Special Notes for Spring 2014 Registration
What should I take? Answer: Required Courses!
First, for those of you who are current Freshmen or Sophomores, if you are in your first year or two here at VU, think about taking as many COM courses as you can fit in your schedule.
Two things to remember: 1) You must take two of the following three courses prior to declaring the major: COM 1000, COM 1100, COM; and 2) since 2000-level courses are prerequisites for all our 3000-level courses, the sooner you take at least one 2000 level course, the sooner you're into our advanced courses.
If you are a sophomore and you are thinking of going abroad in your junior year, it is highly advised that you take COM 1200 before you go.
A current Junior? Unsure of what to take? Current Juniors should also think about taking the required Advanced research course (4001 OR 4002), if you've already taken COM 1200.
If you are a Senior, then be sure to check out the topics for our Senior Project sections, so you can match your interests with the right section of this course.
Wondering what courses COM is offering in the Spring?
Download the COM Department electives guide below
Which Senior Project section should I take in the Spring?
As you hopefully know, each section of COM 5050 has a different topic, one chosen by the section's instructor. This topic will be the one that will help guide you in the selection of projects for the semester. Thus we urge you to consider the section topic when signing up for your section of 5050. Please consult the electives guide to see the descriptions of each section's topic.
Want to take a course not regularly offered?
As always, we're rotating in some courses that you might find of interest. Descriptions of these can be found in our electives guide, but keep in mind that these courses all have prerequisites at the 2000 level, as per our curriculum. All of these are courses that are LESS FREQUENTLY offered… so, if you've got the prerequisites, catch these NOW!
- COM 3240: Performance for Social Change with Dr. Shauna MacDonald
- COM 3390-100: Special Topics in Media & Film: Science and Environmental Journalism with Dr. Sue Stein
- COM 3245: Voice and Diction with Dr. Heidi Rose
Performance for Social Change
Do you enjoy poetry, literature, or performance? Are you interested in engaging with issues of social justice? Would you like to learn creative strategies for raising awareness and making change? This course might just be for you! We will explore four basic questions: 1) What is the relationship between the aesthetic and the rhetorical? 2) How can performance utilize multiple art forms and media to influence social change and social justice? 3) What is the relationship between performer and audience? 4) How can performers work in collaboration to inquire about social issues as well as to perform in ways that enact change? The work of this class includes reading and discussion about performance and social issues, as well as performance assignments that work toward making change! Performance experience is not required (but welcomed if you have it!); all you need is a commitment to social change and an open mind! (Prerequisites: COM 2200 or 2240 or 2340 / Fulfills: Fine Arts; Div. 1; Div. 2; Peace and Justice Attribute; Cultural Studies Attribute). *Remember this can only be used as either a fine art or a communication course*
Special Topics in Media & Film: Science and Environmental Journalism
In this course we will develop the skills needed to write about complex scientific and environmental topics as we learn more about various contemporary local, national and global environmental issues. We will focus on how to critically assess sources of scientific information and present information in a way that allows audiences to process complex issues and make informed decisions. We will also look at communication theories that address journalism practices and production, as well as understand where audiences get information about the environment and science, the barriers to science and environmental literacy, and the challenges this poses to public participation in the decision-making process.
Voice and Diction - LAST OFFERED in 2009
Focuses on the voice as an instrument of communication. Students learn to understand the dynamics of effective vocal production and articulate speech and to refine their own distinctive speaking skills. Excellent training for all professional contexts, as well as accent reduction, actors’ dialect work, and any genre of broadcasting.
Remember Some Regularly Offered Courses…
Please note that the 1-credit Intergroup Dialogue Courses will also be offered in the spring. Please read the Electives guide and check the Communication Department website for details.
Please remember Greece 2014! All details are in the electives guide.