Department of Communication

  • Students in Professor Benacka’s John Waters and American Culture course spent this past semester analyzing the films of the self-proclaimed “pope of trash.” Questioning what counts as “mainstream,” students considered the ways in which Waters transcends his outsider status and, in fact, has become an insider.

  • Elliot Luke ’11, a fan of the television series Mad Men, analyzed the award-winning program in his thesis, “Who Is Don Draper?: Masculinity, Television, and Mad Men.” Applying methods he learned in his Rhetorical Criticism and Communication Methods courses, Elliot explored the alleged “crisis of masculinity” in our culture.

Students in the Department of Communication learn about two distinct areas of the discipline – rhetoric and media – and the intersections between the two. Beginning with the Greeks, students examine the history and theories of rhetoric and argument, which they use to analyze contemporary issues and controversies. Faculty also guide students through media history to current approaches in media, with both practical and analytical skills in radio and film. Students put these marketable skills to work through internships in the field, gaining valuable experience and a competitive edge.

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