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.
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 '15
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
Introduction to Communication 101FS
An introduction to the fundamental questions of the discipline. Investigates the role of symbolic communication, the essential features of interpersonal communication and group process, as well as the ways in which mediated communication alters perceptions of community and identity. Communication theories are supported by case studies that illustrate the relevance of communication for everyday life.View All Courses
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.View All Courses
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.View All Courses
Media and Politics 310
How do rapid changes in the process of news-making alter the political process? Does democracy require accurate news reporting? Is objectivity possible? What is the role of the press (print, broadcast, digital, and social media) in the twenty-first century? How do historical precedents help us to understand the impact of digital media on the political process? What theories do communication scholars offer to clarify the interplay of media and politics? Oral Presentations.View All Courses
Digital Divisions: Race, Class, and Gender Online 316F
Though conventional wisdom suggests that the internet is a force for freedom and tolerance, it is also a place where existing biases and inequalities get replicated and at times magnified. This course explores the way social categories such as race, class, and gender persist online and the way various biases and prejudices are both combatted and enflamed in online spaces.View All Courses
Seminar: Communication, Technology and Society 451S
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.View All Courses
Communication, Psychology and the TV Industry