1 COMMUNICATION STUDIES Associate in Arts Degree Advising Guide
2 Mission Statement The Humanities Department at LaGuardia Community College nurtures the creativity and fierce independence of our students through courses that encourage you to interpret the world through unconventional lenses, and never blindly accept the status quo. Your curiosity and our stellar faculty are a perfect match to develop your talents. The Humanities Department offers courses in the following discipline areas: performing arts, philosophy and critical thinking, speech communication and visual arts. The department also offers a variety of Urban Study courses. Degree programs in Fine Arts, Commercial Photography and Music Recording Technology are housed in the Humanities Department. Room: E202 Tel: (718) Communication Studies Faculty: Alberta Arnold, Lisa Barry, Robert Bruno, Edward Cen (substitute), Sandra Dickinson, Susan Gizzi, Erika Heppner, Mark King, Louis Lucca, Eman Mosharafa, Sean Palmer, Thomas Regan (substitute) Gary Richmond, Joan Schwartz, Patricia Sokolski, Shaunee Wallace Communication Studies To communicate is to learn, to share, to understand, and to make meaning. The Communication Studies Program provides instruction in voice and diction, public speaking, and much more. This program offers courses for both native and nonnative speakers of English, and offers degree concentrations in Public Communication, Speech Pathology, and Mass Communication. Degree offered: Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree in Communication Studies. Contact: Louis Lucca, Director of Communication Studies Office: E-202P What is Communication? The discipline of communication focuses on how people use messages to generate meanings within and across various contexts, cultures, channels, and media. The discipline promotes the effective and ethical practice of human communication. Communication is a diverse discipline that includes inquiry by social scientists, humanists, and critical and cultural studies scholars. - Source:
3 Program Curriculum Communication Studies AA Degree Pathways Common Core: 30 credits A. Required Core: 12 credits English: 6 credits ENG101 English Composition I 3 (ENA101 or ENC101 depending on placement scores) ENG102 Writing through Literature 3 Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning: 3 credits Select one of the following courses: MAT107 Math and Modern World 3 MAT112 College Algebra 3 MAT118 Introductory Statistics 3 MAT120 Elementary Statistics 3 Life & Physical Sciences: 3 credits Select one of the following courses: SCB101 Topics in Biological Sciences 3 SCC101 Topics in Chemistry 3 SCP101 Topics in Physics 3 SCP140 Topics in Astronomy 3 B. Flexible Core: 18 credits Select one course from each of the five flexible core categories AND one additional course from any flexible core category. Note: Student can select only two courses from any one discipline. World Cultures and Global Issues US Experience in its Diversity Creative Expression Recommended: HUC140 Introduction to Broadcasting Recommended: HUT101 Art of Theatre, Individual and Society Recommended: HUC117 Computer-Mediated Communication, ENG210 Journalism: It s Scope and Use, HUP 102 Critical Thinking, HUP104 Ethics and Moral Issues Scientific World Recommended: HUP112 Logic and Philosophy, ELL101 Introduction to Language
4 To complete the degree requirements from the Flexible Core, students are advised to select courses from the recommended course selections listed in the program handbook. Program Core: 30 credits Counseling New Student Seminar Humanities: 21 credits HUC106 Public Speaking 3 HUC108 Communication in a Professional Setting 3 HUN180 Intercultural Communication 3 HUC104 Voice & Diction 3 HUC111 Interpersonal Communication 3 HUC112 Small Group Communication 3 HUC113 Oral Interpretation 3 Communication Concentration Area: 6 credits Public Communication (CSI) HUC109 Persuasion and Debate 3 HUC141 Public Relations 3 Speech Pathology (CS2) Select two of the following courses: HUC115 Phonetics 3 HUC116 Survey of Speech, Language and Hearing Disorders 3 HUC/ELL114 Normal Language Development 3 Mass Communication (CS3) Select two of the following courses: HUC120 Introduction to Mass Media 3 HUC130 Mass Communication and Society 3 Unrestricted elective: 3 credits 3 Total: 60 credits
5 Professor Bios LOUIS A. LUCCA, Ph. D. B.A., Modern Languages, Seton Hall University M.A., TESOL, New York University Ph.D., Applied Linguistics, New York University Dr. Lucca is the Director of the Communication Studies Program and The Speech Center at the College. His doctoral dissertation is on the experience of ESL Community College Students in Learning Communities. His research interests include learning communities, distance learning, media effects, and digital storytelling. His avocations are, among others, radio broadcasting and travel. ALBERTA ARNOLD LISA BARRY hails from Colorado, where she earned her B.A. in Theatre and her M.A. in Communication from the University of Colorado. After relocating to the east, she earned a Ph.D. in Speech Communication from The Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Barry s scholarly and teaching foci have centered on images of women and minorities in American media and women s political communication. She has published both in the fields of media studies and visual communication, where she has earned teaching and research awards, as well as women s political communication. Dr. Barry enjoys teaching a variety of Communication Studies courses, including