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Graduate Courses

First Requirement:

CMGA 5000 Media Analysis and Criticism (3)
An introduction to the main theoretical and analytical approaches to the study of communication and media studies, and the intellectual schools of thought that influence perspectives of media critique and analysis. Debates in the field, divergent perspectives and multilayered intellectual views engage a range of concepts from audience to fans, publics and citizens, exploring the cultural practices, economic constraints and social forces on media into the 21st Century.

SECOND REQUIREMENT: CHOOSE ONE FROM THE FOLLOWING 3 COURSES

CMGA 6851 Communications Ethics (3) Examination of media practices from the perspectives of owners, producers and publics, with particular focus on intellectual property, privacy, confidentiality, conflict of interest, censorship, corporate responsibility and new technologies. Students will discuss philosophical approaches to ethics and public life, place these approaches in historical context, and engage in informed media criticism.

CMGA 5005 Theories of Public Communication (3)
Examination of the political, economic, social, and cultural processes that led to the development of modern public life, and the ways in which art, politics and media have converged and diverged at specific historical moments. Formulations of public life from classical liberal perspectives to models of civic virtue, and from Marxist to Habermasian approaches are examined as the dialectic of creation and destruction at the core of public life.

CMGA 5010 Role of Public Communication (3)
An exploration of the distinctive role of public (as opposed to commercial-business and to commercial-entertainment) communication in modern democratic discourse. Various historical forms of public and civic journalism will be discussed, focusing on their consequences and effects on public policy and democratic processes. Particular emphasis will be given to addressing the ways in which PBS, NPR, and other public broadcasting entities have defined the "public.” The class will discuss how internal, external and political pressures have shaped the goals and practices of media institutions, and how public broadcasting may serve a particular role in public life. Print, video, and radio formats off and online will be explored both individually and as they converge in the Internet era. Specific topic areas can include the role of information in policy debates including political scandals, social welfare, environmental issues and public safety.

STUDENTS MUST TAKE AT LEAST THREE  CLASSES FROM ONE OF THE CONCENTRATIONS LISTED BELOW 

Media Theory and Criticism Concentration

CMGA 5125 Media Entertainment & Social Awareness (3)
Through examining a variety of genres from television, film, the Internet, print, and other media, this course explores the social, cultural, and political value that entertainment has, and the value that it might have. The narrative, strategies and codes with which entertainment addresses issues of social and political importance will be discussed. Media structures, audience wants and uses for the media, marketing and technological innovation, will be considered within the context of the prevailing political system, cultural sensibilities, and social realities.

CMGA 5165 Social and Cultural Communication (3)
Survey of the history and uses of mass media analysis. Students will examine original studies and essays by social scientists and critics, and discuss the ways in which empirical and critical analyses of the media have been informed by political, cultural, social and economic contexts.

CMGA 5155 Political Communications (3)
An examination of the complex interconnections between the symbolic, visual and narrative strategies of political rhetoric, with actual political practices, policies and democratic governance. Expectations about information, knowledge and the public interest are brought to bear on the landscape of political communication including; electoral campaigns, investigative journalism, hybrid formats of news and entertainment, “militainment,” presidential stagecraft, political identity, and narratives of national character.

CMGA 5160 Propaganda & Persuasion (3)
An exploration of the history, techniques, motivations and complex interactions between propaganda and persuasion, and their consequences for citizenship, information and public knowledge. The modes, language and visual strategies of persuasive communication, as they are applied to advertising and public relations will be compared and contrasted to the historical uses of persuasion in war propaganda, and other forms of contemporary information management.

CMGA 5180 Problem of News (3)
An analysis of the changing role and character of news media in providing information and a framework for knowledge about the world. "Problems" include: the eclipse of news as a form of public communication, the questionable practice of objective reporting, the influence of entertainment formats and bottom line management, the lack of interest in news by the "under-40's," and the challenge of digital technology to traditional news media. The influence of new formats such as “meta-news” and satirical commentary will also be explored.

CMGA 5200 Narrative Thinking (3)
Interrogating social interaction, media effects and cultural formation this course addresses 4 fundamentals questions: How do human beings acquire knowledge through story and storying? How do human beings store access knowledge through story and storying? How do human beings disseminate knowledge though story and storying? How do human beings validate or invalidate through story and storying?

