SoC Yearly course planner: Did you know…

that the School of Communication posts our departmental course selections for the entire year by department?  You can find them here

It will help you plan your academic year and your degree progress.  Check it out!

Spring Break Humanities Plunge!

The Humanities Plunge – Spring Break 2016

FREE, 1/2-course credit and open to all NU undergraduates — all majors, schools and years are welcome!


Immerse yourself in Chicago’s rich cultural landscape with five days of theatre, art, music, architecture, and history, guided by expert scholars and artists!

Peek behind the scenes at major cultural institutions! Sample new foods in new neighborhoods! Discover plays, museums, performances and walking tours! This serious humanities course will be seriously FUN as you encounter the broad range of institutions and activities available just next door by exploring Chicago’s neighborhoods and cultural scene.

Application deadline: November 29, 2015

For more info, including the Plunge video and application form:

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NCA Activities & Events for November 9th through the 15th



News \  Employer Activities  \  NCA Workshops + Opportunities  \  Other Professional Events


#TakeNUToWorkDay Recap: Sam Zabell (Medill ‘14) from Time Inc. (Real Simple)
If you missed Sam Zabell (Medill ’14) Tweet about her workday at Time Inc. (, you can see the entire day and get a glimpse of what it’s like to work on the digital team of a magazine on our Storify.

Express career advising in the Main Library
Fall quarter is a busy time for appointments at NCA. If you need immediate feedback, a resume/CV/cover letter review or have quick questions, you can see us without an appointment! Our staff is available weekdays during NCA Express Advising. Drop in Monday through Friday from 2 p.m.-4 p.m. at the NCA Express Advising Center located in the Main Library 2N Core.


Learn about career opportunities at company information sessions. Log into CareerCat > Events > Information Sessions for complete details (time, location) and to RSVP.

Tuesday, Nov. 10
DaVita Healthcare Partners

Thursday, Nov. 12
The Blackstone Group


Careers in Nonprofit, Government & Policy
Wednesday, Nov. 11 | 5-6 p.m. | Norris, Wildcat Room A
Full details + Register (CareerCat > Events > Workshops) >>


Managing Global Health Challenges: Professional Opportunities in Global Health 
Monday, Nov. 9 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Annenberg Hall, G-15 | All Students 
Featured speaker: Evelyn Lee, Ph.D. scientist with experience in human resources. Sponsored by Global Health Studies, the Buffett Institute and Northwestern Career Advancement.
Full details >>

Northwestern Master of Science in Education Information Session
Tuesday, Nov. 10 | 5:30-7 p.m. | Annenberg Hall, Room 347 | Undergraduate Students
At this information session, prospective students will have an opportunity to learn about the curriculum, the Master’s Project, field experiences for teachers, the application process and financial aid. Alumni and program administrators will be available to share their experiences and answer questions. Light refreshments served.
Full details + RSVP >>

Bender Virtual Career Fair: Employment for People with Disabilities
Tuesday, Nov. 10 | All Students and Alumni
This virtual career fair is free for students and alumni with disabilities to meet employers across the nation online, including ANSYS, Cox Enterprises, Epic, FAA, Medtronic, NIH, NSA, Procter & Gamble, Southwest Airlines, Verizon, UPS and more.
Full details + Register >>

The Global Food Price Paradox with Former USAID Administrator Raj Shah
Tuesday, Nov. 10 | 5:30-7:15 p.m. | Ritz-Carlton Chicago, 160 E Pearson St. | All Students
Dr. Raj Shah, the former head of USAID and senior advisor to The Chicago Council, will give a public lecture on global food prices and their impact on development and security. Students will receive complimentary registration.
Create an account to register + use the promo code “FOOD15” at checkout to waive any registration fee >>
Direct questions to Iain Whitaker, Assistant Director, Leadership Programs >>

Kellogg Certificate Program for Undergraduates General Information Session 
Wednesday, Nov. 11 | 5-6 p.m. | Harris Hall, Room 107 | All Students
Meet Professor Kathleen Hagerty (Academic Director) and a panel of current CPU students as they talk about the certificate’s goals, courses, prerequisites, application process and life as a participating student.
More information about the program >>
Register >>

