Chatham University

Communication Curriculum

Communication is a degree targeted to new opportunities in a media-savvy world. Students in the major take a common set of core courses that prepares them for careers in an industry where convergence in print, broadcast, and online media is growing. Students then choose one of three concentrations: Human Communication, Journalism, Public Relations and Graphic Design.

Students must earn a C- or better in all major courses. Failure to earn this minimum grade will result in the need to repeat the course thereby possibly extending the student’s course of study beyond four years.

Program Requirements

+Required Courses for all Concentrations

COM101 Foundations Of Human Communication

A survey of the discipline of communication studies with emphasis on multiple theoretical, and methodological issues relevant to the systematic inquiry and pursuit of knowledge about human communication. This course explores the basic history, assumption, principles, processes, variables, methods, and specialization of human communication as an academic field of study.

3
COM141 Media Literacy

This course introduces students to the Macintosh computer interface and related media practices. Students explore digital foundations, media related histories, theoretical frameworks and critical examination of production elements as they discover how computers are radically changing the way image makers create and present their work. Cross-listed as ART141 and FDT141. Additional Fee(s): Course Computing fee.

3
COM106 Media and Society

The effects of mass communication on individuals and society, particularly as they relate to values and ethics, are examined. The course emphasizes the history and structure of the mass media.

3
COM209 Intercultural Communication: Values and Ethics

Course will provide the student with an appreciation of the complexities involved in the development of beliefs, attitudes and behaviors that reflect cultural values. This course will provide an understanding of the specific forces which shape perceptions, feelings and behaviors of various cultural groups. These forces include soically constructed categories such as race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, socio-economic status, and religion. These will be explored in a variety of contexts, language, family structures and the handling of conflict of laws and ethics(cultural relativism) will be examined.

3
COM234W Persuasion

This course explores rhetorical and experimental studies of persuasion. It introduces the student to research in the field and critically examines some of the techniques developed in "selling" products, politics, and culture. It also examines the ethical considerations relevant to these techniques.

3
COM400 Media Ethics and Law Responsibility

Study of current and past battles over the limits of free expression; moral and ethical issues and dilemmas and conflicts of interest; public perceptions of the press; and the interdependence of the media, economics, politics, sports, and entertainment. Media as instruments of social and esthetic change will be discussed, along with press law and goverment controls, and the portrayal of people of color, gender issues, sexual diversity issues, and community issues.

3
COM313 Special Topics: PORTFOLIO DEVELOPMENT

3
INTCOM303 Internship - Professional Communication

3
COM490 Integrative Capstone

The integrative capstone , undertaken by the student during the senior year, is an extended project that helps the student complete their transition from an undergraduate student to a world-ready professional.  The study usually centers on the student’s major and may be conducted, at least in part, in the context of a group experience.  Such programs are crafted to meet the unique needs of each major, and could include, for example, fieldwork, theatre production, creative work in the arts, independent research, or independent readings. The integrative capstone in an interdisciplinary major must have the approval of both academic programs.  

3

+Major Requirements: Human Communication

COM101 Foundations Of Human Communication

A survey of the discipline of communication studies with emphasis on multiple theoretical, and methodological issues relevant to the systematic inquiry and pursuit of knowledge about human communication. This course explores the basic history, assumption, principles, processes, variables, methods, and specialization of human communication as an academic field of study.

3
COM141 Media Literacy

This course introduces students to the Macintosh computer interface and related media practices. Students explore digital foundations, media related histories, theoretical frameworks and critical examination of production elements as they discover how computers are radically changing the way image makers create and present their work. Cross-listed as ART141 and FDT141. Additional Fee(s): Course Computing fee.

3
COM106 Media and Society

The effects of mass communication on individuals and society, particularly as they relate to values and ethics, are examined. The course emphasizes the history and structure of the mass media.

3
COM209 Intercultural Communication: Values and Ethics

Course will provide the student with an appreciation of the complexities involved in the development of beliefs, attitudes and behaviors that reflect cultural values. This course will provide an understanding of the specific forces which shape perceptions, feelings and behaviors of various cultural groups. These forces include soically constructed categories such as race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, socio-economic status, and religion. These will be explored in a variety of contexts, language, family structures and the handling of conflict of laws and ethics(cultural relativism) will be examined.

