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Ithaca College Undergraduate Catalog 2005-2006

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Culture and Communication

Patricia R. Zimmermann, 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 and Photography, and Organizational Communication, Learning, and Design. 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/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

377-xxxxx

Any level 1 composition course from 377-10600 through 377-16500 (except 377-10100;

 
 

placement based on verbal SAT and a writing sample) (3)

 

319-11000

Public Communication (3)

 

721-10000

Introduction to Culture and Communication (3)

 

319-12000

Communication, Culture, and Rhetoric (3)

 

377-31800

Writing from Cultural Experience* (3) or

 

377-32000

Public Essay (3)

 

721-48000

Seminar in Culture and Communication (3)

 
 

Total

18

Areas of Inquiry Foundation Courses (taken by all students)

International/Intercultural Communication

221-22000

Global Flow of Information (3)

 

Media and Cultural Studies

221-12100

Introduction to Mass Media (3)

 

Organizational Culture and Technology

225-20000

The Digital Workplace (3)

 

Visual and Cinema Studies

222-10100

Introduction to Film Aesthetics and Analysis (3)

 
 

Total

12

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

International/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 Tiananmen Square to Times Square. The international/intercultural communication area of inquiry is a unique 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 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.

221-26200

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

221-32400

European Mass Media*

 

221-42600

Seminar in Geomedia*

 

Organizational Communication, Learning, and Design

225-36000

Communication in Culturally Diverse Organizations*

 

Health Policy Studies

640-11000

War, Hunger, and Genocide: An International Health Perspective

 

640-25000

International Health Issues*

 

Anthropology

339-22000

Southeast Asia: Its Peoples and Cultures*

 

339-22500

South Asia: India and Its Neighbors*

 

339-23500

Jewish Cultures: A World View*

 

339-24100

Modern Africa*

 

339-27000

North American Indians*

 

339-28500

Caribbean Cultures*

 

339-31000

Culture and Personality*

 

History

311-20300

Introductory Geography*

 

331-20900

Ethnic United States since the Civil War*

 

311-32000

The United States and the Third World*

 

Politics

310-12900

Introduction to Global Studies

 

310-32800

International Conflict*

 

310-32900

Third World Politics*

 

Religious Studies

344-20100

Religion and Culture*

 

344-20200

Religion and Society*

 

Sociology

331-11600

Introduction to Multicultural Studies

 

331-20700

Race and Ethnicity*

 

331-30300

Global Race and Ethnic Relations*

 

Speech Communication

319-33200

Folklore and Cultural Performances*

 

319-34700

Intercultural Communication*

18

 

Total

21

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

319-32800

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

221-12200

Introduction to Media Aesthetics and Analysis

 

221-32200

New Telecommunication Technologies*

 

221-31200

Government and Media*

 

221-33500

Electronic Media Criticism*

 

221-38800

Alternative Media*

 

221-46000

Senior Seminar: Topics in Media Effects*

 

Cinema and Photography

222-21400

Hollywood and American Film (4)

 

222-30300

Images of Men and Women in Mass Media*

 

Speech Communication

319-33200

Folklore and Cultural Performances*

 

Anthropology

339-10400

Cultural Anthropology

 

339-34500

Life Stories: An Ethnographic Approach*

 

Art History

376-13500

Visual Culture*

 

376-13700

Visual Persuasion*

 

376-25500

The Mediated Image*

 

History

311-27200

History of the Future*

 

Politics

310-10200

Media and Politics

 

310-34200

Liberalism and Marxism*

 

310-34300

Feminist Theory*

 

Sociology

331-11600

Introduction to Multicultural Studies

 

331-13000

Youth and Youth Cultures*

 

331-20700

Race and Ethnicity*

 

331-21000

Women's Lives*

 

331-22800

Men's Lives*

 

331-32500

Race, Class, and Gender *

 

Music

555-13000

Music in Society

 

555-25100

Music and the Media

 

555-25600

Women in Popular Music: From Bessie Smith to MTV

 

555-25700

History of American Popular Song

 

Health Policy Studies

640-13000

Healthy Viewings: Media, Medicine, and Health

 

Sport Management and Media

667-29500

Social Aspects of Sport*

 

667-39400

Sport in Film and Literature*

18-19

 

Total

21-22

*Course has prerequisite(s) that the student is responsible for meeting. (Note: Virtually all the asterisked prerequisites are minimal -- either a specified number of courses in the liberal arts, or 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 -- through the lens of 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.

225-34000

Research and Evaluation in Organizational Communication, Learning, and Design

3

225-45000

Communication and Learning Technologies: Theory, Application, and Policy

3

 

Total

6

One of the following courses:

312-10500

Introduction to Web Development*

 

312-11000

Computers and Information Technology Systems*

 

225-15000

Professional Applications of Technology*

 

661-13900

Computer Applications in Recreation*

 

660-13900

Computer Applications in Physical Education*

 

662-13900

Computer Applications in Health Education*

 

663-13900

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:

Organizational Communication, Learning, and Design

225-25100

Organizational Communication, Culture, and Conflict

 

225-32000

Leadership Communication*

 

225-36000

Communication in Culturally Diverse Organizations*

 

Television-Radio

221-32200

New Telecommunications Technologies*

 

Health Policy Studies

640-14000

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

 

640-22500

Health Communication

 

Politics

310-10200

Media and Politics

 

Sociology

331-21200

Sociology of Work*

 

331-29300

Introduction to Social Institutions and Organizations*

 

331-30100

Technology and Society*

 

Business

882-20600

Organizational Behavior and Management*

 

884-39100

Electronic Commerce: Legal Issues*

 

882-46000

Seminar in Organizational Development and Change*

12

 

Total

21

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 situates 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.

222-30100

Nonfiction Film Theory* (3) or

 

222-30000

Fiction Film Theory* (3)

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

222-21400

Hollywood and American Film (4)

 

222-24000

History of Photography*

 

222-30300

Images of Men and Women in Mass Media*

 

222-44000

Contemporary Photographic Issues*

 

Television-Radio

221-33500

Electronic Media Criticism*

 

221-46000

Senior Seminar: Topics in Media Effects*

 

Art History

376-11000

Introduction to Art

 

376-11400

Architecture across Cultures

 

376-23300

Great Spaces: An Introduction to Urban Design*

 

376-25200

Twentieth-Century European Art*

 

376-28500

Art since 1960*

 

376-34100

Women Artists and Cultural Change*

 

376-34200

Images of Women in Western Art*

 

English

307-22500

Literary Modernism and the Visual Arts*

 

Philosophy

314-24000

Philosophy in Film*

 

314-32600

Seminar in Aesthetics*

 

Theater Arts

305-36400

Aesthetics and Criticism of Drama*

18-19

 

Total

21

* Course has prerequisites that student is responsible for meeting. (Note: Virtually all the asterisked prerequisites are minimal -- either a specified number of courses in the liberal arts, or 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, or English, as well as various communication programs. Total credits in the minor or outside field must be 18 credits and may not include any courses selected for the major.

Culture and Communication Minor
Core Courses

721-10000

Introduction to Culture and Communication (3)

 

319-12000

Communication, Culture, and Rhetoric (3)

6

Visual and Cinema Studies

222-10100

Introduction to Film Aesthetics and Analysis (3)

3

Media and Cultural Studies

221-12100

Introduction to Mass Media (3)

3

International and Intercultural Communication

221-22000

Global Flow of Information (3)

3

Organizational Culture and Technology

225-20000

The Digital Workplace (3)

3

 

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

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