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CLTC, CMST, & SPST: Fall 2019

Department of Communication Studies – Fall 2019

 

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 48000-01 Senior Seminar in Culture and Communication LA

This course fulfills ICC Capstone

Attributes: CP

3 CREDITS

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

ENROLLMENT: 15

PREREQUISITES: Senior standing in culture and communication major; TVR 26200, CNPH 30000, or CNPH 30100. 3 credits. (S)

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course investigates the role of ethics in human communication. Ethics can be said to be engaged in any human action when three conditions are present; 1) when the action has an impact on others, 2) when the action is the result of a relatively unconstrained choice, 3) and when the action can be judged by some criteria of moral preferability. Communication is, by its nature, an interactive process and very often part of an intentionally, if not strategically, contrived decision-making system. Accordingly, it is most important that we make a systematic attempt to make moral sense of human communication.

 

Communication Studies Courses

 

CMST 11000-01, 02 sections Public Communication LA

Attributers: 3A, CCCS, ESTS, HU

3 CREDITS

INSTRUCTOR: Scott Thomson, Job 211, Ext. 4-3670

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 LA

Attributes: CCCS, ESTS, HU

3 CREDITS

INSTRUCTORS:

Section 01, 02, 03: Ann Byrne, JOB 213, Ext. 4-1067

Section 04, 05: E. Christine Thompson, Rothschild Pl. 122, Ext. 4-7115

Section 06, 07: David Smith, Rothschild Pl. 126, Ext. 4-5794

Section 08: Laurie Arliss, JOB 210, Ext. 4-3578  (ONLINE)

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, discussions, exercises.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Text(s) to be announced. Graded oral presentations,  critical reflection, discussions, and some sections have quizzes and/or exams.

 

CMST 12000-01 Communication, Culture and Rhetoric LA

This course fulfills the Humanities prospective with the Identities Theme requirement for the ICC.

Attributers: 1, HM, HU, LMSP, TIDE

3 CREDITS

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

ENROLLMENT: 25

PREREQUISITES: None.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: In this course, we explore the idea that popular culture—the everyday messages to which the public is exposed, especially through mass media—is the dominant rhetorical, i.e., persuasive, influence in most people’s lives today. Thus, we interrogate the rhetorical instruments or means by which we are influenced by popular culture, as we study the dimensions of our lives that are most affected, i.e., our social identities. Specifically, this course includes a close examination of the ways communicative processes (e.g., language, media, discourse) are used to construct dominant and non-dominant social identities, e.g., race, class, gender, sexuality, and how those identities are thus reproduced, internalized, contested and/or appropriated by society. This course provides students with a theoretical vocabulary for critically evaluating public, mediated, and culture-centered communication. The critical vocabulary, theories, and methods of criticism that organize this course are drawn from Media-centered, Marxist, Narrative/Dramatistic, Psychoanalytic, and Feminist schools of thought. Taught from a humanities perspective, the main goal of this course is to inform and to make students aware of the rhetorical influences in their everyday life and how those influences come to bear on the ways we perform our social identities.

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Lecture-discussion.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Papers, participation, regular quizzes.

 

CMST 12400-01 Courtrooms and Communication LA

Attributes: 1, HU

3 CREDITS

INSTRUCTOR: Angela Rulffes, Muller 415, 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 LA

This course fulfills the creative arts perspective and the inquiry, imagination, and innovation theme.

Attributes: 3B, CA, CCCS, ESTS, FA, TIII

3 CREDITS

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

ENROLLMENT: 25

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.

COURSE FORMAT/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 LA

This course is designated within the Ithaca College Integrative Core Curriculum with, A World of Systems theme or the Identities theme and the Social Sciences (SO) perspective. 

Attributes: 1, SO, SS, TIDE, TWOS

3 CREDITS

INSTRUCTOR: Ann Byrne, JOB 213, Ext. 4-1067

ENROLLMENT: 24

PREREQUISITES: None.

