Communication Studies

Special Topics Spring 2019

COM 495-001 Sports, Culture & Communication
Day/Time: TR 8:00 - 9:15 a.m.
Instructor: Dr. Yiyi Yang

Course Description: In this course, we will look at the ways how sports create, reinforce, or obscure cultural and societal institutions. It will consider such issues as race, gender, sexuality, body
image, nationalism, fans, crisis communication in sports organization, and the role of sports  within global society. We will focus on current and historical case studies that illustrate the impact of sports on all of those involved (athletes, fans, media, audience, etc.). The topics covered in the course will assist students in being able to identify the enactment, production, consumption, and organization of sport and understand those processes in ways that will benefit their professional and personal lives.

Special Topics Spring 2018

COM 295-002 Elements of Graphic Design
Day/Time: Online
Instructor: Dr. Jeanne Persuit

Course Description: A one-credit, online introduction to graphic design principles and how they’re expressed through Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe Illustrator.

COM 495-001 Media, Identity, & Difference
Day/Time: TR 2:00 - 3:15 PM
Instructor: Dr. Chadwick Roberts

Course Description: This course examines representations of difference and identity in a variety of media. How do media frame gender, race, class, sexual orientation and other identity categories? How have these representations evolved over time? What role do media play in how we understand minority groups and how members of these groups understand themselves?

We will closely consider media audiences, content and production as we seek answers to these questions.

Students will use key course concepts to analyze media through discussions, presentations, primary research and writing. As we discuss how digital technology has transformed access and participation, we will put these tools to work by creating podcast episodes for a series that deals with media and diversity. Students will design, brand and create content for the podcast. 

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