Listed below are the special topics courses offered at the School of Communication. Please consult CaneLink and the instructor of record for more information.

CCA – Special Topics in Cinematic Arts

  • CCA 394 – Cinema of the 1980s Teen Horror Movies: This course will focus on the teen horror movie — which enjoyed a Golden Age in the 1980s — to explore one of the most influential and socially disruptive decades in Hollywood history. Taught by award-winning critic Rene Rodriguez.

  • CCA 394 – Introduction to Animation: Learn the basics of 2D animation while learning how to use Adobe Illustrator and AfterEffects. This course will take students through various aspects of animation, including developing characters, concepts, rigging, environments, titles, artistic styles, masking, and keyframing.

  • CCA 394/HIS 338/INS 310/JUS 338/REL 405 – The Holocaust Reflected in the Movies: By viewing and discussing specially selected films, we shall explore the origins and the development of the persecution and attempted annihilation of the European Jewry during World War II.

  • CCA 594/795 + BIL 285/675 – Science Doc Music and the Brain: Students learn the history and cutting-edge research surrounding Music and the Brain and how it relates to emotion in humans. In addition to learning the neuroscience that underlies perception of sound and dynamics, students will create narrative audio soundscapes using their own recorded audio as well as music and sound effects. Create story arcs with sound!

  • CCA 594/795 – Professional Development: Students will enhance their communication and networking skills, gain mentoring from experts in the field, and become familiar with a wide range of challenging and creatively satisfying possible career paths.

  • CCA 795 – Contemporary Representations of the Environment: This course gives students a broad introduction to ways in which screen media are used today to represent both the natural world and also environmental issues such as climate change, animal extinction, and natural resource use.

COM – Special Topics in Communication

  • COM 406/609 – Communication for Social Justice: Learn the ways in which communication scholarship contributes to social justice, building on historical foundations of development communication, integrating critical analyses, and exploring contemporary global concerns.

COS – Special Topics in Communication Studies

  • COS 391/691 – Communication in Romantic Relationships: Research and theory organized between communication processes (including message production and reception) and the development of romantic/intimate relationships emerged under the rubric “relational communication” in the early to mid-1980’s.

JMM – Special Topics in Journalism and Media Management

  • JMM 592 – After Effects: Create basic animations, special effects, and motion graphics using Adobe After Effects through project-based instruction relevant to both beginners and experienced users.

  • JMM 592/692 – iPhone Photo Illustrations: Students will improve photography skills using smartphones. Students will learn to break or bend many basic rules of photography while taking and editing images for artistic impact. Emphasis will be placed on creativity.

  • JMM 592/692 + CCA 594/795 – Podcasting: This course is offered jointly by the Departments of Cinematic Arts and Journalism and Media Management. Students will learn the technical aspects of creating a podcast as well as how to be best organize and structure the content for audio consumption.

  • JMM 592/692 + ECO 698 – Sustainable Media: Intro to Multi-Dimensional Reporting: This course examines sustainable development issues, corporate sustainability, and applications of sustainability to the media and business environments.

STC – Special Topics in Public Relations

  • STC 493/629 – Women in PR: This course offers insight on the significant roles that women have had in the evolution of PR and rich perspectives on women’s contributions to PR throughout the years and across the globe.