Communications Minor (COMAL)
The Communications minor provides students an academic program of media studies that introduces them to approaches used to understand the mass media. These include aesthetic, cultural, humanistic, social-behavioral, and legal approaches. Students in the minor will have an opportunity to examine the theory and principles of communications systems and processes as well as learn in the advanced courses the research methods used for their systematic analysis. The minor emphasizes the liberal arts core of the Communications program and will equip students with well-developed language and analytical skills.
A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the minor.
Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)
REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MINOR: 18 credits
PRESCRIBED COURSES (6 credits)
COMM 100 GS(3), COMM 150 GA(3) (Sem: 1-2)
ADDITIONAL COURSES (12 credits)
(At least 6 credits must be at the 400 level.)
COMM 180 GS(3), COMM 205 US(3), COMM 250 GA(3), COMM 261 GH(3), COMM 320(3), COMM 370(3) (Sem: 3-4)
COMM 401(3), COMM 403(3), COMM 408(3), COMM 409(3), COMM 411(3), COMM 413W(3) (Sem: 5-8)
For more information:
Dr. Kevin M. Moist
Associate Professor of Communications
Arts and Humanities
Office: 101D Cypress Building
Dr. Moist teaches courses that focus on culture, technology, journalism, media history, and popular culture, as well as introductory communication courses. He is the Popular Culture Association’s Research Chair for the Collecting and Collectibles area, and has published scholarship in many academic journals including "American Studies," "the Journal of Popular Culture," "Animation: An Interdisciplinary Journal," and "Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly." He is currently working to finalize publication of a book that focuses on the nuances, culture, and complexities of artifact collection titled "Collecting and Collections: Objects, Practices and the Fate of Things." He is a member of the Editorial Boards for the "Journal of Popular Culture," and for "Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture," where he is editor of the music area. He has a background in music performance and theory, and has been both a musician and music writer, as well as doing audio engineering and production, and running a small CD label specializing in non-mainstream rock, folk, and experimental music. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Iowa and has taught at the University of Iowa and the Penn State School of Visual Arts before joining the Communication Faculty at Penn State Altoona.