CMGA 5225 Religion and the Media in America (3)
This course examines the confluence of the mass media and religion, in terms of both the use of the media by religious groups to promote their messages and the role of the media in reporting on religious issues. The methods of religious propaganda in the liberal tradition of the “marketplace of ideas” and the context provided by the constitutional prohibition of religious establishment and protection of free speech will be examined. Guest speakers will recount their experiences in the fields of newspaper and magazine journalism, radio and television, film, and the Internet. Students will research media coverage of specific religious topics.

CMGA 5520 Public, Community, and Alternative Media (3)
Analysis of the history of not-for-profit, community, and alternative broadcasting in the United States, with particular emphasis on the ways in which PBS, NPR, Pacifica and other public broadcasting entities have defined the "public.” The class will discuss how internal and external pressures have shaped the goals and practices of these institutions, and how public broadcasting may serve as a metaphor for public life.

CMGA 5750 Film Aesthetics and Economies (3)
In order to understand the images we see on movie screens, we must understand their economic backstory. Before any film reaches the viewing audience, it is shaped significantly by a multitude of people, business structures, andlabor practices through the stages of production, distribution, and exhibition. With this in mind, this course explores formative economic and industrial moments, contexts, and relationships from which particular films emerge. To do this, we will look at historical and contemporary developments in filmmaking both within and beyond the U.S. Hollywood industry. In addition to the economic frameworks of filmmaking, we will also consider onscreen outcomes. By attending to genres, actors, aesthetics, and other key elements of film texts, the course traces economic and industry decisions to the final product of the film itself.

CMGA 6100 Gender and the Media (3)
An examination of gender images and representations in various formats and genres across a wide range of media. Assuming gender to be a socio-cultural as well as biological set of categories, we will explore the ways in which both the masculine and the feminine have been inscribed as cultural identifiers and social norms. Cultural and media texts will be anchored to theoretical discussions that tie gender concepts to popular culture and social structures. Looking at a number of different TV programs, past and present, nonfiction texts, as well as films, magazines, and popular music, we will analyze the way such representations influence social and cultural practices.

CMGA 6150 Media and Symbolic Form (3)
An examination of our codes and modes of communication, information, and perception.  Perspectives on our use of signs and symbols, words and images, speech and writing systems, and new electronic and digital forms.  Survey of approaches drawn from linguistics, semiotics, general semantics, cybernetics, orality-literacy studies, the study of media as languages, and remix culture.

CMGA 6145 Women and Magazines (3)
Historically, women’s magazines have been among the most popular forms of print media in the United States.  Yet even before the 1830s, when Godey’s Lady’s Book put women’s magazines on the popular and commercial map, controversy has surrounded their contents, purpose and implications.  From the start, critique has emanated from a wide range of social and political interests, and not least from women themselves. And from classrooms to chatrooms, books to blogs, the debate about nature and impact of women’s magazines on gender identity and women’s lives is still in play today.  This course will explore the multidimensional history of the American women’s magazine from the rise of the tradition to the present, examining fundamental continuities, eclectic contents, and key critical claims within their changing theoretical, social, political, commercial, and media industry contexts

CMGA 6155 Media and Technology (3)
An exploration of the many intersections between the process of human communication and the development of human technology. While communication technologies will be emphasized, this course will also consider other types of technology (e.g., production, transportation, health and medicine, warfare, etc.) and the general concept of technology itself, as well as analyze the nature and impact of technologies and technological change, their effects on the process of communication, on our forms of social organization and culture, and on our very modes of thought, feeling, and consciousness.

CMGA 6250 International Communication (3)
An exploration of the aesthetics, politics, economics, ethics, and cultural impact of information and entertainment flows across national borders, and a study of the nature and interaction of various media production and reception cultures in an age of rapid globalization and technological innovation.

