- courses include:
- SPCM100 – Communication and Popular Culture. F, S, SS
Classical tradition of speech communication, its extension to broadcasting, and integration of both in contemporary culture.
- SPCM 278C – Communication Skills: Film Festivals. F
(Prerequisite: Restricted to communication studies majors with at least 45 credits.)
- SPCM341 – Evaluating Contemporary Television. F
Rhetorical standards applied to content, ethical, and artistic aspects of American televised discourse; emphasizing nonentertainment programming.
- SPCM342 – Critical Media Studies. F, S
Analysis of communication media; history; structure, regulation, policy, and impact upon society.
- SPCM346 – Virtual Culture and Communication. F, S
(Prerequisite: SPCM100 or SPCM342) Rhetorical theory applied to planning, producing, and evaluating computer-mediated messages.
- SPCM347 – Visual Rhetoric. S
(Prerequisite: SPCM100 or SPCM342) Media/Visual aesthetics and literacy and the symbolic and affective dimensions of the codes, conventions, and formulas of media.
- SPCM350 – Evaluating Contemporary Film. S
Theory and development of film criticism; application of critical approaches to modern fiction and nonfiction film.
- SPCM354 – History and Appreciation of Film. F
Screening and evaluation of landmark fiction and nonfiction films; assessment of cinema as an art form and a social force.
- SPCM357 – Film and Social Change. F
Ways in which the medium of motion pictures has sparked significant social changes at home and abroad.
- SPCM454/ETST454 – Chicano/a Film and Video. F
(Credit not allowed for both) Emergence of Chicano/a cinema from a place of displacement, resistance, and affirmation found in contemporary Chicano/a film, video.
- SPCM455/LB455 – Narrative Fiction Film as a Liberal Art. S
(Prerequisite: Senior Standing) Narrative fiction film and its role in human history, culture, and social interaction.
- SPCM547 – Media Industries. F
(Prerequisite: Graduate standing or 15 300-400 level credits in Communication Studies or English) Political economy of the media both in the U.S. and globally, including how the media system operates and with what effects.
- SPCM548 – Media Texts. S
(Prerequisite: Graduate standing or 15 300-400 level credits in Communication Studies or English) Practical and theoretical implications for criticism in treating media products as texts; carious approaches to textual or discourse analysis.
- SPCM549 – Media Audiences. F
(Prerequisite: Graduate standing or 15 300-400 level credits in Communication Studies or English) Theoretical and methodological issues concerning how audiences use and interpret media.
- SPCM550 – Contemporary Issues in Media. S
(Prerequisite: Graduate standing or 15 300-400 level credits in Communication Studies or English) Ever-changing media culture and landscape and how it affects personal, professional, and public lives.
- SPCM646 – Media Theory. F
(Prerequisite: 15 300-400 level credits in Communication Studies, English, or Journalism) Survey of the broad range of rhetorical/qualitative theories that inform media studies.