CHIN-111
Credit Hours:
4
Beginning Chinese I
A comprehensive introductory course in modern standard Chinese through the four basic skills: aural comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing. The two beginning courses will concentrate on correct pronunciation and the four tones as well as the basic grammatical patterns.
CHIN-112
Credit Hours:
4
Beginning Chinese II
A comprehensive introductory course in modern standard Chinese through the four basic skills: aural comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing. The two beginning courses will concentrate on correct pronunciation and the four tones as well as the basic grammatical patterns.
CHIN-206
Credit Hours:
4
Dream and Fantasy in East Asian Literature
Through close analysis of some of the most important recurrent themes, this course will examine how the Chinese and Japanese literary traditions reinvent and revitalize themselves in their development. Students will also study the distinctive features of the major genres in the two traditions.
CHIN-211
Credit Hours:
4
Intermediate Chinese
Development of conversational skills. Comprehensive grammar will be the core of the course, along with further development of reading ability and more extensive oral practice. Prerequisite: 112.
CHIN-212
Credit Hours:
4
Intermediate Chinese II
Further development of fluency in conversation and in reading. Emphasis on the students' ability to write Chinese characters through composition exercises. Prerequisite: 211.
CHIN-299
Credit Hours:
1-4
Intermediate Topics in Chinese
A general category used only in the evaluation of transfer credit.
CHIN-305
Credit Hours:
4
Philosophical Taoism in Chinese Literature
This course examines a special group of Chinese texts that will not only enlighten, but also delight modern readers: ancient Taoist texts written in fascinating literary style, and a variety of literary works informed with Taoist spirit. No knowledge of Chinese is required. (Normally offered in the spring)
CHIN-311
Credit Hours:
4
Advanced Chinese
This course is designed for students who have completed two years of college-level Chinese and are ready to move on from the intermediate to the advanced level. Besides the topics provided by the textbook, students will also work on conversation topics drawn from newspaper articles and other media sources on social-cultural issues in China. By the end of the semester, students should be able to comprehend Chinese used in various contexts, to write short essays, and to discuss subject-oriented issues. Prerequisite: Chinese 212 or equivalent.
CHIN-312
Credit Hours:
4
Advanced Chinese
This course further develops students' basic skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) in mandarin Chinese. The emphasis is placed on vocabulary building and extended mastery of sentence structures of Modern Chinese through reading, writing, and related communicative activities. Prerequisite: Chinese 311 or equivalent.
CHIN-340
Credit Hours:
4
Chinese Cinema in English: A Cultural and Literary Study
With the aid of modern critical theories, students will study the most representative works of Chinese cinema since the mid-1980s. By analyzing the origins, themes and styles of the films, students can hope to have a better understanding of the main cultural and literary trends in contemporary China and of modern Chinese society in general. The course will be conducted in English.
CHIN-361
Credit Hours:
1-4
Directed Study
Readings in Chinese texts.
CHIN-362
Credit Hours:
1-4
Directed Study
Readings in Chinese texts.
CHIN-363
Credit Hours:
1-4
Independent Study
CHIN-364
Credit Hours:
1-4
Independent Study
COMM-101
Credit Hours:
4
Public Address
This course is designed to help students develop skills for effective oral communication. At a minimum, students will emerge more confident on the public platform. When refined by practice and experience, the critical thinking, composition, and performance skills learned should prove most useful in personal and professional endeavors.
COMM-108
Credit Hours:
4
Introduction to Writing for Print and Online
This course focuses on the fundamentals of reporting and writing nonfiction for print. Topics include storytelling and narrative, lead writing, point of view, information gathering, interviewing, and more. The class aims to help students develop overall research, writing, and thinking skills; questioning, listening, and interviewing skills; and a more sophisticated understanding of print journalism. (Offered fall only)
COMM-111
Credit Hours:
4
Ethics and Society
This course explores communication ethics from philosophical and applied perspectives in a variety of social contexts. Weekly theoretical discussions are grounded in applied cases that revolve around issues such as whistleblowing, free speech, group think, lying, confidentiality, privacy, coercion, and consensus.
COMM-115
Credit Hours:
4
Special Topics in Communication
Special Topics in Communication provides a venue in which to explore in some depth an aspect or issue related to communication study. May be taken more than once by majors or non-majors to address special topics.
COMM-122
Credit Hours:
4
Argumentation
In this course students will explore the art of inquiry and advocacy known as argumentation. In order to become better audiences and practitioners of argument, students will consider the nature of argument, the building blocks of argument and the practice of argument in public debate.
