Before taking Senior Project, students majoring in Communication and Philosophy should take a research methods course. Students often pick their research methods course depending on what type of research they want to conduct in their senior project. In the spring of 2018, there are two communication research method classes being offered and one philosophy option.
Communication Methods Courses
In Quantitative and Qualitative Methods (COMM 472), taught by Dr. Jeff Halford, students complete four empirical projects that require research design, data collection, data analysis, and report writing. Skills used in the project include interviews, surveys, naturalistic observations, and a content analysis. The class emphasizes a social-scientific approach rather than a humanities approach to communication research.
Rhetorical Criticism (COMM 473) is the study of persuasion in different formats. These formats include political speeches, advertisements, video-games and music videos. Similarities and dissimilarities between the art of persuasion in different formats are analyzed. Textual analysis and a critical-humanities based approach is emphasized. Rhetorical Criticism is taught by Dr. Amber Davisson.
Philosophy Methods Course:
In Existentialism and Film (PHIL 406) taught by Dr. Sander Lee, students will apply philosophies from the existentialist movement to films from directors such as Woody Allen and Alfred Hitchcock. For example, the existentialist philosophies of Martin Heidegger, Simone de Beauvoir and Jean Paul Sartre are applied to Alfred Hitchcock’s film Vertigo.
For more information, contact your department advisor or the instructor of the course you are interested in.
A note from Professor Nigel Malcolm, our department chair:
The advising session for the Department of Communication and Philosophy will take place on Tuesday, October 4 from 6-7:30 pm at the Alumni Center, Centennial Hall (just across Main Street).
You should attend this session prior to registering for classes for the spring 2017 semester. We will help you:
- Get a head start on picking classes for next semester
- Get information on COMM-379 Internship and COMM-479 Senior Project.
- Learn about internships, senior project, choosing minors, undergraduate research, time-management, and advising for intended majors.
- Enjoy some free pizza!
We look forward to seeing you there!
New students moved on-campus this week at Keene State College, and the Communication & Philosophy Department was there to greet them. Faculty members welcomed new students at an orientation session on Thursday. Students had a chance to learn about the variety of research and teaching specialties in the department. Also on display were the many opportunities for co-curricular activities – from debate team and Lambda Pi Eta to study abroad and internships!
Welcome new students!
Are you a rising senior who is ready to take the capstone course next fall?
Do you want to get an internship to apply what you’re learning in college to a professional setting?
Do you know which minors enhance the Communication major?
Are you struggling with time management and need advice from your peers about how to successfully complete coursework while staying involved in co-curricular activities?
Answers to these questions (and many more) will be the focus of the Department of Communication and Philosophy’s advising event for Communication majors and intended majors. Mark you calendar that it will take place next Monday, March 7 at 6:30 p.m. in Centennial Hall of the Alumni Center.
Free pizza and cookies will also be served at the event.
The Department of Communication and Philosophy offers a Philosophy minor, and every Communication major is required to take philosophy courses, too.
An ideal job for someone with training in philosophy is working in law or government.
To learn more about careers in government, criminal justice, and non-profit, Keene State College students are invited to attend an upcoming regional career fair:
- Thursday, Oct. 8, 1:30 to 4 p.m, Woodward Center at Westfield State University in Westfield, MA
Registration for the Spring 2016 semester begins soon.
To help students decide what classes to enroll in, the Department of Communication and Philosophy scheduled an evening advising event. Faculty recommend that current Communication majors and intended majors attend:
- Monday, Oct. 12, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Mountain View Room in the Student Center
Specifically, seniors who want to take “COMM 479: Senior Project” in the spring need to attend this advising event so that they can learn about the themes of the different sections of the course that will be offered and receive permission to enroll from faculty. Students who want to enroll in the new “COMM 379: Internship” course also need to come to this advising event to learn about how that class will now be run. Finally, a panel of students will also give advice about what they benefited from studying away and other curricular experiences.
For more information, contact the department chair: Dr. Nigel Malcolm.
Course registration for the Fall 2015 semester starts soon. To prepare, communication majors can meet one-on-one with faculty advisors. They should also seek advice from peers by attending a special student panel after spring break.
This student panel is Wednesday, March 25, from 6 to 7 p.m. in Science Center #275.
Panelists are majors in communication, or minors in communication or philosophy, who were asked by faculty in the Department of Communication and Philosophy to share stories and suggestions for their peers. Specifically, students will discuss why they are double majors or minors, the importance of getting involved in co-curricular activities, the experience of studying abroad, the benefits of presenting undergraduate research at conferences, and how internships might lead to future career opportunities.
Departmental faculty will also be present at this event to answer advising questions.
It’s that time again for students to seek advising for course registration, which officially opens on Monday, Oct. 20, 2014
In preparation for picking their Spring 2015 semester classes, communication students are encouraged to attend an advising meeting (and ice cream social!) on Wednesday, Oct. 15, from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Mountain View Room of the Student Center.
While enjoying free ice cream, Lambda Pi Eta students will share their advice about progressing through the communication major. In addition, faculty teaching COMM 479: Senior Project in the spring will discuss the themes of their sections of the course so students can sign up for the one that best fits their educational and career goals. Finally, the department chair will share news about work-study opportunities that he arranged with the college and local businesses especially for communication students.
Students who want to declare the major in communication are also invited to this event.
During the first week of the semester, students often ask professors if they can bring their laptop computers to class to take notes.
Some professors have policies that prohibit the use of any digital communication technologies in class, while other professors let students decide what is best for their learning.
Research now shows that students who take notes by hand, rather than by typing on a computer, learn better. This is because students who use laptop computers for note-taking tend to type verbatim what the professor says and then do not process the information themselves, what some researchers call “shallower” learning.
For more information, check out this recent article published in the Washington Post.
Come chat with communication majors and departmental faculty about which classes to enroll in for the Fall 2014 semester. During this conversation, students will also hear about service-learning, internships, and other business partnerships in the Department of Communication and Philosophy.
Plus, eat free pizza!
- Wednesday, March 12, 2014, 6-7:30 p.m., Centennial Hall, Alumni Center
Fall 2014 course registration begins on March 31, 2014.