Below are a few examples, but we urge you to talk to your major/departmental advisor and explore available courses in SPIRE. Remember not to constrain yourself to classes within your major.*
COMM 287 - Advertising as Social Communication: This course looks at advertising from the viewpoint of social theory (that is, of how we can understand advertising's broad political, economic, social, and cultural role in modern society).
COMM 387 - Media, PR, and Propaganda: The historical roots of the PR industry in government propaganda efforts; the contemporary influence of the public relations industry on public debate of social issues; the effects of structuring media systems around the needs of advertisers; the role of media and PR in how the public understands both domestic and international issues.
JOURNAL 392 - Writing for Public Relations: Learn how to translate an institutional mission statement in to various narratives, how to gather information in a a complex environment, and how to evaluate that information according to constituency needs.
SOCIOL 220 - Sociology of American Culture: The elements and dynamics of culture everywhere; special reference to Americana. Topics include culture as a set of historically grounded values and beliefs; culture's role in both expressing and subverting ideals; the frequent gap between ideals and reality.
ANTHRO 106 - Culture Through Film: Exploration of different societies and cultures, and of the field of cultural anthropology through the medium of film. Ethnographic and documentary films; focus on gender roles, ethnicity, race, class, religion, politics, and social change.
STPEC 296D IS - Propaganda in Film, Print, Art & Music: Understand and appreciate the art and science of propaganda by examining the techniques of crafting propaganda as well as its application to small and large scale populations. Analyze theoretical approaches to propaganda as well as its practical implications.
Depending on your main area of interest, your academic pathway will shift. To explore this field, you can take courses that will provide you with knowledge and skills in:
- Communications in the media and culture
- Visual storytelling
- Data collection and data analysis
- Design & design concepts
- Research methodologies
- Creative and technical writing
*Check SPIRE for full course descriptions and availability. These are abbreviated descriptions, and details may change at the discretion of the instructor.