CLTC, CMST, & SPST: Spring 2019

Department of Communication Studies – Spring 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 10000-01 Introduction Culture and Communication LA
This course fulfills the “diversity” attribute for the ICC.
Attributes: DV, LMSP
3 CREDITS
INSTRUCTOR: Christopher House, Muller 429, Ext. 4-3216
ENROLLMENT: 18
PREREQUISITES: None.
STUDENTS: Not open to seniors except by permission of instructor.
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.


Communication Studies Courses

CMST 11000-all sections Public Communication LA
Attributes: 3A, CCCS, ESTS, HU
3 CREDITS
INSTRUCTORS:
Section 01: Scott Thomson, Job 211, Ext. 4-3670
Section 02, 03: Ashley Hall, Muller 414, 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 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. 107, Ext. 4-7115
Section 06, 07: David Smith, Rothschild Pl. 126, Ext. 4-5794
ENROLLMENT: 20 each section
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 LA
This course fulfills the Humanities perspective 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, 02 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 31100-01 Advanced Public Communication LA
Attributes: 3A, CCCS, HU
3 CREDITS
INSTRUCTOR: Ashley Hall, Muller 414, Ext. 4-3534
ENROLLMENT: 18
PREREQUISITES: CMST 11000 or CMST 11500; three courses in the humanities and/or social sciences.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Advanced public speaking, with three complementary goals: (1) to develop a professional level of oral skill before a live audience; (2) to practice advanced communication skills in the public sphere as speakers, speechwriters, and consultants; and (3) to be exposed to a variety of speech types and criteria by which speeches can be judged.

CMST 32600-01 CLASSICAL THEORIES OF RHETORIC LA
Attributes: 3A, CSA, H, HU
3 CREDITS
INSTRUCTOR: Robert Sullivan, Muller 417, Ext. 4-3930
ENROLLMENT: 18
PREREQUISITES: SPCM-11000 or SPCM-11500
STUDENTS: This course should be of interest, not only to Communication Studies (SPCM) majors, but also to upper level students of literature or composition, philosophy, history, politics, mass communication, or law.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course offers a systematic inquiry into the rhetorical theory of the classical period. Special emphasis will be placed on the nature of rhetoric, per se, and the problems which spurred its development in the Greco-Roman world. Close attention will be paid to the intense controversies which have attended rhetoric from the time of its conceptualization; regarding its status as an art, its scope and constituent doctrines, its ethical standing, and its place in the educational system. Authors to be treated in detail will include several of the Older Sophists, Isocrates, Plato, Aristotle, Anaximenes, Hermagoras, the anonymous actor of the Rhetorica and Herennium, Cicero, Quintilian, and Hermogenes.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: The course will be conducted as a seminar. The course instructor will lecture as needed to supply context and continuity, but the backbone of the course will be the student’s engagement with the primary texts.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Required texts and supplemental readings.

CMST 34700-01 Intercultural Communication LA
This course fulfills the ICC Diversity requirement for the ICC.
Attributes: 1, DV, G, SS
3 CREDITS
INSTRUCTOR: Donathan Brown, Muller 432, Ext. 4-7335
ENROLLMENT: 18
PREREQUISITES: CMST 14000; CMST 14900; three additional credits in speech communication.
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 34800-01 ICC: Family Communication LA
This course fulfills the ICC Diversity requirement for the ICC.
Attributes: 1, DV, SS
3 CREDITS
INSTRUCTOR: Laurie Arliss, Job Hall 210, Ext. 4-3578
ENROLLMENT: 18
PREREQUISITE: CMST-14000 or CMST-14900. Two courses in the social sciences and sophomore standing.
STUDENTS: Any student who has fulfilled the prerequisites.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: We will explore the family from a communication perspective. Students study the dominant theories and methodologies that illuminate communication about and within the contemporary American family. Emphasis is on the central role communication plays in determining expectations and realities in a diversity of situations (e.g., nuclear, extended, single-parent, blended, voluntarily childless, gay/lesbian couple families.)
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Lecture/discussion, seminar format.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Examinations, papers and independent projects.

CMST 36000-01 Selected Topics: Communication, Race & Public Policy LA
Attributes: HU
3 CREDITS
INSTRUCTOR: Donathan Brown, Muller 432, 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 38908-01 ST: Freedom of Communication and the First Amendment LA
Attributes: HU
3 CREDITS
INSTRUCTOR: Angela Rulffes
ENROLLMENT: 18
PREREQUISITES: None.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course focuses on freedom of expression controversies including issues and laws pertaining to censorship, symbolic speech, hate speech, and constitutionally valid regulation of speech. Focus is on the First Amendment and how free speech functions in social interaction. Students will learn about the fundamental theories of free speech and how those theories can be applied today. Students will also have the opportunity to investigate applications of the First Amendment in conjunction with interpersonal communication and cultural conflict.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Required Reading: Reading/discussion material includes communication case law and legislation. This course will be beneficial for students in the fields of communication and law, as well as students who seek to know more about their free speech rights.

CMST 39500-01 Internship: Communication Studies NLA
1-12 CREDITS
INSTRUCTOR: Laurie Arliss, JOB210, Ext. 4-3578
ENROLLMENT: 1
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 42500-01 Seminar: Rhetoric of Religion LA
Attributes: F, E
3 CREDITS
INSTRUCTOR: Christopher House, Muller 429, Ext. 4-3216
ENROLLMENT: 15
PREREQUISITES: Senior standing
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Students in this survey class will examine religious rhetoric form classical times to the present. By engaging in a careful reading of books, essays, and other texts, students will examine (1) how early theologians and rhetoricians used to secular art of rhetoric in their formations of theology; (2) how an understanding of religious rhetoric broadens the scope of language; and finally (3() how the use of the religious rhetoric formulate arguments and ideology in public discourse.This seminar examines the rhetorical nature of religious language from classical times to the present. It explores how rhetorical approaches to religion can contribute to deeper understandings of both rhetoric and religion and the rhetorical role of religious language in society.

CMST 49500-01 Internship: Communication Studies NLA
Attributes: UND
1-12 CREDITS
INSTRUCTOR: Laurie Arliss, JOB 210, 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.

Sports Studies Courses

SPST 29500-01 Social Aspects of Sport LA
Attributes: 1, SS
3 CREDITS
INSTRUCTTOR: Tim Mirabito
ENROLLMENT: 30
PREREQUISITIES: Sophomore standing.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: An investigation of the social significance of sport and the utilization of the sociological perspective for understanding the nature of sport. (F-S, Y)


SPST 39901-01 ST: In Sport Studies LA
1-3 CREDITS
INSTRUCTOR: TBA (Holly Mosher)
ENROLLMENT: 20
PREREQUISITES: SPST 20700, SPST 29500, or SPST 29700. (IRR)
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Topics of current interest to faculty and students. This course may be repeated for a total of six credits for different selected topics. (IRR)