News and notes from the Communication program @ Fairfield


Congratulations to Dr. Pagano on his latest book!

Communication faculty continue to be very productive, and leading the charge is Dr. Michael Pagano, director of our Graduate Program in Communication and very popular professor in the Department of Communication.  His newest book is now available from Springer: Communication Case Studies for Health Professionals.  Check it out!


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Catch Drs. Serazio and Gudelunas on C-SPAN

If you weren’t watching C-SPAN over the Thanksgiving Holiday you might have missed Drs. Gudelunas and Serazio from the Department of Communication interviewing two New York Times columnists as part of the Open Visions Forum. Moderating teh event was Dr. Philip Eliasoph from the Department f Visual and Performing Arts and founder of the Open Visions Forum. Not to worry if you were watching something like football instead of C-SPAN…you can see the event here20141128_221426_resized

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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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