Summer 2018

Patty J. Wharton-Michael, Introduction To Communication, Summer 2018

Course Description:

This course seeks to help you learn more about
- theories of communication, and the diversity of the discipline;
- the importance of culture in all forms of human communication;
- how you can communicate more effectively in a world that’s becoming increasingly multicultural;
- ethical principles and dilemmas that surface in communication interactions;
-the connection of mass media to interpersonal, small group and other areas of communication;
- listening skills; improving receptive and analytic skills;
- speech planning: topic and purpose formulation;
- speech presentation skills: delivering the messages effectively;
- the role of communication in a democratic society.
- the role and influence of computer-mediated communication.

Required Texts:
The required textbook is Human Communication; The Basic Course, by Joseph A. Devito 12th- 14th edition

Jeffrey L. Webb, The Beatles, Summer 2018

Class Objective:

As part of the World of Creative and Aesthetic Expression, students will demonstrate knowledge of human expression and analyze creative work. More specifically, the objective of this class is to take an in-depth look at The Beatles; their music, personalities, compositional techniques and their influence on our culture from the 1960’s through the 21st century. The major emphasis of this course will be on student listening skills and the fostering of a deeper appreciation for the Beatles and their music. Each class we will listen to and discuss a Beatles album and the important singles that they released during the same period. Students are expected to take detailed notes in lecture and do the required listening. All assignments are due on the day/date they appear. This course uses Blackboard/Courseweb. You should check Courseweb DAILY for announcements/assignments, etc.

Required Texts:


Suggested Materials:

The Beatles Anthology DVD The Beatles by Hunter Davies
The Beatles by Bob Spitz
Beatlesongs by William J. Dowlding
Shout! The Beatles in their generation by Philip Norman


Kristen L. Majocha, Intercultural Communication, Summer 2018

Course Description and Goals:

Intercultural Communication will stress both theoretical and practical application through assigned readings, exercises, assignments, and class discussions. Specifically, this course is designed to accomplish the following goals:
1) Relate your understanding of the theories and principles of intercultural communication to your life; 2) Examine the relationship between culture and communication
3) Become more critical of how your cultural identities and positionality influence communication; and 4) Explore how history, discrimination, colonization, and exploitation impact intercultural communication.

Required Texts:
Lustig, M. W. & Koester, J. (Eds.). (2005). Among US: Essays on identity, belonging, and intercultural competence (ANY EDITION). New York: Addison Wesley Longman.
Martin, J. N. & Nakayama, T. K. (2010). Intercultural communication in contexts (ANY EDITION). Mountain View, CA: Mayfield.
Additional Reading:
McIntosh, P. (1988). White privilege and male privilege: A personal account of coming to see correspondences through work in women’s studies (Paper No. 189). Wellesley, MA: Wellesley College, Center for Research on Women.

Paul A. Lucas, Communication Internship, Summer 2018

Course Description:

The Internship course is designed to provide you with the opportunity to apply your communication knowledge and background to a marketplace context, thus allowing for a supervised structure for communication theory and practice. The course generally relies on, but is not limited to, the following areas: advertising, public relations, corporate communication, human resources, marketing, media relations, and promotions/event planning.


In order to be eligible to participate in the Department of Communication Internship credits, undergraduate students must meet the following requirements:

 -Major or Minor in Communication (others considered on an individual basis)

 -Junior or Senior status (sometimes at supervisor discretion)

 -Minimum 2.5 GPA overall and 2.5 GPA in Major

 -Minimum 2.5 GPA in Communication Minor when applicable

 -Enrollment and billing for term of internship ONLY

Brian P Burke, English Composition 2, Summer 2018

Course Rationale:
This course is a continuation of English Composition 0005. This course will reinforce and extend the student’s abilities to write correct, well-organized essays using various rhetorical strategies and stylistic techniques. The student will be introduced to a variety of writing strategies used in composing interpretive and analytical essays.
This course serves as an introduction to more sophisticated study of argument and critical analysis of both visual and written texts, and the student will demonstrate advanced competency in the composition of increasingly complex analytical essays about those texts. Assignments will include, but not limited to a critical research paper, an argument essay, a written interpretation of lyrical poetry, tests and a few random quizzes.
The loose theme for this semester’s Comp II is that of discovering the connections between society and ourselves; meanings beneath the surface of written and visual texts. How does an author package his or her passions, causes, and intimate feelings for others? How has society played a role in this relationship between author and reader? In what ways are both the audience and author involved in the interpretation of a piece? We will examine the ways fiction, nonfiction, poetry, music and visual texts can approach these crucial means of research, inquiry, re-mediation and communication.
While on the subject of what’s beneath the surface, we will take some time to examine the art of argument: what are the components of an effective argument? How do we use evidence and refutation to bolster our own argument or disprove the opposition?

Course Goals:
The goal of this course is to encourage students to develop the skills necessary to read and write critically and analytically. In this particular course, these skills will be developed through an exploration of the many facets of psychology and how they affect our daily lives and the choices we make. Considering the sources available to them, students will write various types of essays throughout the course of the semester in relation to various genres of literature, but most will emphasize the use of research/outside sources. Throughout the semester, students will practice summarizing assigned course readings and research materials, as well as determine whether the material used for research should be quoted or summarized in the presentation of it in the essay. Students completing this course will be able to critically evaluate various sources (primary and secondary), formulate opinions, and present those opinions in a clear, organized manner.

