Academics

Courses

  • 4 Credits

    CA103 Evolution of Comedy II

    Provides a broad survey of comedy in film, television, and audio recording to explore the evolution of forms, styles, and meanings. The course also examines the creative agency and individuality (authorship) of particular comedy directors, television creator-producers, performers, and collaborative teams in the broader context of comedy forms and styles. Alongside exploring the poetics of mass culture comedy, the course investigates mass culture comedys social and political significance as a regulator of the status quo as well as a force of satire, protest, and even rebellion. In that regard, issues of social identity and diversity, as well as questions of exclusion and inclusion, permeate students investigations into comedy. Simply put, the course repeatedly asks: who is laughing at whom, and why What are the social and political stakes of mass culture comedy How are the poetics of mass culture comedy related to the social and cultural significance (and signification) of comedy

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  • 4 Credits

    CA200 Modes of Comedy Production

    An introduction to production for potential comedy writers, producers, directors, and performers. This course familiarizes students with the basic techniques of single-camera field production and multi-camera studio production, allowing them to appreciate when either approach might be employed.

    Instructors Eric Handler
  • 4 Credits

    CA300 Theories of Humor and Laughter

    Investigates theories of comedy, including theories of humor and laughter. Drawing on philosophy, ethics, cognitive science, psychology, anthropology, linguistics, and social sciences, students learn the social, economic, and political theories of comedy, and how they relate to the physiological and psychological condition for humor and laughter. Students write a research paper on the topic of their choice and conduct observatory and experiential research.

    Instructors Kenneth Feil
  • 4 Credits

    CA333 Elements of Sitcom Production

    Students further develop their comedy production skills in the television studio and in the field in relation to sitcom production. Emphasis is placed on planning a show and coordinating a crew, as well as analyzing different styles of sitcom productions.

    Instructors Tom Kingdon
  • 4 Credits

    CA410 Craft and Contemporary Comedic Literature

    This course will delve into the works of nine masters of comedic writing novelists, memoirists, essayists, short story writers and playwrights such as Oscar Wilde, Lorrie Moore, David Sedaris, Amy Hempel, and Junot Daz. Well examine the structure of these writers stories while also scrutinizing their works on a sentence level. To practice their craft and expand their range, students will write and workshop three inserts, one- page imitations of a text. The final paper will be a comedic story or a paper analyzing one or more texts studied over the semester.

    Instructors Machiko Yoshikawa
  • 4 Credits

    CA420 Topics in Comedy: The Art of the Pitch: Developing and Selling an Original Comedy Series

    In this course, students will engage the processes of developing and pitching an original comedy series. Students will create the world, characters, and concept for a show and then will develop a treatment, series bible, pilot outline, and pitch to take out to the marketplace. The course will likewise consider the particulars of developing a pitch for various platforms (network, cable, streaming, and web).

    Instructors Andrew Miara
  • 4 Credits

    CC100 Fundamentals of Speech Communication

    Introduces basic concepts, theories, and principles of oral communication applied to speaking situations. Develops competence in oral communication through performance and critical analysis of student skills in a variety of speaking formats. Audience analysis, content discovery, communication strategies, arrangement of ideas, use of evidence and reasoning to support claims, language and style, voice and other delivery skills and ethical considerations are covered.

    Instructors Jane Pierce Saulnier, Beverly Conte, Keri Thompson, Heather May, Karen Lauffer, Vito Silvestri, Stephen Iandoli, Sharifa Simon-Roberts, Owen Eagan, Gregory Freed, Jeanine Kane, Elizabeth Peterson, Shane Martin, Joshua Way, Elizabeth Siwo
  • 4 Credits

    CC150 Radio Programming and Operations

    An in-depth exploration into the art and science of programming terrestrial, internet, and satellite radio entities, in both the commercial and public sectors. This course focuses on the evolution of broadcasting an audio product for entertainment and informational purposes. It examines the effects of cultural, governmental, technological, and market forces on the radio industry as a whole as well as on individual radio stations throughout North America.

    Instructors John Casey
  • 4 Credits

    CC160 Interpersonal Communication Skills

    Introduces the practices and principles of interpersonal communication. Focuses on perception, creativecritical listening, nonverbal communication, emotions, power, and self-disclosure. Issues of ethics, technology, and culture are woven throughout class content and discussions. Stages of relationships are explored as well as the influence of communication within and between those stages. Numerous applications to a variety of situations, including those in the family, workplace, and romantic context are undertaken as students draw from their own experiences.

    Instructors Richard West
  • 4 Credits

    CC203 Intercultural Communication

    Using a multidisciplinary lens we will work together to openly and critically investigate the communication processes across different cultures and sub-cultures with an emphasis on intercultural perceptions, values and social norms among different groupsglobal populations.

    Instructors Mohamed Khalil, Cathryn Edelstein