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Here is the link to your preview of Spring Quarter 2020 Classes.

Here is the link to your preview of Spring Quarter 2020 Classes. * (full searchable pdf posted below.)

Please remember this course listing is provided as a snapshot of classes that might be of interest to you as an SoC student and is not meant to substitute for the listings in CAESAR or consultation with your advisor.  In fact, there are often changes made on the CAESAR listings right up until registration and sometimes even after. Additionally, not all pre-requisites have been listed for all classes because some course descriptions have not yet been posted. So, take a look and see what interests you and then make sure to check the CAESAR listings to confirm class details. Classes are scheduled to go live on CAESAR on Monday, February 10th, 2020.

As always, if you have questions about your own degree progress or whether a class will count toward your major, minor, certificate or other additional program, make sure to check with your advisor. The Undergraduate Advising tab at the top left of the Spotlight blog page  will take you to their email address and contact information which is listed by major.

Don’t forget: Pre-Registration for Spring Quarter 2020 begins on Monday, Feb 17th at 8:30 am and ends Thursday, February 20th at 5:15 pm. Pre-registration and registration appointment times will be listed on your personal CAESAR account on Friday, February 14th, 2020.  Regular Registration begins the week of February 24th, 2020.

* If  you click on the bookmark icon in the upper left corner of the pdf, you can easily navigate course topics.  In addition, there is a link to the Searchable CAESAR class descriptions archive at the top of the page and contact information for all departments in the subject banner line. 

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Hey SoC Seniors!! Interested in speaking at graduation?!

Hey SoC Seniors!! Interested in speaking at graduation?!

The Student Advisory Committee for Commencement Activities is looking for students to fill the following speaking roles:

– Student Speaker
– Introduce Commencement Speaker
– Honors Ceremony Speaker
– Emcee

If you’re interested, applications are due by Friday, April 10 at 11:59pm:

Questions about the application process? Please email

Two important notes!
1. We know that things are up in the air with everything going on related to COVID-19, but student speakers will still be part of commencement ceremonies — regardless of what form those end up taking.
2. The Committee does not know any more than the rest of students about commencement activities. We have been told that things are still being planned as normal, with Commencement happening on June 19.


Each year, we conduct a survey to learn more about your experiences in the School of Communication. We value your input and ideas, and completing the survey is a way to have a real impact on the School. The survey is anonymous, and will only take a few minutes of your time.

The link for the survey is:

At the end of the survey, you’ll be redirected to a form where you can enter a drawing to win a new iPad Pro (one entry per student, please).

Thank you for taking the time to complete the SoC Survey!

GESI deadline extended to 3/1!

The GESI program has extended the application deadline to March 1, 2020! GESI is a summer study abroad program run by Global Learning Office (GLO) in which students:

  • Live with a homestay family
  • Intern in a grassroots organization
  • Earn academic credit

GESI locations are Argentina, Costa Rica, Ghana, Guatemala, Uganda, and Vietnam. All years in school and all majors welcome. One year of college level Spanish or the equivalent is required for the Spanish speaking locations.

Scholarships are available for eligible students. Learn more about the application.

Unnecessarily Beautiful Spaces – Dave Eggers and Charles Whitaker in conversation

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Unnecessarily Beautiful Spaces: Medill Dean Charles Whitaker in conversation with author/entrepreneur Dave Eggers

About this Event:
The Garage
Thursday, Feb. 27th
7-8 p.m.

Join The Garage for a special event open to the entire Northwestern community. We’ll be welcoming entrepreneur and author Dave Eggers and Medill Dean Charles Whitaker for a discussion and Q&A.

This event is open to the entire Northwestern community including faculty, staff, and students. Please RSVP with your Northwestern email address.

About Dave Eggers

Dave Eggers is the author of many books, including The Circle, The Monk of Mokha, What is the What, A Hologram for the King, and The Lifters. He is founder of McSweeney’s, an independent publishing company based in San Francisco that produces books, a humor website, and a journal of new writing, McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern. McSweeney’s also publishes Voice of Witness, a nonprofit book series that uses oral history to illuminate human rights crises around the world. Eggers is also the co-founder of 826 National, a network of youth writing and tutoring centers around the United States. Realizing the need for greater college access for low-income students, Eggers founded ScholarMatch, a nonprofit organization designed to connect students with resources, schools and donors to make college possible.

