Dr. Susan McFarlane-Alvarez
Mailing Address and Location
Communication and Media Studies
Clayton State University
2000 Clayton State Blvd.
Morrow, GA 30260
We are located in the Music Education Building, on the shore of Swan Lake and adjacent to Spivey Hall. A campus map is available.
(For official requirements, see the Clayton State University Academic Catalog.)
Seven courses are required for all CMS majors.
This course provides CMS majors with the necessary skills to
conduct independent, primary, interdisciplinary research in
Media Studies and Cultural Studies. Students learn a variety of
humanistic and social-scientific methodologies, which may
include some or all of the following: in-depth interviewing,
focus groups, archival research, content analysis, semiotics and
textual analysis. Students choose an appropriate media topic to
study through a variety of research modes and methods over the
length of the semester.
An introduction to humanities-based approaches to the study
of media and culture. Theories of textual and visual
signification are introduced, including the contributions of
discursive contexts and audience expectations. The class
considers questions of taste, quality, and cultural identity,
particularly as applied to contemporary and emerging media
A chronological survey of major types and media of human
communication, from pre-history through the present day,
focusing upon the the interrelationships between communication
media and their larger social and cultural contexts. The history
of communication leading to English-language media is the main
focus, but comparisons and contrasts with other world
communication systems will also be explored.
A course in writing and editing for mass audiences, including
print, broadcast, and Internet journalism. Emphasis on news
gathering, public affairs reporting, and practical applications
of journalistic techniques and genres.
An advanced writing course that examines dispersed computer
networks as new media forms. The course begins with a survey of
the aesthetic, historical, and theoretical contexts that shape
communication using digital media. It then offers hands-on
experience in the development of hypertext and multimedia
A study of communication and media in selected non-Western
cultures. In addition, the course examines the roles played by
media in the processes of cultural and economic globalization. A
"capstone" course, it includes exit assessment of writing and
speaking skills for the baccalaureate degree program in
Communication and Media Studies.
This course is designed to help students develop effective
interpersonal communication skills. Students can expect to learn
the theories and concepts of interpersonal communication, and
then apply them to "real world" situations. It is expected that
students will develop proficiencies in dyadic interactions and
their analysis. In other words, students should be able to
evaluate and moderate their own behavior, and assess the skills
of others. In this way, students develop skills and a critical
mindset that can be applied when they venture into the