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    Jun 19, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    I would recommend this class if you haven't decided on your major and are considering communication. This is one of the foundation classes for the major and even if it turns out that you communication isn't for you, you have also taken a course that covers a general education requirement. Professor Spencer is a professor like no other. He is passionate and he gets to know you and you get to know him. This course and this professor are two of the main reasons I decided to be Communication Studies Major.

    Course highlights:

    The highlights were learning different communication theories and seeing how they are in our everyday life, but we have different ways of explaining them. I learned to think differently and see how different ages have different ways of communicating. Another highlight were the constant discussions.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Don't procrastinate and do the reading every week. Don't skip this class because much of what is on the exams is not only in the text, but also based off what is said and discussed in class. Take good notes, have study groups, and don't be afraid to go to the Professors Office because it shows you care and that you are truly trying to improve in the class and as a student.

    • Fall 2015
    • Spencer
    • Yes
    • Go to Office Hours Always Do the Reading Great Discussions
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    May 12, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    I would recommend this course because it teaches you how communication in our society and media can be applied to our everyday lives.

    Course highlights:

    One of my favorite parts of this course was learning about how media affects our communication - Dr. Spencer showed us advertisements and other sources of media that we would see all the time, and taught us what it communicated and why it is important to us.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    It is meant to be a Communication Studies pre-requisite course but more students should take it because students need to realize how important communication is and how important applications of communication are to our daily lives.

    • Spring 2016
    • Spencer
    • Yes
    • Go to Office Hours Always Do the Reading Great Discussions
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    Jan 25, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    This class teaches the students taking it how to use communication theories in our everyday lives. A lot of what the class teaches you is application of theories that describe a lot of our daily actions. There is a lot of time for discussion when you are able to voice your opinions and maybe an experience that relates to the current topic. Overall, I loved going to class everyday. It is a Communications major requirement, but most students at Westmont take it because it is so interesting and applicable to all our lives.

    Course highlights:

    I learned about the communication model, and how we can be more effective in our communication. I learned how to apply theories in our verbal and nonverbal communication and in media. I learned how media effects our communication and how communication is used in media to make it more popular. I learned something new everyday in that class, which is another reason I recommend it.

    Hours per week:

    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    Talk to the professor! Meeting with Dr. Spencer helped me understand the topic on a deeper level because while you sit one-on-one with him, he talks about the theory or application in more depth. Another thing, don't slack off on the reading. Each reading is important for the class and the topic at hand. The readings will also help with exams, so just make sure to keep up on them. And finally, take detailed notes - even on the silly things. Every note can help to make studying a lot simpler and easier to do.

    • Fall 2016
    • Spencer
    • Yes
    • Go to Office Hours Always Do the Reading Great Discussions

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