Queertopia 2020 “New Queer and Trans Politics?” on Feb 29 – Free Registration

We are proud to announce free registration ( for the 13th annual Queertopia conference, New Queer and Trans Politics?, on February 29 (Saturday) at Kresge Centennial Hall (Northwestern Evanston campus). This year we feature four student research panels, a keynote by Kim L Hunt, Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame Inductee and Executive Director of Pride Action Tank, and a screening and discussion of the film, Criminal Queers.

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But… you still have the opportunity to see the final dress rehearsal.  Tickets are free but you must register to attend.  For more information and to register for the free event, please see:

Please note: Doors open at 7:15pm // Rehearsal begins at 7:30pm. No seating in the first three rows. No late seating will be admitted.

Date and Time:
Thursday, February 13, 2020
7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

Ethel M. Barber Theatre
30 Arts Circle Drive
Evanston, IL   60208

***Call for Nominations for the 2019-2020 SoC Teaching Awards***

Dear School of Communication Student:

I am writing to encourage you to nominate deserving faculty members in the School of Communication for two exciting awards. This is your opportunity to help us to recognize and reward faculty who have enhanced and encouraged your learning, have offered effective mentoring, and have had a positive impact on your life.

The Galbut Award is named after the Galbut family, who generously donated funds to make this award possible. This honor includes a cash award that is presented to a faculty member who has been outstanding in his or her teaching and in his or her efforts to engage students both inside and outside the classroom. 

The Clarence Simon Award identifies and rewards outstanding teachers and mentors. As many as three faculty members are recognized for outstanding teaching, one from each division of the School of Communication. The three divisions of the school are: Division I (Theatre, including Dance, and Performance Studies); Division II (Radio-Television-Film and Communication Studies); and Division III (Communication Sciences and Disorders). Each award recipient is honored with a commemorative gift and a monetary award. Eligible faculty members are those who hold tenure-track appointments. 

To nominate a faculty member for either or both of these awards, please complete the nomination form available online at:

The deadline for nominations is Friday, February 21st, 2020.

Thank you for taking time to help us highlight the contributions that faculty members in the School of Communication have made toward your success as undergraduate students at Northwestern University. Please contact the Undergraduate Student Resource Center at 847-491-7214 or if you have any questions about the nomination process. 

Jeanette Ortiz

Jeanette A. Ortiz, Ph.D.
Director of Undergraduate Programs and Advising
School of Communication
Northwestern University
70 Arts Circle Drive, Rm 5-131
Evanston, IL  60208

Applications Now Open: 2020 Summer Internship Grant Program

Applications Now Open: 2020 Summer Internship Grant Program

The Summer Internship Grant Program (SIGP) provides a $3000 stipend for Northwestern undergraduate students (enrolled at least through fall 2020) participating in unpaid internships this summer and offers career development support from Northwestern Career Advancement. Students do not need to have an internship secured before applying and previous SIGP recipients can reapply. Apply by Thursday, April 2, 2020.

RSVP to an information session (encouraged, but not required) in Handshake > Events | Learn more about SIGP and apply

Student Admission Volunteer Hosts for Purple Preview

This notice is to inform you about the Purple Preview program through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Through the program, prospective students shadow current students during the school day as a way to experience classes and life at Northwestern. 

We’re looking for people like you to host prospective students! You don’t need any prior experience in admissions, you just have to be a current student willing to host a high school student from 9am-3pm. Though we host students Monday through Thursday through the academic year, there’s no minimum amount of days you need to host. 

We currently have over 200 volunteer hosts, but we are looking to expand to ensure we have host representing all six undergraduate schools.

What’s in it for you? It’s a fun and fulfilling experience to share all that Northwestern has to offer! We’ll provide you and your prospective student with meal vouchers for Norris and dining halls.

If you’re interested in being on our Listserv, simply fill out the form below. You’ll then receive an email in the coming weeks outlining hosting responsibilities and more program details. 

Please let us know if you have any questions about the program, and we hope to see you in the Visitors Center soon. 

Student Admission Volunteer Coordinators

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