Media Studies

Follow your passion for Media Studies

Media Studies majors have something to say. Whether it be through a film, documentary, newscast, commercial, live sports broadcast or animation, Loras Media Studies students seek to bring their creative, storytelling talents to the world. Quite literally. Our students consistently travel the globe creating films and reports everywhere from the Caribbean to Europe and Asia, winning more awards than any other college or university in Iowa by a large margin.

You simply will not find another small college that offers more quality, breadth and depth of study in the media field. We prioritize our students’ opportunities to learn on day one and set the bar high, challenging you to push further than you’ve dreamed. If you have something to say, and want to perfect its delivery, the Media Studies program at Loras is the right choice for you.

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STUDENT OPPORTUNITIES & MEDIA

Learn more about the Loras Media Studies program, internship opportunities and preview some great work our students have done.

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LCTV is the Iowa College Media Association’s “Station of the Year” for the 6th straight year!

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WHY A LORAS COLLEGE MEDIA STUDIES MAJOR

You will simply NOT find another small college that offers more quality, breadth and depth of study in the media field.

LORAS COLLEGE MEDIA STUDIES

We prioritize our students’ opportunities to learn BY DOING on day 1, NOT year 3 or 4. We set the bar high and challenge you to push further than you’ve dreamed and that’s why Loras students succeed.

Media Studies majors have something to say. Whether it be through a film, documentary, newscast, commercial, live sports broadcast, or an animation…Loras Media Studies students seek to bring their creative, storytelling talents to the world. Quite literally. Consider that in just the past few years, we’ve:

  • Produced documentary films in China and Germany
  • Made a travel show in Paris and throughout northern France
  • Consistently won Best Newscast and Best Sportscast amongst all colleges/universities in Iowa
  • Created a powerful educational film in Haiti
  • Written and directed narrative short films on the Gulf Coast
  • Reported on the impact of service from Honduras
  • Won more broadcast journalism awards than any other college/university in Iowa by a wide margin
  • Covered Presidential inaugurations in Washington, D.C.
  • And so much more!

HALLMARKS OF OUR PROGRAM

  • Extremely high job placement rate
  • Proven track record of success
  • Innovative curriculum
  • Hands on, experiential learning
  • Award-winning faculty
  • Breadth and depth of learning experiences other colleges can’t match
  • Tremendous internships
  • State of the art facilities, including Digital Media Lab and HD studio
  • Creative, critical thinking development
  • Consistently the most award-winning program in the state

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Major Requirements
Division of Communication & Fine Arts
Mary Carol Harris, Ph.D., ChairA major in Media Studies consists of six credit hours in a common core (L.COM-131 and L.COM-485) combined with the requirements of the major program.Requirements for the major in Media Studies (B.A.):
A 2.25 grade point is required in L.COM-225 for all Media Studies majors. A minimum of a 2.0 grade must be received in the core courses for the major (L.COM-131, and L.COM-485). A 2.25 cumulative grade point average is required in all other required courses submitted to the major and/or minor. If the minimum is not achieved, the student must retake the course the next time it is offered.

Req Course Cr’s
1   L.COM-131: Introduction to Mass Communication 3
2   L.COM-485: Communication Research 3
3   L.COM-158: Introduction to Television Production 3
4   L.COM-225: Media Writing 3
5   L.COM-257: Electronic Field Production 3
6   L.COM-280: News Analysis 3
7   L.COM-290: Communication Management 3
8   L.COM-293: Media Studies Practicum Staff 1
9   L.COM-352: Advanced Broadcast Writing 3
10   L.COM-390: Media Criticism 3
11   L.COM-393: Communication Law 3
12   L.COM-491: Media Studies Capstone 3
13   L.COM-493: Media Studies Practicum Staff 1
Select two from Req 14
14   L.COM-164: Digital Imaging 3
14   L.COM-205: Media History 3
14   L.COM-262: Photojournalism 3
14   L.COM-263: Wonderful World of Animation 3
14   L.COM-285: World Cinema-AA 3
14   L.COM-286: Identity & Community in Rock & Roll-AI 3
14   L.COM-289: Global Filmmaking 3
14   L.COM-305: Media Convergence 3
14   L.COM-348: Motion Graphics 3
14   L.COM-357: Advanced Television Production 3
14   L.COM-375: Roots of the Blues and Rock & Roll 3
14   L.COM-380: Persuasion 3
14   L.COM-383: Hippies in Haight-Ashbury-AI 3
14   L.COM-388: Art & Dissent in Czechoslovakia-AC 3
14   L.COM-395: Topics 3
41 total required credits


