Program Information

The program in Civic Communication and Media (CCM) focuses on communicative practices and technologies that foster engagement in civic life. Informed by theories and histories of public discourse, CCM courses are designed to develop thinkers who understand dynamics of communication and media change and who can apply their insights to contemporary problems.

Those who pursue the major or minor in Civic Communication and Media have the opportunity to explore how people devise and use media—whether speeches or tweets—to engage the world, to define and negotiate controversies, to construct identity and community, to develop and circulate arguments, and to effect change. In addition students who select this major will examine rhetorical practices through which individuals and groups establish, maintain and challenge structures of power in civic life.

CCM courses cultivate engaged practitioners who can analyze and work in multiple forms of communication, who are engaged in public life, and who contribute through research to public conversations about communication and media.

Students who entered the University in Fall 2013 or earlier may complete the Rhetoric and Media Studies (RHET) major as described in the 2013-14 catalog, or may choose to complete the new Civic Communication and Media (CCM) major. Those choosing to complete the new major must first consult the CCM department chair.

Students who enter the University in Fall 2014 or later will complete the new Civic Communication and Media (CCM) major.

Willamette University Debate Union

The Willamette University Debate Union debate program, housed in the CCM department, is available to any College of Liberal Arts students interested in intercollegiate debate competition. Work and competition is under the guidance of the Director and Assistant Director of Debate. For additional information see Willamette University Debate Union in this catalog.

Internships

Civic Communication and Media majors have the opportunity to participate in internships in political institutions and organizations, radio and television, newspapers, social and emerging media, non-profit organizations, and corporate communication. Students interested in internships should contact Professor Courtney Dillard, who is the internship coordinator, or their advisor.

Requirements for the Civic Communication and Media Major (8.25-9 Credits)

Communicating Effectively in Public (.25 – 1)

  • CCM 101 (EV) Public Speaking (1)
  • CCM 102 (EV) Argumentation, Advocacy and Debate (1)
  • CCM 103 Designing Media (1)
  • CCM 201 (EV) Arguing About the Right Thing to Do (1)
  • CCM 202 (CA) Designing Persuasive Campaigns (1)
  • IDS 062x Intercollegiate Debate (.25)
  • RHET 125 (CA) Creating Visual Rhetoric (1)

CCM Core (2)

Controversies in Public Discourse (1)

  • CCM 241 (EV) US Public Discourse in the Print Age (1)
  • CCM 242 (EV) US Public Discourse in the Broadcast Age (1)
  • CCM 243 (EV) US Public Discourse in the Internet Age (1)
  • CCM 341 US Women’s Rights Activism Before 1920 (1)
  • CCM 342 US Women’s Rights Activism Since 1920 (1)
  • CCM 343 Controversies in Northwest Public Discourse (1)
  • CCM 360 Topics in Public Discourse (1)

Senior Year Experience (1)

  • CCM 496W Seminar in Civic Communication and Media (1)

Electives (4)

Four additional courses in CCM. At least three electives must be at the 300 level.

These electives may be selected from any CCM courses. Up to two elective credits may be selected from the following courses outside of the CCM department:

Requirements for the Civic Communication and Media Minor (5.25-8 Credits)

Communicating Effectively in Public (.25 – 1)

  • CCM 101 (EV) Public Speaking (1)
  • CCM 102 (EV) Argumentation, Advocacy and Debate (1)
  • CCM 103 Designing Media (1)
  • CCM 201 (EV) Arguing About the Right Thing to Do (1)
  • CCM 202 (CA) Designing Persuasive Campaigns (1)
  • IDS 062x Intercollegiate Debate (.25)
  • RHET 125 (CA) Creating Visual Rhetoric (1)

CCM Core (2)

Controversies in Public Discourse (1)

  • CCM 241 (EV) US Public Discourse in the Print Age (1)
  • CCM 242 (EV) US Public Discourse in the Broadcast Age (1)
  • CCM 243 (EV) US Public Discourse in the Internet Age (1)
  • CCM 341 US Women’s Rights Activism Before 1920 (1)
  • CCM 342 US Women’s Rights Activism Since 1920 (1)
  • CCM 343 Controversies in Northwest Public Discourse (1)
  • CCM 360 Topics in Public Discourse (1)

Electives (2)

Two courses from the CCM curriculum. At least one of these courses must be at the 300 level.

These electives may be selected from any CCM courses. Up to one elective credit may be selected from the following courses outside of the CCM department: