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Kevin O. Sauter

Professor
Degree
B.A., Moorhead State University;
M.A., Miami (Ohio) University;
Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University
Office
OEC 125B
Phone
(651) 962-5821
Toll Free
(800) 328-6819, Ext. 2-5821
Mail
Mail 5011
University of St. Thomas
Summit Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105

Courses:
Professor Sauter teaches Television Criticism, Public Speaking, Public Communication, Persuasion, and Communication & Citizenship.

Scholarship and service:
Professor Sauter is committed to exposing UST students to global communication concepts and has taken students abroad to study intercultural communication on many occasions. He has taught study-abroad courses in South Africa, Hawaii and Mali (West Africa). Most of Dr. Sauter’s classes contain service-learning components where students learn and apply the material being studied through projects with community partners. 

His scholarship is primarily focused on political communication, and he is often asked to provide analysis and commentary for local media outlets on campaign advertising and presidential debates. Professor Sauter is also interested in intercultural communication and traveled around the world in 2008-09 to study the impact of cultural on the Catholic Mass. His project titled A Month of Sundays examines the confluence of culture, identity and communication that occurs in Catholic liturgy in varied circumstances and locations around the world.  

At UST:
Professor Sauter has served as the chair of three different departments at St. Thomas and has led many University and College committees.  He currently serves as the Director of the Arts and Letters Division in the College of Arts and Sciences. Sauter joined the UST faculty in 1982.

Fall 2017 Courses

Fall 2017 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
COJO 112 - 02 Intro to COJO-II M - W - - - - 1525 - 1700 OEC 303
CRN: 40602 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Kevin O. Sauter This is the second of a two-course sequence that introduces students to essential skills of the communication and journalism discipline. In this course, students will build upon the skills developed in COJO 111, applying more sophisticated theoretical and analytical concepts and producing more advanced writing, speaking and multimedia projects. Prerequisite: COJO 111 or permission of instructor. Students are strongly encouraged to complete COJO 111 and this course before taking any 300- or 400-level COJO courses.

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COJO 212 - 01 Rhetorical Criticism M - W - F - - 1215 - 1320 JRC 222
CRN: 40604 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Kevin O. Sauter This course teaches students to become more critical consumers and producers of public messages. Students will examine a mix of historical and contemporary examples of persuasive communication in order to develop an awareness of the rhetorical power of messages in everyday life. Critical tools will be covered to help the student learn how to approach a communicative act systematically, identifying crucial interactions and suggesting ways of understanding how those interactions function. The emphasis on critical consumption also enables students to become more effective creators of public messages. Prerequisite: COJO 111 or permission of instructor

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COJO 366 - 01 Persuasion M - W - F - - 0935 - 1040 BEC 114
CRN: 41615 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Kevin O. Sauter Study of the various strategies used to influence choice in modern society, including sources, content (such as evidence and argumentation) and audience factors (such as beliefs, attitudes, and values) that influence the persuasive process. Ethical consideration of persuasive tactics will be discussed. Students apply theory through analysis of, and practice in, written, mediated and oral forms of persuasion. A final project in applied persuasion is developed in the course. Prerequisite: COJO 212 or sophomore standing

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J-Term 2018 Courses

J-Term 2018 Courses
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Spring 2018 Courses

Spring 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
COJO 111 - 01 Intro to COJO-I - T - R - - - 1525 - 1700 OEC 303
CRN: 20530 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Kevin O. Sauter This is the first of a two-course sequence that introduces students to essential skills of the communication and journalism discipline. Students will develop skills to communicate thoughtfully, professionally and ethically with a variety of public audiences. Essential writing and public speaking skills are paired so that students master a writing style and then convert that writing to an oral presentation, or vice versa. Students learn how to appropriately and effectively speak and write to academic, professional and citizen audiences. Students are strongly encouraged to complete this course and COJO 112 before taking any 300- or 400-level COJO courses. -- --

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COJO 340 - 01 Television Criticism - T - R - - - 0955 - 1135 OEC 210
CRN: 20826 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Kevin O. Sauter This course will provide students with the opportunity to understand television as a text situation in a cultural context. It will examine television from a critical perspective, review a wide variety of program genres and incorporate several theoretical orientations to the qualitative analysis of TV. Students, along with reading about and discussion of critical perspectives, watch programs such as comedies, dramas, news, advertisements, miniseries, etc., and write several critical analyses of the programs.

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FILM 200 - 01 Introduction to Film Studies M - W - - - - 1335 - 1510 MHC 210
CRN: 21072 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Kevin O. Sauter FILM 200 introduces students to film analysis, providing the basic tools to understand, appreciate, and analyze the technical and aesthetic dimensions of film and to understand how these elements come together to create meaning. The course will focus on specific filmmaking techniques, provide a brief overview of film history, and introduce students to the concepts of genre, ideology and style. In addition to attending class sessions, students will be required to attend a weekly film screening (lab). This course fulfills the Fine Arts requirement in the core curriculum.

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FILM 200 - 51 Intro to Film Studies Lab - - - R - - - 1715 - 1915 JRC 126
CRN: 21073 0 Credit Hours Instructor: Kevin O. Sauter FILM 200 introduces students to film analysis, providing the basic tools to understand, appreciate, and analyze the technical and aesthetic dimensions of film and to understand how these elements come together to create meaning. The course will focus on specific filmmaking techniques, provide a brief overview of film history, and introduce students to the concepts of genre, ideology and style. In addition to attending class sessions, students will be required to attend a weekly film screening (lab). This course fulfills the Fine Arts requirement in the core curriculum.

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