The University of Chicago’s Women in Business Career Explorations Fall Conference
Saturday, Nov. 14 | 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. | Ida Noyes Hall, 1212 E 59th St, Chicago (UChicago Hyde Park Campus) | Open to Undergraduate Women
Explore your career interests and network with women who have launched their own successful careers in finance, consulting, technology, marketing, and more. Attire is business casual. Breakfast and lunch provided. Event is free.
Register (required) >>
Full details >>

Common Purpose – Global Leader Experience: Chicago
Application deadline: Sunday, Nov. 15 | Conference: Monday, Dec. 14-Thursday, Dec. 17 | All Students
Join a Global Leader Experience (GLE) and develop your leadership skills to help influence the future of the world around you, as well as establish a global network. This is your chance to step forward and play a part in tackling the biggest issues facing business, governments and society today.
Full details + Apply >>

Join us for a discussion with Harvey Young…

Join us for a discussion with Harvey Young about his experiences working with Northwestern University Press. Author of Black Theater Is Black Life, coeditor of Reimagining “A Raisin in the Sun”, and now series editor for the forthcoming “Second to None: Chicago Stories” series, Dr. Young has witnessed the ins-and-outs of working with a university press from multiple perspectives. Come and enjoy a conversation about the role of university presses on campus and Dr. Young’s experiences as an author, coeditor, and now his new role as series ambassador.

Harvey Young is a professor of African American studies, performance studies, radio/television/film, and Chair of the Department of Theatre at Northwestern University. Author of several books, including two published with Northwestern University Press, he is now the series editor for the new “Second to None: Chicago Stories” series here at NUP.

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A Winter 2016 Course in the History of Communication and Education

How did nineteenth-century Americans create intellectual culture? What did they want to learn? How was knowledge obtained and shared, especially by people who did not have access to schools and colleges? These are the kinds of questions we will explore during Winter 2016 in *COMM ST 395-0-22, Topics in Communication Studies: Popular Education in the 19th-century United States. (The class is cross-listed with HUM 370-4-1.) We will read scholarship from communication, history, and American studies and will analyze primary source materials, such as widely circulated textbooks, posters advertising public lectures, and the unpublished minutes of debating clubs and literary societies. Students who complete the course successfully can expect to have a deeper understanding of alternative modes of learning, nineteenth-century US culture, and analytic approaches to the study of communication in history.

The class is taught by Communication Studies professor Angela Ray. It will meet M-W, 9:30-10:50 a.m., in Tech M128.

*Course is open to all NU undergraduates.


Medill is offering a number of electives this winter with seats available for students across the University

JOUR 341-0 – Journalism in a Networked World

Taught by Professor Rich Gordon

Search engines, social media and online communities are powerful networks that help people find journalism that interests them. In this interdisciplinary course, students will learn the principles that explain the “groundbreaking science of networks” — and gain practical skills in areas such as Web analytics, search-engine optimization and social media strategy.  Students apply those skills by analyzing a news website and producing a consultant-style report recommending new ways to build its audience.  The class has proven especially valuable to students whose career plans involve helping news media or other organizations build audience engagement through digital content.

Pre-req: Sophomore standing

 JOUR 343-0 The Googlization of America

Taught by Professor Owen Youngman

Led by Google, technology companies are taking a more central role in the American media landscape each and every day. In this course students use recent scholarship, news stories, magazine articles, blogs, and other reportage to understand how Google and its competitors are continuing to change journalism, the media business, and US culture. Readings, research and writing assignments, group exercises in and outside class, and guest speakers.

