Division of Interdisciplinary and International Studies

Culture and Communication Courses

CLTC 10000 - Introduction to Culture and Communication LA

Introduction to the interdependent relationship between symbols, rituals, artifacts, and patterns of thought of cultural groups and the communication practices of those groups. Core concepts are demonstrated through an illustrative case focused on a social issue, problem, or other phenomenon. Students are also introduced to resources and basic skills that enhance study in the liberals arts. 3 credits. (F,S)

CLTC 11000 - Media Literacy and Popular Culture 1 LA SS

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 (including communications, psychology, and education), the course includes analyses of messages from both traditional (e.g., print, TV, film) and digital (e.g., websites) popular and educational media, and examines the effects of media messages on beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors. Open to freshmen and sophomores only. 3 credits. (S, Y)

CLTC 23000 - Special Topics in Media Literacy HU LA
CLTC 23001 - Selected Topics in Media Literacy HU LA

Using the principles and practice of media literacy, this course will examine how media messages are constructed and how they affect our individual and collective understanding of specific topics. Students will develop critical decoding skills through analysis of current and historical media documents. A wide range of media forms will be explored, including digital, audio, audiovisual, and print-based media. Each year the seminar will focus on a different topic reflecting current issues and media literacy curricula developed at the College (e.g., environmental issues, social justice, peace and war). In presidential election years, the topic will be media construction of presidential campaigns. Prerequisites: Sophomore standing. Can be repeated for up to 6 credits when topics vary. 3 credits. (F, Y)

CLTC 48000 - Senior Seminar in Culture and Communication LA

In this capstone course each student will undertake a major scholarly research project involving a topic related to her or his designated area of inquiry. Drawing on the skills and knowledge developed through previous coursework, and with the mentoring of the seminar instructor, each student will execute a suitable research design and present the results both in writing and orally in a public forum. Prerequisites: Senior standing in culture and communication major; TVR 26200, CNPH 30000, CNPH 30100, OCLD 34000, or SPCM 32800. 3 credits. (S)

CLTC 49000 - Internship: Culture and Communication NLA

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. Prerequisites: Junior standing or above and permission of instructor. 1 to 6 credits. (F-S, Y)

CLTC 49900 - Independent Study: Culture and Communication LA

Intensive study of the theoretical and empirical relationships between culture and communication. These projects will be conducted under the supervision of a faculty adviser and will require a comprehensive research paper and/or project. A proposal for the topic and specific plans must be approved by the dean's office of the Division of Interdisciplinary and International Studies. Prerequisites: Junior standing or above and permission of instructor. 1 to 4 credits. (F-S,Y)