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Communication and Media Studies

CMS Classes: Spring 2020

Spring 2020 CMS Classes 


CMS 101 Introduction to Media Studies

This course introduces core issues in communication and media studies, ranging from theories and models of communication, the relationship between media and society, and history/technology/trends in newspapers, radio, television, film, electronic and digital technologies, and advertising. Key problems and paradigms are explored through materials drawn from academic scholarship, popular press, and multimedia.

CMS 150 Public Speaking
Class presentations, job interviews, internships-pubic speaking is part of our everyday life. This course teaches students the main principles of public speaking; practice in composition, delivery, and criticism of informative, persuasive, and entertaining speeches. Particular attention is paid to speaking with media and public speaking in a digital world. Everyone needs to know how to do it and the sooner you learn the better!

CMS 250 Intermediate Communication and Media Theory
Theory may seem like a scary word, but theory helps us make sense of our world. Theories shape how we understand reality, relationships, the media around us, and it helps us to create media of our own. Theory tells us more about how we communicate every day, aids in holistic comprehension of our media landscape, and prepares us for lives consciously lived. This course exposes students to the major theories of communication and media studies, their application to the academic and professional inquiry in the field, and their importance in everyday life. The course also teaches students to write in and across the field, and prepares them for upper level critical, analytical, and theoretical based communication and media studies thinking and research. Students who take this class must have taken Introduction to Communication and Media Studies or have explicit permission from the professor to enroll.

media and politics CMS/POL 334 Media and Politics
 This course will explore the role of the media in politics from various   perspectives, providing an overview of the following: the history of the   media in the United States; the legal issues that relate to the media;   the impact that the media have on public opinion; the substance (or   lack of substance) of the media’s coverage of the news, government   and elections; biases of the news media; political campaign   advertising; alternative and newly developing forms of media; and the increasing conglomeration of the news media through mergers. Throughout the course, these issue areas will be discussed in a larger context involving questions of freedom, representation, and political participation.

 CMS/FRS/ILC/HMN 394 French Film and Culture
 This course combines film, culture, and film culture to expose students   to a holistic construction of French history, culture, language, and   politics. Organized thematically, students will study a diverse range of filmic and cultural examples, developing interconnections across time periods, social, political, and artistic movements. Topics include, but are not limited to, Paris as city, film noir, colonialism and post-colonialism, surrealism, immigration, and everyday French life. Films and readings will be supplemented by attendance at the French Film Festival in Richmond, Virginia. Wednesday lab is for film screenings; attendance is required. It is recommended, although not required, that students have had some exposure to film studies prior to taking this course.

CMS 401 Film Theory
his course engages with, uses, and challenges various theoretical ideas and approaches to film. We will address questions such as: What is cinema, and what are film studies? How do we relate to and interact with films? What are the relationships among film and the larger global society? We will discuss the historical and cultural context in which particular theories emerged and learn the language of idea-inflected film criticism. Thursday class is for film screenings.

Spring 2020 Courses by Major Concentration 


Arts & Production

Tier 1 Courses
ART 200 Intro to Western Art [counts for legacy majors only]
ART 251 Visual and Critical Thinking
ENG 103 Intro to Creative Writing
ENG 20 The Art of Rhetoric
MUS 106 Rock, Pop, and American Culture

Tier 2 Courses
ENG/CMS 494 BlackMen/Women: Race & Gender
CMS/FRS/ILC/HMN French Film and Culture

Tier 3 Courses
ART 291 Intermedia_VNM
ART 294 Printmaking
CMS 401 Film Theory
CSI/CMS 194 Intro to Game Design
ENG/CMS 294 Intro to Journalism: Features and Opinions

Business & Organizational Communication

Tier 1
ANT 105 Intro to Anthropology [counts for legacy majors only]
BUS 302 Organizational Behavior

Tier 2
BUS 111 Principles of Marketing
BUS 223 Marketing Research Methods
BUS 224 Digital Marketing
BUS 323 Consumer Behavior

Tier 3
ANT 320 Race and Ethnicity [counts for legacy majors only]
CMS 394/POL 334 Media and Politics
SOC 221 Social Inequalities

Identity & Culture

Tier 1
ANT 105 Introduction to Anthropology [counts for legacy majors only]
SOC 101 Intro to Sociology

Tier 2 legacy majors/Tier 3 non-legacy majors
AMS 210 Intro Am Lit & Culture II
AMS 214 Intro African American Lit II
ANT 320 Race and Ethnicity
ENG/CMS 494 BlackMen/Women: Race & Gender
ILC 351 Chinese Cinema                                                                                                                     CMS/FRS French Film and Culture

Film Studies

Tier 1
CMS 401 Film Theory
THE 241 Introduction to Theatrical Design

Tier 2
ART 251 Visual and Critical Thinking
ART 291 Intermedia_VNM

Tier 3
CHN/ILC 351 Chinese Cinema
CMS/FRS French Film and Culture