Communication and Culture Major

The communication and culture major combines humanistic and social science approaches to the study of all aspects of human and mediated communication, including: the strategic application and implications of communication theories, tools, and techniques; the institutions and industries engaged in the production and distribution of mediated content; the receivers of this content and their reciprocal relationship with such messages; and the media texts in their social, political, local, and global cultural contexts.

In our increasingly interconnected world, it is clear that, when strategically chosen, the right words and images can be powerful instruments to help us move towards a more ethical and socially just world. The communication and culture major prepares the media professionals of tomorrow to use the power of mediated communication with responsibility by training them to be critical consumers and ethical producers of mediated communication in all areas of their lives: personal, professional, and civic.

The communication and culture (COMC) major requires eleven (11) courses.

Course Title Credits
COMM 1000FUNDAMENTALS OF COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES 13
or COMM 1010 INTRODUCTION TO COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES
COMC 1101COMMUNICATIONS AND CULTURE: HISTORY, THEORY, AND METHODS 24
Two courses in Communication Studies: Applications and Interactions
Two courses in Cultural Studies: Critique and Analysis
Two courses in Media Studies: Institutions and Audiences
Two additional courses in one of the three areas (above) as a concentration
One ethics, law, and policy course, ordinarily taken senior year 3
Two elective courses 4

Students majoring in communication and culture must pursue one of three concentrations: Communication Studies, Cultural Studies, and Media Studies.

Availability

The major in communication and culture is available at Fordham College at Rose Hill (FCRH) and Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC).

Fordham College at Rose Hill students: The requirements above are in addition to those of the Core Curriculum.

Fordham College at Lincoln Center students: The requirements above are in addition to those of the Core Curriculum.

Concentration in Communication Studies: Applications and Interactions

Courses in this concentration focus on the strategic application of theory related to mediated and human communication, as well as on the development of tools for studying human interaction through language, rhetoric, and socio-cultural practices. Courses may be taken in any sequence.

Courses fulfilling the communication studies concentration are generally numbered COMC x1xx—that is, any COMC course where the second digit is a 1 fulfills this concentration requirement, plus some additional courses.

Courses in this group have the CCMS attribute.

Course Title Credits
CMBU 4412ST: UNDERSTANDING AUDIENCES/USERS3
COMC 2111THEORIES OF HUMAN COMMUNICATION4
COMC 2112STRATEGIC COMMUNICATION: THEORY AND PRACTICE4
COMC 2113INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION4
COMC 2117LANGUAGE, CULTURE, AND CONSCIOUSNESS4
COMC 2121INTRODUCTION TO COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES3
COMC 2159COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGIES AND SOCIETY4
COMC 2166MEDIA ADVOCACY AND SOCIAL MARKETING4
COMC 2175PERSUASION AND PUBLIC OPINION4
COMC 3114EFFECTIVE SPEAKING4
COMC 3115PERFORMANCE FOR BROADCAST MEDIA4
COMC 3157MEDIA AND CIVIC ACTION4
COMC 3171ORALITY AND LITERACY4
COMC 3172PRINCIPLES OF ADVERTISING4
COMC 3173MARKETING AND THE MEDIA4
COMC 3174PUBLIC RELATIONS4
COMC 3175ADVERTISING AS COMMUNICATION4
COMC 3178HUMOR AS COMMUNICATION4
COMC 3186SPORTS COMMUNICATION4
COMC 4114SPEAKING FOR CHANGE4
COMC 4170DISSENT AND DISINFORMATION4
COMC 4177COMMUNICATION FOR SOCIAL CHANGE4
COMC 4348RELIGION, THEOLOGY, AND NEW MEDIA4
COMM 4000COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES HONORS SEMINAR4
DTEM 2459SOCIAL HISTORY OF COMMUNICATION AND TECHNOLOGY4
MKBU 3434INTEGRATED MARKETING COMMUNICATION3
NMDD 3020EXPLORATIONS IN DIGITAL STORYTELLING4
NMDD 3308PROFESSIONAL SOCIAL MEDIA4

Concentration in Cultural Studies: Critique and Analysis

Courses in this concentration focus on the reciprocal relationship between producers and consumers of mediated communication; the economic, political, and legal factors shaping media institutions and industries; and the sociological variables that influence the experience of creating and consuming mediated communication. Courses may be taken in any sequence.

Courses fulfilling the cultural studies concentration are generally numbered COMC x2xx—that is, any COMC course where the second digit is a 2 fulfills this concentration requirement, plus some additional courses.

Courses in this group have the CCUS attribute.

