Professor Loretta LeMaster will be offering a new COM 394 course in the Spring of 2022, "Critical Conversations." This social-justice-oriented course focuses on developing students’ capacity to navigate difficult conversations about cultural difference, power, privilege, and oppression. Specifically, the course uses performance as a means of staging and rehearsing tough conversations that implicate mundane enactments, such as racism, transphobia, homophobia, sexism, ableism, colonialism, and xenophobia. Taking a critical approach to intercultural communication studies, this course supports students in developing communication tools that can be used to both intervene in oppressive communication and to develop a social justice approach to everyday communication.
Professor Alaina Zanin will be offering a new COM 494 course in the Spring of 2022, "Applied Coaching Communication." Do you want to serve your community? Do you want to become a coach and role model in girls’ youth sports? AND do you want to earn course credit while doing it? Throughout this course, you will learn a variety of techniques and topics that are designed to help you become an empowered coach and role model for young female athletes. You’ll also get the chance to practice what you learn and act as a coach in real life! Please note: This course is designed for students to be on-site at a local elementary school from 3:00-4:15 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays for part of the semester. Carpool transportation will be coordinated at the beginning of the semester.