CMS 4500: Course Info.

Course Number and Title

CMS 4500 Global Contexts in Communication and Media Studies

Course Description

A study of communication and media in selected non-Western cultures. In addition, the course examines the roles played by media in the processes of cultural and economic globalization. A capstone course, it includes exit assessment of writing and speaking skills for the baccalaureate degree program in Communication and Media Studies.


  • CMS 3101 (C)
  • CMS 3020 (C)

Credit Hours

3 credit hours (3-0-3)

Course Outcomes

Because CMS 4500 is the capstone class in the Communication and Media Studies (CMS) program, the goals for the class align with those of the CMS program outcomes Through successful completion of the course, students demonstrate high-level reading, writing, and critical thinking skills.

Reading and Writing Proficiency

CMS 4500 is intended for senior-level students preparing for careers as professional writers and communicators. Both the reading and the writing assignments demand a high level of proficiency and sophistication. Students with a shaky grasp of grammar, mechanics, or reading comprehension should plan to spend several hours each week working with tutors in the A&S Writers’ Studio and/or the Center for Student Success.

The Writers’ Studio is located in the A&S building, room 224. There you can talk with trained writing tutors about your writing projects. They are available to work with you at any stage of your paper, from generating ideas to organizing your paper to understanding how to format it correctly. The service is free; you may drop in and wait for a tutor or sign up for a regular appointment. But remember: you, not your tutor, are ultimately responsible for the quality and content of the papers you submit.