Globally Relevant Courses | Kent State University

Globally Relevant Courses

Our global curriculum is steadily expanding. Some of our current opportunities include:

College of Communication and Information (CCI)

In addition to the course offerings of our individual schools, or college offers several courses designed to expand global perspectives for our students. All CCI students are eligible to enroll in these courses if they meet prerequisites. One example of a CCI global course is:

CCI 40295. CCI International Storytelling

Provides students in CCI disciplines an opportunity to practice their storytelling skills in a global setting, and includes two weeks of travel. Students spend the weeks  before leaving preparing for the trip, getting to know the country’s culture. A specific deliverable is required from every student. Previous classes have traveled to Ghana, Cyprus, Brazil, China, India and Estonia. Prerequisite:  None; CCI students admitted by application. (3 credit hours) Cross-listed with CCI 60295.

School of Communication Studies (COMM)

Among other concentrations, the School of Communication Studies offers an undergraduate concentration in Global Communication that allows students to take global courses within the School of Communication Studies, as well as  courses in all CCI schools and internationally focused courses from other Kent State departments and colleges.Communication Studies also offers a Global Communication minor, and students pursuing a Master of Arts degree in Communication Studies may also select a global communication specialization.

COMM 26001. Public Communication in Society

Examines communication in public settings. Content includes issues in mass media, political communication and political advertising, news, crisis communication, public opinion, and communication in executive, legislative and judicial settings. Students explore the influence of mediated messages via application of mass communication theories and constructs. Prerequisite: none. (3 credit hours)

COMM 35852.  Intercultural Commuication

Theory and application of communication between people of different cultures and different national systems. Prerequisite: none. (3 credit hours)

COMM 42000. Media, War and Propaganda

Examines the influence of TV, movies and media images of war, the war effort and portrayals of enemies, protestors and anti-war groups on communication research, including mass communication and persuasion. Prerequisite: None. (3 credit hours)

COMM 45007. Freedom of Speech

Examines historic and contemporary instances relating to freedom of speech; study of limits, rights, responsibilities and socio-legal-rhetorical issues. Prerequisite: None.

(3 credit hours) Cross-listed with COMM 55007.

COMM 45459. Communication and Conflict

Examination of issues related to managing conflict in communication. Critique and synthesis of conceptual approaches and research pertaining to conflict in interpersonal, organizational and public communication settings. Prerequisite: none. (3 credit hours )  Cross-listed with COMM 55459.

COMM 45766. Communication in a Global Society 

Considers the importance of communication on multiple levels of the international landscape, ranging from the very ways globalization is defined and framed to new communication media and networks, to campaigns and debates about global issues. This course places significant emphasis on communication relating to human rights. Prerequisite: none. (3 credit hours)  

COMM 45684. Communication and Transnational Trend Analysis

Explores the role of communicators in building new and deeper public understanding of critical, pervasive, and enduring human problems across conventional borders. Examines the tools of strategic foresight and how these tools can be applied to transnational problems and be useful to communicators.  Prerequisite: none. (3 credit hours )

School of Digital Sciences (DS)
Information School (iSchool)

The iSchool serves the ever-changing needs of information professionals through its two master's degrees (delivered entirely online).The iSchool participates in an interdisciplinary Ph.D. program and  boasts a faculty of world-renowned researchers and is the largest graduate program at Kent State University.

LIS 60705. Museum Origins.

While the collecting of objects can be found as far back as ancient times in various parts of the world, the birth of the modern museum finds its roots in Europe. In the context of today’s world, students will “go back in time” to understand the origins of Western museums and the creation, use, and meaning of publicly shared collections over time. Students will explore the history of the modern museum and spend time visiting actual sites and collections that played a role in this history. Exploring the past in this way is geared specifically to help today’s museum workers gain a better understanding of their own role and purpose in their community, society, and nation. In the past, students have traveled to London, Oxford and Florence.

Prerequisite: graduate standing and special approval. (3 credit hours) Cross-listed with LIS 80705.