Requirements for the minor in Journalism:

A minimum of a 2.0 grade must be received in the core courses for the majors. A 2.25 cumulative grade point average is required in all other required courses submitted to the major and/or minor. If the minimum is not achieved, the student must retake the course the next time it is offered.

Req Course Cr’s
1   L.COM-131: Introduction to Mass Communication 3
2   L.COM-225: Media Writing 3
3   L.COM-280: News Analysis 3
4   L.COM-305: Media Convergence 3
5   L.COM-492: Journalism Practicum 1
6   L.COM-492: Journalism Practicum 1
Select one from Req 7
7   L.COM-202: PR Writing 3
7   L.COM-264: Desktop Publishing 3
20 total required credits

Requirements for the minor in Media Studies:
A minimum of a 2.0 grade must be received in the core courses for the majors. A 2.25 cumulative grade point average is required in all other required courses submitted to the major and/or minor. If the minimum is not achieved, the student must retake the course the next time it is offered.

Req Course Cr’s
1   L.COM-131: Introduction to Mass Communication 3
2   L.COM-158: Introduction to Television Production 3
3   L.COM-225: Media Writing 3
4   L.COM-290: Communication Management 3
5   L.COM-390: Media Criticism 3
Select three credits from Req 6
6   L.COM-257: Electronic Field Production 3
6   L.COM-280: News Analysis 3
6   L.COM-293: Media Studies Practicum Staff 1
6   L.COM-352: Advanced Broadcast Writing 3
6   L.COM-491: Media Studies Capstone 3
6   L.COM-493: Media Studies Practicum Staff 1
6   L.COM-164: Digital Imaging 3
6   L.COM-205: Media History 3
6   L.COM-262: Photojournalism 3
6   L.COM-263: Wonderful World of Animation 3
6   L.COM-285: World Cinema- AA 3
6   L.COM-286: Identity & Community in Rock & Roll- AI 3
6   L.COM-289: Global Filmmaking 3
6   L.COM-305: Media Convergence 3
6   L.COM-357: Advanced Television Production 3
6   L.COM-375: Roots of the Blues and Rock & Roll 3
6   L.COM-380: Persuasion 3
6   L.COM-383: Hippies in the Haight-Ashbury-AI 3
6   L.COM-388: Art & Dissent in Czechoslovakia-AC 3
 6   L.COM-395: Topics 3
18 total required credits
Course Descriptions

Below is a listing of all course descriptions within the COMMUNICATION ARTS division.

*L.LIB-110: Public Speaking-FS
Designed to develop effective speaking before audiences through understanding of rhetorical principles and through practice in construction, delivering, and evaluating informative and persuasive speeches; classroom applications in impromptu and extemporaneous modes of speaking. Fulfills the College requirement in oral communication. 3 credits.

L.COM-111: Civility in Service
This course provides participants with an introduction to etiquette, respecting other’s needs, and developing leadership practices in serving others. From tech etiquette to ballroom dance lessons, students will effectively utilize the process of experiential learning with a strong emphasis placed on structured group activities, out-of-class experiences in service, selected readings and class discussions. 3 credits. January term.

L.COM-121: Acting I
A studio performance course designed for the beginning actor, as an exploration, through both theory and practical application, of acting performance for the stage. Styles of acting approached within the class include improvisation, viewpointing, method and commedia; with the major area of focus being improvisation. The course requires frequent stage performance. Some background in theatre performance is recommended. 3 credits.

L.COM-125: Go Dog Go: The Human/Canine Connection
“Man’s (sic) best friend,” “It’s a dog’s life,” “Fighting like cats and dogs.” These are more than sayings and phrases linked to a popular domestic animal. Rather, they are cultural references to the many communicative characteristics of the canine. In addition to their long-time role of family pet, herder and police support staff, increasingly dogs are used for disability assistance, prisoner rehabilitation and nursing home fellowship. This course will immerse students in selected communication theories. Specifically, the course examines communication concepts such as perception, emotions, interpersonal interaction, compliance gaining, verbal messages and nonverbal messages. The course will also expose students to professionals who train and utilize dogs for their many communicative abilities. 3 credits. January term.