STUDENTS: Open to all Ithaca College students.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: 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. From the context of the world of soccer, students will be expected to analyze and compare systems and identities from a social science perspective.

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, 02 Fundamentals of Interpersonal Communication LA

This course fulfills the Social Sciences Perspective and the Mind, Body, Spirit Theme requirement for the ICC. 

Attributes: 1, SO, SS, TMBS

3 CREDITS

INSTRUCTOR: Heather Brecht, Rothschild 126, Ext. 4-3429

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 LA

Attributes: CCCS, HU

3 CREDITS

INSTRUCTOR: Scott Thomson, JOB 211, Ext. 4-3670

ENROLLMENT: 20

PREREQUISITES: Sophomore standing.

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

Attributes: UND

1 CREDIT

INSTRUCTOR: Scott Thomson, JOB 211, Ext. 4-3670

ENROLLMENT: 20

PREREQUISITES: Permission of instructor; participation in one of the department’s co-curricular programs (such as debate or readers’ theater). Pass/fail only.

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 23000-01 Analysis and Performance of Literature LA

This course fulfills the creative arts perspective and the inquiry, imagination, and innovation theme.

Attributes: 3A, 3B, CA, CCCS, FA, TIII

3 CREDITS

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

ENROLLMENT: 18

PREREQUISITES: Sophomore standing.

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 26900-01 Communication Research Perspectives LA

Attributes: CCRM

3 CREDITS

INSTRUCTOR: Angela Rulffes, Muller 415, Ext. 4-3542

ENROLLMENT: 18

PREREQUISITES: One course in CMST or CLTC.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Introduces the premises of knowledge construction from a variety of perspectives in the communication studies discipline including humanistic, social scientific, and critical. 

Students will read and critique scholarly literature from multiple perspectives with the goal of becoming more confident and critical readers of published research in communication studies. 

COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Combination of papers and exams.

 

CMST 33300-01 Analysis and Performance of Prose FA LA

CREDITS: 3

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

ENROLLMENT: 18

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

STUDENTS: Open to all students meeting the prerequisites. Counts as an Applications course for Communication Studies (SPCM) 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 35300-01 Language and Social Interaction HU LA

NOTE:  This course fulfills the IC Writing Intensive requirement for the ICC.

CREDITS: 3

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

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 the structure of language (sound, word, sentence, meaning, use), language development in children and adult use of metaphors, slang/slurs, regional dialects, language and identity (race, gender, sexuality, disability), conversation and socially mediated language, extinct and endangered language, and invented 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 38911-01 ST: Sport, Politics, and Communications LA

Attributes: SS

3 CREDITS

INSTRUCTOR: Stephen Mosher, JOB 212, Ext. 4-3162

ENROLLMENT: 18

PREREQUISITES: Sophomore standing.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course is an investigation into the intersection of sport and politics and the ways in which the tensions that arise from this intersection are expressed through a variety of communication and media modes. Particular attention is paid to matters of race, gender and social class.  In the process, students will develop an appreciation for the ways in which the politics of sport are constructed and applied as well as an understanding of the ways in which objective critique can turn into opinion and bombast.   

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Lecture and Discussion

COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Three short (3-5 pages) critical essays, one 20 minute oral presentation, final essay exam.

CMST 39500-01 Internship: Communication Studies NLA

1-12 CREDITS

INSTRUCTOR: Laurie Arliss, JOB210, 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 communication studies major.

 

CMST 39700-01 Directed Readings

1-4 CREDITS

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

PREREQUISITES: Junior standing; approval of communication studies faculty.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: 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 45100-01 Communication & Social Influence LA

Attributes: SS

3 CREDITS:

INSTRUCTOR: Angela Rulffes, 415 Muller, Ext. 4-3542

ENROLLMENT: 18

PREREQUISITES: Three Courses in the humanities and social sciences or by permission of instructor.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Participants will examine theories of social influence, persuasion and attitude change and their relationship to communication.  Focus is on analyzing persuasion practices in terms of theories such as social learning and self-persuasion, attribution theory, information processing, and social change and on applying these theories to real-life situations.

