Dr. Dusenberry: M/W 3:00-4:15 & T/Th 2:00-3:15

Intro to Communications

Communication structures our lives—communication influences the actions we take, what we notice in the environment around us, and the ways we perceive ourselves and others. To be human is to tell stories and use symbols, whether you are jotting down a to-do list, posting snippets of your life to Facebook or Twitter, or chatting with a friend in the hallway. You communicate even when you say nothing at all, using your posture, gestures, and facial expressions to send messages to those around you. This course aims to help you think more rigorously and strategically about the communication you currently engage in and communication as an academic field. What does successful communication mean? What are the models and methods that communication researchers explore? How might we approach interpersonal and group communication more deliberately? This course will also introduce you to central topics, debates, and theories in communication studies (e.g. the role of technology; the ambiguity of language; the role of nonverbal and mediated communication).  Discussing these subjects will require you to read, write, and think critically, learning strategies that you can apply to your essay and presentation in this course, as well as in your daily life.

Required book: Trenholm, Sarah. Thinking through Communication: An Introduction to the Study of Human Communication. 7th ed. Upper Saddle River: Pearson, 2014.