CRS (Communication and Rhetoric Studies, Communication)

CRS 101  Theories of Communication and Rhetoric  (4 hours)

This gateway course to the major is designed to establish a broad understanding of various theories used in communication and rhetoric studies. Students will learn theories about messages themselves as well as the various contexts in which they occur, including interpersonal communication, public communication, mass communication, intercultural and gendered communication. The ethical implications of these theories will also be considered. Offered fall semesters.

CRS 110  Public Speaking  (4 hours)

This course is designed to develop and enhance students’ ability to communicate effectively to any audience. Students will deliver both prepared and impromptu speeches. They will give humorous and inspirational speeches as well as informational speeches focusing on organization and the use of visual aids. Students develop all the tools necessary to effectively communicate – their voice, their gestures, their body language and their eye contact. They will receive timely written and oral feedback from the instructor. Speeches will be videotaped and critiqued. The goal is to become a more polished and confident speaker. Prerequisite: Students who speak English as a second language must have permission of the instructor. Offered every semester.

CRS 120  Introduction to Media Studies  (4 hours)

In this course students will study the historical development of the media and interrelationships between them in order to understand the impact of these cultural industries on our lives and our culture. Through their examination of the products and processes of the media, students will learn will develop critical media literacy.  Offered every semester.

CRS 200  Independent Study in Communication and Rhetoric Studies  (1-4 hours)

This course will be conducted as supervised research on a selected topic. It is open to students pursuing a major in Communication and Rhetoric Studies. Prerequisites: Submission of an application which contains a proposed, detailed outline of study approved by the instructor, the division chair, the student’s advisor and the provost or associate provost. The completed application must be submitted to the office of enrollment services no later than the final day of the drop/add period of the semester of study. For additional criteria, see Independent Study Policy (Sec. 6.15.). Depending on the topic of the course, a non-refundable fee may be billed to every student who is registered for this course at the end of the drop/add period.

CRS 240  Introduction to Newswriting  (4 hours)

This course teaches the fundamentals of journalistic news writing and reporting. Using a range of techniques from interviews to internet research, students will learn how to gather information from a variety of sources and write stories using different types of leads, endings and structures. They will also engage in a critique of today’s journalistic practices. Offered fall semesters.

CRS 260  Writing for Business and the Professions  (4 hours)

This course is for students who have mastered the basic skills and insights of writing and who wish to improve their ability to write clear, concise, persuasive prose designed for audiences in business and the professions. Students are required to write a variety of texts, such as letters, proposals, progress reports and recommendation reports. Other elements of the course may include oral presentations. Prerequisites: COR 101 and COR 102. Offered alternate spring semesters.

CRS 280  Gender, Culture, and Communication  (4 hours)

This course investigates the relationships among gender, culture, and communication. Students will explore theoretical approaches to gender; the cultural histories of women’s, men’s and transgender movements; cultural views of gendered interaction, including discourse and relational styles as well as other performances; and the practices of gendered communication and identity in a variety of cultural and institutional contexts. Offered every spring semester. Cross-listed as WGS 280.

CRS 290  Special Topics in Communication and Rhetoric Studies  (4 hours)

Courses of selected topics will be offered periodically as determined by the needs of the curriculum. Prerequisite: See individual course listing in the current semester course schedule. Depending on the topic of the course, a non-refundable fee may be billed to every student who is registered for this course at the end of the drop/add period.

CRS 310  Public Relations Writing  (4 hours)

Public Relations Writing is designed to teach students the fundamentals of public relations writing and media techniques. The course will provide students with opportunities to develop effective writing skills for the public relations profession with an emphasis on different approaches required to communicate with audiences and media. Students will focus on the practical application of tools and techniques used by public relations practitioners, while gaining an understanding of how specific public relations tactics fit into the broader context of a public relations communications program. Prerequisites: CRS 101 and CRS 240, or permission of the instructor. Offered alternate spring semesters.

CRS 320  Persuasive Writing  (4 hours)

This course is designed to develop sophisticated strategies of persuasion for analyzing and generating arguments responsive to targeted audiences in a variety of contexts, including civic, professional and academic. Students will learn both classical and contemporary strategies of persuasion. Emphasis will be on presenting clear, coherent and logical arguments. Students will be asked to define their own projects within assigned contexts. Students will evaluate their own and others’ writing to enable the revision process. This course is open to sophomores, juniors and seniors only. Prerequisites: COR 101 and COR 102. Offered alternate spring semesters.

