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.