Milan Kundera Sherwood Anderson, and Elizabeth Strout, among others. We will consider both individual texts and intertextual relationships between texts. Emphasis is on close reading, critical discussion, and performance of fictional narratives.

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Combination of lecture-discussion and workshop performance rounds.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Each student will present 3-4 performances drawn from texts studied in class. In addition, students will write analytic papers to accompany the performances.

 

CMST 34700-01 Intercultural Communication 1 G LA SS

CREDITS: 3

INSTRUCTOR: Donathan Brown, Muller 432, Ext. 4-7335

ENROLLMENT: 18

PREREQUISITES: CMST 14000; CMST 14900; three additional credits in communication studies.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course will critically examine emergent perspectives in cross cultural communication theory and research. Our goal in this class is to explore how these perspectives are radically redefining how we understand communication across cultures along with other concepts such as culture, identity, and the making of a "good society." Theoretically rooted in the idea of a socially constructed reality, we will examine how our communication practices shape and reshape our cultural realities through an international analysis of media channels and political controversies, to name only a few.

 

CMST 35300-01 Language and Social Interaction HU LA

CREDITS: 3

INSTRUCTOR: Laurie Arliss, Center For Health Sciences 414, Ext. 4-3578

ENROLLMENT: 15

PREREQUISITES: Junior standing and three courses in Communication Studies.

STUDENTS: Open to all students interested in studying use of language in everyday interaction.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: In this course, students will apply and evaluate the social dimensions of human language use. Course topics will include language development in children and adult use of metaphors, slang/slurs, regional vocabulary, and gendered language.  Students will study a speech community of their choice, as well as look closely at their own use of language.

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Lecture-discussion, seminar format.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Major project, short papers, exams.

 

CMST 38900-01 ST: Oral Advocacy HU LA

CREDITS: 3

INSTRUCTOR: Michael Whelan, Muller 421, Ext. 4-3542

ENROLLMENT: 18

PREREQUISITE: CMST 12400, Courtrooms and Communication or by permission of instructor.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This is an advanced communication performance course set in arbitration and other dispute resolution forums. Students will be expected to learn techniques of legal reasoning and argumentation, in conformity with procedural and evidentiary rules, and apply these techniques to oral advocacy in legal settings. The curriculum will highly engage students in observation and critique of oral advocacy from professional legal training materials; cinematic portrayals; in-class performances, and actual or mock arbitrations, trials, hearings, and oral arguments.

 

CMST 38903-01, 02 ST: Political Communication: Campaigns & Elections HU LA

CREDITS: 3

INSTRUCTOR: Donathan Brown, Muller 419, Ext. 4-7335

ENROLLMENT: 18

PREREQUISITE: Three courses in the humanities and social sciences or by permission of instructor.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: With the continual evolution of technology along with the introduction of new campaign financing statutes, how we elect the President continues to change accordingly. Our efforts in this course will explore shifts in campaign strategy over time, particularity regarding how messages are created, delivered and received in relation to a shifting demographic landscape. In this course, we will critique past presidential argumentation, create campaign ads, along with other assignments and activities designed to provide students with the background needed for campaign and election orientated careers and beyond.

CMST 39500-01 Internship: Communication Studies NLA

CREDITS: 1-12

INSTRUCTOR: Laurie Arliss, Center for Health Sciences 414 Ext. 4-3578

ENROLLMENT: 5

PREREQUISITES: Cumulative GPA of 2.30; permission of communication studies faculty. Variable credit.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Work-study project designed by the student in consultation with a sponsoring faculty member and an on-site practicing professional. The proposal must define the work to be done, the theories to be explored, and the student’s plan for submitting a written report based on his or her experience. Offered on demand only. Credits earned with this course may not be used as upper-level elective credit toward a speech communication major.

 

CMST 39700-01 Directed Readings HU LA SS

CREDITS: 1-4

INSTRUCTOR: Robert Sullivan, Muller 417, Ext. 4-3930

ENROLLMENT: 1

PREREQUISITES: 9 Credits in communication studies; junior standing; approval of the communication studies faculty. 1 to 4 credits.

COURSE DESCRIPTTION: Study of an body of literature, compiled by an instructor,

on a topic of special interest. This literature should further student development within a relevant

topic area that is not otherwise covered in an available course. Offered on demand only.

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Independent Study

COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: A-F

 

CMST 39700-02 Directed Readings HU LA SS

CREDITS: 1-4

INSTRUCTOR: Laurie Arliss, Center for Health Sciences 414 Ext. 4-3578

ENROLLMENT: 1

PREREQUISITES: 9 Credits in communication studies; junior standing; approval of the communication studies faculty. 1 to 4 credits.

COURSE DESCRIPTTION: Study of an extensive selection of literature, compiled by an instructor, on a topic of special interest. This literature should further student development within a relevant topic area that is not otherwise covered in an available course. Offered on demand only.

CMST 45900-01 Seminar in Communication Theory: “Rhetorics of the Black Church: Sex, Religion & HIV/AIDS Across the African Diaspora” 1 LA SS

CREDITS: 3

INSTRUCTOR: Christopher House, Muller 429, Ext. 4-3216

ENROLLMENT: 10

STUDENTS: Open to all Ithaca College students.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: The AIDS Epidemic is biological, biomedical, as well as cultural and linguistic. As such, various groups have employed competing medical, medico-moral, ethical, rights and religious discourses on HIV/AIDS to understand better and to make sense of the presence of the disease in their communities. In this course, we will engage in rhetorical investigations -or discoveries, analyses, evaluations, critiques, of representative samples of religious rhetoric’s (e.g. sermons, songs, booklets, seminars, etc) from Protestant Christian (e.g. Baptist, Pentecostal, Non-Denominational, etc.) religious leaders of African descent from three areas of the world --sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean, and the United States (Washington, D.C. area), currently ravaged by HIV/AIDS. On a weekly basis, students will take up an in-depth reading of significant theories that inform current religious discourse on HIV/AIDS including, Specifically, our case-study examples of religious rhetoric on HIV/AIDS will illuminate salient HIV/AIDS-related themes such as social justice, stigma, poverty, racism, homophobia, human sexuality, disenfranchisement, and classism, as well as concerns of grief, suffering, disease, and death.

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Lecture- discussion

COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Text(s) to be announced. Papers, presentations, exams, attendance and participation.

 

CMST 49500-01 Internship: Communication Studies NLA

CREDITS: 1-12

INSTRUCTOR: Laurie Arliss, Center for Health Sciences 414, Ext. 4-3578

ENROLLMENT: 5

PREREQUISITES: Communication Studies (CMST) major, with a cumulative GPA of 2.30 and 3.00 in the major; permission of Communication Studies (CMST) faculty. Variable credit, up to 12 credits.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Work-study project designed by the student in consultation with a sponsoring faculty member and a cooperating practicing professional. The proposal must define the work to be done, the theories to be explored, and the student’s plan for submitting a written report based on his or her experience. Offered on demand only. No more than 6 credits may be used toward the major.

 

 

 

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