COMM 6370  Strategic Communications at the United Nations and Other Humanitarian Organizations (3)
This course presents the pressing demand for effective communication strategies at humanitarian and cultural organizations and agencies, especially those involved with the United Nations. Constructive communication across borders and between people of different religious and cultural backgrounds is a primary goal of the Alliance of Civilization, founded at the United Nations in 2005. Continuing efforts to create open dialogue, understanding and global stability involve the development of media coordination efforts internationally. Relief efforts and crisis management across the globe also require strategic message design, and best efforts to bring the experiences of those in distress to global publics. Ways in which the voices of beneficiaries, aide workers and crisis managers inform the public help determine public empathy and support for those in need. Speakers include: Jordi Torrent, Media Literacy Program Coordinator, UN Alliance of Civilizations; Robin Andersen, the “Disaster Narrative” in Global Media Coverage of Humanitarian Crisis; Kent Page, Senior Advisor for Strategic Communication for UNICEF: Alexander van Tulleken, MD, with the World Health Organization in Darfur; Chaim Litewski, Chief, United Nations Television; Caroline Petit, Chief, UN Promotion & Distribution Unit News and Media Division; Timothy La Rose, Communications Officer, Office of the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict.

CMGA 6400 Critiques of Advertising (3)
Advertising and consumer culture are assessed from psycho-social, business and environmental perspectives. Promotional messages and their visual and textual strategies are examined as cultural icons, popular media genres and economic forces. Marketing strategies from broadcast models to consumer subgroups and consumption publics are included with case studies of campaigns, products and services, and their relationships to various media formats.

COMM 6570  Nature, Travel and Conservation Communication (3)
This course explores Dr. Andersen’s current research on communication design for ethical travel and conservation in the tourism industry, the fastest growing sector of the world’s largest industry. We analyze the ways in which marketing and strategic communication can be employed to encourage sustainable tourism practices at eco-lodges, game parks and other sites where visitors interact with natural environments, local communities and wildlife. Wildlife encounters that provide a unique context for conservation education will be identified, along with strategic communication models designed for sustainable and alternative development in environmentally sensitive regions. Travel, adventure, animal, and nature programming and magazines, as well as on-line material, websites and tourism guidebooks will also be analyzed for their narrative and visual rhetorical strategies that help shape views of the natural world, its people and communities, and the roles and behaviors’ of the global tourist.

Industries, Publics, and Policies Concentration

CMGA 5005 Theories of Public Communication (3)
Examination of the political, economic, social, and cultural processes that led to the development of modern public life, and the ways in which art, politics and media have converged and diverged at specific historical moments. Formulations of public life from classical liberal perspectives to models of civic virtue, and from Marxist to Habermasian approaches are examined as the dialectic of creation and destruction at the core of public life.

CMGA 5010 Role of Public Communication (3)
Pursuit through case study and appropriate theory of the distinctive yet derived role of public (as opposed to commercial-business and to commercial-entertainment) communication in modern democratic discourse. Various attempts to integrate the American public interest model and the European public sphere model will be examined. Finally these concepts and models and past histories of public communication will be applied to Dollar-Down campaign tactics of the traditional "mass media" parties compared with the web-empowered progressivism and the talk radio-fueled populism of contemporary partisan public communication. Print, video, and radio formats off and online will be exploited along with texts.

CMGA 5020 The Communication Industries (3)
Overview of media industrial structures and operations. Primary theoretical perspectives will include political economy (structures of ownership and regulation) and production of culture (decision making processes within industries), with focus on the ways in which the structures and constraints of media industries determine their products.

CMGA 5300 Media, Creativity and Moral Choice (3)
This course will examine our societal values and mores as reflected through the media. In television and film fiction, what actions do we applaud, and how have our standards evolved through the years? In non-fiction news, what is considered newsworthy and what does that tell us about ourselves? From Public Enemy (gangsterism is terrible, but we love watching it) to The Godfather and The Sopranos (they're gangsters, but they're our gangsters); from High Noon (it's worth risking death to fight fair) to Unforgiven forty years later (no problem shooting unarmed men); from JFK's private life (discreetly secret at the time) to our current political profiling (with all those specific details), we will consider, evaluate and measure who we are as a culture, what our ethics were, and what they have become.