Pre-req: Sophomore standing

JOUR 372-0 International Journalism: South Africa

Taught by Professor Doug Foster and Professor Ava Greenwell

South Africa anchors the poorest continent on the globe. Its history, not to mention contemporary social upheavals, makes it a rich environment for considering the role of media, business, politics and public health in an emerging democracy. Just 25 years since the end of Apartheid, an extreme form of racial segregation and oppression, the country is in swift transition culturally, politically, and economically. This is so partly because democracy and globalization, not to mention HIV, arrived there more or less simultaneously. This course covers the contemporary history of South Africa, with a special focus on the country’s newspapers, magazines, and broadcast outlets. It prepares journalism students for the Residency Program, and global public health students headed for South Africa in spring, but is not limited to them. The course is designed, too, for any student interested in international reporting and/or health reporting. Assignments mimic the steps any journalist might take in preparing to cover stories across lines of geography, language, culture, race, class and ethnicity.

Pre-req: Sophomore standing

JOUR 383-0 Health and Science Reporting

Taught by Professor Patti Wolter

Health and Science Reporting teaches students both how to think about science writing and how to write about science and medicine. In this combination writing workshop and seminar we will read some of the best of the best science and health journalism; meet with expert scientists on campus; and meet the editors and writers from leading scientific journals and publications. Students will learn what makes good science writing, how to find sources, how to evaluate information and how to sort out science from pseudo-science. Assignments will include student debates, critiques of science coverage in newspapers, magazines, television, radio and the Web, science/health/medicine journal rewrites, news briefs, an in-depth narrative story on a science topic of students’ own choosing, and an opportunity to write live copy for a science magazine or website.

Pre-req: Sophomore Standing

JOUR 390 “Sports, Society & the Media”

Taught by Professor Craig LaMay

Modern sports are nothing if not media-made. Conversely, sports make media. The rise of mass media in 19th century America paralleled and its creators promoted the development of the major American sports, particularly baseball and football, and in the digital world sport is the only form of programming that still commands national and global audiences that number in the billions. As a result, sport is a social institution no less than education, religion, or the military, and no less important, though its functions vary across cultures, and vestiges of primitive sport remain everywhere. This is a research and writing course, with no final exam. Course materials include scholarly and popular publications, and documentary films.

JOUR 390-0 “Leadership Strategies”

Taught by Professor Candy Lee

Students graduating from Northwestern will be involved in many organizations, from non-profit to government, from start-ups to large, international organizations.   The skills that will be needed include communication, talent development, financial and economic literacy, organizational navigation, and growth objectives.   This course provides frameworks for students to discover how an individual thrives and leads in organizations.  From skill at communication to evaluating business plans, students will actively develop deeper skills for the future.

Students who complete this course will

  • Communicate ideas orally in presentations
  • Participate effectively in organizations as an employee, as a member of a team, as a new thought leader on the path to becoming a leader in an area of the company
  • Explore fundamentals of economics, finance and management literacy

Participate in growth plans for businesses to adapt to the future 

Pre-req: Sophomore Standing

Sneak Peek at Winter Quarter 2016 Classes

Here is your preview of Winter Quarter 2016 Classes. *

Remember this course listing is provided as a snapshot of classes that might be of interest to you as an SoC student and is not meant to substitute for the listings in CAESAR or consultation with your advisor.  In fact, there are often changes made on the CAESAR listings right up until registration and sometimes even after. Additionally, not all pre-requisites have been listed for all classes because some course descriptions have not yet been posted. So, take a look and see what interests you and then make sure to check the CAESAR listings to confirm class details. Classes are scheduled to go live on CAESAR on Monday, November 2nd, 2015

As always, if you have questions about your own degree progress or whether a class will count toward your major, minor, certificate or other additional program, make sure to check with your advisor. The advisor tab at the top of the Spotlight blog page  will take you to their email address and contact information.

Don’t forget: Pre-Registration for Winter Quarter 2016 begins on Monday, November 9th and ends Thursday, November 12th at 5:15 pm. Pre-registration and registration appointment times will be listed on your personal CAESAR account on Friday, November 6th, 2015.  Regular Registration is the week of November 16th, 2015.

* If  you click on the bookmark icon in the upper left corner of the pdf, you can easily navigate course topics.  In addition, there is a link to the Searchable CAESAR class descriptions archive at the top of the page and contact information for all departments in the subject banner line.

Have Fun!