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My liberal arts education has taught me the importance of communication and understanding different perspectives, which I've been able to apply to my internship experiences. As an intern at the Madison Public Library Foundation, it's important to be able to work well with the team and ask questions as you further develop your skills and discover your passions.Grace Featherstone, L&S Communication Arts Major 2017
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- COMM ARTS 200
- COMM ARTS 260
- JOURNALISM 201
- HISTORY 136
- CHICLA & COMM ARTS 347
- ANTHRO / ART HISTORY / DS / HISTORY 264
- FOLKLORE & MUSIC 103
- COMM ARTS 250
- ENGLISH 401
INTRODUCTION TO DIGITAL COMMUNICATION
An introduction to digital communication and how it shapes our everyday lives. Students will develop digital communication skills, explore digital media tools and trends, and examine expressions of power online.
COMMUNICATION AND HUMAN BEHAVIOR
Concepts and processes relevant to the study of communication and human behavior including approaches to communication inquiry, the dynamics of face-to-face interaction, and the pragmatic and artistic functions of public communication.
INTRODUCTION TO MASS COMMUNICATION
Prerequisites: Freshman, Sophomore, or Junior standing only
How the mass media are organized and how they function in modern society; their technological basis, economic and political foundations, and social implications.
SPORT, RECREATION, & SOCIETY IN THE UNITED STATES
As much as we may try to convince ourselves that sport offers an escape from the “real world,” constant news of players’ strikes, stadium financing controversies, and the lack of diversity in league management remind us that we cannot separate the games we play and watch from the political, social, and cultural contexts in which they are embedded. With this in mind, this course explores how sport has shaped and been shaped by major trends in American social, political, and economic history. Lectures and discussion sections will not focus on player stats or the morning edition of SportsCenter. Instead, students will engage with serious historical arguments and debates about sport’s relationship to American capitalism, social movements, and urban development. Readings also provide a diverse set of perspectives on the politics of race, gender, and class in American sport in the twentieth century. Non-sports fans are welcome and encouraged to enroll!
RACE, ETHNICITY, & MEDIA
Introduction to the changing images of race and ethnicity in U.S. entertainment media and popular culture. Surveys history, key concepts and contemporary debates regarding a mediated representation of ethnic minorities. Critical and cultural studies approaches are emphasized.
DIMENSIONS OF MATERIAL CULTURE
This course introduces students to the interdisciplinary field of material culture studies. It is intended for students interested in any professional endeavor related to material culture, including careers in museums, galleries, historical societies, historic preservation organizations, and academic institutions. During the semester, students have varied opportunities to engage with and contemplate the material world to which people give meaning and which, in turn, influences their lives. Sessions combine in some way the following: presentations from faculty members and professionals who lecture on a phase of material culture related to his/her own scholarship or other professional work; discussion of foundational readings in the field; visits to collections and sites on campus and around Madison; discussion of readings assigned by visiting presenters or the professors; and exams and short papers that engage material culture topics. Enroll Info: None
INTRODUCTION TO MUSIC CULTURES OF THE WORLD
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SURVEY OF CONTEMPORARY MEDIA
Key concepts for the critical analysis of television, film, radio, and digital media. Focusing primarily on meanings, aesthetics, technology, media industries, representations, and audiences.
RACE, SEX, AND TEXTS
(HOW TO DO THINGS WITH WRITING)
Uses writing in many forms and genres to help students explore how race, gender, and sexuality intersect with language and inform textual experiences. From marriage licenses, passports, and don’t ask, don’t tell policies to literacy requirements and gag rules, written texts have played major roles in enforcing expectations about race and sex in the United States. At the same time, anti-slavery petitions, letters to the editor, wheat-pasted posters, and hashtag activism all also harness the power of writing to challenge and revise those expectations. In light of that active textual production and negotiation, this class traces public debates and daily experiences where people write or talk about race and sex in order to make a difference. Ultimately, the class takes on the power of words to break bones and heal wounds. Through reading and writing informed by scholarship in writing studies and rhetoric, students in this class will examine historical and contemporary interconnections among race, sexuality, gender, and texts in the United States, developing analytical tools for understanding how language works on and in their world.