CMGA 5520 Public, Community, and Alternative Media (3)
Analysis of the history of not-for-profit, community, and alternative broadcasting in the United States, with particular emphasis on the ways in which PBS, NPR, Pacifica and other public broadcasting entities have defined the "public.” The class will discuss how internal and external pressures have shaped the goals and practices of these institutions, and how public broadcasting may serve as a metaphor for public life.

CMGA 6190 Communication Policies and Practices (3)
Critical study of US communication policies and their application to electronic media. Conflicting interests of the media and public are studied in detail, and means for the public to gain access to media are examined and tested.

CMGA 6210 Communications & the Law (3)
From the First Amendment to copyright law, this course provides an in-depth look at key court rulings, statutes and regulations that have shaped the development and operations of the print, broadcasting, cable, satellite and cyberspace industries, and our understanding of free expression in the U.S.

CMGA 6370 Strategic Communications at the United Nations and Other Humanitarian Organizations (3) This course presents the pressing demand for effective communication strategies at humanitarian and cultural organizations and agencies, especially those involved with the United Nations. Constructive communication across boarders and between people of different religious and cultural backgrounds is a primary goal of the Alliance of Civilization, founded at the United Nations in 2005. Continuing efforts to create open dialogue, understanding and global stability involve the development of media coordination efforts internationally. Relief efforts and crisis management across the globe also require strategic message design, and best efforts to bring the experiences of those in distress to global publics. Ways in which the voices of beneficiaries, aide workers and crisis managers inform the public help determine public empathy and support for those in need. Speakers include: Jordi Torrent, Media Literacy Program Coordinator, UN Alliance of Civilizations; Robin Andersen, the “Disaster Narrative” in Global Media Coverage of Humanitarian Crisis; Kent Page, Senior Advisor for Strategic Communication for UNICEF: Alexander van Tulleken, MD, with the WorldHealth Organization in Darfur; Chaim Litewski, Chief, United Nations Television; Caroline Petit, Chief, UN Promotion & Distribution Unit News and Media Division; Timothy La Rose, Communications Officer, Office of the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict.

CMGA 6851 Communications Ethics (3)
Examination of media practices from the perspectives of owners, producers and publics, with particular focus on intellectual property, privacy, confidentiality, conflict of interest, censorship, corporate responsibility and new technologies. Students will discuss philosophical approaches to ethics and public life, place these approaches in historical context, and engage in informed media criticism.

Screen Arts and Cultures Concentration

CMGA 5520 Public, Community, and Alternative Media (3)
Analysis of the history of not-for-profit, community, and alternative broadcasting in the United States, with particular emphasis on the ways in which PBS, NPR, Pacifica and other public broadcasting entities have defined the "public.” The class will discuss how internal and external pressures have shaped the goals and practices of these institutions, and how public broadcasting may serve as a metaphor for public life.

CMGA 5300 Media, Creativity and Moral Choice (3)
This course will examine our societal values and mores as reflected through the media. In television and film fiction, what actions do we applaud, and how have our standards evolved through the years? In non-fiction news, what is considered newsworthy and what does that tell us about ourselves? From Public Enemy (gangsterism is terrible, but we love watching it) to The Godfather and The Sopranos (they're gangsters, but they're our gangsters); from High Noon (it's worth risking death to fight fair) to Unforgiven forty years later (no problem shooting unarmed men); from JFK's private life (discreetly secret at the time) to our current political profiling (with all those specific details), we will consider, evaluate and measure who we are as a culture, what our ethics were, and what they have become.

CMGA 5750 Film Aesthetics and Economies (3)
In order to understand the images we see on movie screens, we must understand their economic backstory. Before any film reaches the viewing audience, it is shaped significantly by a multitude of people, business structures, and labor practices through the stages of production, distribution, and exhibition. With this in mind, this course explores formative economic and industrial moments, contexts, and relationships from which particular films emerge. To do this, we will look at historical and contemporary developments in filmmaking both within and beyond the U.S. Hollywood industry. In addition to the economic frameworks of filmmaking, we will also consider onscreen outcomes. By attending to genres, actors, aesthetics, and other key elements of film texts, the course traces economic and industry decisions to the final product of the film itself.