COMM-126
Credit Hours:
4
Media Structures
This course is designed to initiate students into critical and intelligent debates surrounding the issue of communication and its pertinence to mass, modern and postmodern societies. We consider specifically how mass communication has been defined from the 19th through to the beginning of the 21st Century and how this history is relevant to issues of mass society today. Given that almost every person in America is affected by mass culture and media, we will discuss through the lectures, discussions and exercises a number of controversial suggestions, critical paradigms and mainstream assumptions. Throughout the course, students will be expected to understand these approaches and be able to both criticize and recognize the legitimacy of these models.
COMM-130
Credit Hours:
4
Freedom of Speech
Freedom of Speech introduces students to the dimensions of oral discourse both as practiced in a community of citizens and theoretically viewed through various legal interpretations. We will examine how the first amendment rights have been defended and impinged within academic settings, throughout historical periods of political unrest and war, and in daily exchanges marked by hate, defamation and obscenity.
COMM-140
Credit Hours:
4
The Politics of Popular Culture
The terrain of popular culture has historically been a site of contentious struggles and debates. For long (as is the case even today) one's cultural "taste" was a significant factor in determining one's standing in the social hierarchy. Debates about "high" vs "low" culture and about what cultural texts and practices must stand in to represent a community have involved some of the most well known intellectuals in history. Analyzing the trajectory of these debates over the years provides us with a lens through which to understand historical social changes. It also allows us to appreciate that several contemporary debates (for instance about the cultural meaning of Hip Hop or Reality TV) have historical precedents that inform and precede them. This introductory course seeks to trace those debates from their origins in middle century Europe to their culmination into contemporary battles over popular culture. In so doing it seeks to politicize popular culture and unravel the competing ideologies and worldviews embedded within it. We begin by reading some of the prominent theorists of "high" culture and then problematize their arguments by studying the challenges to them (most stridently posed by the Birmingham school of scholars). We will then use this historical debate to inform our understanding of the contemporary world of popular culture in America. In the process we will also learn various ways to analyze and critique objects of popular culture around us that we often unthinkingly consume.
COMM-147
Credit Hours:
4
Introduction to Media Literacy
While most of us are proficient consumers of visual electronic media - we have the speed of symbol-recognition and comprehension skills to be adept "readers" - few of us have learned to bring to that reading the critical skills we learn in the study of literature, music or art. This course examines how sound and images construct the "realities" that media presumably represent.
COMM-199
Credit Hours:
1-4
Introductory Topics in Communication
A general category used only in the evaluation of transfer credit.
COMM-205
Credit Hours:
4
Global Communication
The purpose of the course is to acquire an understanding of the key concepts and ideas about globalization and the role the mass media plays in the process. While the term "globalization" has been bandied about among the popular press, academic and the business community, this course will attempt to contextualize and ground the concept by developing a multiperspectival approach to some of the political, economic and social processes that have been associated with the development of a world communication system. Throughout the course, we will examine the growing centrality that the mass media and information technologies play in our daily lives and the ways in which they contribute to or hinder our daily practices of identity, community and culture in a global context.
COMM-211
Credit Hours:
4
Thinking with Ethics
This course will help students discover how to better recognize ethical questions when they stumble across them and to explore how, when we do, we lean into them rather than turn away. What makes it possible for us to think, listen and speak with ethics? We will explore a range of public and private ethical questions that arise in the everyday lives of college students such as, for example: privacy & free speech, conformity & dissent, accountability & care, trust & truthfulness, propaganda & censorship, power & privilege, whistleblowing & secrecy, and alterity & responsibility.
COMM-215
Credit Hours:
4
Communication Special Topics
Special Topics in Communication provides a venue in which to explore in depth an aspect or issue related to communication study. May be taken more than once by majors or non-majors to address special topics.
COMM-221
Credit Hours:
4
Theories of Group Communication
This course explores the communication processes in and around social, organizational and political groups. The dynamic nature of group formation, flexibility and sustainability will serve as the foundation of the course. Questions regarding the desire for belonging, how belonging gets enacted, and the tensions of group identification and membership will serve as the thread for exploring groups in a variety of contexts.
COMM-223
Credit Hours:
4
Rhetoric
Rhetoric is the art of the spoken and written word, and its study and practice has been the foundation of a liberal education for two thousand years. It grounds the traditions and practices of politics, law, commerce and religion, and its power is felt in every sphere of public life. In this course we focus on the practice and theory of rhetoric as the medium of civic engagement, and the constituting act of self and community.
COMM-224
Credit Hours:
4
Theories of Interpersonal Communication
This course provides students with an interpretive and critical perspective for investigating the process of our making social worlds. Students will analyze interactional patterns of communication in personal and cultural mythology, in family communication, and in college students' culture.
COMM-225
Credit Hours:
4
US Broadcast History and Theory
This class explores the history of radio and television broadcasting in the U.S. since the 1910s, analyzing radio and television programs within their social and industrial contexts and considering the ways that these texts are understood by audiences. We will pay particular attention to the political, economic, and cultural roles of the media in twentieth-century U.S. history, drawing connections to radio and television's quickly changing present. We will also examine how history itself is researched and written, introducing you to theories and methods in historiography.
