Study abroad programs are life changing experiences. The Department of Communication offers a few opportunities each academic year to study abroad.
For the 2019-2020 academic year, the Department of Communication is offering three fantastic opportunities to study in Rome, Italy and in León, Spain. These popular programs attract students across campus. Applications will be due starting in Spring Quarter 2019. Check the department website to attend information sessions starting in January 2019.
Explore Rome, Italy || Winter Quarter 2020
COM486 Italian Media and Culture (12 credits): This Comparative and Global Perspectives offering is a 15-credit program offered through the Department of Communication. Students will take a 12-credit course co-taught by Ekin Yasin and Matthew Powers, each of whom bring a unique perspective to understanding how the globalization of media manifests itself in Italy and European media and communication related industries differ from those found in the US.
Using ethnographic methods students will explore Rome and its surroundings and Rome’s media ecology, focusing primarily the interplay between globalization, media-tization and urbanization. Half of the class will be spent learning foundational theoretical and methodological tools about comparison and globalization; the other half will be spent carefully documenting trends of media, communication industries, and globalization in and around Rome. In addition to work completed during class, students will write various reports based on extensive observations of one or more assigned field sites.
Traveler’s Italian (3 credits): To facilitate students’ transition to Rome, the program also includes a 3-credit intensive Italian language course during weeks 2-4. Students will learn some basic tools for interacting with people in order to accomplish day-to-day tasks.
The program includes excursions to many sites in and around Rome || Application deadline: May 2019
Experience León, Spain
Autumn Quarter 2019
COM 485 Fieldwork in Communication (5 credits). In this course, you’ll learn tools to understand some aspects of the culture of León. Through ethnographic observation and reporting, you will gain a deeper understanding of the communication and culture(s) of León. In so doing, you will also gain a deeper understanding of your own culture.
COM 594: Storytelling about Contemporary Life in Spain (5 credits). León is a city with many stories to tell. They emerge from its warren of medieval streets, from its twice-weekly farmers market, from its ultramodern cyber-security center, from its language schools and university, from its diverse inhabitants, and from its location as a key stopover for the 200,000 pilgrims who trek the Camino de Santiago each year. This course, building on the knowledge and research tools that you will acquire in Com485, will help you learn how to effectively tell some of Leon’s compelling stories. Using techniques of oral history and journalism you will use text, moving images, still images and sound to weave together the information and insights that you draw from your explorations of Spanish culture.
SPAN 199 Spanish language (5 credits). You will take a language course, appropriate to your level. No previous Spanish language is required
For more information: Lisa Coutu || Application deadline: February 15th, 2019
Spring Quarter 2020
Study journalistic writing and photography in Léon, Spain with international journalists and founders of The Seattle Globalist: Jessica Partnow, Alex Stonehill, and Sarah Stuteville. Study Spanish language and culture while earning 15 academic credits and living with a local host family. Several trips within Spain and most meals are included with your program fee.
COM 464 (5 credits): Writing with Voice. This course will take advantage of its location in Spain as a home for travel writing. The rise of online media has meant not only a shift in economic and publishing models but also in tone and participants. This course will focus on point-of-view writing that challenges assumptions of the omniscient voice and pushes the boundaries of what travel writing can be.
COM 495 (5 credits): Understanding Spain through Visual Communication. This class will explore the fundamental principles of visual communication through digital photography and video, drawing on the people and places of northern Spain as subjects.
SPAN 199 (5 credits): Foreign Study – Spanish. All levels.
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