Communications & Arts

Student writing in Union Station

Pre-College communications and arts courses come in a variety of topics, ranging from photojournalism to public policy.

GW draws on its creative, intellectual and technological resources to provide arts, English, communications and writing courses in a variety of formats.

On-campus and online courses are available for credit, while our noncredit offerings focus on experiential learning environments, connecting students with relevant institutions and experts in their respective fields.

All course offerings are subject to cancellation.

One-Week Summer Exposure (noncredit)

Social Justice and Activism

Non-credit bearing academic class icon  Noncredit

One-week course icon  One-week program

 Calendar Icon  July 14—19, 2019

Washington, D.C. is the heart of the legislative processes and social movements that influence structural, cultural and ideological change. This course introduces students to questions, opportunities and roadblocks faced by civic and global leaders while aiming to expand their leadership capacity teaching them to translate their values and ideas into action. Students explore topics such as grass root organization activism works by looking at Washington DC and how activism in DC and elsewhere has shaped social change.

Social Justice Students on tour of the US Capitol Building

Two-Week Summer Immersion (noncredit)

Political Communication

Noncredit

the number two Two-week program

calendar icon  July 14—26, 2019

Washington, D.C. allows students to study the interplay of media, public affairs and politics. In this course, students will critically investigate and explore the role media plays in civic and political life. They will also focus on understanding communication, news production, media law, history and ethics through analytical, critical thinking and leadership skills that allow our students access to how to use media and new information technology to create and deliver the right information to the right audience at the right time.

Young female student participating in a mock trial

Public Policy on Capital Hill

Noncredit

the number two Two-week program

calendar icon  July 14—26, 2019

Public policy is the way in which public issues are addressed through modifying existing laws and regulations or creating new ones altogether. In this course, students will think strategically, creatively and critically about current issues shaping the public debate, and learn to analyze and evaluate policies and programs in pursuit of public interest.

Students with a view of the US Capitol building

College Intensive (credit)

COMM 2140: Nonverbal Behavior

Three credits

the number six Six-week program

calendar icon July 1—August 10, 2019

Introduction to predominant theories, principles, and problems in the study of nonverbal behavior; application of research results to everyday life. Topics include facial expression, eye behavior, physical appearance, body movement and gestures, tactile messages, vocal characteristics, use of time, spatial dynamics, gender and life-stage differences.

COMM 1040: Public Communication

Three credits

the number six Six-week program

calendar icon July 1—August 10, 2019

Study and practice of the basic techniques of public speaking used to inform, to entertain, and to persuade audiences. Emphasis on the speech-building process: audience analysis, research, development, composition, organization, style, delivery, and criticism.

FREN 1001: Basic French I

Three credits

the number six Six-week program

calendar icon July 1—August 10, 2019

Handling the immediate context of daily experience in spoken and written French: identifying, describing, and characterizing people, objects, places, and events; giving information and instructions; issuing simple commands and requests. Laboratory fee.

COMM 1041: Interpersonal Communication

Three credits

the number six Six-week program

calendar icon July 1—August 10, 2019

Study and practice of verbal and nonverbal communication in ritual, information and perspective sharing, problem-solving, and relationship formation, maintenance, and dissolution. Designed to raise awareness of the complexity and power of the communication process in daily life and to help students develop interpersonal skills cognitively, affectively, and behaviorally.

SPHR 1011: Voice and Diction

Three credits

the number six Six-week program

calendar icon July 1—August 10, 2019

Development of naturalness, correctness, and clarity in conversation through the study of phonetics, rate, volume, pitch, and quality in preparation for performance. Laboratory fee.

SPHR 1084: Perspectives in Deaf Culture

Three credits

the number six Six-week program

calendar icon July 1—August 10, 2019

Introduction to the Deaf community as a linguistic and cultural minority group. The roles of deaf people in the larger society, including political activism. Generational differences concerning education, socioeconomic status, medical issues, and language.

AMST 1070: The American Cinema

Three credits

the number six Six-week program

calendar icon Online Course: July 1—August 10, 2019

History and criticism of American films. The course enables the student to recognize and evaluate cinema techniques, to express the evaluation clearly in writing, and to understand the role of films in the context of American culture. Laboratory fee.

ANTH 1004: Language in Culture and Society

Three credits

the number six Six-week program

calendar icon Online Course: July 1—August 10, 2019

Comparison and analysis of how cultures use language to communicate. The relationship of language to issues of human nature, gender, race, class, artistic expression, and power. Laboratory fee.

ENGL 1210: Introduction to Creative Writing

Three credits

the number six Six-week program

calendar icon Online Course: July 1—August 10, 2019

An exploration of genres of creative writing (fiction, poetry, and/or playwriting). Basic problems and techniques; examples of modern approaches; weekly writing assignments; workshop and/or conference discussion of student writing.

GER 2091: Introduction to German Literature (In English)

Three credits

the number six Six-week program

calendar icon Online Course: July 1—August 10, 2019

Survey of German literature from 1700 to 1830, including the Enlightenment through Sturm und Drang, classicism, and romanticism. This course is taught in English.

LATN 1001: Beginning Latin I

Three credits

the number six Six-week program

calendar icon Online Course: July 1—August 10, 2019

Grammatical essentials of Latin, appropriate reading selections, development of English derivatives, introduction to Roman life and literature

MUS 1104: Music in Society

Three credits

the number six Six-week program

calendar icon Online Course: July 1—August 10, 2019

A rotating set of classes; topics may include: American music, a composer, the opera, and musical life in Washington, DC. An introduction to the effects of music on society and the historical evolution within society. 

MUS 1104: Film on Music

Three credits

the number six Six-week program

calendar icon Online Course: July 1—August 10, 2019

A rotating set of classes; topics may include: American music, a composer, the opera, and musical life in Washington, DC. An introduction to music in the film industry.

SMPA 2120: Public Opinion

Three credits

the number six Six-week program

calendar icon Online Course: July 1—August 10, 2019

Key aspects of the literature on public opinion, with emphasis on the role of media in opinion formation and change. Topics include the meaning of public opinion in a democratic society, a review of methods used to measure opinions, and media effects on opinion.

SPHR 1071: Foundations of Human Communication

Three credits

the number six Six-week program

calendar icon Online Course: July 1—August 10, 2019

An introduction to the fundamental principles of the biology of speech, hearing and language, language structure and use, and human communicative interaction. Practice in the identification of specific verbal and nonverbal aspects of communication behavior.