COMM 2094: Communication and Issues of Diversity
This course explores both established and new communication theories to help students across disciplines investigate, understand, and manage issues related to increasingly diverse populations. The course focuses on representations of diversity in the media and their effects on group, social, and workplace communication. In this course, students will explore their own identities, traits, and abilities to document examples of diversity in communication. Students will analyze ways media decisions affect their own disciplines and work environments.
Why take it?
The social context of media affects the ways that people communicate and are understood in their group, social, and workplace settings. Students from all disciplines must be media literate to take part in a 21st-century economy. To be media literate, students must be diversity literate. Students who are able to acknowledge and articulate an understanding of their own intersectionality in the context of the mainstream U.S. media will be well-positioned to argue for equity in and access to representation within a variety of media channels. This ability to advocate will serve students well in their individual personal ambitions as well as in their more collective civic social lives as they seek to carry out Virginia Tech’s mission, Ut Prosim.
Prerequisite: COMM 1016 or ENGL 1106
This course fulfills Pathways requirements in Critical Analysis of Identity and Equity in the United States and Intercultural and Global Awareness.