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Stories We Tell Course Pairing

Introduction to Communication: Finding Ways to Document and Tell Our Stories (CM203)

Since this is the foundational Communication’s course, the goal is to provide a broad overview of mass media and an analysis from the viewpoints of practitioner, critic, and consumer. The theme for the course is “Stories We Tell” and will focus on exploring, writing, and sharing our stories. Students will explore storytelling and the media through readings, written exercises, self-reflective essays, field experiences and a student project that researches and analyzes an aspect of the mass media. Students are required to have a twitter account and to use it throughout the semester as one of our primary means of communication (in addition to our in and out of class discussions and e-mail).

At the completion of the course, students should be able to:

  1. Define and discuss the different elements of mass media;
  2. Describe and deconstruct the impact of storytelling on the individual and society;
  3. List and explain the function of various forms of the mass media including: broadcasting, advertising, the Internet, publishing, and broadcast journalism;
  4. Critically examine the effects of storytelling and its correlation to freedom of expression and ethics; and,
  5. Explore, write, and share your stories.

Faculty Biography

Recently voted as the 2018-19 “Best New Voice” in News and Media by Baltimore magazine and the recipient of the 2019 Collegium Visionary Award, Karsonya (Dr. Kaye) Wise Whitehead is an Associate Professor of Communication and African and African American Studies in the Department of Communication at Loyola University Maryland and the host of Today With Dr. Kaye on WEAA 88.9 FM. She writes a bi-monthly column, “Dispatches from Baltimore,” for the Baltimore Afro newspaper and is the author of four books including RaceBrave: new and selected works, which was selected by the Baltimore Sun as one of the 2015 Top Ten Summer Reads; Notes from a Colored Girl: The Civil War Pocket Diaries of Emilie Frances Davis, which received both the 2015 Darlene Clark Hine Book Award from the Organization of American Historians and the 2014 Letitia Woods Brown Book Award from the Association of Black Women Historians; and, Letters to My Black Sons: Raising Boys in a Post-Racial America. She is a K-12 master teacher in African American History; an award-winning curriculum writer and lesson plan developer; an award-winning former Baltimore City middle school teacher; and, a three-time New York Emmy-nominated documentary filmmaker.

Whitehead created the Say Her Name syllabus, the Clinton syllabus, the Trump Syllabus K12, and the A Day Without A Woman Syllabus. She was the guest editor for the fall 2016 special “#BlackGirlActivism” edition of Meridians journal. Dr. Whitehead can be reached by e-mail kewhitehead@loyola.edu, via twitter @kayewhitehead, or at her website www.kayewisewhitehead.com. She lives in Baltimore with her family.

Introduction to Theology: What Makes a Story Sacred? (TH 201)

This course explores the basic story of Christianity as told in scripture and the various ways that Christians have lived out this story across the centuries. The course examines how the Christian story influences life today, and how life today influences our telling of that story. Students of any and all religious locations will explore questions at the heart of the human story: Who is God? What is evil? Why is there suffering? What makes a story sacred? Where is God in my sacred story? Christian theologians have wrestled with these questions for two millennia. The course will expose you to their responses, but more importantly will challenge you to consider your own position.

Faculty Biography

Jill Snodgrass, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Theology at Loyola University Maryland. She received her Ph.D. from Claremont School of Theology and is a pastoral and practical theologian, a scholar-activist, and an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. Her research interests include spiritual care and counseling with traditionally marginalized populations, with specific emphasis on individuals and families experiencing homelessness and women leaving prison. 

Mentor Biography

Michael Puma
Mentor bio coming soon!

Virtual Advisor

This course pairing is recommended for students considering a Communication major or minor.  The Theology course satisfies a core requirement for all students.


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