COMM-227
Credit Hours:
4
New Literacy Lab
Digital technology is merging traditional communication modalities of voice, text, and image into ever new forms of representation and interaction, changing many aspects of our lives profoundly, not only in terms of personal and business relationships, consumer habits, work environments, and civic engagement, but even in the ways we understand ourselves, relate to each other, and form identities. Students will explore the creative potential of these communication forms in a lab practicum closely tied to the exploration of their existential impact in theory readings and class discussions.
COMM-229
Credit Hours:
4
Mediating Gender and Sexuality
In this class we will examine and evaluate the cultural construction and representation of gender and sexuality in contemporary American mass media, and trace their development throughout the 20th century. We will focus on a variety of mass-produced commercial media texts, surveying television, magazines, advertising, and popular music. Although gender is the primary identity construction examined in this course, we will also pay close attention to other aspects of identity that define American women, such as ethnicity, class, and sexuality. We will investigate representational issues in relation to their political repercussions, and draw from a broad range of academic literature, including feminist television criticism, film theory, cultural studies, communication theory, and popular music criticism. Cross-listed with QS 229 and WMST 229.
COMM-232
Credit Hours:
4
Theories of Public and Private Performance
How do we perform our identitites in everyday life? What role does everyday performativity play in constituting us as raced, gendered, and classed subjects? How do cultural performances (musical concerts, sporting events, or dance) help us better understand ourselves and our society? In this class we examine a range of theories that see private behaviors and public performances as rehearsed, audience-oriented, and creative acts. Theorists such as Erving Goffman, Judith Butler, Pierre Bourdieu, and Victor Turner will guide our examination of both "everyday" performativity (in regrd to bodily stigma and identities of class, race, gender, and sexuality) and cultural performances (such as musical concerts, sporting events, and dance). Students will learn how to analyze their own behavior as a cultural text and to discern the textual, acoustic, and embodied dimensions of cultural performances. They will practice illuminating how performances can reinforce or disrupt the social order, while creating the self in community.
COMM-239
Credit Hours:
4
Racialized Perspectives of Media
This course critically examines the forms that racial and ethnic representations have taken in American media. The course will attempt to chart changes in public perception of racial and ethnic difference in the context of cultural and social transformations, as well as adjustments in the U.S. media industry. We will first establish a foundational knowledge of media criticism and explore theories and perspectives on how ethnicity is experienced in American culture. We will then focus on the topic of the representation of ethnicity in American media, surveying it historically, in relation to specific ethnic groups, at particular moments, and in a variety of genres.
COMM-244
Credit Hours:
4
Theories of Intercultural Communication
This course examines the processes and politics of intercultural communication in both domestic and international contexts. Students will enhance their cross-cultural awareness by exploring differences in value orientations, thought patterns and (non)verbal behaviors, challenges of transition and adaptation across cultures, identity management in intercultural settings, intergroup relationship development and conflict resolution, and intercultural communication competence and ethics. Throughout the course, special considerations will be given to power and privilege issues in bridging differences and embracing diversity.
COMM-250
Credit Hours:
4
Communication and Technology
This course is designed to examine the impact of the Internet and information technology on our daily lives. Advanced technology becomes a normal part of life and creates new contexts for communication. This class goes beyond technical and how-to-issues to investigate how new media affects our communication practices with others. Over the semester we will focus on issues relating to mediated communication and advanced communication technology. Particular topics discussed include media effects, relationships, identity, agency, distanciation and genesis. This course is designed for students who already have basic experience with computers and the Internet.
COMM-255
Credit Hours:
4
Visual Communication
This course explores how we perceive and interpret the images and visual texts that we encounter. The course introduces perspectives from visual intelligence, media aesthetics, and visual rhetoric, while offering students opportunities to employ these perspectives in analyzing a range of visual mediums.
COMM-280
Credit Hours:
4
Theorizing Communication
This course introduces students to selected theoretical perspectives and vocabularies for understanding human communication. This course is designed to both introduce and provide an overview of the discipline of communication studies. First-Year or sophomore standing or consent. Required of all majors and minors.
COMM-290
Credit Hours:
4
Research in Communication
The purpose of this course is to expose students to major research methods used in the communication discipline. The course will sensitize students to issues in the field, familiarize students with types of research methods used in the discipline and enable students to formulate research questions, and design appropriate studies to answer those questions. In addition, the course will facilitate students' ability to understand the logic and process of research and to engage in critical analyses of reports and studies published in communication journals. First-year or sophomore standing or consent. Required of majors/minors.
COMM-299
Credit Hours:
1-4
Intermediate Topics in Communication
A general category used only in the evaluation of transfer credit.
