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.

CourseTitleCredits
Introductory courses
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
Concentration courses
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
Ethics, Law, and Policy Course
One ethics, law, and policy course, ordinarily taken senior year 3
Electives
Two elective courses 4
1

COMM 1010 INTRODUCTION TO COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES has been discontinued and replaced by COMM 1000 as of Fall 2017. 

2

Either COMM 1000 or COMM 1010 is a prerequisite for COMC 1101 COMMUNICATIONS AND CULTURE: HISTORY, THEORY, AND METHODS.

3

See list of ELP courses under Ethics, Law, and Policy Course Requirement.

4

Two elective courses may be counted in the course total, which may include any course in COMM, COMC, DTEM, FITV, or JOUR, or certain courses from outside the department, to be determined on a semester-by-semester basis, from a list made available to students in time for registration.

Concentrations

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

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.

The following courses also fulfill the communication studies concentration requirement, although courses may not be offered every semester.

CourseTitleCredits
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
CMBU 4412ST: UNDERSTANDING AUDIENCES/USERS3

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.

The following courses also fulfill the cultural studies concentration requirement, although courses may not be offered every semester.

CourseTitleCredits
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 4248MULTICULTURALISM4
COMC 4267MEDIA AND SOCIAL AWARENESS4
COMC 4279MEDIA AND POPULAR CULTURE4
COMM 4000COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES HONORS SEMINAR4
FITV 3588GLOBAL CINEMA4
FITV 3678TELEVISION COMEDY AND AMERICAN VALUES4

Media Studies Concentration: 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.

In addition, the following courses also fulfill the media studies concentration requirement, although courses may not be offered every semester:

CourseTitleCredits
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 4338AMERICAN POLITICAL COMMUNICATION4
COMC 4340FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION4
COMC 4348RELIGION, THEOLOGY, AND NEW MEDIA4
COMC 4360COMMUNICATION ETHICS AND THE PUBLIC SPHERE4
COMC 4248MULTICULTURALISM4
COMC 4339COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA IN THE AGE OF TRUMP4
COMC 4370ETHICAL CONTROVERSIES IN 21ST CENTURY MEDIA4
COMM 4000COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES HONORS SEMINAR4
DTEM 1401INTRODUCTION TO DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES AND EMERGING MEDIA4
DTEM 2414MEDIA ECOLOGY4
DTEM 3463CIVIC MEDIA4
JOUR 3764TELEVISION NEWS AND TODAY’S WORLD4
JOUR 4773PUBLIC MEDIA4
CMBU 4412ST: UNDERSTANDING AUDIENCES/USERS3

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.