Course Objectives:
Students who complete the course will have demonstrated the ability to:
1. Students refine their ability to express themselves with clarity and coherence in writing.
2. Students demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of the writing process and an appreciation of the
importance of audience in the presentation of their complex ideas.
3. Students demonstrate an understanding of the qualities inherent in superior writing.
4. Students demonstrate an understanding of the qualities inherent in various genres of writing.
5. Students understand, employ, and effectively integrate various types of evidence in their written work.
6. Students demonstrate an ability to think critically about a complex topic, conduct research on that topic
using a variety of scholarly and popular sources, and produce college level research papers.

Required Texts:
Kelly J. Mays, eds. The Norton Introduction to Literature. 10th ed. N.Y.: W.W. Norton, 2010.
Lee, Jim. Batman: Hush. N.Y.:D.C. Comics, 2003
Meltzer, Brad. Identity Crisis, N.Y.:D.C. Comics, 2004.
Moore, Alan, and Dave Gibbons. The Watchmen. N.Y.:D.C. Comics, 1987.
Moore, Alan, and Brian Bolland. Batman: The Killing Joke. N.Y.:D.C. Comics, 2008.
Ross, Alex & Mark Waid. Kingdom Come. N.Y.:D.C. Comics, 1996. *Optional Snyder, Scott. Batman Vol 4: Zero Year-Secret City, N.Y.:D.C. Comics, 2014.
Snyder, Scott. Batman Vol 7: End Game, N.Y.:D.C. Comics, 2016.
Starlin, J, and M. Wolfman. Batman: A Death in the Family. N.Y.:D.C. Comics, 1986.
The Writer’s FAQs: A pocket Handbook. 6th Edition by Muriel Harris, & Jennifer L. Kunka (2017).

**NOTE – The graphic novel texts may not be available through the college bookstore. Instead, the graphic novels can be purchased from, Amazon or New Dimension Comics or any other comic book store or book store. Students will need these texts for class by Late May.

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Paul A. Lucas, Integrated Marketing Communication, Summer 2018

Course Description and Objectives:

Why study marketing as a part of a Liberal Arts/Humanities/Communication education?
Integrated Marketing Communication (IMC) is a form of persuasion that invites audiences to participate in an organization’s story and mission.
IMC allows organizations to publicize their marketing messages, although some approaches to marketing can be both risky and expensive. As such, we will look at the construction and creation of marketing messages, as well as the way those messages impact consumers and target audiences. The success of IMC depends on researching well, asking good questions, and planning messages that really speak to the audience. In this course, we will work on all three.

When studying IMC, we are not only building professional skills essential for integrated marketing practice, but we are also building on our understanding of what it means to craft arguments and ideas. In this course, then, you will:

- Discover the persuasive practice of IMC from a conceptual/rhetorical and practical perspective
- Build research and writing skills necessary for professional success in IMC and related fields
- Learn basic tenets of campaign/IMC planning
- Explore the importance and impact of IMC within culture and society

IMC falls into the Aesthetics and Creative Expression World of Knowledge. Students will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of human expression through memo research assignments, analyze aesthetic creative work through ad/article discussion days, and create written, visual, and performance media through the building the brand presentation and the creating the brand paper.

Required Text:

Sheehan, K. B. (2014). Controversies in contemporary advertising (2nd ed.). Los Angeles: Sage Publications, Inc.

Paul A. Lucas, Public Speaking, Summer 2018

Course Description:

University of Pittsburgh’s website states: “Communication, both spoken and written, is always addressed to an audience, a set of listeners or readers you are intending to convey information to or have some effect upon. Public speaking differs from written communication in that the audience is present, gathered for some occasion. That occasion has norms and expectations that a speaker must recognize. Finally, a public speaker has some purpose, something they are trying to accomplish or set in motion. Good public speaking always accounts for these three components.” The overall objective of this course is for students to understand and enact these three components through effective speech research, organization, analysis, content, and delivery.

Required Texts:

Fraleigh, D. M., & Tuman, J.S. (2014). Speak up! An illustrated guide to public speaking (3rd ed.). Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s. ISBN: 9781457623943


Catherine S. Cox, Narrative Literature, Summer 2018

Course Objectives

EngLit 0080 is designed to offer interested students an opportunity to study a variety of narrative texts from classical epic to the modern novel to contemporary children’s literature to current arthouse film. We will read and analyze a range of narrative selections with an attentive consideration of the development of narrative form and of the relationship between voice and content; we will examine the works in their historical, intellectual, and cultural contexts and consider a variety of critical approaches. Enrollment in EngLit 0080 is selective, and presupposes academic skills appropriate for college work, as well as an active and open-minded interest in reading and writing about literature, art, people, and their cultural contexts.
This is a WoK “Global History & Culture” course, with the learning outcome of helping students develop their ability to analyze critically the differences and/or interconnectedness among peoples and their cultures.

Required Texts:

Four books, relatively inexpensive editions, are required for this course: Homer’s The Odyssey, Mandelbaum translation (10: 0553213997); Kundera’s Unbearable Lightness of Being (10: 0061148520); Bechdel’s Fun Home (10:0618871713); and Dubuc’s The Lion and the Bird (10:1592701515). The O’Brien short story text will be distributed in class; the film will be shown in class. You will need to bring basic classroom supplies--paper and writing utensils, necessary texts and related materials – and avail yourself of out-of-class document preparation and printing services (campus computer labs are equipped with Word software, poster templates, printers, etc). Access your Pitt email for batch announcements and reminders.

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