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.

Sabrina Yurkofsky

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

Contact Information

Communication Department

198 College Hill Road
Clinton, NY 13323
315-859-4404 315-859-4649 communication@hamilton.edu

A Sampling of Courses

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Free Speech: Privacy and Advocacy 103

Focuses on speech, privacy, and advocacy in order to explore the liberties and constraints of living in community with others. Instantaneous access to information via social media contributes to emerging questions regarding privacy and challenging new experiences of community. The course focuses on four related questions: Why do our communities require privacy? What does the American tradition teach us about privacy? How can advocacy weaken or strengthen community? What new forms of advocacy challenge our understanding of privacy? Writing-intensive. Oral Presentations.

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Protest and Public Opinion 209F

Protest and Public Opinion examines social movements through rhetorical and communication frameworks. More specifically, students will gain an understanding of the rhetorical use of symbols and the pervasive tactics used by marginalized groups in society to elicit social change. Students will analyze the discourse between dominant and alternate ideologies in the realm of public opinion. Students will also gain knowledge about social movements and social movements organizations.

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Crisis Communication: Social Change for Vulnerable Communities 303

Theories of environmental, health, safety, agricultural, and corporate risks and crises will be addressed. Focusing on the public, private and not-for-profit sectors, this course examines how communication policies and procedures provide a framework for social change in vulnerable communities. Based on real scenarios, students study risk assessment, risk perception, message design, crisis management, media relations, and barriers to effective risk and crisis communication.

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Journalism: Ethics and Credibility 310F

A thorough understanding of critical and analytic journalistic practices supports one’s engagement in the democratic process. This course focuses on developing critical and ethical information literacy. Students will: (1) identify and access diverse information sources; (2) retrieve information from sources; (3) evaluate sources and information for credibility; (4) challenge their assumptions and biases; and (5) summarize and synthesize the information they obtain into a cohesive argument. Writing-intensive. Oral Presentations.

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Digital Divisions: Race, Class, and Gender Online 316F

In this class we will look at how mass media shape our perspectives in a multicultural society. Some of the questions that will guide our study include: how do advertisements portray gay men? What roles do Asian women have in movies? How are poorer Americans portrayed in news media? How are race, gender, and class being recreated online? We will consider the roles that media play in challenging or reinforcing stereotypes that we have about others and ourselves. Furthermore, we will examine if and how society and culture have an impact on media content.

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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.

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