HUC101, HUC106, and HUC117, and she hopes to teach HUC130 in the future. ROBERT BRUNO holds a bachelor's degree in English from SUNY at Stony Brook, a master's degree in journalism and mass communication from Ohio University, and a doctorate in communication from Purdue University. He has worked professionally in the communication field for a number of years prior to entering academia including; election campaigns, public relations/affairs and internal communications in Washington, D.C. and the San Francisco Bay area. His research examines the communication that takes place within collaborative spaces, technological and/or online, and its effects on outcomes, including learning. He has been published in multiple scholarly publications and conference proceedings, and co-authored papers for presentation. EDWARD CEN SANDRA DICKINSON PhD, Linguistics from New York University Publications and conference presentations in Language acquisition and phonetics MS, Communication Disorders from Emerson College ASHA certified Sp L (Speech -Language Pathology)
6 SUSAN J. GIZZI ERIKA HEPPNER has been a full-time lecturer at LaGuardia Community College/CUNY since Before coming to LaGuardia, she taught at Loyola University and Delgado Community College in New Orleans, Louisiana. She holds and an MA in English and an MFA in Drama and Communications from the University of New Orleans. Her teaching and current research interests include oral history, digital storytelling and radio production, experiential learning, and learning communities. She is currently in the post-production phase of a video documentary about post-katrina life on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. She feels fortunate to be part of the LaGuardia faculty and work with so many inspiring students and colleagues. MARK KING received his PhD in Communications Media and Instructional Technology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in He also holds a bachelor s degree in Communications Media and a master s degree in Adult Education in Communications Technologies. His areas of research include the evaluation of political rhetoric and compliance-gaining techniques as well as pedagogical improvements and experimentation with technology within the classroom environment. He has worked in a variety of professional settings, including legislative affairs, youth ministry, counseling and higher education. Dr. King also engages in applied communications projects that provide students with opportunities to apply their knowledge and skills and have presentable materials as they pursue their educational and career goals. He currently serves as the Internship Coordinator for LaGuardia's Web Radio station as well as the Faculty Advisor to the Web Radio club. EMAN MOSHARAFA has a Ph.D. in Mass Communication and an MA in Video Journalism. Dr. Mosharafa has worked in LaGuardia for three years, teaching courses such as: Introduction to Speech Communication, Public Speaking, and Introduction to Broadcasting. She has an additional six years of experience in Egypt, teaching a wide spectrum of courses, ranging from News Production and TV Drama to Mass Communication Theories and International Communication. In addition, Dr. Mosharafa has four years of field experience in news, advertisements, and drama production. Her research interests include mass communication, political communication, cultural communication, and new social media. Having academic and field experience, Dr. Mosharafa can guide students with regard to their educational plans and career goals. SEAN PALMER grew up in the Pittsburgh area. He went to college at the University of Pittsburgh, where he majored in French and Spanish. While he was finishing up his degree, and for a while afterward, he worked in the banking industry. Realizing that was not a good choice for him, Sean decided to go to graduate school. He was accepted at the University of Illinois, where he earned a MA in Teaching English as a Second Language. While there, he worked in the Kolb-Proust Archive for Research, preparing research on Marcel Proust s life for publication on the web and, later, in
7 the Language Learning Lab, where he was the coordinator for the Audio Production Facilities. After graduation, he taught at the Duquesne University in Pittsburgh before landing his job here at LaGuardia, managing the Speech Center. He also teaches here, usually Voice and Diction, which he has taught both face to face and in a hybrid environment. GARY RICHMOND has lectured in public speaking, critical and creative thinking as well as in music theory at NYU and philosophy at Cooper-Union, and has guest lectured in these disciplines in the USA and abroad. He has been teaching in LaGuardia s Humanities Department in two divisions (Philosophy and Communications Studies) for almost three decades. At LaGuardia he is also actively involved in the work of *The Center for Teaching and Learning *where he codeveloped and co-led many and varied faculty development seminars. His primary research interest is semiotics and philosophical pragmatism, and he has written a number of papers on semiotics and category theory. In recent years he has been invited to speak at workshops and other events in conjunction with international conferences and a few years ago presented the keynote address at a joint session of international conferences on conceptual structures (ICCS) and organizational semiotics (ICOS) in Sheffield, UK. He is co-manager of *Arisbe: The Peirce Gateway* philosophical website and *The Peirce Forum*, peirce-l, which he