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Lecture/discussion, seminar format.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Combination of papers, presentations and exams.

 

CMST 49500-01 Internship: Communication Studies NLA

Attributes: UND

1-12 CREDITS

INSTRUCTOR: Laurie Arliss, JOB 210, Ext. 4-3578

ENROLLMENT: 10

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.

 

CMST 49800-01 Directed Research LA

Attributes: UND

1-4 CREDITS

INSTRUCTOR: Laurie Arliss, JOB 210, Ext. 4-3578

ENROLLMENT: 10

PREREQUISITES: Communication Studies (CMST) major or minor, with a cumulative GPA of 2.30 and 3.00 in the major; junior standing; permission of Communication Studies (CMST) faculty. 1-4 credits.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Research project arranged at student request an individual instructor in Communication Studies (CMST). Offered on demand only. No more than 3 credits may be used toward the major.

 

CMST 49800-02 Directed Research LA

Attributes: UND

1-4 CREDITS

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

 

ENROLLMENT: 10

PREREQUISITES: Communication Studies (CMST) major or minor, with a cumulative GPA of 2.30 and 3.00 in the major; junior standing; permission of Communication Studies (CMST) faculty. 1-4 credits.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Research project arranged at student request an individual instructor in Communication Studies (CMST). Offered on demand only. No more than 3 credits may be used toward the major.

 

CMST 49900-01 Independent Study: Communication Studies LA

Attributes: UND

1-4 CREDITS

INSTRUCTOR: Laurie Arliss, JOB 210, Ext. 4-3578

ENROLLMENT: 10

PREREQUISITE: Cumulative GPA of 2.30 and 3.00 in major; junior or senior standing; permission of Communication Studies (CMST) faculty.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Special reading and research under the supervision of the department. Must not duplicate standard coursework. Application must be made to the Communication Studies (CMST) faculty before preregistration for the semester in which the study is to be undertaken. Offered on demand only. May be repeated for a total of 6 credits.

 

SPST 20700-01 History of Sport LA

3 CREDITS

INSTRUCTOR: Steve Mosher, JOB 212, Ext. 4-3162

ENROLLMENT: 25

PREREQUISITTE: Sophomore standing.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Focuses on the role of sport in past and contemporary societies. Consideration of sport as a microcosm of society, a mirror of American life. Political, economic, military, and societal issues of sports participation are carefully examined—how sport has shaped culture and has, in turn, been influenced by it.

 

SPST 29700-01 Sport: Philosophical Perspectives 1 LA

NOTE: This course fulfills the attribute capstone requirement for the ICC.

3 CREDITS

INSTRUCTOR: Stephen Mosher, G39 Hill Center, Ext. 4-3162

ENROLLMENT: 25

PREREQUISITE: Sophomore standing; SPST 20700 or SPST 29500.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: An introduction to several philosophical perspectives on the meaning of sport as a human activity. An examination of selected philosophical issues or topics as they occur in sport.  (F-S, Y).

 

SPST 39902-01 ST: In Sport Management & Media NLA

1-3 CREDITS

INSTRUCTOR: Stephen Mosher, G39 Hill Center, Ext. 4-3162

ENROLLMENT: 20

PREREQUISITE: Sophomore Standing.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course is an investigation of selected “sporting lives” and how they are revealed through written, film, and television biographies.  In the process, students will develop an appreciation for the ways in which heroism is constructed and applied as well as an understanding of the ways in which biography can turn into hagiography.  This course may be repeated for credit for different selected topics. (IRR)

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Discussion emphasis. Lecture integrated.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Two major essays worth 50% each. Attendance is encouraged and expected.