Chair: Dan Roche
Professor(s): Julie Grossman, Michael Streissguth
Associate Professor(s): Phillip Novak
Assistant Professor(s): Bryan Gunner Cole, Adelmo Dunghe, S.J.
Adjunct(s): Ann Allen, Glenn Coin, Gwendolyn Morgan, Leslie Bailey Streissguth, Michael Waters
The Department of Communication and Film Studies values the art of the narrative, the foundational element for all media professionals, from journalists to filmmakers, editors to public relations professionals, broadcasters to web designers. All communication majors will be taught how narratives work—especially within the mass media fields of journalism, advertising, public relations, and filmmaking – and how to make them work.
The department values, too, deep technical expertise and broad adaptability across media technologies. Students in communication and film studies therefore gain extensive training in everything from the production of newspapers to the design of websites, from non-linear editing to digital video and audio recording. By the time they graduate, all Le Moyne communication and film studies students will have had the opportunity to acquire the technical skills and the writing, visual, and verbal talents needed for long-lasting professional success in the dynamically evolving media world.
The department’s curriculum is enriched by a liberal-arts education that nurtures in students a wide-ranging critical literacy and a deep social responsibility, so that communication and film studies graduates enter media professions or graduate school ready to contribute creatively, ethically, and learnedly.
The communication major prepares students for careers in the mass communication industries or graduate school and supports Le Moyne College's mission of educating the whole person by encouraging an appreciation for the social, cultural, and ethical issues related to mass communication.
All communication majors take a nucleus of courses designed to provide a broad understanding of contemporary mass media, and to give them fundamental skills in creating and interpreting written, visual, audio, and multimedia texts. They also take a variety of electives within the department and use these to broaden or sharpen their focus of study within the field of communication.
Each communication and film studies student also chooses a minor in order to develop another mastery of specific and substantive subject matter.
|COR 100 First Year Seminar||3|
|WRT 101 Critical Writing||3|
|PHL 110 Introduction to Philosophy||3|
|HST 110 - HST 111 World Civilization||6|
|ENG 210 Major Authors||3|
|PHL 210 Moral Philosophy||3|
|EAC Encountering Another Culture/Language||6|
|ENG 310 Literature and Culture||3|
|IDS Interdisciplinary Studies*||3|
|COR 400 Transformations||3|
|Visual & Performing Arts*||1|
|CMM 201 Fundamentals of Speech||3|
|CMM 205 Introduction to Video Production||3|
|CMM 226 Introduction to Film Studies||3|
|CMM 250 Mass Media and Society I||3|
|CMM 274 Reporting and Writing||3|
|CMM 350 Communication Ethics||3|
|CMM 376 Introduction to Advertising or CMM 377 Introduction to Public Relations||3|
|ENG 218 Critical Perspectives on Literature||3|
|One English literature survey (e.g. ENG 305, 306, 311, 350 or 351)||3|
|First Semester||Hours||Second Semester||Hours|
|WRT 101||3||CMM 250||3|
|HST 110||3||ENG 218||3|
|COR 100||3||HST 111||3|
|Natural Science||3||Social Science||3|
|ENG 210||3||PHL 210||3|
|CMM 274||3||CMM 226||3|
|Mathematics||3||ENG Literature Survey||3|
|CMM 350||3||CMM 376 or CMM 377||3|
|ENG 310||3||CMM Elective||3|
|CMM Elective||3||CMM Elective||3|
|CMM Elective||3||Free Elective||3|
|CMM Elective||3||CMM Elective||3|
|Free Elective||3||Free Elective||3|
|Free Elective||3||Free Elective||3|
|Free Elective||3||Free Elective||3|
Non-communication majors desiring a minor in communication should consult with the director of the communication and film studies department. The requirements for a minor are 15 hours in communication and film studies courses. CMM 250 is recommended.
This course provides an introduction to the kind of writing done by media professionals. Specifically, students learn about newsworthiness, the basic techniques for gathering information, and the common methods of presenting it. Copy editing exercises focus on grammar trouble spots and use of AP Style. Each student reads widely from published media writings, especially news, and writes several short news articles of his or her own.
Essentials of voice production, oral interpretation, speech organization and use of supporting materials; preparation and delivery of speech materials; group and panel discussion. Corequisite: WRT 101.
This course is a general introduction to video technology and the methods of studio operations, field production and video editing. The student will gain an understanding of how video and audio systems work and will develop basic mastery of the tools of production. The course will consist of lectures, hands-on experience and production exercises. The class will meet for a total of four hours per week with at least one hour being devoted to learning Final Cut Pro editing software. **There is a lab fee associated with this course.** Fulfills Core requirement(s): VPA.
This is a course about the theories and methods of creating a photo essay. Students will learn about the history of the photo essay by studying the work of some of the masters of the genre, and they will shoot and edit several photo essays of their own, spending three to five weeks on each one. **There is a lab fee associated with this course.**
This course looks at how print and broadcast journalists have attempted to investigate and report upon all aspects of contemporary environmental use and/or abuse: from climate change to air pollution, from genetically modified crops to urban sprawl. Besides studying the work of professional environmental journalists, students will have an opportunity to produce at least one piece of environmental journalism themselves. Prerequisite: WRT 101.
The function of this course is to provide students with the tools to be in a position to respond fully to the movies they see. Responding fully to movies requires knowledge of how they are made, so the course will cover all the basic elements involved in the filmmaking process. We will talk some about the film industry, comparing various models of film production. We will talk at length about film technique and film structure; and students will acquire, over the course of the semester, a fairly extensive vocabulary for describing the ways filmed narratives unfold and the ways filmed images are constructed, arranged, and deployed. In the course of working their way through the reading (that is, the interpretation) of a dozen or so movies--both classical and contemporary, from both Hollywood and abroad--students will gain an understanding of such central film features as cinematography, editing, production design, sound design, and performance style. They will learn what critics and scholars mean when they talk about mise-en-scene and montage and the tension between the two. They will learn to identify different modes of screen reality. Most importantly, they will learn that responding fully to movies requires active critical engagement with films as purposive texts. Corequisite: WRT 101. Fulfills Core requirement(s): VPA.
Special Topic: This online course will survey major developments in the wildlife and natural history film genre. Students will explore the way in which these films have portrayed our changing relationship with wildlife and nature. We will conduct a close analysis and interpretation of the social function and cultural value of wildlife and natural history films. Emphasis will be placed on important wildlife filmmakers, including the role of filmmaker, the influence of technological developments, ethics in wildlife filmmaking, and the changing landscape of wildlife and natural history film. Prerequisites: WRT 101 and ENG 210 or ENG 218.
This course explores some of the ways in which the media form and reflect our society and culture. It examines the ways in which audiences use media and how, in turn, they are used by the media. It also considers how new technologies change both the form and the content of the media as well as how the government and other institutions affect media output. Prerequisite: WRT 101.
This course is designed to hone the student journalist's abilities to observe closely, to research deeply, and to report accurately. Students practice developing fresh story ideas, use multiple modes of research (face-to-face interviews, Internet resources and databases, digital media, etc.), and write articles in narrative, explanatory, and investigative styles, for both print and online outlets. There is practice on fact-checking and an introduction to multi-media news reporting. In all assignments, the focus is on how to present complex information with precision and clarity and to do so on deadline. Also, an introduction to the history of American journalism and wide reading in contemporary news reporting allows students to complement their growing technical skills with considerations of the profession's ethical and philosophical aspects. Prerequisite: WRT 101.
An encounter with Italian culture from World War II to the present, this course will trace the evolution of modern Italy through a representative selection of Italian literature and films by both male and female authors. The readings will be in English translation, while the films will be in Italian with English subtitles. (Texts will be available in Italian for language minors.) Prerequisites: WRT 101, ENG 210 or ENG 218.