COMM-305
Credit Hours:
4
Comparative Media Systems
This course examines media systems in developed and developing nations. It explores the ways in which various media systems have been shaped and influenced by the social, political and cultural systems in which they are located and, in turn, how the media shape and influence those systems. Investigating the different contexts that determine how a medium such as television, radio, or the internet is used in terms of who decides what is conveyed to the public, and with which rationale, students will examine the ways in which media outlets around the world have or have not served popular expression and democracy. Prerequisites: COMM 280 and COMM 290 or consent of instructor.
COMM-306
Credit Hours:
4
Organizational Culture
This course is informed by the claim that communication is the means through which we construct, participate, and convey the cultures of which we are a part. The constitutive nature of communication is explored by investigating an existing organizational culture through an application of communication concepts and theories, cultural studies theories, and qualitative research methods. Prerequisites: COMM 280 and COMM 290 or consent of instructor.
COMM-307
Credit Hours:
4
Media Historiography
Media Historiography introduces students to the processes of conducting historical research in communication and media studies. Using mediated communication from past eras, the course will provide students with the analytical tools necessary to situate literature, film, television, and popular music in their historical milieus. Students will be encouraged to see media forms from prior eras as sites where meaning is contested, not just simple reflections of a period's prevailing politics. In written work, students will practice the methodologies used by communication and media scholars to interrogate these sorts of questions: archival research, ethnography, and formal analysis. Through these written assignments, as well as readings, screenings, and class discussions, students will consider mediated communication as evidence of the dynamic, disputed political, economic, and cultural forces at work in prior eras.
COMM-311
Credit Hours:
4
Ethics and the Public Sphere
This course explores the intersection between communication ethics and political communication in the context of democratic pluralism. After being introduced to the central themes, questions, and literatures of discourse ethics and dialogic philosophy, students then explore the relationships between response and responsibility, and ethics and politics, in deliberative public spheres. Prerequisites: COMM 280 and COMM 290 or consent of instructor.
COMM-313
Credit Hours:
4
Listening, Thinking, Being
Although we know listening is central to communication, we rarely think about it. In this course we place listening at the center of communication and explore a range of sound environments and listening practices including auditory cultures, acoustic ecology, animal communication, film sound, music, human dialogue, and deaf cultures. Rather than focus on technical questions such as how to be a more effective listener the course asks the basic question of how we listen and explores the indissoluble relationships between listening, speaking, thinking, and being. Along the way, we will also consider the cultural, philosophical and ethical dimensions of listening. Prerequisites: COMM 280 and COMM 290 or consent of instructor.
COMM-315
Credit Hours:
4
Special Topics in Communication
These classes focus intensively upon a particular aspect of communication. May be taken more than once for elective credit as an upper division course. Prerequisites: COMM 280 and COMM 290 or consent of instructor.
COMM-320
Credit Hours:
4
Language, Culture, and Communication
This course is based on an understanding that culture is maintained through systems of meaning, and that communication is the sharing of meaning between people. This course explores the many ways in which language, culture, and communication interact with, influence, and manifest each other. It investigates the relationships between these three constructs using the tools of linguistic anthropology, semiotics, and cultural theory to gain a better and deeper understanding of the taken-for-granted aspects of our social worlds. During the semester, students will examine the cultural influences of language on communication, social functions of language, cultural signs and codes, spoken language, dialects, bilingualism, and multiculturalism. This course is designed to encourage students to synthesize core course concepts and apply them to everyday lives in critical and creative ways. Prerequisites: Communication major or minor; COMM 280 and COMM 290.
COMM-324
Credit Hours:
4
The Rhetoric of Citizenship
This course explores the symbolic dimensions of the American public discourse about rights and citizenship. Students will undertake historical and rhetorical examinations of the key texts and issues that give these their tone and tenor. Prerequisites: COMM 280 and COMM 290 or consent of instructor.
COMM-325
Credit Hours:
4
Narrative Ethics
This course will examine how narrative and storytelling shape meanings and perceived values for personhood. We will explore an array of philosophical perspectives such as those of Paul Ricoeur, Jerome Bruner, and Arthur Frank. Concurrently, we will examine storytelling in multiple contexts including children's books, court cases, health incidents, media anecdotes, and everyday conversations. Through investigating these various contexts, we will develop different approaches to defining and applying narrative communication. Specifically, we will practice reflexive methodology by cross-examining our personal lives in the context various ethical perspectives and dilemmas. In doing so, we will address questions such as: Are stories lived before or after they are told? What is the relationship between narrative and reality? What role does narrative serve in developing moral understandings and guiding ethical practices? These questions will be addressed during class discussions, as well as in written assignments entailing personal narratives, co-authored standpoints, and creative projects that respond to the ethical issues surfaced throughout the course. Prerequisites: COMM 280 and COMM 290 or consent of instructor.
