The programs of the Department of Culture and Communication enrich developing maritime professionals by building literary and cultural fluency, critical thinking and communication skills. Our faculty and students approach these activities with a rigorous ethical commitment and the global perspective that characterizes the maritime university.
Members of the faculty are dedicated to teaching and scholarly research in diverse fields such as environmental studies, maritime literature, oceanic studies, literary theory, rhetoric and composition, technical writing, film and new media. C&C faculty teach courses in literature, humanities, arts, writing, and foreign languages. Our faculty are active in professional organizations and societies, and many are nationally and internationally recognized experts in their disciplines.
The Department of Culture and Communication is at the heart of social and cultural life on the Cal Maritime campus. With the library, we sponsor the annual spring Maritime Film Festival, and we support the Joseph P. Rizza Lecture as well as lectures and discussions throughout the year.
Each year we recognize excellence in student writing with two awards, given to outstanding writers in C&C courses. Culture and Communication faculty regularly lead students in the International Experience program, learning in such important areas as France, Belgium, China, Japan, Taiwan and Viet Nam.
2015 Rizza Lecture Participants (L-R) Colin Dewey, Amy Parsons, Keith Collins (SFSU), Sarah Jessica Johnson (UCB), Sarah Crabtree (SFSU), Julie Chisholm.
We are extremely proud of our colleague Dr. Amy Parsons, who has been recognized by her Cal Maritime peers as 2015-16's "Distinguished Teacher." This marks the second year in a row that C&C has been so recognized, an indication of the importance Culture and Communication faculty place on rigorous and productive classroom teaching that fits the specific requirements of Cal Maritime students.
Congratulations Dr. Parsons!