LIS 60030. People in the Information Ecology.

Takes a user-centered approach in exploring the information needs and behaviors of people (as individuals and in groups, communities, and institutions) in relation to the larger information ecology that surrounds them. Topics covered include an overview of information ecology; the user-centered paradigm; major information needs and information behavior theories, models, and findings; the landscape of information sources and services for users; factors that influence people’s information needs and behaviors; and user empowerment, information ethics, information fluency, and related issues.

Pre- or co-requisite: LIS 60010 (The Information Landscape) (2 credit hours)

NEW for Fall 2017: LIS 61095. Special Topics Course: Information Services for Diverse Populations.

Deals with the topic of social justice and serving traditionally marginalized populations, including immigrants and migrants, ethnic and cultural minorities, persons with physical and learning disabilities, and LGBTQ+, homeless and incarcerated persons.

KM 60316. Organizational Culture Assessment.

Examines different types of cultures and how each type influences a knowledge organization - how virtual organizations are covered. Students conduct an organizational culture assessment. culture influences the way knowledge workers work, how they make decisions and how they behave, the internal cultures of groups and communities, the cultural attributes of knowledge workers which may impact their knowledge behaviors. Organizational cultures of multicultural, global and virtual organizations are covered.

Prerequisites: graduate standing and pre- or corequisite KM 60301, Foundational Principles of Knowledge Management. (3 credit hours)

KM 60305: Communities of Practice.

Explores collaboration and communities from both a theoretical and a practical perspective. The theory includes structural elements (defining a community identity, scoping the domain, defining practice), and natural lifecycles, and best practices for cultivating communities. On the practical side, students explore strategic placement of communities, the community development process, community design and implementation, and measuring the impacts of communities on intellectual capital creation. Communities of practice are also discussed in the context of digital ecosystems (Web 2.0 and Web 3.0). Utilizes readings and reviews of real life case studies of communities of practice in education, health care and nursing, disaster management, military sciences, and hobbies and craft circles. Students also complete a course project pertaining to community of practice evaluation.

Prerequisite: KM 60301 (Foundational Principles of Knowledge Management) and graduate standing. (3 credit hours) Cross-listed with KM 80305.

School of Journalism and Mass Communication (JMC)

JMC provides students with a solid academic experience that balances both conceptual and practical courses, professional opportunities and multiple internships, all of which are grounded in a foundation of ethics in a diverse and global society.

JMC 41150. Global Advertising and Public Relations.

Offered every other spring, this course provides an academically rigorous and professionally relevant study away experience for students who are interested in advertising and public relations careers. While in the States as well as abroad, students will be expected to conduct independent research to develop their self-selected areas of expertise, including interviews with professionals and people on the street, as well as observation-based investigations. These individual experiences are supplemented by organized group tours, speakers and activities. Previous classes have traveled to London and Dublin.

Prerequisite: 2.0 cumulative GPA and special approval. (3 credit hours)

School of Visual Communication Design (VCD)

VCD emphasizes innovative thinking in concept development, design process, communication strategies and emerging technologies.

VCD 28004. Photographic Perspectives.

Examines the use of the photographic medium in the context of the commercial marketplace. Discusses the advancement of material processes, provides a comprehensive overview of commercial imagery and market development, examines industry trends, and introduces several theoretical criticisms pertaining to constructed photography.

Prequisite: photo illustration major or minor/photojournalism major or minor. (3 credit hours)

VCD 40052. Graphic Design - Travel and Field Experience.

Develops awareness and understanding in the practical application of graphic design and communication through directed field trip experience. (1-6 credit hours)

VCD 40195: Selected Topics – Traveling Stanzas.

Students most recently worked with the Wick Poetry Center in Italy. (1-4 credit hours)

VCD 40052: Visual Language: A Form For Experience and Expression.

This seven-week course offers a full-scale immersion in typography, hand lettering and illustration. Previous classes have gone to Dublin and London.