moderates. He holds a B.Mus. degree from Miami University (Oxford, Ohio), an M.A. from Hunter College (NYC), and has done extensive postgraduate work at NYU. JOAN SCHWARTZ is Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at LaGuardia College. She holds degrees from Rutgers University, New York University and the University of Minnesota. She is a scholar activist and the developer of three community adult education centers in NYC. Her research as coordinator of the Black Male Initiative (BMI) at New York City College of Technology included: the exploration of undergraduate (UR) STEM research & faculty/student relationships, the engagement of young men of color and learning, and high school push-outs and engagement in GED programs. She recently co-produced a documentary entitled A New Normal Young Men of Color, Trauma & Engagement in Learning through a CUNY Cultural Diversity Grant. Her work is published in Science Education Journal, the International Journal of Science in Society, and the Journal of Research and Practice for Adult Literacy, Secondary, and Basic Education. Dr. Schwartz s current research and writing includes the editing of a book in the series New Directions in Adult and Continuing Education to be published by Jossey-Bass in summer https://lagcc-cuny.digication.com/joni_schwartz_d_ed/welcome/ PATRICIA SOKOLSKI has a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature with a concentration in Medieval Studies. She has been involved in learning communities and teaches most of her courses in pairs and clusters. Her research interests include oral literature and interpersonal communication in the medieval times. THOMAS REGAN
8 SHAUNEE WALLACE Dr. S. Lenise Wallace is an Assistant Professor teaching communication courses at CUNY LaGuardia Community College in New York City. Previously, she has taught communication courses at Iona and Concordia Colleges, Howard University and The College of New Rochelle. Dr. Wallace earned her Bachelor s degree in Political Science from Delaware State University, Master s degree in Public Relations and Corporate Communications from Iona College and a Ph.D. in Mass Communication and Media Studies from Howard University in Washington, D.C. Dr. Wallace has over ten years experience in public relations and image consulting. She has held positions in public relations organizations where her responsibilities included doing publicity and promotions for Def Jam Recordings, Essence Magazine, Sally Hansen Beauty Products and The Fitzpatrick Manhattan Hotel. She has also worked with a variety of clients including the Baltimore/Washington Laborers' District Council, the government of Hong Kong, Kmart, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and United States Postal Service. Dr. Wallace was featured along with former United States presidential press secretary Ari Fleishman, in The Practice of Public Relations (2004) and (2007) editions by Fraser Seitel, one of the nation s leading public relations textbooks. A correspondent for Praizevision.com, she also holds memberships with the African-American Public Relations Collective (AAPRC), Afro- Now Forum, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), National Communication Association (NCA), and Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). Communications Advising Team Faculty Sandra Dickinson, x5695, Rm.C745II Eman Mosharafa, x5271, Rm.C745O Patricia Sokolski, x6027, C745T Student Advisement Services Frantz Louis, x6057, B100I Katarini Papatheodorou, x5108, B100 Lynne Alston-Jackson, x5244, B100E
9 Areas of Interest within Communication Applied Communication The study of how communication theory, research, and/or best practices help inform knowledge and theory about communication for practical issues. Communication Education - The study of communication in the classroom and other pedagogical contexts. Communication Theory - The study of principles that account for the impact of communication in human social interaction. Electronic Media - The study of radio, television, media technology, and web design with streaming audio and video. Health Communication - The study of communication as it relates to health professionals and health education, including the study of provider-client interaction, as well as the diffusion of health information through public health campaigns. International and Intercultural Communication - The study of communication among individuals of different cultural backgrounds, including the study of similarities and differences across cultures. Interpersonal Communication - The study of communication behaviors in dyads (pairs) and their impact on personal relationships. Language and Social Interaction - The study of the structure of verbal and nonverbal behaviors occurring in social interaction. Legal Communication - The study of the role of communication as it relates to the legal system. Mass Communication and Media Literacy - The study of how mass forms of communication, such as print, radio and television disseminate information and influence society. Mediation and Dispute Resolution - The study of understanding, management, and resolution of conflict within intrapersonal, interpersonal, and intergroup situations. Organizational Communication - The study of processes used to analyze communication needs of organizations and social interaction, including how to improve communication between supervisors and employees. Performance Studies - The study of components such as performer(s), text, audience, and context within the communication discipline.