CMGA 5969 Targeted Writing (3) A Workshop in writing for specific purposes and results: press releases for public, government and commercial venture, op-ed pieces and columns, think pieces and scholarly essays and fiction for genres. Professional writing is the underlying emphasis throughout.

CMGA 6025 Broadcast Innovators (3)
This course will introduce students to the most important anchors, correspondents, and news executives in American broadcasting, including Edward R. Murrow, Walter Cronkite, and Ted Turner. We will read these pioneers' biographies and autobiographies and watch their work, to determine what effects these innovators had upon broadcasting while they worked, as well as, how they've affected the news business today. The course will cover the first days of television through the present.

CMGA 6150 Media and Symbolic Form (3)
An examination of our codes and modes of communication, information, and perception.  Perspectives on our use of signs and symbols, words and images, speech and writing systems, and new electronic and digital forms.  Survey of approaches drawn from linguistics, semiotics, general semantics, cybernetics, orality-literacy studies, the study of media as languages, and remix culture.


CMGA 6155 Media and Technology (3)
An exploration of the many intersections between the process of human communication and the development of human technology. While communication technologies will be emphasized, this course will also consider other types of technology (e.g., production, transportation, health and medicine, warfare, etc.) and the general concept of technology itself, as well as analyze the nature and impact of technologies and technological change, their effects on the process of communication, on our forms of social organization and culture, and on our very modes of thought, feeling, and consciousness.

CMGA 6160 Television and the New Media (3)
This course looks at how the now venerable medium of television is both threatened by competition from the Internet, and benefits from its reach.   Will seeing television shows on Hulu.com and TV.com undermine the advertising basis of network television?   How did blogging help Lost, Twitter assist Mad Men, MySpace figure in Bones, YouTube assist Saturday Night Live?  These and other examples of television-web cooperation will be carefully examined.

CMGA 6165 Communication & Community (3)
An analysis of the use of media, traditional and new, to define and maintain communities, from the ethnic press to trade publications and on to the new cyber-communities of Facebook, Linked-in, and others. Traditional sociological analysis of primary and secondary group formation will be wedded to new notions of interest-publics and massive multi-player online gaming.

CMGA 6135 The Arts & Communications (3)
Utilizing multiple theoretical frameworks, students will explore the meanings and roles of art and entertainment in their cultural contexts. We will ask questions concerning the social, political and personal uses of the arts. We will study the effects of changing technology on the traditional fine arts. Finally, we will turn our critical attention to the varied products of modern, technological media.

CMGA 6200 Screenwriting (3)
This course teaches the elements involved in writing a screenplay: structure, dialogue, introduction and development of characters, storytelling skills in general and how to create a flow of your specific story in particular. Students learn how to work with reversals, integrated relationships and interconnected events; and above all, how to tell a compelling story visually, by using the camera as the audience’s eyes. There are films to watch and analyze, and screenplays to critique; but the major project of the term is to write a full-length screenplay from conception to fully realized script. In class, we spend a substantial amount of time watching and discussing short scenes from a number of films. In addition, the class has detailed discussions of full-length screenplays from films watched outside of class and scene-by-scene analyses that compare a written screenplay to the finished film version. Students may also be required to see films outside the class, and to discuss their respective screenplays in terms of structure, intent and execution.

CMGA 6300 Public Communication & Digital Environments (3)
An exploration of computers, the Internet, and cyberspace as new media of communication and new environments for social interaction. Topics covered will include: the characteristics of digital medial and computer-mediated communications; the functions, forms and culture of cyberspace; mind and identity in a networked environment; the legal, political and social issues related to new media; and human relationships in an electronic environment.

COMM 6370  Strategic Communications at the United Nations and Other Humanitarian Organizations (3)
This course presents the pressing demand for effective communication strategies at humanitarian and cultural organizations and agencies, especially those involved with the United Nations. Constructive communication across borders and between people of different religious and cultural backgrounds is a primary goal of the Alliance of Civilization, founded at the United Nations in 2005. Continuing efforts to create open dialogue, understanding and global stability involve the development of media coordination efforts internationally. Relief efforts and crisis management across the globe also require strategic message design, and best efforts to bring the experiences of those in distress to global publics. Ways in which the voices of beneficiaries, aide workers and crisis managers inform the public help determine public empathy and support for those in need. Speakers include: Jordi Torrent, Media Literacy Program Coordinator, UN Alliance of Civilizations; Robin Andersen, the “Disaster Narrative” in Global Media Coverage of Humanitarian Crisis; Kent Page, Senior Advisor for Strategic Communication for UNICEF: Alexander van Tulleken, MD, with the World Health Organization in Darfur; Chaim Litewski, Chief, United Nations Television; Caroline Petit, Chief, UN Promotion & Distribution Unit News and Media Division; Timothy La Rose, Communications Officer, Office of the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict.