COMM-328
Credit Hours:
4
Communication Law
Communication Law examines the constitutional and statutory principles associated with the First Amendment issues of free speech and free press. The course examines legal decisions, governmental regulatory doctrines, and self-regulatory practices which inform First Amendment law. Particular topics discussed include censorship, obscenity and pornography, libel law, privacy, governmental secrecy, free press/fair trial, regulation of telecommunications, advertising and the Internet. Prerequisites: COMM 280 and COMM 290 or consent of instructor.
COMM-329
Credit Hours:
4
Gender and Communication
This course focuses on (1) the role of interpersonal, social and political communication in the construction of gender expectations in American culture, and (2) how those expectations get communicated/performed, and thus reified, in our daily lives. We will explore the complex interplay between self expectations and social expectations of gender that get expressed, challenged, and ultimately influenced by and within a variety of social and interpersonal contexts: education, the body, organizations, friends and family, romantic relationships, the media, and politics. Cross-listed with WMST 329. Prerequisites: COMM 280 and COMM 290, or WMST major.
COMM-333
Credit Hours:
4
Digital Technology and Cultural Change
The world of communication continues to change rapidly, and with it, the cultural landscape. New avenues of social connection, political action, and creative production are clashing with powerful financial, legal, and political forces, and the outcomes of these clashes are far from certain. This class explores the possibilities for cultural change that digital technology presents and the social and economic struggles over the future of our culture. Prerequisites: COMM 280 and COMM 290 or consent of instructor.
COMM-344
Credit Hours:
4
Exploring Rhetorical Texts
This course examines the art of rhetorical criticism. In becoming a practicing rhetorical critic, students will learn to situate, interpret, and judge historical and contemporary public persuasive discourse. Topics include the nature of criticism and the role of the critic, the process of contextual reconstruction, key issues in textual reading, and methods of rhetorical analysis. Prerequisites: COMM 280 and COMM 290 or consent of instructor.
COMM-345
Credit Hours:
4
Cultural Globalization and Identity
This course will critically engage with the phenomenon of the global circulation of culture. It will seek to understand the consequences of the process whereby texts, ideas and images that for long remained confined to their locations of origin are today increasingly mobile and de-territorialized. Objects of popular culture such as television, cinema and music, are circulating and being consumed around the world and are helping challenge the traditional markers of human identity such as nation, culture and language. While they are allowing individuals to imagine alternatives to existing realities they are also engendering a backlash against a perceived imposition of new ideas, values and culture. This course will seek to familiarize students with these ongoing changes and the conflicts over cultural and national identity that it has given rise to. We will begin with arguments that present a totalizing view of this process (the Cultural Imperialism thesis) and then over the course of the semester complicate and nuance those arguments by introducing agency and empowerment for the consumers of global culture. We will do this by closely studying actual case studies (from reality TV in Saudi Arabia or McDonalds in Japan) in order to understand the stakes involved in the struggle to define and "protect" national and cultural identity. At the end of this semester long course students should have gained a deep understanding of why the process of global flow of culture is a deeply contentious and political phenomenon. Understanding these conflicts through the lens of identity will help students complicate that term as well as interrogate their views about their own identity. Prerequisites: COMM 280 and COMM 290; majors and minors only.
COMM-349
Credit Hours:
4
The Trouble with Normal: Normalization, Discourse and Power
One of the primary ways that social power and control are exercised is through the establishment and enforcement of "norms": gender norms, racial norms, sexuality norms, norms of able-bodiedness, norms of beauty and body size, and more. This course delves deeply into the theoretical literature of normalization, especially the work of Michel Foucault, and applies it to a wide range of topics including sexuality, disability, gender roles, body size, and more. The course is cross-listed with Queer Studies. Prerequisites: COMM 280 and COMM 290 or consent of instructor.
COMM-350
Credit Hours:
4
Advanced Journalism
This course allows students to explore the planning, reporting, and writing of in-depth news stories. It also explores the ethical considerations of such projects. The organic and collaborative process provides students the opportunity to hone their writing skills by focusing on the importance of story structure and content. Prerequisites: COMM 108 or COMM 280 or COMM 290 or consent of instructor. (Offered spring only)
COMM-361
Credit Hours:
1-4
Directed Study
COMM-362
Credit Hours:
1-4
Directed Study
COMM-363
Credit Hours:
1-4
Independent Study
COMM-364
Credit Hours:
1-4
Independent Study
COMM-399
Credit Hours:
1-4
Advanced Topics in Communication
A general category used only in the evaluation of transfer credit.
COMM-401
Credit Hours:
4
Special Topics Seminar
These seminar courses focus intensively upon a particular aspect of communication. Recent examples include Visual Culture and Media and Cultural Policy. Prerequisites: COMM 280 and COMM 290 or consent of instructor.