L.COM-131: Introduction to Mass Communication
A wide-ranging survey of the history, functions, effects, social issues and ethical responsibilities of the media. Includes theory grounded in mass communication. A minimum grade of C is required for students majoring in Media Studies or Public Relations. 3 credits.

L.COM-158: Introduction to Television Production
A study of the basic techniques and methods of effective television broadcasting, programming, production, and studio operations. 3 credits.

L.COM-159: Mock Trials
Intercollegiate participation as an attorney or witness in a simulated court trial or in a mediated settlement conference; stresses analytical and presentational skills. In part, the student will be evaluated by professors, attorneys, and judges. Prior legal knowledge not essential. Consent of instructor required prior to enrollment spring semester. 1 credit.

L.COM-164: Digital Imaging
This course combines the basic techniques of creating and manipulating images in a digital format through digital photography and Photoshop software. 3 credits.

L.COM-190: Communication Theory
An introduction to the theories and applications of communication in our daily lives. Various approaches exploring interpersonal, intercultural, organizational and mediated forms of communication will be studied. 3 credits.

L.COM-193: Theatre Practicum.
Hands on experience through participation in a Loras Players production. Credit may be earned by participation in either the technical areas of the production or by participation as an actor. Contact the Director of the Loras Players. 1-3 credits.

L.COM-201: Principles of Public Relations
A basic course introducing the theories, processes and techniques involved in researching, planning and implementing programs designed to influence public opinion and behavior, particularly as based on communication theory. Prerequisite: L.LIB-110. 3 credits.

L.COM-202: Public Relations Writing
A fundamental skills course in writing, editing and designing materials for use in public relations. For students majoring in public relation, the program requires a minimum 2.7 (B-) in this course. Prerequisite: L.LIB-110. 3 credits.

L.COM-203: Principles of Interviewing
An introduction to the principles of interviewing and being interviewed. Students will learn and practice the techniques of three different types of interviews (informational, persuasive and employment), gaining experience in interview situations on both sides of the table, both in and outside the classroom. Prerequisite: L.LIB-110. 3 credits. January term.

L.COM-204: Organizational Communication
A review of the classic and contemporary perspectives of organizational communication, including cultural and critical approaches. This course also explores organizational communication processes such as assimilation, decision-making, and conflict management. Prerequisites: L.LIB-110 and L.COM-190 or concurrent enrollment. 3 credits.

L.COM-205: Media History
An historical survey of the mass media from its origins in the printing press to the modern day, exploring the cultural effects of the media’s transition from print to radio to television to Internet. 3 credits.

L.COM-207: Stagecraft
An exploration and experience in the various aspects of recreational and educational theater. Emphasizes basic technical production elements, including scene construction, costumes, lighting, painting, properties, etc. Requires classroom demonstration production exclusive of acting. 3 credits. Prerequisite: L.LIB-110.

L.COM-225: Media Writing
Emphasis on format, style, and writing techniques in radio, print, web and television. Practice in the development and scripting of news stories, commercials, and PSA’s. For media studies majors the Division requires a minimum 2.7 (B-) in this course. Prerequisite: L.LIB-105 or L.ENG-111; Prerequisite or Corequisite: L.COM-131. 3 credits.

L.COM-250: Western Theatre-AA
An exploration of the history of live theatre as it developed throughout Western culture, with emphasis placed on the major historical periods from ancient Greek to the modern Realism/Antirealism movement. The course incorporates a variety of approaches including student presentations, historical research, and group activities. Requires lab time to view two live theatre performances. Prerequisites: L.LIB-100, L.LIB-105, L.LIB-110, and one course from L.LIB-130, L.LIB-135, or L.LIB-220. 3 credits.

