This course draws together theory and research from the discipline of Communication, skills and interdisciplinary understandings developed through students' various general education courses, and their own insights as students, emerging leaders, and collaborators in the Peer Advising Program. The seminar and its related activities are designed to serve two complementary goals: 1) honing students' skills and expanding their understandings of the connections between a whole student approach and undergraduates academic success, and 2) building leadership competence and sensibilities that will extend well beyond the context of advising, preparing students to become insightful, skilled, and ethical leaders in a complex social world. We will examine modes of communication (including one-to-one communication, small group facilitation, social media use, and public speaking), identities (including race, culture, sexuality, gender, and social class), and late adolescent/adult development (including transitions into and out of college, shifting priorities across the lifespan, and the weave of cognitive, social, and emotional development). This is a service learning course designed to scaffold students' development as visionary professionals and engaged citizens able to analyze individual, group, organizational, and societal phenomena in nuanced and socially responsible ways. Satisfies the Integrative Experience requirement for BA-Comm majors.
- Teacher: Lynn Phillips