3
COM234W Persuasion

This course explores rhetorical and experimental studies of persuasion. It introduces the student to research in the field and critically examines some of the techniques developed in "selling" products, politics, and culture. It also examines the ethical considerations relevant to these techniques.

3
COM400 Media Ethics and Law Responsibility

Study of current and past battles over the limits of free expression; moral and ethical issues and dilemmas and conflicts of interest; public perceptions of the press; and the interdependence of the media, economics, politics, sports, and entertainment. Media as instruments of social and esthetic change will be discussed, along with press law and goverment controls, and the portrayal of people of color, gender issues, sexual diversity issues, and community issues.

3
COM313 Special Topics: PORTFOLIO DEVELOPMENT

3
INTCOM303 Internship - Professional Communication

3
COM490 Integrative Capstone

The integrative capstone , undertaken by the student during the senior year, is an extended project that helps the student complete their transition from an undergraduate student to a world-ready professional.  The study usually centers on the student’s major and may be conducted, at least in part, in the context of a group experience.  Such programs are crafted to meet the unique needs of each major, and could include, for example, fieldwork, theatre production, creative work in the arts, independent research, or independent readings. The integrative capstone in an interdisciplinary major must have the approval of both academic programs.  

3

+Major Requirements: Journalism Concentration

COM101 Foundations Of Human Communication

A survey of the discipline of communication studies with emphasis on multiple theoretical, and methodological issues relevant to the systematic inquiry and pursuit of knowledge about human communication. This course explores the basic history, assumption, principles, processes, variables, methods, and specialization of human communication as an academic field of study.

3
COM141 Media Literacy

This course introduces students to the Macintosh computer interface and related media practices. Students explore digital foundations, media related histories, theoretical frameworks and critical examination of production elements as they discover how computers are radically changing the way image makers create and present their work. Cross-listed as ART141 and FDT141. Additional Fee(s): Course Computing fee.

3
COM106 Media and Society

The effects of mass communication on individuals and society, particularly as they relate to values and ethics, are examined. The course emphasizes the history and structure of the mass media.

3
COM209 Intercultural Communication: Values and Ethics

Course will provide the student with an appreciation of the complexities involved in the development of beliefs, attitudes and behaviors that reflect cultural values. This course will provide an understanding of the specific forces which shape perceptions, feelings and behaviors of various cultural groups. These forces include soically constructed categories such as race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, socio-economic status, and religion. These will be explored in a variety of contexts, language, family structures and the handling of conflict of laws and ethics(cultural relativism) will be examined.

3
COM234W Persuasion

This course explores rhetorical and experimental studies of persuasion. It introduces the student to research in the field and critically examines some of the techniques developed in "selling" products, politics, and culture. It also examines the ethical considerations relevant to these techniques.

3
COM400 Media Ethics and Law Responsibility

Study of current and past battles over the limits of free expression; moral and ethical issues and dilemmas and conflicts of interest; public perceptions of the press; and the interdependence of the media, economics, politics, sports, and entertainment. Media as instruments of social and esthetic change will be discussed, along with press law and goverment controls, and the portrayal of people of color, gender issues, sexual diversity issues, and community issues.

3
COM313 Special Topics: PORTFOLIO DEVELOPMENT

3
INTCOM303 Internship - Professional Communication

3
COM490 Integrative Capstone

The integrative capstone , undertaken by the student during the senior year, is an extended project that helps the student complete their transition from an undergraduate student to a world-ready professional.  The study usually centers on the student’s major and may be conducted, at least in part, in the context of a group experience.  Such programs are crafted to meet the unique needs of each major, and could include, for example, fieldwork, theatre production, creative work in the arts, independent research, or independent readings. The integrative capstone in an interdisciplinary major must have the approval of both academic programs.  

3

+Major Requirements: Public Relations Concentration

COM101 Foundations Of Human Communication

A survey of the discipline of communication studies with emphasis on multiple theoretical, and methodological issues relevant to the systematic inquiry and pursuit of knowledge about human communication. This course explores the basic history, assumption, principles, processes, variables, methods, and specialization of human communication as an academic field of study.