L.COM-251: American Theatre-AA
A general introduction to live, American theatre with emphasis placed on audience appreciation and understanding of production practices. Through a variety of approaches such as student presentations, group activities, and theatre performance the course considers and explores methods used by American theatre artists. Requires lab time to view two live theatre performances. Prerequisites: L.LIB-100, L.LIB-105, L.LIB-110, and one course from L.LIB-130, L.LIB-135, or L.LIB-220. 3 credits.

L.COM-255: Interpersonal Communication-AI
This course embraces three themes central to the “Identity and Community” category. The themes include (1) person-to-person interaction with friends, family members, romantic partners, and co-workers; (2) how the roles of community, culture, and gender influence person-to-person interactions; and (3) how technology and media influence person-to-person interactions. Prerequisites: L.LIB-100, L.LIB-105, L.LIB-110, and one course from L.LIB-130, L.LIB-135, or L.LIB-220. 3 credits.

L.COM-257: Electronic Field Production
Creative video production in out-of-studio locations; includes concept development, audience analysis, cinematography, audio sweetening, lighting, digital editing. Includes the creation of commercials, dramatic and documentary production. Prerequisite: L.COM-158. 3 credits.

L.COM-259: Mock Trials
Intercollegiate participation as an attorney or witness in a simulated court trial or in a mediated settlement conference; stresses analytical and presentational skills. In part, the student will be evaluated by professors, attorneys, and judges. Prior legal knowledge not essential. Consent of instructor required prior to enrollment spring semester. 1 credit.

L.COM-262: Photojournalism
Hands-on examination of the process of telling journalistic stories through photography. Includes work in interviewing, topical research and image composition. 3 credits. January term or offered as needed.

L.COM-263: The Wonderful World of Animation
Students will experience the world of animation while examining the impact and development of animation in relation to its emergence as a part of the entertainment and information industries. A major part of the course will consist of an in-depth experience with animation software and other techniques used to create animation. No prerequisites. 3 credits. January term.

L.COM-264: Desktop Publishing
Principles and theories of design and layout used in developing a variety of publications. Includes typography, graphics, and copy fitting. Emphasizes computer-assisted publishing based on page layout and graphics programs. Students must demonstrate computer competency. Open to Public Relations majors. Prerequisite: L.LIB-110. 3 credits.

L.COM-280: News Analysis
An examination of the selection, content, and delivery of print and broadcast news on the local and national levels. Students will engage a variety of news sources in order to analyze their methods of presentation and structure and in order to gain a greater understanding of the media’s role in determining what news is. L.COM-158 can be taken prior to L.COM-280 or concurrent with L.COM-158. 3 credits.

L.COM-285: World Cinema-AA
An international survey focusing on films of cultural, historic, and artistic significance. The course utilizes film history and film theory to introduce students to the diversity of motion pictures as an art form and as a transmitter of culture. Prerequisites: L.LIB-100, L.LIB-105, L.LIB-110, and one course from L.LIB-130, L.LIB-135, or L.LIB-220.

L.COM-286: Identity & Community in Rock & Roll-AI
A survey of the historical progression of rock and roll from its pre-rock origins to the present. The course focuses on how rock music has given a voice and identity to various subcultures of the past 50 years, including hippies, punks, rappers, and Rastafarians. Prerequisites: L.LIB-100, L.LIB-105, L.LIB-110, and one course from L.LIB-130, L.LIB-135, or L.LIB-220. 3 credits.

L.COM-289: Global Filmmaking
A creative, video production course in which students travel to international and/or domestic locations to produce a film. As a production unit, students will engage in all elements of the production process, including: research, writing, cinematography, editing, and distribution. The location, genre, and film style of each production will vary each year. Indicative work includes documentary, ethnographic, and narrative filmmaking. This course can be repeated. Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors subject to professor approval. 3 credits. January term.

L.COM-290: Communication Management
An overview of the communication management process with an emphasis on both theory and practical application. The student will study, analyze, and draw conclusions from topics such as: audience research, media programming, ownership, legal and regulatory issues as well as other internal and external influences affecting the communication manager. Prerequisite: L.COM-131. 3 credits.

L.COM-293: Media Studies Practicum Staff
Hands-on experience at the campus TV station or radio station. Experiences may include on-air talent, reporting, producing, news writing, editing, and management. Can be taken up to three times. Media Studies majors are required to complete a COM 293 and COM 493 sequence. Prerequisite: L.COM-158. 1 credit.

