Fall 2016 Course Offerings in Comm and Digital Studies

Here is a list of courses offered in Fall 2016 that meet requirements for either the Major in Communication and Digital Studies or the Minor in Digital Studies. For more information about a specific course, contact the professor or find the course on the Registrar’s web page.

ARTS 104: Digital Approaches to Fine Art

This course introduces basic tools and techniquies of computer generated art in the context of studio theory and practice.

  • 80100; 12:30-2:15; TR Robinson
  • 84339; 3:00-4:45 TR; Robinson
Digital Studies Core Elective

ARTS 341: Multiple Imaging

Course expands upon skill and techniques learned in Photography I and/or Printmaking I, focusing on the idea of creating images in small editions. A variety of photographic, printmaking, and digital media techniques are explored. Reading, writing, research, and speaking assignments accompany studio work.

  • 83398; 1:00-3:50 MW; Jesionowski
Elective Elective

COMM 205: Public Speaking

Study of the basic principles of public address. Emphasis is on developing a theoretical and practical understanding of oral communication through practice in preparing, delivering, and criticizing speeches in class.


  • 81942; 11:00-12:15 TR; Withers
  • 82055; 12:30-1:45 TR; Withers 
  • 82056; 6:00-7:15 TR; Palomino
  • 85714; 7:30-8:45 TR; Palomino
Communication Core Speaking Intensive

COMM 206: Small Group Communication

Study of the theories and principles of effective communication and decision making in small group contexts. Emphasis is on understanding communication capabilities as a participant in and leader of small groups.

  • 86239; 8:00-8:50am MWF; Johnson-Young
  • 86240; 9:00-9:50am MWF; Johnson-Young
Communication Core Speaking Intensive

COMM 209: Argumentation

Study of the use of reasoning in persuasive communication with emphasis on the construction, evaluation, presentation, refutation, and defense of oral arguments.

  • 86241; 6:00-7:15 MW; Ohl
  • 86242; 2:00-3:15 TR; Ohl
Communication Core ALPP

COMM 340: Introduction to Rhetoric and Communication

Introduction to human communication studies, focusing on the history, theory, criticism and mediation of persuasive messages to discover their roles in human society, culture, and contemporary life.

  • 86715; 9:30-10:45 TR; Ohl
  • 85716; 11:00-12:15 TR; Ohl
Communication Core (required)

COMM 370N: Public Communication Campaign


  • 85778; 1:00-1:50pm MWF; Johnson-Young
  • 85779; 2:00-2:50pm MWF; Johnson-Young

CPSC 106: Digital Storytelling

People have been telling stories since the beginning of time, but how is story telling evolving in the digital age? This course explores how computers are being used to tell stories. Students will use technology including blogs, virtual worlds, and computer games to create and tell their own stories.

  • 82805; 5:00-7:45pm M; Dean
  • 84911; Online, Bond
  • 84912; Online, Staff
Digital Studies Core Elective Arts, Literature, and Performance: Process

CPSC 110: Introduction to Computer Science

This course provides a foundation in computer science for a student who does not have prior programming experience. Topics include an introduction to the algorithm and program development process using a high-level structured programming language and the department’s computing facilities.

  • 84908; 8:30-9:45 MW; Jennings
  • 8041711:00-12:15 MW; Jennings/li>
  • 80418; 11:00-12:15 TR; Anewalt
  • 80419; 12:30-1:45 TR; Anewalt
  • 84688; 6:00-8:45 R; Solka
  • 84913; 2:00-3:15 TR; Zacharski
  • 86170; 6:00-7:15pm MW; Taft
  • 86171; 6:00-7:15pm TR; Staff
Digital Studies Core Quantitative Reasoning

DGST 101: Intro to Digital Studies

Introduces an interdisciplinary approach to using technology and specifically provides a foundation for the Digital Studies Minor. Coursework may include digital approaches to creavity, historiography, media analysis and thinking critically about and through digital culture.

  • 86245; 11:00-12:15 TR; Skallerup Bessette
Digital Studies Core (required) Required Intro Class

DGST 395: Applied Digital Studies

Apply the skills and methodologies developed in the Digital Studies curriculum toward larger-scale, self-designed digital projects that contribute meaningfully to some cultural field, academic discipline, social issue, or other research question.

  • 85749; 12:30-1:45 TR, Whalen
Digital Studies Core (required) Elective

ENGL 314: The Literary Journal: Professional Practice in Publishing and Editing

A study of the contemporary national literary journal. Students also design and produce an on-line journal.

  • 82950; 1:00-1:50 MWF, Wade
Elective Elective

ENGL 386: The Graphic Novel

A study of the graphic novel form, including the analysis of graphic novel texts, the integration of related critical theory, and experimentation with producing graphic narrative. Specific topics and themes may include formal approaches to the medium, as well as issues of race, class, and gender as represented in graphic novels.

  • 85043; 10:00-10:50 MWF, Whalen
  • 85733; 11:00-11:50 MWF, Whalen
Elective Elective

MUTC 100: Technology for Musicians

An introduction to notational tools, sound reinforcement, recording, sequencing, video capture/editing and music-specific web design and social media.

  • 85773; 2:00-3:15pm TR; Snyder
Elective Elective

MUTC 320: Audio Recording

Fundamentals of acoustics audio recording for all types of instruments and ensembles including microphone selection and placement, acoustical treatments, professional practices and applications in related fields.

  • 86348; 7:00-9:45pm M;  Snyder
Elective Elective

MUTC 370: Electronic Music

An emphasis on historical developments, current status, physical, concepts, language, and compositional techniques as they apply to synthesized music. Project required.

  • 85774; 3:30-4:45 TR;  Snyder
Elective Elective