3
COM141 Media Literacy

This course introduces students to the Macintosh computer interface and related media practices. Students explore digital foundations, media related histories, theoretical frameworks and critical examination of production elements as they discover how computers are radically changing the way image makers create and present their work. Cross-listed as ART141 and FDT141. Additional Fee(s): Course Computing fee.

3
COM106 Media and Society

The effects of mass communication on individuals and society, particularly as they relate to values and ethics, are examined. The course emphasizes the history and structure of the mass media.

3
COM209 Intercultural Communication: Values and Ethics

Course will provide the student with an appreciation of the complexities involved in the development of beliefs, attitudes and behaviors that reflect cultural values. This course will provide an understanding of the specific forces which shape perceptions, feelings and behaviors of various cultural groups. These forces include soically constructed categories such as race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, socio-economic status, and religion. These will be explored in a variety of contexts, language, family structures and the handling of conflict of laws and ethics(cultural relativism) will be examined.

3
COM234W Persuasion

This course explores rhetorical and experimental studies of persuasion. It introduces the student to research in the field and critically examines some of the techniques developed in "selling" products, politics, and culture. It also examines the ethical considerations relevant to these techniques.

3
COM400 Media Ethics and Law Responsibility

Study of current and past battles over the limits of free expression; moral and ethical issues and dilemmas and conflicts of interest; public perceptions of the press; and the interdependence of the media, economics, politics, sports, and entertainment. Media as instruments of social and esthetic change will be discussed, along with press law and goverment controls, and the portrayal of people of color, gender issues, sexual diversity issues, and community issues.

3
COM313 Special Topics: PORTFOLIO DEVELOPMENT

3
INTCOM303 Internship - Professional Communication

3
COM490 Integrative Capstone

The integrative capstone , undertaken by the student during the senior year, is an extended project that helps the student complete their transition from an undergraduate student to a world-ready professional.  The study usually centers on the student’s major and may be conducted, at least in part, in the context of a group experience.  Such programs are crafted to meet the unique needs of each major, and could include, for example, fieldwork, theatre production, creative work in the arts, independent research, or independent readings. The integrative capstone in an interdisciplinary major must have the approval of both academic programs.  

3

+Major Requirements: Graphic Design Concentration

COM101 Foundations Of Human Communication

A survey of the discipline of communication studies with emphasis on multiple theoretical, and methodological issues relevant to the systematic inquiry and pursuit of knowledge about human communication. This course explores the basic history, assumption, principles, processes, variables, methods, and specialization of human communication as an academic field of study.

3
COM141 Media Literacy

This course introduces students to the Macintosh computer interface and related media practices. Students explore digital foundations, media related histories, theoretical frameworks and critical examination of production elements as they discover how computers are radically changing the way image makers create and present their work. Cross-listed as ART141 and FDT141. Additional Fee(s): Course Computing fee.

3
COM106 Media and Society

The effects of mass communication on individuals and society, particularly as they relate to values and ethics, are examined. The course emphasizes the history and structure of the mass media.

3
COM209 Intercultural Communication: Values and Ethics

Course will provide the student with an appreciation of the complexities involved in the development of beliefs, attitudes and behaviors that reflect cultural values. This course will provide an understanding of the specific forces which shape perceptions, feelings and behaviors of various cultural groups. These forces include soically constructed categories such as race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, socio-economic status, and religion. These will be explored in a variety of contexts, language, family structures and the handling of conflict of laws and ethics(cultural relativism) will be examined.

3
COM234W Persuasion

This course explores rhetorical and experimental studies of persuasion. It introduces the student to research in the field and critically examines some of the techniques developed in "selling" products, politics, and culture. It also examines the ethical considerations relevant to these techniques.

3
COM400 Media Ethics and Law Responsibility

Study of current and past battles over the limits of free expression; moral and ethical issues and dilemmas and conflicts of interest; public perceptions of the press; and the interdependence of the media, economics, politics, sports, and entertainment. Media as instruments of social and esthetic change will be discussed, along with press law and goverment controls, and the portrayal of people of color, gender issues, sexual diversity issues, and community issues.

