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 - What Now? What Next

When you were an infant, the World Wide Web was in its infancy.  And, when you entered kindergaren, your patents couldn't recieve alerts about school closing on their smartphones because there were no smartphones.  Tablets were made of paper.  You couldn't stream Netfliz through your Xbox because the first Xbox had yet to hit the market.  And, Netflix wouldn't be streaming video for almost a decade anyway.  There was no such person as lady gaga, and Lindsay Lohan was an adorable child actor.  Miley Cyrus wouldn't become Hannah Montana for another five years.  Yep, media have changed drastically during your lifetime. And they have changed how we live our lives. They have changed us. What’s more, there are no signs
of the rapid changes slowing down any time soon. This seminar will attempt to make sense of how media’s evolution during the past 18 years have impacted all of us. More importantly, we’re going to try to figure out where all of this is headed during the next 18 years. It’s safe to say your kids are going to be playing on one badass gaming system.

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
EPMD 1000
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.