COMM-402
Credit Hours:
4
Language, Identity and Politics: Discourse and the Public Sphere
This course examines the role of language and discourse in constructing, maintaining and transforming identities, publics and politics in late 20th century democracies. Throughout, we will consider the relationship between language use and unequal relations of power. We will begin with an introduction to discourse studies and explore discourse as symbolic power, social practice and ideology. Next, we will examine the role of discourse in constructing and maintaining identities and communities, including those of sublatern and marginalized publics. Finally, we will examine and critique the role of discourse in public sphere(s) from Afrocentric, feminist and queer perspectives. Prerequisites: COMM 280 and COMM 290 or consent of instructor.
COMM-403
Credit Hours:
4
Culture and Communication
This seminar takes a historical and critical approach to understand the role communication plays in creating various cultural experiences. Topics include: How can we best understand and study the construction of "culture" through a communication lens? What does "American culture" mean within a pluralistic and diverse society? How are different cultural voices created, heard or erased? How is "America" constructed from international scholars' perspectives? Prerequisites: COMM 280 and COMM 290 or consent of instructor.
COMM-404
Credit Hours:
4
Media and the Presidency
This course examines the relationship between the media and the American presidency from both a historical and contemporary perspective. The seminar focuses on the historical dynamics of the relationship, the role of institutional factors in White House coverage, the influence of presidential press coverage on public perception of the presidency, and the influence of the media on presidential election campaigns. Resources and texts represent a diversity of views among scholars, journalists and presidential administration personnel. Prerequisites: COMM 280 and COMM 290 or consent of instructor.
COMM-406
Credit Hours:
4
Rhetoric and Social Movements
This course focuses on the historical rhetorics of discontent and transformation. Students will examine the characteristics and functions of persuasive discourse produced by social movements; the ways in which symbolic action sought to shape perceptions of concrete realities. Of particular interest will be the intersection of cultural context, biography, and creative rhetorical strategy. Prerequisites: COMM 280 and COMM 290 or consent of instructor.
COMM-408
Credit Hours:
4
Critical Perspectives in Communication
This course is designed to acquaint students with criticism as a method for answering research questions in communication. Students will be provided with opportunities to apply various methods in the writing of essays analyzing various kinds of communication texts - both discursive and non-discursive. Public communication via public speaking, broadcast, film and print media as well as art, architecture and music will be among the texts examined over the course of the term. Prerequisites: COMM 280 and COMM 290 or consent of instructor.
COMM-409
Credit Hours:
4
International Communication
This seminar examines the nature of information flows within and between nations, the issues raised by such communication, and the institutions involved and patterns evident in the development of and relations between nation-states. The course explores issues surrounding the constituent role that the news and entertainment media have played in the formation and maintenance of the nation-state. Topics raised will include uses of information in domestic and foreign policy, the extension of cultural imperialism, corporate invasion of privacy, and incursions upon sovereignty and national security. In examining the resolution of such issues, the course analyzes how nations' power is distributed and utilized among multiple forces. Prerequisites: COMM 280 and COMM 290 or consent of instructor.
COMM-413
Credit Hours:
4
Rhetoric and the American Experience
This course explores the American rhetorical tradition and some of the speakers, ideas, and movements that have given American rhetorical tradition its voice and texture. We will read broadly and deeply key oratorical texts from the nineteenth century to the present and examine the scholarship that has attempted to explain these acts of symbolic influence. Our work will culminate in the drafting and thorough revising of article-length research essays. Students will be invited throughout the seminar to stretch and refine their voices as working rhetorical scholars. Prerequisites: COMM 280 and COMM 290 or consent of instructor.
COMM-415
Credit Hours:
4
Conflict and Communication
A study of how the use of communication during the process of social interaction creates and resolves conflict. The course will explore theories relating to the nature of conflict, strategic negotiation models, issues revolving around third party intervention, and other topics related to the current research in peace, reconciliation, conflict and communication theory. Prerequisites: COMM 280 and COMM 290 or consent of instructor.
COMM-451
Credit Hours:
4
Senior Research
COMM-452
Credit Hours:
4
Senior Research
ECON-101
Credit Hours:
4
Introductory Macroeconomics
An introduction to the study of the economic problem, the nature and method of economics, the operation of markets, and of the aggregate national economy. Develops the basic theories of macroeconomics and applies them to topics of current interest. Explores issues such as: the causes of inflation, unemployment, recessions and depressions; the role of government fiscal and monetary policy in stabilizing the economy; the determinants of long-run economic growth; the long- and short-run effects of taxes, budget deficits, and other government policies on the national economy; and the workings of exchange rates and international trade. (Note: Economics 101 is a pre-requisite for Economics 102)
ECON-102
Credit Hours:
4
Introductory Microeconomics
An introduction to the study of the forces of supply and demand that determine prices and the allocation of resources in markets for goods and services, markets for labor and markets for natural resources. The focus is on how and why markets work, why they may fail to work, and the policy implications of both their successes and failures. The course focuses on developing the basic tools of microeconomic analysis and then applying those tools to topics of popular or policy interest such as minimum wage legislation, pollution control, competition policy, international trade policy, discrimination, tax policy and the role of government in a market economy. (Note: Economics 101 is a pre-requisite for Economics 102)
ECON-149
Credit Hours:
4
Accounting Survey
A survey designed specifically for liberal arts students interested in Business, Economics, Law and Government. The meanings, purpose and function of accounting in business are presented through studying the concepts and theories of accounting. Basic accounting procedures covered in this course include journalizing transactions, posting, trial balances, adjusting entries and preparation of financial statements. Other topics include internal control, inventory methods, depreciation and generally accepted accounting principles. The course focuses on the sole proprietorship, partnership and corporate forms of business organization. Course credit may not be counted toward a major in Economics.
ECON-199
Credit Hours:
1-4
Introductory Topics in Economics
A general category used only in the evaluation of transfer credit.
ECON-201
Credit Hours:
4
Economic Justice
Various theories of economic justice will be examined to ask questions like: What are fair distributions of income and wealth? Do ethical norms lie behind the policy advice of various economists? If so, what are they? Is there a trade-off between equality and efficiency? What kinds of policies promote equality of opportunity? The course will examine economists and philosophers who have offered libertarian, utilitarian, and social democratic approaches to these questions. Prerequisites: Economics 101 and 102.
ECON-202
Credit Hours:
4
Economic Growth and Environmental Sustainability
Economic growth is traditionally perceived as the solution to the socio-economic ills of poverty, unemployment and more generally underdevelopment. However, economic growth is also accompanied by increased pressure on and, over time, deterioration of the natural environment. The objective of this course is to explore the relationship between economic growth and the natural environment. While the concept of economic growth occupies a central place in economic policy-making, we will discuss whether economic growth is compatible with the sustainable-development worldview adopted by the UN and many other global and local economic actors. Sustainable development emphasizes the need to embark upon a development path that not only takes into account the environmental, social and economic needs of the present generation, but also those of future ones. Prerequisites: 101 and 102.
ECON-240
Credit Hours:
4
General Topics in Intermediate Economics
Open to intermediate students. These courses will be offered in a variety of applied economic fields. Prerequisites: 101 and 102.
ECON-299
Credit Hours:
1-4
Intermediate Topics in Economics
A general category used only in the evaluation of transfer credit.
ECON-301
Credit Hours:
4
Intermediate Macroeconomic Analysis
An examination of the determinants of Gross Domestic Product, the unemployment rate and the price level. The components of aggregate spending consumption, investment, foreign trade and government will be examined to determine their significance for explaining the business cycle. Similarly the financial side of the economy and the role of money will be examined to determine their impact on the business cycle. The purpose of each examination is to understand the factors that move the economy and how fiscal and monetary policy can be used to alter the course of economic trends. Prerequisites: 101 and 102.
ECON-302
Credit Hours:
4
Intermediate Microeconomic Analysis
An examination of the basic assumptions and methods of analysis employed in microeconomic theory, including demand analysis, production and cost relationships, market structures, distribution theory, general equilibrium and welfare economics. Prerequisites: 101 and 102.
ECON-307
Credit Hours:
4
Introductory Econometrics
An essential activity in any science is the systematic testing of theory against fact. Economics is no exception. This course develops and uses the statistical techniques that are essential for the analysis of economic problems. These techniques allow for testing of hypothesis, estimating magnitudes and prediction. Prerequisites: 301 and 302.
ECON-361
Credit Hours:
1-4
Directed Study
ECON-362
Credit Hours:
1-4
Directed Study
ECON-363
Credit Hours:
1-4
Independent Study
ECON-364
Credit Hours:
1-4
Independent Study
ECON-399
Credit Hours:
1-4
Advanced Topics in Economics
A general category used only in the evaluation of transfer credit.
ECON-401
Credit Hours:
4
History of Economic Thought I
A critical inquiry into the methodological and ideological foundations of modern economics through the study of development of economic thought from the 16th century to the "Keynesian Revolution." It is an attempt to understand economic theorizing in response to the existing social conditions, and to become familiar with the foundations of the main strands of contemporary economic thought. In a study of mercantilism, classical liberalism, socialism, and institutionalism, the development of the concepts of wealth, value, and distribution and the methodological and ideological vantage points of different schools of thought, and intellectual giants such as Smith, Ricardo, Malthus, Marx, Jevons, Marshall, and Veblen will be examined. Prerequisite: 301 or 302.
