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K-State Today

May 10, 2017



Soumia Bardhan publishes piece on internationalizing communication studies curriculum

By Nina Marino

Soumia Bardhan, assistant professor of communication studies and director of global communication initiatives, has published an article in Spectra, the National Communication Association's award-winning magazine.

Bardhan's piece focuses on ways communication courses and curriculum are being/can be internationalized in U.S. higher education, through area studies, foreign language learning, internationalizing content in individual courses, travel and exchange programs, and international research. Bardhan discusses the ways in which multiple stakeholders can/need to be invested for faculty to successfully include international content in their courses, design and direct travel programs, create online courses, teach using technology, and/or engage in international teaching and research experiences. She highlights some efforts through which K-State facilitates curriculum internationalization.

This piece appeared in the May issue of the magazine, which is devoted to the theme "Internationalizing the Communication Discipline." The issue's other articles address institutional aspects involved with internationalization, the value and experience of the Fulbright scholarship program, the experience of serving as a communication scholar/professor overseas, and the importance of higher education internationalization in general.

Published four times a year, Spectra is one means through which the National Communication Association works toward accomplishing its mission of advancing communication as the discipline that studies all forms, modes, media, and consequences of communication through humanistic, social scientific and aesthetic inquiry. It is distributed quarterly to about 7,500 readers across the country, including communication scholars, teachers and practitioners.

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