News and notes from the Communication program @ Fairfield


Winter courses in Communication!


Why not study Family Communication this Winter?  If you’re behind on credits, or looking to get ahead on credits, the Department of Communication is offering three different Winter Courses this Spring.  These courses are great for part-time and full-time students alike.  Family Communication is offered as a one-week course while Human Communication Theories and Intercultural Communication are offered online.

You can see what we are offering below, and you can go here for information about how to register.

CO 246 (A) (10896) Family Communication 
In this course students come to understand how families are constituted through symbolic processes and interaction; explore the verbal and non-verbal communication behaviors that are developed and preferred in different kinds of families; learn various theories for understanding family interactions at the individual, dyadic, group, and systems levels; analyze family communication patterns using established theories and methods; connect family dynamics to social trends and processes including the roles of the mass media and popular culture; and explore ways culture, class, gender, and sexuality affect and are affected by family structures, roles, and communication patterns. This course meets the U.S. diversity requirement and counts for the minor in Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies.  Three credits.
Margaret Wills

CO 100 (1) (10894) Human Communication Theories 
This course introduces major theoretical perspectives that inform communication scholarship. This foundational course for the major emphasizes understanding human communication as a symbolic process that creates, maintains, and alters personal, social, and cultural identities. Students critique research literature in the communication field in this course, which is a prerequisite for the 200- and 300-level communication courses. This course counts in the social and behavioral sciences core curriculum for non-majors. All CO majors must fulfill their social science core requirements outside of the major. Three credits.
David Gudelunas

CO 240 (1) (10895) Intercultural Communication 
This course deals with challenges to communication between people of different cultural backgrounds, emphasizing the way communication practices reveal cultural values and the role of communication in creating and sustaining cultural identities. Students discuss how differences in value orientation, perception, thought patterns, and nonverbal behavior cause misunderstanding, tension, and conflict in business, education, and health care settings. This course meets the U.S. diversity requirement. (registration preference given to Communication and International Studies majors). (Prerequisite: CO 100 or IL 50 or instructor approval). Three credits.
Qin Zhang

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Attend this!

The Department of Communication is very pleased to be a co-sponsor of this exciting event.  Do yourself a favor and attend!

Sutherland event 2

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Turns out Comm Majors are Studying the Right Thing at the Right Time

Dr. Arendt tipped us off to this piece in the Huffington Post that details why Communication as a college major is so incredibly popular right now.  We knew this all along, but it is nice to get some validation.  It wash;t that long ago when folks didm;t consider the study of Communication to be a serious thing.  We know that is not true, but here is something you can share with your parents who doubt the legitimacy of your major.  Not only that, it turns out it is a good time to be considering advance degrees in Communication.  We happen to know of a great MA program in Communication very close to home! Hint. Hint.

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Visit us at the Major/Minor Fair on 10/15!



Visit us at the Major/Minor Fair Wednesday 10/15 in the Oak Room.  Be sure to have any of your friends looking to declare a major in Communication to see Dr. Gudelunas ASAP.  It is important to be a declared major PRIOR to registration so that you can access all the great classes we will be offering in the Department of Communication.  Since Communication classes are closed to majors only you must have a declared major to get a seat in most of classes.

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Study in Ireland with Dr. Pagano!

IreDr. Pagano will be offering a one-week, three credit course: CO 348 Health Risk vs. Health Promotion: An Irish Perspective, at the National University of Ireland in Galway (NUI-G) this summer, June 13-22, 2015.   Students will stay in housing near the university, attend classes at NUI-G, as well as an NUI-G sponsored Health Promotions Conference. This course will provide students an excellent opportunity to experience Irish culture, explore Ireland’s approach to health behavior change, and expand your knowledge of global healthcare issues.  Contact him for more information!

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Comm professors with “Two from the Times”

IMG_1959Drs. Serazio and Gudelunas from the Department of Communication were on stage last night with Dr. Eliasoph (VPA) to moderate a discussion with Alessandra Stanley and Frank Bruni from the New York Times as part of the Open Visions Forum.  Many Communication majors were in the audience and the discussion about television, new media technologies and college life was certainly something of interest to all of our majors. Dr. Serazio is deputy director for the Open Visions Forum which brings great conversations to the Quick Center throughout the year.

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