Introduction to Professional Communication
This case-based, interactive course introduces students to contemporary strategies of successful communication in professional contexts. Students learn how to analyze audience, situation, and medium to create messages that respond to practical challenges and build productive relationships. Students develop sensitivity to language and tone, learn to organize and convey ideas and information, and select the best means to accomplish their intended purposes.
Communication and Social Media
Social media provides new opportunities for organizations to build relationships and engage audiences as co-creators through strategic use of relevant platforms to achieve persuasive and participatory communication goals. Students will study communication theory, promotional genres, and social media to understand the principles, benefits and ethics of these interactive, mobile, and immediate communication forms. This course integrates theory and practice; students will demonstrate their understanding of course content through their engagement with social media.
Communication in the Computer Industry
In this workshop course, students learn to present technical information to audiences with a range of technical knowledge. The course teaches students various forms and content strategies relevant to the computer industry so they can communicate clearly and persuasively in online and traditional media. Students analyze and respond to professional situations involving documentation plans, style guides, usability testing and project planning.
Fashion and Communication
This course examines contemporary issues in communicating fashion, placing recent trends in fashion and retail communication in a historical context and drawing from fashion theory to explore how media formats starting from print have communicated fashion aesthetics and promoted products and lifestyles to consumers. Students will also take a critical and intersectional approach to thinking through how fashion and dress function as embodied forms of communication of personal, cultural and subcultural identities.