10 Political Communication - The study of the role that communication plays in political systems. Public Address - The study of speakers and speeches, including the historical and social context of platforms, campaigns, and movements. Public Relations - The study of the management of communication between an organization and its audiences. Rhetorical Criticism - The process of defining, classifying, analyzing, interpreting, and/or evaluating rhetorical artifacts. Semiotics - The use of verbal and nonverbal symbols and signs in human communication. Small Group Communication - The study of communication systems among three or more individuals who interact around a common purpose and who influence one another. Speech Communication - The study of the nature, processes, and effects of human symbolic interaction. While speech is the most obvious mode of communication, human symbolic interaction includes a variety of verbal and nonverbal codes. Theatre and Drama - The study and production of dramatic literature. Visual Communication - The study of visual data, such as architecture, photography, visual art, advertising, film, and television as it relates to communication.
11 Career Opportunities For Public Communication Majors Careers in public relations include: publicity manager, advertising manager, marketing specialist, telemarketing specialist, press agent, lobbyist, corporate public affairs specialist, corporate spokesperson, account executive, development officer, fund raiser, membership recruiter, sales manager, fashion merchandiser, media analyst, media planner, creative director, speech writer, audience analyst, documentarian, news writer, public opinion researcher. Communication and government/political-related careers include: public information officer, speech writer, intercultural communication consultant, legislative assistant, speech writer, campaign director, research specialist, program coordinator, negotiator, press secretary, elected official. Careers in law and communication include: public defender corporate lawyer, district attorney, public interest lawyer, private practice lawyer, legal researcher, mediation and negotiation specialist, paralegal researcher, legal secretary, legal reporter, legal educator. Careers in social and human services include: public administrator, social worker, benefits administrator, patients rights advocate, foreign service officer, recreational supervisor, human rights officer, communications teacher/instructor, community affairs liaison, park service public relations specialist, recreation coordinator, intercultural communication consultant, philanthropic representative, crisis consultant, speech coach, religious leader, mental counselor. For Speech Pathology Majors Speech-language pathologists provide services to prevent, diagnose, evaluate, and treat communication disorders. Speech-language pathologists provide professional services in public and private schools, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, short-term and long-term nursing care facilities, community clinics, colleges and universities, private practice, state and local health departments, state and federal government agencies, home care, adult day care centers, centers for persons with developmental disabilities, research laboratories, institutes and private agencies (Market Trends, ASHA official website: US News and World Report ranked audiologists and speech-language pathologists as among top 25 careers for 2011 for students upon completion of the Master s degree. For Mass Communication Majors Careers in electronic media, radio and television, and broadcasting include: broadcasting station manager, director of broadcasting, film/tape librarian, community relations director, unit manager, film editor, news reporter, news director, news writer, transmitter engineer, technical director, advertising sales coordinator, traffic/continuity specialist, media buyer, Public Service Announcement director, market researcher, actor, announcer, disc jockey, news anchor, sports anchor, public relations manager, comedy writer, talk show host, educational media specialist.
12 Careers upon Graduation- please visit the ecareer Center by clicking here: ecareer Honor Society- Phi Theta Kappa is the international honor society of twoyear colleges. If you are an enterprising student with a GPA of 3.5 or above, you are eligible to become a member of Alpha Theta Phi, LaGuardia Community College s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa. For more information please visit the Alpha Theta Phi website at: Sigma Chi Eta Alpha Nu Chapter - Sigma Chi Eta (SCH) is the official community college honor society of the National Communication Association (NCA). Since 2000, SCH has fostered growth in the communication discipline among twoyear colleges and universities. For more information please contact Dr. Eman Mosharafa: Transfer/Articulation/Pathways-The Pathways Common Core is the new general education requirement in all CUNY colleges beginning in Fall The Common Core includes 30 credits of liberal arts courses for Associate in Arts (AA) or Associate in Science (AS) degree programs. All 30 credits of the Common Core will satisfy the general education requirements at any college in CUNY. Students enrolled in an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree program, will complete only a portion of the common core requirements as described above, according to the specific requirements of the program. To ensure you fully understand how the requirements of your degree program work with Pathways, please visit Student Advising Services in room B-102, or or call (718) to schedule an appointment with an academic adviser. Learn more about Pathways on the CUNY Pathways website. Web Radio Station please contact Dr. Mark King: Web Radio Club: please contact Jason Collins: Student Resources - Academics, Financial Aid, Scholarships, Academic Calendar National Communication Association: