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Introduction to Communication (CM 203)

An introduction to the history, theory, practices, institutions, and impact of modern communications media in the United States, including audience experience of media, the media’s impact on society, producing and consuming media, and media industries and careers. Includes readings in primary texts of the field. Required for all communication majors and minors.

Faculty Biography

Professor April Newton is a Multimedia Journalism Lecturer in the Department of Communication. She is currently working on a PhD in Journalism Studies at the University of Maryland, studying the experiences of women journalists in newsrooms of all kinds. Ms. Newton's areas of research and academic interest include media ethics, as well as intersectional experiences of media and in media creation.

Encountering the Past 

This course sets out to introduce students to some of the methods used by historians, while bearing in mind that historical knowledge is provisional and complex. Along the way, students will develop the skills necessary for understanding and producing histories, which include the critical evaluation of sources and the ability to write cogently and persuasively about events in the past. Finally, this course also asks students to think about why the study of history is important to our lives today. Indeed, our introduction to the discipline of history takes aim at answering a deceptively simple question: why does history matter? We'll explore these questions through the eyes of Margery Kempe, a fifteenth century English woman. Margery came from a prosperous merchant family, she married and gave birth to fourteen children, and she occasionally ran her own businesses. She also had intensely emotional visions of communicating directly with Jesus, Mary, and other Biblical figures. We'll use her exceptional life to explore how historians think about religious identity and practice, gender roles, and travel experiences (among others) in the middle ages.

Faculty Biography

Dr. Brandon Parlopiano grew up in a small town outside of Scranton, Pennsylvania. He received his B.S. from the University of Scranton, and then traveled down to Washington, D.C. to receive a Ph.D. in Medieval Studies from the Catholic University of America. He currently lives in Silver Spring, Maryland and has been teaching at Loyola since 2013. His main scholarly interests include disability, marginality, and medieval law. He used to be an avid comic-book reader but has since been devoting his free time to being a new dad.

Mentor Biography

Nicole McLean is an Academic Advising Specialist in the Academic Advising and Support Center where she helps students navigate the core requirements. Originally from a small town in Michigan outside of Kalamazoo, she graduated from Western Michigan University with a bachelor's degree in history. She also holds a master's degree from the University of Maryland in medieval European history. When Nicole is not working, she enjoys reading, spending time with her cats, Tigger and Steven, and traveling with her husband; to date, she’s been to 23 different countries.

Katherine Benoit - Bio coming soon!

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