Communications Learning Community

The School of Communications at Webster University operates with one goal in mind – to educate and prepare students to excel as skilled professionals in the global field of communications.  As a member of the Communications Learning Community, students will have the unique opportunity to start down this path with a clustered group of students in a program designed to give a more in-depth and hands-on experience in their first year.

Students in the Communications LC will learn:

  • how to improve and apply  their interpersonal communication skills
  • how to successfully work in collaborative team and group environments
  • how various Communications disciplines interact with one another

Communications Previous Programs:

During the 2013-2014 academic year the Communications LC attended many exclusive programs together. These programs were designed by the Communications LC faculty to enhance their classroom curriculum. These programs were free to Communications LC students. While these programs often change from year to year, this list of programs should give you a better idea of the kinds of events you can attend with your LC.

- Trip to KMOV Television Station in downtown St. Louis
- City Museum
-“To Kill a Mockingbird” at Insight Theatre

Communications LC Courses:

Student in each learning community must take all of the courses in a cohort.

Communications Cohort A

FRSH 1200 - Mindstorms

So you know nothing about building robots? No worries. Neither do I. Mindstorms is the name of Lego’s product for building fairly elaborate robots. (And who doesn’t love Legos?) We’ll do that a lot in this seminar, but mostly we’ll focus on creating mindstorms in your brain. A mindstorm will be an effort on my part to build scenarios in which you will have to think critically, creatively and collaboratively. Borrowing from the FIRST Robotics Competition, an international high school event, this course will emphasize what FIRST calls coopertition – equal part collaboration and competition. You’ll also learn about technological trends in media, business entrepreneurship and metacognition. Above all else, you will learn to think
in new ways about your own thinking. The entrepreneurship element of this course is important to so many students in the School of Communications who are often can be self-employed if they intend to work in majors such as film, video or audio production, photography, animation, game design and journalism. 

Communications Cohort B

FRSH 1200 - Fitting In / Standing Out

This seminar investigates how we step through life’s doorways and thresholds at times of transition in our lives: Graduating from high school, starting college, moving out of our childhood homes, losing old friends and gaining new friends, etc. Together, students and I will explore how life changes affect our personalities, behaviors and our life-coping mechanisms. We’ll explore how we transition from the perspectives of (1) micro-cosmic views of individual personalities based
on self-analysis and psychological theories and (2) the macro-level analysis of Millennial students’ generation based on sociological research. Students will write papers, varying in length from two-to-five pages. In addition, students will make presentations to the class on their ideas. All students will lead seminar conversations and contribute questions in nearly every class period.

Additional Course Pairings:

MEDC 1010 Introduction to Mass Communications
EPMD 1000 Media Production
EPMD 1010 - for Journalism Majors Only


Spring Semester

MEDC 2200 Ethics in Media

Students learn the ethical considerations applied to journalism, broadcast journalism, photography, audio, film, video, interactive digital media, the Internet, public relations, and advertising.