An introductory level course in photography as a communications medium. The course includes lectures, demonstrations, visual presentations, group critiques and supervised lab work. Material covered includes; the digital camera and its components, camera exposure techniques, digital editing and printing, commercial studio lighting, and electronic flash. The work of photojounalists and commercial photographers are shown and discussed in class. Assignments are geared toward the development of students' awareness of photography as a medium of mass communication. A compact digital camera or digital SLR camera is required. **There is a lab fee associated with this course.** Fulfills core Visual and Performing Arts requirement. (VPA)
Students will develop the skills to design and construct effective visual messages appropriate to specific media formats for specific target audiences. Students will produce camera-ready art for advertisements, newsletters, brochures, and web pages. The rhetorical elements that inform design choices will be discussed. Fulfills Core requirement(s):VPA.
Students will be asked to engage in an interdisciplinary investigation of the varied contexts--media, religious, political, historical, economic and geographic--that helped define the creative world of Johnny Cash, a major songwriter and musician. Fulfills core Visual and Performing Arts requirement.(VPA) Prerequisites: WRT 101,and ENG 200, ENG 210, or ENG 218.
This course serves as an introduction to the practice of writing for radio, television, film, and the Internet. Students will learn to format and write scripts, and to deploy and critique the various writing styles in use on contemporary media platforms. Prerequisite: WRT 101.
This course will survey the rich history of American journalists who have either produced creative works or who have relied upon literary techniques in their journalistic endeavors. Beginning with Thomas Paine and Benjamin Franklin, the course will move through the revolutionary period of essayists and pamphleteers, proceed to the nineteenth century and the romantic writings of political activists like Margaret Fuller and Henry David Thoreau, and the realist and naturalist fictions of writers like Mark Twain, Stephen Crane, and Charlotte Perkins Gilman. The course will end by surveying the works of black and white writers of the early twentieth century--W.E.B. Dubois, Zora Neale Hurston, Ernest Hemminway, and H.L. Menken, who negotiate their critiques of modern American culture and political life both as journalists and creative writers. Throughout the course, we will be exploring the relationship between the world of the American journalist and his or her subsequent influences upon American literature.
This course is an introduction to semiotic theory as related to creative cinematic practice. The students will apply concepts of sign and code production, and their cultural usage, to issues of visual and audio literacy as applied to film production. This course assumes a basic knowledge of digital cameras and editing (Final Cut, Premier, or AVID). There will be 6 short films produced that testify to the student's ability to apply concepts to creative production.
This course introduces students to digital and analog radio production skills such as recording, editing and mixing. Critical analysis of audio productions and discussion of theories related to sound communication will provide underpinnings for the students as they engage in production activities. Prerequisite: WRT 101.
This course presents a survey of the history of American broadcasting, exploring its roots in earlier forms of entertainment and news reporting, and the most significant innovations in technology, business, and the arts that shaped its development during the twentieth century. The course will conclude with the impact of the Internet and innovations in global communications. Prerequisite: WRT 101.
Emphasis on the study of important documentary filmmakers, influential documentaries, and major schools of documentary film, as well as issues such as the role of the documentary filmmaker, the notion of objectivity in documentary, ethics in filmmaking, and the influence of the camera. Fulfills core Visual and Performing Arts requirement. (VPA) Prerequisites: WRT 101, ENG 210 or ENG 218.
This course will explore the methods involved in live multi-camera broadcasts-both in the Studio and from remote locations. The students will plan and produce news and talk programs in the studio, and cover live campus events-athletic, cultural, religious, etc.-which may be streamed over the Internet. The skills that will be developed in this course include producing, directing, lighting, camera work, switching, audio control, and live on-camera commentary and reporting. Fulfills core Visual and Performing Arts requirement. (VPA) Prerequisite: CMM 205. ***There is a lab fee associated with this course.***
This is an advanced production course and is intended to develop the student's ability to explore and report on the world around him or her using mobile production technology and investigate journalistic techniques. Students will create traditional news packages, longer feature stories, and a documentary. While the main focus of the course will be on effective storytelling, students technical skills-particularly editing-will be enhanced. Prerequisite: CMM 205. **There is a lab fee associated with this course.** Fulfills Core requirement(s): VPA.
