Catherine Waite Phelan studies how the human and technological interface alters the social domain.
You will explore the principles of communication across contexts — interpersonal, social, political, economic, cultural and beyond place and time — and by means of various technologies. Through theory and practice, you will prepare for civic engagement beyond the classroom, in our highly mediated environment.
About the Minor
Students will investigate the diverse ways in which information technologies can alter the human communication environment. They’ll study the complex ways in which concerns with communication cannot be separated from ethical concerns. They’ll discern how interpersonal communication is fundamentally different from the varied forms of mediated communication.
Note: After spring 2020, the minor in Communication will no longer be offered. Students who are working on the minor now will be able to declare or finish provided they complete all required courses by the end of the 2019-20 academic year.
When I selected Hamilton, I hoped to find an environment in which I could develop as a person and as a scholar, a place where I could learn as much from the other students as from the professors. I felt that I was someone who still needed the nurture of a smaller community, and I wanted a school were I felt I had enough opportunities but wasn't just plopped into the ‘real world’ before I was ready. I feel that Hamilton has met these needs.
Communication has always been complex, and today’s mediated environment makes the complexity more obvious by creating the potential for confusion. For example, text messages omit context by eliminating intonation and gesture. When a society introduces new technologies such as the printing press, broadcast, or digital devices, communication’s norms and conventions inevitably will be altered.
Careers After Hamilton
- Operations Analyst, Disney and ESPN Media Networks
- Manager, Executive Talent Acquisition, PepsiCo.
- Senior Project Manager, Chapman Construction
- Ice Hockey Coach, New York University
- Homeland Security, The White House
- Kindergarten Teacher, International Preschools
- Director of Premium Sales, Boston Red Sox
- Founder and CEO, Full Court Peace
- Wealth Manager, Russo Financial Group
- Group Leader, Brooklyn Arts Exchange
Seminar: Communication Technologies and Society 451F
Theoretical analysis of how communication technology alters social construction of time, space, community and identity. Readings detail historical precedents in order to address future implications of emerging technologies. Writing-intensive.View All Courses
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