L.COM-296: The Haight-Ashbury: Exploring the History and Legacy of the Hippies
This course will consider the philosophies, lifestyles, cultural products and legacy of the 1960s counterculture commonly known as the “hippies.” In particular the course will examine how the hippies rejected the values of their parents’ generation and embodied opposing values. This will entail looking at the origins of the hippies in the Beat Generation of the 1950s and their bohemian lifestyle, the height of the hippie movement in the Summer of Love of 1967, the demise of their utopian idealism, and the longer lasting legacy of the counterculture in a variety of significant cultural movements, including environmentalism, pacifism, feminism, and a generally greater societal openness. The course will explore these topics through lectures, readings, films, music, discussion, and a trip to San Francisco and Monterey to visit the center of the hippie movement, the Haight-Ashbury District, and the location of the Monterey International Pop Festival. 3 credits. January term.

L.COM-299: Presidential Inauguration Seminar
Students will explore the history, surrounding rituals and process of the smooth transition of power from the current U.S. President to the newly elected President. Students will examine the key dimensions of the Inauguration Ceremonies and Addresses past and present. The course will culminate with a week in Washington, D.C. attending Inauguration ceremonies and the Inaugural Address. 3 credits. January term.

L.COM-300: Theatre Performance Through Workshopping
This course is developed so as to allow students to explore the performance art of “live theatre.” Through work-shopping techniques such as improvisation, storytelling, and speed writing; students will write, rehearse and perform as original performance piece. Previous performance experience is recommended. Instructor permission is required. 3 credits. January term.

L.COM-302: Creative Children’s Theatre
Students will explore the world of children’s theatre by creating an original script for performance during the spring semester. Students will formulate a performance concept, analyze submitted pieces from local elementary schools, provide feedback on the submitted pieces through a rubric developed by the class, and create a performance script based on the chosen pieces. Students must be available to participate in the children’s production during the spring semester. Permission of the instructor is required. 3 credits. January term.

L.COM-305: Media Convergence
An examination of the methodologies, trends, and practices of social media technology in journalistic mediums. Extensive work in application of those technologies for mobile journalists. Prerequisites: L. COM 225 and L.COM 280. 3 credits.

L.COM-348: Motion Graphics
This is an upper level, creative production course applying the concepts, techniques, and skills of motion graphics using Adobe After Effects. Through exercises and the process of creating their own unique work, students will develop an understanding of a variety of technical and conceptual methods when executing idea into form for both commercial and creative productions. Prerequisite: L.COM-164. 3 credits.

L.COM-330: Business Speaking & Writing
Intermediate level public speaking theory and practice in business situations, both informative and persuasive. Practical application in writing typical in business situations. Emphasis on teamwork. Prerequisite: L.LIB-110 or equivalent. 3 credits.

L.COM-351: Advanced Public Relations Writing
A continuation of the basic public relations writing course that stresses working with media personnel and writing for Internet and media formats. Requires students to conduct situational analysis and to demonstrate a grasp of appropriate principles. Prerequisite: L.COM-202. 3 credits.

L.COM-352: Advanced Broadcast Writing
Further development of skills introduced in the basic broadcast writing course, emphasizing longer and more complex formats, documentaries, corporate videos, and narrative programs. Elements to be included are knowledge of structure, flow, and appropriate presentation of content. Prerequisite: L.COM-225. 3 credits.

L.COM-357: Advanced Television Production
Further study and practice in television production and theory for the advanced student; emphasis on how to manage and direct productions. Requires individual demonstrations in traditional and experimental styles and forms. Limited enrollment. Prerequisite: L.COM-257. 3 credits.

L.COM-365: Cinema: Critical Analysis
This course provides an overview of some of the theories by which films have been critiqued over the years. These include auteur theory, genre theory, feminist theory, and postmodern theory. 3 credits.

L.COM-375: Roots: Blues & Rock & Roll
Course examines the origins and significance of the Blues and Rock & Roll by focusing on two of the most important musical artists of the 20th century: Robert Johnson and Elvis Presley. Includes travel to Memphis and the Mississippi Delta Region. The course will look at the historical, musical, and cultural contexts in which the music was created. 3 credits. January term.