This is an advanced production course that is intended to develop the student's ability to work with actors and scripted material. Students will learn how to break down dramatic and comic scenes in preparation for shooting. They may have the opportunity to work with actors enrolled in THR 306: Topics: Acting for the Camera, when it is offered at the same time as CMM 332. Students will produce three scenes--one dramatic; one comic and one of their own choosing. Fulfills core Visual and Performing Arts requirement. (VPA) Prerequisite: CMM 205. ***There is a lab fee associated with this course.***
This course calls on the practices of professional and business communication to offer students practice with writing in "real world" contexts. In this class, students will develop strategies for responding to professional and community-based writing scenarios, reaching internal and external audiences, designing both print and digital/online texts, and composing application materials. Students will engage writing and revision processes, provide feedback to peers, compose collaboratively as part of a team, and learn the standards and conventions of non-academic communication. the genres studetns encounter may include memo, letter, e-mail, resume, cover letter, flier, pamphlet, and website. The course will also address digital-visual communication tools including Twitter, PowerPoint, and other emerging platforms. Prerequisites: WRT 101, and ENG 200, ENG 210 or ENG 218.
Prepares students to face the ethical dilemmas they will inevitably confront in their professional careers. This is a case studybased course which teaches the ability to recognize and analyze ethical problems, move beyond "gut reactions" by gathering relevant facts and considering the loyalties involved and reason one's way to a defensible course of action. Prerequisite: WRT 101.
The interaction between the United States government and the "Fourth Estate" will be studied through an examination of theoretical works, descriptive narratives, empirical studies and current events. Issues studied will include how the government attempts to control and regulate the media.
This course is designed to explore ways in which films present myriad images of the mass media when they take as their subject matter the news, documentaries, radio, television, and the film industry itself. The course will develop students' understanding of the nature and function of mass media in American culture and the relationship between power structures and representations of gender in media industries. Prerequisites: WRT 101, ENG 210 or ENG 218.
This course is designed to offer students the opportunity for hands-on radio experiences by becoming a staff member of Le Moyne's student radio station, WLMU, for one semester. Fulfills Core requirement(s): VPA. Pass/Fail only.
This course is available to students who have taken or are currently enrolled in a video production class. It is designed to offer students practical experience by working on Le Moyne College Television (LCTV)productions. Pass/Fail only. Fulfills Core requirement(s): VPA.
This course will provide hands-on newspaper experience in the area of the student's choice: editing, production, photography or writing/reporting. Students will make a semester-long commitment to work for The Dolphin, the weekly campus newspaper, under the supervision of the faculty advisor. The course will be graded pass/fail only and may be taken up to three times for credit.
This course is designed to teach aspiring journalists and other writers how to use some techniques of literature to tell the true stories of journalism. In addition to honing their information-gathering skills and news sense, students study such tools as characterization, narrative plotting, scene-setting, point of view, tone and style. They practice crafting journalistic stories based on reporting from outside their own experiences, stories that bring people, places and events alive on the page and illuminate social issues or universal themes. Articles written in this class are appropriate for publication in newspapers, magazines and Web sites. The class also examines ethical and legal concerns of literary journalism such as invasion of privacy and libel. Course work includes wide reading and discussion of great pieces of literary journalism. Prerequisites: CMM 274, ENG 210 or ENG 218.
This course teaches students how to report on all aspects of sports- from game stories to features to opinion columns. To familiarize students with the scope and history of sports journalism and to provide models for reporting, texts will be drawn from a wide range of sports journalism in various media: newspapers, magazines, websites, blogs, and podcasts. The class will consider the ways in which sports journalism has evolved in response to digital technologies. It will also cover the ethical dilemmas common to sports journalism. Students will produce numerous pieces of original sports journalism of various lengths and in different media, as well as analyses of published sports reporting. Prerequisite(s): WRT 101.
The course explores the elements of effective advertising messages, as well as advertising's historic roots. It considers the legal and ethical environment within which advertisers operate and advertising's place in the marketing communication mix. It examines the importance of research in forming effective messages for specific target audiences and the ways advertisers shape promotional appeals and strategies. It introduces students to the changing face of advertising and the impact of the internet and social media on advertising today. Prerequisite: WRT 101.
The theory and practice of public relations in the United States today. The class will define public relations and examine case studies. The class will also look at public relations and research, planning and creativity and the application of public relations to business, financial, government and non-profit sectors. Prerequisite: WRT 101.
A requirement for all advertising concentrators, this production course engages students in the process of developing and producing advertising for print, video, audio, web and other applications. Fulfills core Visual and Performing Arts requirement. (VPA) Prerequisite: WRT 101.
This writing course teaches students how to report on all aspects of music--from concert reviews to performer profiles, from musician retrospectives to articles about non-performance aspects of music (e.g., the recording industry, instrument makers). To familiarize students with the history of music journalism and provide models for writing, readings will be drawn from prominent music magazines such as Rolling Stone, Creem, Crawdaddy!, Blender, and others--as well as from places where music journalism frequently appears today, especially blogs and podcasts. The class will consider the ways in which music journalism has changed in response to the technologies through which music is made available to listeners. Students will write several pieces of original music journalism of various lengths. Fulfills core Visual and Performing Arts requirement. (VPA) Prerequisites: WRT 101.
An introduction to film genre, genre theory and film criticism, the course will examine the generic conventions that govern production and reception of film texts. Film genres may include the screwball comedy, the melodrama, the western, the musical, the gangster picture, film noir and others. Prerequisites: WRT 101, and ENG 200, ENG 210 or ENG 218.Fulfills Core Requirement(s): VPA.
This course will survey major developments in cinema from the advent of the medium near the end of the nineteenth century, through the emergence of a syntax for narrative film during the silent era, to the arrival and entrenchment of the sound film in the late 1920s and early 1930s. The nature of the course is such that our concerns will be manifold, but they will surely include attention to the following: the work of several pioneers of the medium-the Lumiere brothers, Thomas Edison (and his major collaborator William Kennedy Laurie Dickinson), George Melies, and Edwin S. Porter; D. W. Griffith's central role in the creation of a "language" for moving images and and his equally significant role in turning film into a popular medium; some of the formal experiments that took place in Germany in the 20s-German expressionism, in particular, as well as the Kammerspielfilm; Sobiet montage; French impressionism and surrealism; the great Hollywood comics of the 20s; the development of sound technology and its impact on film form; the importance of genre in the development of the film industry; and French poetic realism. Without scanting attention to such historical matters, we will also, however, want to engage particular film texts: thus much of our time in class will be spent discussing individual films. Prerequisites: WRT 101, ENG 200, ENG 210 or ENG 218. Fulfills Core requirement(s): VPA.
A study of the development of film since 1940. The course will examine social, technical, and artistic aspects of important films by influential directors, addressing in particular the well-made Hollywood film, Italian neo-realism, French new wave, and the rise of auteurism. Prerequisites: WRT 101 and ENG 200, ENG 210 or ENG 218. Fulfills Core Requirement(s): VPA.
In this course, we will examine whether Hitchcock's films can be said to constitute a coherent 'body" of work - identifying in the process potential stylistic idiosyncracies and thematic preoccupations. And we will try to come to some understanding of what is gained and what lost by thinking in these terms. We will use Hitchcock's desire to develop a rigorously cinematic mode of presentation as a means of opening a discussion about the ways films "speak". And we will wonder, along with a handful of contemporary critics, what kind of viewer the films seek to construct. We will take the films' explicit interest in watching as a point of departure for an analysis of voyeurism and its centrality in contemporary western culture. Finally, and not incidentally, we will use the occasion the course provides to spend time watching a number of engaging films. Fulfills core Visual and Performing Arts requirement. (VPA) Prerequisites: WRT 101, ENG 210 or ENG 218.