CRS 340  Mass Media Effects  (4 hours)

This course examines how various media influence individuals and society. The focus will be on the influence of news, entertainment programming, advertising and public communication campaigns. Students will become more aware of media influence and develop an understanding of the role of media effects research in public policy. Prerequisites: COR 102, CRS 101 and CRS 120.

CRS 400  Advanced Independent Study in Communication and Rhetoric Studies  (1-4 hours)

Supervised advanced research on a selected topic. Open to students pursuing a major in communication and rhetoric studies. Prerequisite: Submission of an application which contains a proposed, detailed outline of study approved by the instructor, the division chair, the student’s advisor and the provost or associate provost. The completed application must be submitted to the office of enrollment services no later than the final day of the drop/add period of the semester of study. For additional criteria, see Independent Study Policy (Sec. 6.15.). Depending on the topic of the course, a non-refundable fee may be billed to every student who is registered for this course at the end of the drop/add period.

CRS 401  Internship in Communication and Rhetoric Studies  (1-6 hours)

An internship is designed to provide a formalized experiential learning opportunity to qualified students. The internship generally requires the student to: obtain a faculty supervisor in the relevant field of study; submit an application which addresses both the on-site and the academic components of the internship; and satisfy all internship requirements developed by the academic program which oversees the internship. The career development office maintains an extensive list of internships, all of which are graded on a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory basis. Prerequisites: These are determined by the academic program overseeing the internship course, but typically include: permission of the faculty supervisor; meeting the qualifications for the internship program; obtaining permission of an internship site supervisor; and development of an internship plan which is acceptable to relevant parties including the faculty supervisor and others, as required by the relevant academic program.

CRS 415  Survey of Research Methods  (4 hours)

This course introduces students to qualitative and quantitative methods such as surveys, experiments, archival research, case studies and causal analysis. The class will examine these research methods from several different angles including research techniques specific to each method, skills to critically evaluate such research and the epistemological considerations and practical consequences of undertaking such research. Students considering graduate school or careers that require them to use and assess research may find this course particularly valuable. Cross-listed as POL 371 and SOC 310. Offered spring semester in alternate years. Prerequisite: Junior standing or permission of the instructor.

CRS 420  Media, Culture and Society  (4 hours)

Using various approaches from cultural studies to political economy, students examine how meaning is created by the media. This course focuses on media texts, media institutions and media audiences and the way they intersect to shape culture. Topics covered include media representations of gender, race and class. Offered alternate fall semesters. Prerequisites: CRS 101, CRS 120, and junior standing (or permission of the instructor).
CRS 430  Race and Representation in the Media  (4 hours)

In this course students will examine the portrayal of race in the media, focusing specifically on radio, television, and film. At the end of the semester, students will be able to:  identify and critically examine the use and functions of racial images in the media; understand and analyze the uniqueness of each medium and the advantages and/or challenges that it poses to the representation of race; and recognize and explore the larger cultural and societal implications of these mediated representations. Prerequisites: CRS 101, CRS 120 and sophomore standing (or permission of the instructor).

CRS 470  Globalization and the Media  (4 hours)

The rapid evolution of communication technologies has increased the ability of global media corporations to reach audiences around the world. This course examines the political, economic and cultural dimensions of media globalization. Topics covered include cultural imperialism, global news, international trade organizations and regulatory bodies, global advertising and cultural protectionism. Offered alternate fall semesters. Prerequisites: CRS 101, CRS 120, and junior standing (or permission of the instructor).

CRS 480  Rhetoric of Human Rights  (4 hours)

This course investigates the theories and rhetorical strategies used to practice human rights as “universal” and the critical challenges of this universality. The rhetoric of universal human rights as it is actually used in texts by competing interests in an increasingly globalized and culturally diverse world communally will be evaluated. Prerequisites: CRS 101 and junior standing, or permission of the instructor.

CRS 490  Advanced Special Topics in Communication and Rhetoric Studies  (4 hours)

This advanced course will examine selected topics in rhetoric, communications or media studies, such as Civic Literacy; Global Culture and Rhetoric; Political Rhetoric. This course may be taken more than once. Prerequisite: See individual course listing in the current semester course schedule. Depending on the topic of the course, a non-refundable fee may be billed to every student who is registered for this course at the end of the drop/add period.