L.COM-380: Persuasion
A survey and application of theories and premises derived from rhetorical theory as well as behavioral and communication studies; emphasis on uses of persuasion in media and public relations efforts. Prerequisites: L.LIB-110, L.COM-190 (may be enrolled concurrently). 3 credits.

L.COM-386: Conflict Resolution-AI
This course will explore the nature of conflict and the methods individuals and communities us to resolve conflict with an emphasis on collaborative problem solving and mediation in a litigious society. Prerequisites: L.LIB-100, L.LIB-105, L.LIB-110, and one course from L.LIB-130, L.LIB-135, or L.LIB-220. 3 credits.

L.COM-388: Art & Dissent in Czechoslovakia-AC
This course examines ways in which the arts, including literature, music, film, theater, and the visual arts, were used as forms of dissent and resistance in the 20th century. Representative topics include the life and literature of Franz Kafka, the creation and performance of art in the concentration camp at Terezin, the films of the Czech New Wave of the 1960s, the music of the Plastic People of the Universe, and the dissident writings of Vaclav Havel and others in the aftermath of the Soviet invasion of 1968 and how they contributed to the fall of Communism. Prerequisites: L.LIB-100, L.LIB-105, L.LIB-110, and one course from L.LIB-130, L.LIB-135, or L.LIB-220. 3 credits. January term.

L.COM-390: Media Criticism
A study and application of critical analyses of the media. Students will examine standards and theories applicable to the media, including aesthetic, social, regulatory, and production goals and strategies. Students will also study the media’s obligations to the public, as well as the economics and politics of media production in light of its operational structure. Students will be required to know and apply abstract concepts to media texts. Prerequisite: L.COM-131. 3 credits.

L.COM-393: Communication Law
An analysis of legal regulation of communication: First Amendment, defamation, privacy, media access, free press- fair trial and commercial speech. The student is expected to read, evaluate, research, write and articulate significance in selected judicial opinions. Substantial background in media, public relations, politics or history recommended. A minimum grade of C is required for students majoring in Media Studies. 3 credits.

L.COM-394: Internship
Credit will be allowed for off-campus cooperative education experiences consistent with the student’s background. Weekly reports, evaluation forms and conferences are required for credit to be received. Prerequisite: Substantial background in courses or experiences preparing the student for independent work in the area of the internship. Prior approval of the chairperson is required. Credit varies.

L.COM-454: Public Relations Case Studies
An advanced course requiring analysis and evaluation of historical and current public relations situations, particularly the impact on organizational structure and the decision-making process. Students will participate in creating and presenting a campaign for a “real” client and a competition for selection of the campaign by the client. Prerequisites: senior standing in the Public Relations major. 3 credits.

L.COM-459: Mock Trials
Intercollegiate participation as an attorney or witness in a simulated court trial or in a mediated settlement conference; stresses analytical and presentational skills. In part, the student will be evaluated by professors, attorneys, and judges. Prior legal knowledge not essential. Consent of instructor required prior to enrollment spring semester. 1 credit.

L.COM-485: Communication Research
The course examines the conceptual foundations of contemporary communication research, literature in the field of communication, processes and uses of quantitative and qualitative analysis, research methods in the discipline and the ethical issues of research. Students will produce an extensive research paper. A minimum grade of C is required for students majoring in Media Studies or Public Relations. Prerequisite: Senior standing in Public Relations or Media Studies or the consent of the instructor. 3 credits.

L.COM-490: Public Relations Senior Seminar & Portfolio-PJ
The seminar is designed to prepare Public Relations students to seek and secure post-graduate employment. Students will be required to complete a professional portfolio and refine their skills necessary to gain employment. Skills include: resume writing, cover letter preparation, speaking, interviewing, employment searching techniques, dressing for success, negotiating an offer, and a demonstration of the Loras Dispositions. Prerequisite: Senior standing. 3 credits.

L.COM-491: Media Studies Capstone
A seminar-style course requiring the student to prepare a major project or research paper for presentation in the spring semester. The course will explore a variety of advanced media topics. Prerequisite: Senior standing. 3 credits.

