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Our communication majors receive quality instruction in both the scientific and artistic foundations of communication as well as in the application of these theories within a number of specific contexts. Our courses emphasize interpersonal interaction and human relationships, organizational and institutional communication, public discourse and mass communication.
Our students choose courses and areas of specialization that can lead to careers in such fields as media relations, marketing, journalism, human resources, politics and government. We help our students take advantage of the many internship and field-based opportunities available in the D.C. area’s local television stations, public relations firms, lobbying groups and political offices. Our program also prepares our majors to pursue advanced studies for a variety of careers, including media relations, marketing, journalism, and publishing.
Featured CoursesCOM 225 Intercultural CommunicationApplies basic principles of intercultural communication to the analysis of specific situations involving cultural differences. Emphasis is on the influence of culture on the communication process, including differences in values, assumptions, and communication. Models of intercultural communication analysis are developed and applied to issues dealing with relations between a dominant society and subcultures, social change, and international relations.
Core Area I: Skills for Work and Life COM 290 Public SpeakingExamines theory and practice of public speaking. Students will prepare and present informative and persuasive speeches. Audience analysis, research, speech organization, delivery and effective persuasive strategies will be covered.
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Core Area I: Skills for Work and Life COM 305 Minority Images in American MediaExamines how minorities (racial, ethnic, sexual, etc.) and other categories of the socially marginalized (the poor, the homeless) have been portrayed throughout the twentieth century in American entertainment media, from being made "invisible" to being stereotyped, and the impact of these images. Combines theoretical approaches and insights with a historical overview to increase students' awareness of the ideological nature of media images.
3 credits COM 312 Gangsters and American FilmOffers a study of crime movies and their relationship to 20th-century U.S. culture. Focus is on the relationship between artistic form and social processes by examining the gang genre from a variety of theoretical perspectives.
Prerequisite: COM 265 COM 340 Voice Techniques and ArticulationTeaches the techniques of proper vocal control with emphasis on broadcast techniques. Identifies any deficiencies in speech and emphasizes effective vocal usage and delivery (enunciation and pronunciation).
3 credits COM 365 Advocacy and ArgumentProvides opportunities for critical analysis and development of argumentative and rhetorical skills. Students engage in active and formal debate on a variety of policy and value propositions.
Prerequisite: PHI 103 COM 370 Publicity and Media RelationsExamines the role of the publicist in various organizations. Also looks at the basics of media relations, testing and evaluating publicity, and using publicity as a tool. Students are expected to produce publicity campaigns.
Prerequisite: COM 250 COM 388 Gender and CommunicationExplores theory and methods for examining communication and gender roles. Topics include gendered communication, gender and media, family communication, gendered violence, gender and education, and gender and institutions.
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Gen Ed Capstone Seminar
Prerequisite: Com 201 or permission of the instructor