ECON-402
Credit Hours:
4
History of Economic Thought II
This course will focus on some of the important developments in modern economic thought after the "marginalist revolution" in the late 19th century. Topics may include the ideas of John Maynard Keynes and the evolution of contemporary macroeconomics, the socialist calculation debate and the possibility of centrally planned socialism, and contending perspectives about the role of government in the creation and protection of property rights and in the regulation of the macroeconomy. The course may also examine the ideas of economists who have criticized the marginalist orientation of economic theory and instead advocated a more social and institutionalist approach to understanding economic phenomena and behavior. Prerequisite: 301 or 302. (Not offered 2013-2014)
ECON-403
Credit Hours:
4
Evolution of the Western Economy
History and analysis of economic growth and development in the so-called advanced countries, primarily Western Europe and the United States. Discussion centers on selected major topics since the rise of market economies with emphasis on the interpretation of these developments in light of contemporary economic theory and modern quantitative evidence. Prerequisite: 301 or 302.
ECON-404
Credit Hours:
4
Financial Instability and Economic Crises
Throughout the history of market economies, financial markets have periodically experienced rapid changes in the prices of financial assets, i.e., booms and crashes. These periods of instability are often connected to rising unemployment, fall production, and painful economic crises. In spite of this, an influential contingent of economists - sometimes referred to as "free market" economists - continue to argue that all markets are stable and that government regulations are at best unnecessary and at worst counterproductive. This course studies the historical development of the "free market" ideology and explores many of the serious challenges to this ideology that come from both economic theory and economic history. Prerequisite: ECON 301 or ECON 302.
ECON-407
Credit Hours:
4
Econometrics II
Econometrics II builds upon the foundation of Introductory Econometrics. Among its goals are: to expand each student's proficiency in estimating and interpreting economic models, to enhance each student's ability to do economic research, to increase each student's ability to read the research literature and to better prepare those students desiring to go to graduate school in economics. Prerequisite: 307. (Not offered 2013-2014)
ECON-411
Credit Hours:
4
Monetary Theory
The role money plays in determining economic outcomes, such as the level of employment, the aggregate price level, and the rate of economic growth, is one of the more controversial issues in economics. To get a handle on these controversies, this course explores the institutional structure of the U.S. monetary system, including the Federal Reserve, the body charged with the conduct of U.S. monetary policy. Then, the course compares and contrasts different perspectives on the role money plays in economic activity. The goal is to combine knowledge of the institutional structure of the U.S. monetary system with an understanding of the various theoretical perspectives on monetary theory in order to gain some insight into the difficult issues facing the conduct of successful monetary policy. This course builds towards simulated Federal Reserve Open Market Committee Meetings, in which students will form their own opinions about the influence monetary policy has on the rates of inflation, unemployment, economic growth and the distribution of income. Prerequisite: 301.
ECON-412
Credit Hours:
4
Economic Development in the Third World
The current context of globalization and regionalization is characterized by various patterns of development; most developing countries have been increasingly engaged in the liberalization of their economies; however, some of these countries have been experiencing fast economic growth, while other developing countries have been stagnating economically. This course is designed to survey and explain the economic successes and failures of developing countries over the past couple of decades in light of contemporary economic theory and through the use of case studies of specific developing regions. Prerequisite: 301.
ECON-413
Credit Hours:
4
International Finance
This course is a study of monetary interdependence among nations. The following topics will be explored: foreign exchange markets, international currency systems, national income determination in an open economy, balance of payments accounts and policies for their adjustments, exchange rate adjustments, exchange control, monetary problems of developed and underdeveloped countries, international capital flows. Prerequisite: 301.
ECON-414
Credit Hours:
4
Comparative Economics Systems
A study of alternate economic systems. A theoretical and operational study of economic systems as they exist in reality. Prerequisite: 301. (Not offered 2014-2015)
ECON-415
Credit Hours:
4
Income Inequality
The substantive goal of this course is to facilitate an understanding of changes in the distribution of income in the United States, 1947 to the present. The course is subdivided into three parts, addressing the context, analysis, and policy environment, respectively. The first part of the course deals with the context of American income inequality and poverty. The primary focus is upon inequalities arising from the operation of the American labor market, but the ideological, demographic, macroeconomic and fiscal contexts are also identified and discussed. The second part of the course involves an analysis of poverty in the United States assigned to identify the principal causes of poverty among particular socioeconomic and demographic sub-populations. The third part of the course surveys the policy environment for poverty alleviation, including contemporary disputes about the nature and prospects of policy reform. Prerequisite: 301 or 302.
ECON-416
Credit Hours:
4
Women in the U.S. Economy
This course will focus on the market and nonmarket contributions of women to the U.S. economy. A historical framework provides the backdrop for examining the economic, political and social institutions that affect women's contributions to the nation's economic well-being. Prerequisite: 301.