Communication and Culture Overview
The communication and culture program is designed to engage students in focused inquiry into the cultural foundations of communication in its various forms. As a liberal-arts major, the program of study emphasizes the development of a conceptual framework for understanding the role of communication in both transmitting and creating culture through practices of verbal and nonverbal communication. Through an interdisciplinary approach involving faculty from different fields of expertise in the humanities and social sciences, students study media, discourse, and global influences and developments in communication. The curriculum covers historical and current topics, and the range of communicative forms considered includes visual and graphic images, everyday discourse, literary works, journalistic writing, music and material productions. Although not a production-oriented or preprofessional major, students have opportunities for practicum and internship learning. The faculty is committed to providing the type of sound critical and conceptual grasp of communication that is essential for intelligent participation and leadership in the various fields of communication.
For more information, please visit the Communication and Culture Program’s website.
The minor in communication and culture is designed to provide concentrated study in one of the three paths. The minor requires a minimum total of six course units as follows.
- 1. COMM 101 - Communication and Culture
- 2. Five additional COMM courses:
- Three courses in one path of emphasis
- One course in each of the other two paths of emphasis
- Minimum of two 200-level courses
- Maximum of one practicum course (beyond the introductory level)
Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses contributing to the minor.
Communication and Culture Faculty
Michael Bamberg, Ph.D.
Parminder Bhachu, Ph.D.
Marcia Butzel, Ph.D.
Eric DeMeuleanere, Ph.D.
Odile Ferly, Ph.D.
Betsy Huang, Ph.D.
Fern Johnson, Ph.D.
Benjamin Korstvedt, Ph.D.
Stephanie Larrieux, Ph.D.
Stephen Levin, Ph.D.
Matthew Malsky, Ph.D.
Hugh Manon, Ph.D.
Sarah Michaels, Ph.D.
Debra Osnowitz, Ph.D.
Rhys Townsend, Ph.D.
Jaan Valsiner, Ph.D.
Kristina Wilson, Ph.D.