Communication
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

COMM 641: Advanced Communication Skills for STEM

COMM 641-001: Advanced Communication Skills for STEM Professionals
(Fall 2017)

Robinson A123

Section Information for Fall 2017

In this class, you team with a specific scientist or engineering professor and build an outreach product that shares that scholar's research with a specific set of stakeholders.  For example, you might partner with an astronomer, a marine scientist, a hydrologist, or an environmental engineer.  Your “partner-with-a-scientist” or "partner with an engineering professor" project begins early in the semester, after the class has read about evidence-based guidance for science and risk communication, guidance from National Academy of Science reports.  Scientists and engineers may be invited to partner by the student or the instructor will provide a set of individuals eager to partner with a class member. Graduate students in the natural sciences or engineering may share their own research, supported by communication professionals the instructor recruits. Scientists in George Mason University’s Department of Environmental Science and Public Policy and other organizations in Virginia and the Washington, DC, area will be invited to work with the class.  Students will end the semester with a tested outreach product they and their partner can share. 

For more information about this class, email Professor Katherine Rowan.  Rowan, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, enjoys researching science and risk communication and directs the science communication graduate certificate program.

Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Examines the specific oral, written, and mediated communication competencies needed by STEM professionals in modern society. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture

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