Throughout recorded history, music has been an important part of human dramatic expression in ways that transcend mere spoken words and visual imagery. For more than a century of the motion picture art, music has played an integral, yet often unnoticed, role in defining the filmgoing experience. The main objective of this course is for students to develop skills in analyzing the sound track of a film, music's role in the sound track, and the relation of non-diegetic sound to image (especially relating to music) on small-scale and large-scale (narrative) levels. The course develops critical listening and viewing skills, but it also offers a particular extension of film history scholarship, one that focuses on the three nodal points in the history of film sound: the introduction of sound, the introduction of stereo, and the introduction of digital sound. We will explore the ways in which each of these technological advances affects the structural realtionships that occur among three relatively autonomous components of the soundtrack--dialogue, music and sound-effects--with particular focus on non-diegetic music. Prerequisite: WRT 101.
This course provides study and practice in the special requirements of writing fictional works for television and film. This course will focus on: basic dramatic structures and story telling, the premise, the pitch, character development, writing the treatment, story outlines, writing the master scene and completing the script. At semester end, students are expected to produce full-length tele-plays, radio dramas or film scripts. Prerequisite: WRT 101. Fulfills Core requirement(s): VPA.
A student who wishes to pursue an independent project for academic credit must submit, prior to registration, a proposed plan that includes a description of the project and its goals, the methods to be followed, a schedule of work and supervision, the end product, an evaluation procedure and the number of credits sought. The proposal must be approved by the supervising faculty member, the department chair and the academic dean. It will be kept on file in the academic dean's office.
A course in writing for general audiences on topics that will vary from one semester to the next; topics may include the fine arts, nature/the environment, science, the family, popular culture, and politics. These courses will be both reading-and writing-intensive, with readings serving as models and resources for students own writing; outside research in the form of interviews, observations/site visits, or attendance at cultural events will also be a component. Prerequisite: WRT 101.
This course is designed as a capstone experience where students will work together in teams to produce multimedia narratives for inclusion in a student-designed website. It is designed to encourage aesthetic and technological experimentation. Prerequisite: the course is open only to junior and senior students who are majors in the Department of Communications and Film Studies.
This is a specialized advanced production seminar for students who are ready to produce self-directed work. The course is intended to provide the most experienced and motivated students with the opportunity to produce a professional quality video on their own. Students must submit a written proposal before they may enroll in the course. Prerequisites: CMM 205 and CMM 330 or CMM 331 or CMM 332, Senior standing and Permission of the instructor. Students may repeat this course for credit. **There is a lab fee associated with this course.**
In this class, the culmination of the journalism sequence, students venture out beyond the Le Moyne campus and write both hard news and feature pieces about the Syracuse community, the mix of the two determined partly by assignment and partly by the students' own interests and projects. Each student will be assigned a local beat (e.g., the Eastwood neighborhood or the Jamesville-Dewitt school system) and will spend the semester finding and writing news from that beat. All students will also get a broader overview--through guest lecturers and field trips--of being a journalist in various parts of the local metropolitan area, from the suburbs to downtown. Students also get practice in multimedia journalism by producing photographs and video reports to complement their written articles. The goal is for each student to produce a portfolio that has range and cohesiveness, and for the class as a whole to produce multi-faceted document that sheds new light on the everyday lives of central New Yorkers and on local angles to topics such as immigration, ethnicity, work, energy use, income, culture, and education. Prerequisite: CMM 274, ENG 210 or ENG 218.
Students will study ads in various media, applying current advertising theories. They will work in creative teams, conducting appropriate research prior to creating and presenting an advertising campaign. Students will learn to constructively criticize both current campaigns and other students' work. Prerequisites: WRT 101, CMM 376.
Students will implement principles and practices of public relations introduced in CMM 377. Specifically, student will work with a client - a non-profit organization in the Syracuse, New York area - to develop a public relations plan that supports the client's general mission. The plan will represent the core of the class work, around which discussion of PR issues will take place. Prerequisites: WRT 101, CMM 377.
Participation in a field learning experience related to the area of communication. The student intern reports as required to the faculty member assigned to supervise this field experience and will be expected to evaluate the experience and relate it to his or her academic program. Enrollment by permission of the internship director.