Arts & Communication

Arts & Communication

A selection of peer reviewed and/or widely used openly licensed resources for courses and programs in this discipline area. This is only a selection. Search for materials using tools on the Finding Sources page.

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English

English 1101: Composition 1
Group Resource Development: COD Faculty

A list of recommended OER textbooks curated to align with the learning objectives for COD English 1101: Composition 1 courses. You’ll find materials for both yourself and your students. [Adapted from Author/Publisher]

Project: English 1102 Teaching critical analysis and writing using book reviews

English 1101: Composition 2
Group Resource Development: COD Faculty

A list of recommended OER textbooks curated to align with the learning objectives for COD English 1101: Composition 2 courses. You’ll find materials for both yourself and your students. [Adapted from Author/Publisher]

Project: English 1130 Literature

Project: English 2262

Bad Ideas About Writing Authors: Cheryl E. Ball and Drew M. Loewe

This college-level textbook teaches students how to avoid bad writing ideas and suggests better ones. It asks core questions such as what is good writing, what makes a good writer and how writing should be assessed. [Adapted from Author/Publisher]

Let’s Get Writing! Authors: Kathy Boylan, et al.

This college-level textbook covers first year writing topics. It introduces freshman students to how writers think about and produce text. [Adapted from Author/Publisher]

Writing and Literature: Composition as Inquiry, Learning, Thinking, and Communication Author: Tanya Long Bennett

Furthering ideas presented in Contribute a Verse: A Guide to First-Year Composition as a complimentary companion, Writing and Literature builds a new conversation covering various genres of literature and writing. Students learn the various writing styles appropriate for analyzing, addressing, and critiquing these genres including poetry, novels, dramas, and research writing. [Adapted from Author/Publisher]

The Word on College Reading and Writing Authors: Monique Babin, et al.

This textbook is an interactive multimedia text that draws from decades of experience teaching students who are entering the college reading and writing environment for the very first time. It includes examples, exercises, and definitions for just about every reading- and writing-related topic students will encounter in their college courses. [Adapted from Author/Publisher]

American Literature From Civil War-Present

Writing the Nation: A Concise Introduction to American Literature 1865 to Present
Authors: Amy Berke, et al.

This a college-level textbook that surveys key literary movements and the American authors associated with the movement. Topics include late romanticism, realism, naturalism, modernism, and modern literature. [Adapted from Author/Publisher]

British Literature
Children’s Literature

British Literature I Anthology: From the Middle Ages to Neoclassicism and the Eighteenth Century Editors: Bonnie J. Robinson and Laura J. Getty

This is textbook is an anthology featuring over 50 authors and full texts of their works. The anthology follows the shift of monarchic to parliamentarian rule in Britain and the heroic epic to the more egalitarian novel as genre. [Adapted from Author/Publisher]

Greek Mythology
Introduction to Literature
Poetry

Poetry and Literature: Open teaching resources collection
Author: Jason Snart

This open resource is intended to be used for COD’s English 1152 and 1130 courses. It is primarily a glossary of key terms covering literary terms with extended explanations and considerations for each term included. [Adapted from Author/Publisher]

Short Fiction
World Literature

Compact Anthology of World Literature Parts 1, 2, and 3 Authors: Laura Getty and Kyounghye Kwon

This is anthology surveys world literature. The anthology emphasizes non-Western and European works, with only the British authors who were the most influential to European and non-Western authors (such as Shakespeare, whose works have influenced authors around the world to the present day). [Adapted from Author/Publisher]

World Literature I: Beginnings to 1650 Authors: Laura Getty and Kyounghye Kwon

This peer-reviewed World Literature anthology includes introductory text and images before each series of readings. Sections of the text are divided by time period in three parts: the Ancient World, Middle Ages, and Renaissance, and then divided into chapters by location. [Adapted from Author/Publisher]

History

The American Yawp Vol. I: To 1877
Editors: Joseph L. Locke and Ben Wright

The American Yawp offers a free and online, collaboratively built, open American history textbook designed for college-level history courses. The textbook is offered in two volumes. Volume 2 of The American Yawp is available here. [Adapted from Author/Publisher]

The American Yawp Vol. II: Since 1877
Editors: Joseph L. Locke and Ben Wright

The American Yawp offers a free and online, collaboratively built, open American history textbook designed for college-level history courses. The textbook is offered in two volumes. Volume 1 of The American Yawp is available here. [Adapted from Author/Publisher]

Keys to Understanding the Middle East
Authors: Alam Payind and Melinda McClimans

This textbook is intended for readers who have never studied the Middle East. The material covers diverse – even conflicting – cultural and historical perspectives, and ways of perceiving both Middle Eastern and world history from perspectives within the region. [Adapted from Author/Publisher]

U.S. History
Authors: P. Scott Corbett, et al.