3
COM313 Special Topics: PORTFOLIO DEVELOPMENT

3
INTCOM303 Internship - Professional Communication

3
COM490 Integrative Capstone

The integrative capstone , undertaken by the student during the senior year, is an extended project that helps the student complete their transition from an undergraduate student to a world-ready professional.  The study usually centers on the student’s major and may be conducted, at least in part, in the context of a group experience.  Such programs are crafted to meet the unique needs of each major, and could include, for example, fieldwork, theatre production, creative work in the arts, independent research, or independent readings. The integrative capstone in an interdisciplinary major must have the approval of both academic programs.  

3

+Journalism Minor Requirements

COM101 Foundations Of Human Communication

A survey of the discipline of communication studies with emphasis on multiple theoretical, and methodological issues relevant to the systematic inquiry and pursuit of knowledge about human communication. This course explores the basic history, assumption, principles, processes, variables, methods, and specialization of human communication as an academic field of study.

3
COM141 Media Literacy

This course introduces students to the Macintosh computer interface and related media practices. Students explore digital foundations, media related histories, theoretical frameworks and critical examination of production elements as they discover how computers are radically changing the way image makers create and present their work. Cross-listed as ART141 and FDT141. Additional Fee(s): Course Computing fee.

3
COM106 Media and Society

The effects of mass communication on individuals and society, particularly as they relate to values and ethics, are examined. The course emphasizes the history and structure of the mass media.

3
COM209 Intercultural Communication: Values and Ethics

Course will provide the student with an appreciation of the complexities involved in the development of beliefs, attitudes and behaviors that reflect cultural values. This course will provide an understanding of the specific forces which shape perceptions, feelings and behaviors of various cultural groups. These forces include soically constructed categories such as race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, socio-economic status, and religion. These will be explored in a variety of contexts, language, family structures and the handling of conflict of laws and ethics(cultural relativism) will be examined.

3
COM234W Persuasion

This course explores rhetorical and experimental studies of persuasion. It introduces the student to research in the field and critically examines some of the techniques developed in "selling" products, politics, and culture. It also examines the ethical considerations relevant to these techniques.

3
COM400 Media Ethics and Law Responsibility

Study of current and past battles over the limits of free expression; moral and ethical issues and dilemmas and conflicts of interest; public perceptions of the press; and the interdependence of the media, economics, politics, sports, and entertainment. Media as instruments of social and esthetic change will be discussed, along with press law and goverment controls, and the portrayal of people of color, gender issues, sexual diversity issues, and community issues.

3
COM313 Special Topics: PORTFOLIO DEVELOPMENT

3
INTCOM303 Internship - Professional Communication

3
COM490 Integrative Capstone

The integrative capstone , undertaken by the student during the senior year, is an extended project that helps the student complete their transition from an undergraduate student to a world-ready professional.  The study usually centers on the student’s major and may be conducted, at least in part, in the context of a group experience.  Such programs are crafted to meet the unique needs of each major, and could include, for example, fieldwork, theatre production, creative work in the arts, independent research, or independent readings. The integrative capstone in an interdisciplinary major must have the approval of both academic programs.  

3

+Public Relations Minor

COM101 Foundations Of Human Communication

A survey of the discipline of communication studies with emphasis on multiple theoretical, and methodological issues relevant to the systematic inquiry and pursuit of knowledge about human communication. This course explores the basic history, assumption, principles, processes, variables, methods, and specialization of human communication as an academic field of study.

3
COM141 Media Literacy

This course introduces students to the Macintosh computer interface and related media practices. Students explore digital foundations, media related histories, theoretical frameworks and critical examination of production elements as they discover how computers are radically changing the way image makers create and present their work. Cross-listed as ART141 and FDT141. Additional Fee(s): Course Computing fee.

3
COM106 Media and Society

The effects of mass communication on individuals and society, particularly as they relate to values and ethics, are examined. The course emphasizes the history and structure of the mass media.