CMGA 6425 World Cinema (3)
Covers the emergence of film as a global art form, economic force and cultural phenomenon, in a variety of national and international settings. Covers the potential for film, and the discourse and theory of cinema, to effectively encourage cultural awareness, political dialogue and social commentary. Examines issues of film production including, funding, collaboration, training, and problems of censorship, as well as issues of reception by global publics.

CMGA 6500 Media Methods & Messages (3)
Comparative analyses of the structures, techniques and operating conditions of the media. Throughhands-on production assignments, readings and discussions, students will explore how media forms may influence media content, address issues of media control and convergence, and begin to examine the cognitive and cultural implications of living in amulti-media age.

COMM 6570  Nature, Travel and Conservation Communication (3)
This course explores Dr. Andersen’s current research on communication design for ethical travel and conservation in the tourism industry, the fastest growing sector of the world’s largest industry. We analyze the ways in which marketing and strategic communication can be employed to encourage sustainable tourism practices at eco-lodges, game parks and other sites where visitors interact with natural environments, local communities and wildlife. Wildlife encounters that provide a unique context for conservation education will be identified, along with strategic communication models designed for sustainable and alternative development in environmentally sensitive regions. Travel, adventure, animal, and nature programming and magazines, as well as on-line material, websites and tourism guidebooks will also be analyzed for their narrative and visual rhetorical strategies that help shape views of the natural world, its people and communities, and the roles and behaviors’ of the global tourist.

CMGA 6580 Public Relations (3)
An examination of the operations, techniques, and media interconnections to public relations with particular emphasis on the multiple ways is has and can be practiced in ethical and unethical circumstances. Of particular interest will be its influence on media content and public discourse, in addition to its potentially beneficial usesin public-interest and non-profit service campaigns.

CMGA 6630 Politics and New Media (3)
An examination of the impact that new media - blogging, YouTube, Digg, Wikipedia, podcasting, MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, etc - are having on the political process in America and world-wide. The key characteristics of new media include the empowerment of readers and viewers as writers and producers, and the viral marketing of political candidates and ideas. Students not only look at these media and their impact, but work on the Web with blogs, videos, and audio files.

CMGA 6700 Video Environments (3)
This course is an introduction to digital video production and editing. Through hands-on exercises, discussion, readings and viewings, we will explore the forms, aesthetics and practice of video in order to develop basic production skills and to deepen our comprehension of the video environments we inhabit.

Additional Courses

CMGA 6705 Special Topics (3)
Special courses of study offered by faculty engaged in research and publication on current topics of interest.

CMGA 6555 Internship Seminar (3)
A requirement for those pursuing the Internship Option. The Internship Seminar should be taken concurrently with the Internship. Students read texts and lead discussions pertinent to their Internships.

CMGA 6880 Thesis I (3)
A one-on-one mentor-student course in which the student finds a mentor, develops a thesis and outline, and commences research.

CMGA 6888 Thesis II (3)
A one-on-one mentor-student course in which the thesis proposal and early research are developed into a final form.

Capstone Research I (3)
A one-on-one mentor-student course in which the student finds a mentor, develops a research paper or project and outline, and commences research.

Capstone Research II (3)
A one-on-one mentor-student course in which the paper or project proposal and early research are developed into a final form.

Current and past special topics courses

The Rock Revolution in Music and Media (3)
From transistor radios to iPods, from AM to FM through the rise of MTV, from Elvis to the Beatles to Woodstock, and all the music forms which still play on iTunes today. This course examines the technologies, personalities, and artists of the music in the 1960's, how it changed our world, and still influences our lives today.


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