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Featured Course: Public Communication

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  A 2016 Iowa State University study found that employers prefer recent college graduates who come equipped with strong oral communication skills – regardless of occupation. Employers ranked oral communication skills higher than visual and electronic communication skills. The reason is simple: people communicate more through speech. While speech reigns as the most common form of communication, it’s hard to […]

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Featured Course: The Beatles: Career, Music, Culture, Innovation, Impact

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  Aside from being chart toppers and the greatest pun in music, the Beatles are also one of music’s biggest influences. The “Fab Four” rocked the 1960s and early 70s with a constantly evolving sound. Using elements from classical, pop, rock, and Indian music, among others, the Beatles created a mix of both classic and eclectic hits that still resonate […]

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Featured Course: International Relations

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POLI 280 - International Relations

  How did a 38-second video improve diplomatic relations with countries that don’t share a formal alliance with each other? In September 2016, as an act of “public diplomacy” the United States military released a 38-second video meant to address the growing tensions in the Korean Peninsula and emphasize military cooperation between the U.S., Japan, and South Korea. At the […]

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Featured Course: Topics in Judaic Studies: Coen Brothers: Genre & Irony

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  “That rug really tied the room together.” – Jeffrey Lebowski aka “The Dude”   If you don’t get that reference, it may be a sign that you should take JDST 390 – Topics in Judaic Studies: Coen Brothers: Genre & Irony. For more than thirty years, Joel and Ethan Coen have crafted provocative and humorous films that take on […]

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Featured Course: Selected Topics: Atlantic Revolutions on Film

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  Fears about government being run by an autocrat. Battles over freedom of the press. Concerns about immigration, illegal voting, and foreign influence in politics. Mass resistance movements springing up across the land. Protest marches through city streets. Town hall meetings erupting into shouting matches. Citizens considering one another the enemy, sometimes coming to blows. Acts of terror. The specter […]

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