Course Title Credits
AFAM 3134FROM ROCK-N-ROLL TO HIP-HOP4
CISC 4001COMPUTERS AND ROBOTS IN FILM4
CISC 4660MINDS, MACHINES, AND SOCIETY4
COLI 4018CONTEMPORARY CUBAN CULTURE IN HAVANA4
COMC 2221FASHION AS COMMUNICATION: SYNTAX OF STYLE4
COMC 2234MEDIA AND THE ARTS4
COMC 2236THE ROCK REVOLUTION IN MUSIC AND MEDIA4
COMC 2258MYTH AND SYMBOL OF AMERICAN CHARACTER4
COMC 2271MEDIATED COMMUNICATION AND SOCIAL THEORY4
COMC 2277MEDIA AND SEXUALITY4
COMC 2278MEDIA, CULTURE, AND GLOBALIZATION4
COMC 3231AESTHETICS AND THE MEDIA4
COMC 3232CLASS, TASTE, AND MASS CULTURE4
COMC 3235POPULAR MUSIC AS COMMUNICATION4
COMC 3237GENDER IMAGES AND MEDIA4
COMC 3247RACE, CLASS, AND GENDER IN MEDIA4
COMC 3260MEDIA, REGULATION, AND THE PUBLIC INTEREST4
COMC 3268MEDIA AND NATIONAL IDENTITY4
COMC 3272HISTORY AND CULTURE OF ADVERTISING4
COMC 4211MEDIA AND MODERNITY4
COMC 4222MEDIA AND THE ENVIRONMENT4
COMC 4241COMMUNICATION, POPULAR CULTURE, AND PHILOSOPHY4
COMC 4246MEDIA, DISABILITY, FUTURITY4
COMC 4248MULTICULTURALISM4
COMC 4267MEDIA AND SOCIAL AWARENESS4
COMC 4279MEDIA AND POPULAR CULTURE4
COMM 4000COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES HONORS SEMINAR4
DTEM 1402DIGITAL CULTURES4
FITV 3534FASHION IN BRITISH FILM AND TELEVISION4
FITV 3588GLOBAL CINEMA4
FITV 3647GENDER, RACE, CLASS, AND TELEVISION4
FITV 3678TELEVISION COMEDY AND AMERICAN VALUES4
HIST 3515MEDIA HISTORY: 1400 TO PRESENT4
LALS 3005LATIN AMERICAN THEMES4
MLAL 3410ARAB CINEMA: HISTORY AND CULTURAL IDENTITY4
NMDD 3880DESIGNING SMART CITIES4
PHIL 3422HARRY POTTER AND PHILOSOPHY4
PHIL 4444AI, SCI FI, AND HUMAN VALUE4
POSC 3421POLITICAL THEORY IN POPULAR CULTURE4
SOCI 3000LATINO IMAGES IN MEDIA4
SOCI 3409RACE AND GENDER IN VISUAL CULTURE4
SOCI 4052AN ETHICS OF MODERN SELFHOOD: THE PURSUIT OF AUTHENTICITY4
SPAN 3005THEMES IN LATINA/O AND LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES4
SPAN 4018CONTEMPORARY CUBAN CULTURE IN HAVANA4

Concentration in Media Studies: Institutions and Audiences

Courses in this concentration focus on the analysis and interpretation of media texts within the context of competing ideologies and systems of representation.

Courses fulfilling the media studies concentration are generally numbered COMC x3xx—that is, any COMC course where the second digit is a 3 fulfills this concentration requirement, plus some additional courses.

Courses in this group have the CMST attribute.

Course Title Credits
CMBU 4412ST: UNDERSTANDING AUDIENCES/USERS3
COMC 2234MEDIA AND THE ARTS4
COMC 2278MEDIA, CULTURE, AND GLOBALIZATION4
COMC 2329INTRODUCTION TO MEDIA INDUSTRIES3
COMC 2377MASS COMMUNICATION AND SOCIETY4
COMC 3237GENDER IMAGES AND MEDIA4
COMC 3247RACE, CLASS, AND GENDER IN MEDIA4
COMC 3310ETHICS AND POPULAR CULTURE4
COMC 3330PEACE, JUSTICE, AND THE MEDIA4
COMC 3350MEDIA LAW4
COMC 3370ETHICAL ISSUES IN MEDIA4
COMC 3373MASS OPINION: MEASURE/MEAN4
COMC 3374MEDIA EFFECTS4
COMC 3375CHILDREN AND MEDIA4
COMC 3378MEDIA, MILLENNIALS, AND CIVIC DISCOURSE4
COMC 3380INTERNATIONAL COMMUNICATION4
COMC 4222MEDIA AND THE ENVIRONMENT4
COMC 4248MULTICULTURALISM4
COMC 4338AMERICAN POLITICAL COMMUNICATION4
COMC 4339COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA IN THE AGE OF TRUMP4
COMC 4340FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION4
COMC 4348RELIGION, THEOLOGY, AND NEW MEDIA4
COMC 4360COMMUNICATION ETHICS AND THE PUBLIC SPHERE4
COMC 4370ETHICAL CONTROVERSIES IN 21ST CENTURY MEDIA4
COMM 4000COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES HONORS SEMINAR4
COMM 4701INTERNSHIP SEMINAR4
DTEM 1401INTRODUCTION TO DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES AND EMERGING MEDIA4
DTEM 2414MEDIA ECOLOGY4
DTEM 2450COPYRIGHT AND DIGITAL MEDIA4
DTEM 3463CIVIC MEDIA4
HIST 3515MEDIA HISTORY: 1400 TO PRESENT4
JOUR 3764TELEVISION NEWS AND TODAY’S WORLD4
JOUR 4773PUBLIC MEDIA4
MKBU 4443SPECIAL TOPIC: PERFORMING ARTS IN THE 21ST CENTURY3
POSC 3316MASS MEDIA AND AMERICAN POLITICS4