The Department of Communication offers major and minor bachelor degrees in Communication Studies. The Department also offers major and minor degrees in Film Studies and contributes to the Digital Media Production coordinate major. Sixteen faculty and seven adjunct instructors provide critical instruction for over 150 majors. Core research and program objectives include: the impact of globalization on cultural studies, popular texts, and communication politics; the role of new media technologies in historical and current contexts; multiculturalism and the role of cultural identity in interpersonal relationships, cross-cultural interactions, and social movements; as well as the comparative state of democracy and citizenship in rhetorical argument and institutional practice. Courses contribute to the development of a critical understanding of rhetoric, communication theory, consumerism, film studies, new media, and cultural politics.
Subject Resource Guide
Selection emphasizes materials supporting instruction and research in intercultural, interpersonal, cross-cultural, organizational, visual communication, communication politics, mass media, new media, rhetoric, journalism, as well as film theory and criticism.
The library collects journals, monographs, monographic series, conference proceedings, visual media, and specialized reference works with particular emphasis given to scholarly editions. Popular works are carefully considered for their suitability for research and instruction on a title by title basis. Textbooks, dissertations, manuscripts, and most collections of previously published materials are not regularly sought.
Journals, monographs, monographic series, proceedings, and reference works are generally purchased as printed text. To broaden accessibility, journals are sought online when this format is available. Print journals may be canceled to reduce costs when ownership of the online version is assured. Online access that requires additional costs with a print subscription will be sought selectively. Other formats are considered, especially when the alternative format would improve access or utility. DVD Region 1/NTCS is preferred for visual recordings however, VHS cassette tapes and multi-region DVDs will be considered on a case by case basis.
English is the primary collecting language for lower level and core materials. All other languages are considered for higher level materials. All foreign language films preferrably have English subtitles.
Materials focusing on relevant topics within contemporary and 20th century time periods are emphasized. However, additional materials covering pre-20th century periods are included to meet the historical component of this program.
Preference is given to materials published within the past three years. Retrospective collecting of seminal materials is ongoing on a title by title basis.
All geographic regions are represented. In accordance with instructional emphases, special attention is given to materials originating in Europe, North America, Africa, Latin America, and South America.
The Howard-Tilton Memorial Library is one of 14 members of a cooperative consortium of southern research libraries called KUDZU, which includes a shared online catalog. Loan requests through this system receive priority processing and expedited two-day delivery. The library is also a member of the cooperative Center for Research Libraries (CRL) in Chicago, through which we may borrow a wide range of rare materials for our users. Undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty may borrow materials directly from the main library nearby at Loyola University of New Orleans through a reciprocal agreement called TU/LU. Graduate students and faculty may borrow materials at other New Orleans area academic libraries, and at other academic libraries throughout the state, through the LALINC consortium. For more information about cooperative borrowing privileges inquire at the library's Circulation Desk.
Monographs and monographic series are purchased on approval from Yankee Book Peddlers (YBP). Books from publishers not covered by YBP are purchased on a title by title basis from Amazon or similar book vendors. DVDs are purchased from a variety of vendors including Amazon, Passion River, Icarus, Kino, Filmmakers, Third World Newsreel, Women Making Movies, among others.
The Glenda Burke fund may be used for the acquisition of monographs in rhetoric, debate, speech, and related topics.
Reviews in major professional literature and trade publications, faculty requests, and selection tools available via YBP.