3
COM209 Intercultural Communication: Values and Ethics

Course will provide the student with an appreciation of the complexities involved in the development of beliefs, attitudes and behaviors that reflect cultural values. This course will provide an understanding of the specific forces which shape perceptions, feelings and behaviors of various cultural groups. These forces include soically constructed categories such as race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, socio-economic status, and religion. These will be explored in a variety of contexts, language, family structures and the handling of conflict of laws and ethics(cultural relativism) will be examined.

3
COM234W Persuasion

This course explores rhetorical and experimental studies of persuasion. It introduces the student to research in the field and critically examines some of the techniques developed in "selling" products, politics, and culture. It also examines the ethical considerations relevant to these techniques.

3
COM400 Media Ethics and Law Responsibility

Study of current and past battles over the limits of free expression; moral and ethical issues and dilemmas and conflicts of interest; public perceptions of the press; and the interdependence of the media, economics, politics, sports, and entertainment. Media as instruments of social and esthetic change will be discussed, along with press law and goverment controls, and the portrayal of people of color, gender issues, sexual diversity issues, and community issues.

3
COM313 Special Topics: PORTFOLIO DEVELOPMENT

3
INTCOM303 Internship - Professional Communication

3
COM490 Integrative Capstone

The integrative capstone , undertaken by the student during the senior year, is an extended project that helps the student complete their transition from an undergraduate student to a world-ready professional.  The study usually centers on the student’s major and may be conducted, at least in part, in the context of a group experience.  Such programs are crafted to meet the unique needs of each major, and could include, for example, fieldwork, theatre production, creative work in the arts, independent research, or independent readings. The integrative capstone in an interdisciplinary major must have the approval of both academic programs.  

3

+Graphic Design Minor

COM101 Foundations Of Human Communication

A survey of the discipline of communication studies with emphasis on multiple theoretical, and methodological issues relevant to the systematic inquiry and pursuit of knowledge about human communication. This course explores the basic history, assumption, principles, processes, variables, methods, and specialization of human communication as an academic field of study.

3
COM141 Media Literacy

This course introduces students to the Macintosh computer interface and related media practices. Students explore digital foundations, media related histories, theoretical frameworks and critical examination of production elements as they discover how computers are radically changing the way image makers create and present their work. Cross-listed as ART141 and FDT141. Additional Fee(s): Course Computing fee.

3
COM106 Media and Society

The effects of mass communication on individuals and society, particularly as they relate to values and ethics, are examined. The course emphasizes the history and structure of the mass media.

3
COM209 Intercultural Communication: Values and Ethics

Course will provide the student with an appreciation of the complexities involved in the development of beliefs, attitudes and behaviors that reflect cultural values. This course will provide an understanding of the specific forces which shape perceptions, feelings and behaviors of various cultural groups. These forces include soically constructed categories such as race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, socio-economic status, and religion. These will be explored in a variety of contexts, language, family structures and the handling of conflict of laws and ethics(cultural relativism) will be examined.

3
COM234W Persuasion

This course explores rhetorical and experimental studies of persuasion. It introduces the student to research in the field and critically examines some of the techniques developed in "selling" products, politics, and culture. It also examines the ethical considerations relevant to these techniques.

3
COM400 Media Ethics and Law Responsibility

Study of current and past battles over the limits of free expression; moral and ethical issues and dilemmas and conflicts of interest; public perceptions of the press; and the interdependence of the media, economics, politics, sports, and entertainment. Media as instruments of social and esthetic change will be discussed, along with press law and goverment controls, and the portrayal of people of color, gender issues, sexual diversity issues, and community issues.

3
COM313 Special Topics: PORTFOLIO DEVELOPMENT

3
INTCOM303 Internship - Professional Communication

3
COM490 Integrative Capstone

The integrative capstone , undertaken by the student during the senior year, is an extended project that helps the student complete their transition from an undergraduate student to a world-ready professional.  The study usually centers on the student’s major and may be conducted, at least in part, in the context of a group experience.  Such programs are crafted to meet the unique needs of each major, and could include, for example, fieldwork, theatre production, creative work in the arts, independent research, or independent readings. The integrative capstone in an interdisciplinary major must have the approval of both academic programs.  

3