L.COM-492: Journalism Practicum
Hands-on experience with The Lorian or MyDuhawk.com converged website. Journalism minors must take the course two consecutive semesters; one semester with The Lorian and one semester with MyDuhawk.com. Instructor approval required. 1 credit. May be repeated.

L.COM-493: Media Studies Practicum Staff
Hands-on experience at the campus TV or radio station. Students are required to perform in a producing or management role at the station. Can be taken up to three times. Media Studies majors are required to take it two times. Prerequisite: L.COM-293. 1 credit.

L.COM-498: Directed Readings
Independent Study course. See Division Chair for more information.

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Krista Belanger
Assistant Professor of Public Relations
563-588-7268 | Krista.Belanger@loras.edu

Dr. Krista Belanger came to Loras in 2013. She has a Bachelor of Arts from Luther College and a Master of Arts and Ph.D. in Organizational Communication from University of Colorado at Boulder. Krista has been teaching in the communication discipline since 2003. At Loras, her courses include Introduction to Mass Communication, Public Speaking, Organizational Communication, PR Writing, and PR Case Studies. Her research focuses on issues of work and family within small family businesses.

Douglas Donald, M.F.A.
Associate Professor of Communication Arts
563-588-7941 | Douglas.Donald@loras.edu

Mary Carol Harris, Ph.D.
Professor of Communication Arts
Division Chair of Communication and Fine Arts
563-588-7820 | MaryCarol.Harris@loras.edu

Dr. Harris came to Loras College in 1999. She has a Bachelor of Arts from Marquette University and a Master of Arts and Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University. Dr. Harris has been teaching in the communication discipline for 30 years. At Loras, her courses include Principles of Public Relations, PR Writing and Communication Research. Her primary research focus is students’ life and career expectations post-graduation.

Paul Kohl, Ph.D.
Professor of Media Studies
563-588-7233 | Paul.Kohl@loras.edu

Dr. Kohl earned his Ph.D. from the University of Utah and specializes in Film Studies, Media Criticism, Media Writing and Popular Culture. He has been published in various popular-culture texts and journals, and is a member of the Popular Culture Association and the Midwest Popular Culture Association. Dr. Kohl has been teaching at Loras since 1995.

Seth Myers, M.F.A
Associate Professor of Media Studies
563-588-7940 | Seth.Myers@loras.edu

Professor Meyers received his MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2003. He specializes in experimental video, motion graphics, digital imaging and digital design. Meyers’ body of work ranges from single- and multi-channel video works, large-scale video installations, digital photography and short experimental films. His award-winning work has been exhibited and screened internationally, and has been recognized in national and international art publications.

Patrick Pisarik, M.A.
Professor of Media Studies
563-588-7960 | Patrick.Pisarik@loras.edu

Professor Pisarik teaches digital imaging, desktop publishing and broadcast journalism. He serves on the board of the Iowa College Media Association, and spent 15 years on the staff of the Cedar Rapids Gazette. Professor Pisarik has been a Loras faculty member since 1993.

Wendy Romero, M.F.A.
Associate Professor of Art
Program Director, Art Department
563-588-7214 | Wendy.Romero@loras.edu

Professor Wendy Romero came to Loras College in 2004. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the prestigious art school, Savannah College of Art and Design, and she has a terminal degree, M.F.A., from Georgia Southern University. Wendy has a diverse visual skill-set as she is an active mixed media artist, a graphic designer and an award-winning portrait photographer. Her artwork has been exhibited nationally and resides in corporate art collections.

Craig Schaefer, MA
Professor of Media Studies
Director of TV Studio
563-588-7385 | Craig.Schaefer@loras.edu

Professor Schaefer specializes in creative video production and broadcast journalism. He is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and commercial director. He currently serves on the board of directors for the Iowa College Media Association and the Iowa Broadcast News Association.

Margaret Sullivan, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Communication Arts
563-588-7516 | Maggie.Sullivan@loras.edu

Dr. Maggie Sullivan came to Loras in 1998. She has a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts in Speech Communication from Eastern Illinois University. She has a Ph.D. in Speech Communication from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Maggie has been teaching at the college level since 1993. At Loras, her courses include Public Speaking, Communication Theory, Persuasion, Interpersonal Communication and Senior Seminar. Her past and current research areas of interest focus on student perceptions of faculty members and classroom learning activities.