U.S. History is designed to meet the scope and sequence requirements of most introductory courses. The text provides a balanced approach to U.S. history, considering the people, events, and ideas that have shaped the United States from both the top down (politics, economics, diplomacy) and bottom up (eyewitness accounts, lived experience). [Adapted from Author/Publisher]

Western Civilization: A Concise History Volume 1
Author: Dr. Christopher Brooks

Volume 1: origins of civilization in Mesopotamia c. 8,000 BCE through the early Middle Ages in Europe c. 1,000 CE. Volume 1 covers topics including Mesopotamia, Egypt, Persia, Greece, Rome, the Islamic caliphates, and the early European Middle Ages. [Adapted from Author/Publisher]

Western Civilization: A Concise History Volume 2
Author: Dr. Christopher Brooks

Volume 2: from the early Middle Ages to the French Revolution in 1789 CE. Volume 2 covers topics including the High Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the European conquest of the Americas, the Reformation, the Scientific Revolution, and the Enlightenment. [Adapted from Author/Publisher]

Western Civilization: A Concise History Volume 3
Author: Dr. Christopher Brooks

Volume 3: from the Napoleonic era to the recent past. Volume 3 covers topics including the Industrial Revolution, the politics of Europe in the nineteenth century, modern European imperialism, the world wars, fascism, Nazism, and the Holocaust, the postwar era, the Cold War, and recent developments in economics and politics. [Adapted from Author/Publisher]

World History: Cultures, States, and Societies to 1500
Authors: Eugene Berger and Georgia Gwinnett

World History: Cultures, States, and Societies to 1500 offers a comprehensive introduction to the history of humankind from prehistory to 1500. It covers such cultures, states, and societies as Ancient Mesopotamia, Ancient Israel, Dynastic Egypt, India’s Classical Age, the Dynasties of China, Archaic Greece, the Roman Empire, Islam, Medieval Africa, the Americas, and the Khanates of Central Asia. [Adapted from Author/Publisher]

Mass Communication (title/placeholder is from the Programs of Study page here )

Be Credible: Information Literacy for Journalism, Public Relations, Advertising and Marketing Students Author: Peter Bobkowski and Karna Younger

This book teaches college-level journalism and strategic communication focusing on research methods. [Adapted from Author/Publisher]

Journalism, ‘Fake News’ and Disinformation: A Handbook for Journalism Education and Training Author: Julie Posetti, et al.

This handbook is useful for the library and information science professionals, students, and LIS educators for understanding the different dimensions of fake news and disinformation. [Adapted from Author/Publisher]

Understanding Media and Culture: An Introduction to Mass Communication
Author not provided

Understanding Media and Culture: An Introduction to Mass Communication was written to squarely emphasize media technology. The author believes that an introduction to mass communication text should be a compelling, historical narrative sketching the *ongoing evolution* of media technology and how that technology shapes and is shaped by culture — and that is what he set out to deliver with his new textbook. [Adapted from Author/Publisher]

Languages

French

German

Italian

Japanese

Korean

Russian

Spanish

Project: Spanish 1100 History of Spain textbook replacement

Project: Spanish 2251, 2251 Spanish Language

Philosophy

Introduction to Philosophy: Ethics
Authors: George Matthews and Christina Hendricks

This text examines some of the main threads of discussion on these topics that have developed over the last couple of millenia, mostly within the Western cultural tradition. It considers basic questions about moral and ethical judgment. [Adapted from Author/Publisher]

Introduction to Philosophy: Logic
Editors: Ben Martin and Christina Hendricks

This textbook provides students with the concepts and skills necessary to identify and evaluate arguments effectively. The chapters, all written by experts in the field, provide an overview of what arguments are, the different types of arguments one can expect to encounter in both philosophy and everyday life, and how to recognize common argumentative mistakes. [Adapted from Author/Publisher]

Introduction to Philosophy: Philosophy of Religion
Editors: Beau Branson and Christina Hendricks 

This textbook covers some of the major traditional arguments for and against the existence of God, as well as some less well-known, but thought-provoking arguments for the existence of God. [Adapted from Author/Publisher]

Philosophical Ethics
Author: George W. Matthews

This book is an introduction to philosophical ethics intended for use in introductory college or high school level courses. [Adapted from Author/Publisher]

Religious Studies

Speech

Exploring Communication in the Real World: An Introduction to Speech Communication Authors: Chris Miller and Mia Poston

This Speech 1100 textbook was developed by Communication faculty at COD. It includes COD-specific information and is in constant development in collaboration with students.

Fundamentals of Public Speaking
Authors: Lauren Rome, et al.

This textbook examines the principles and practices of public speaking, communication theory, and techniques for public speaking. Includes speech organization, development, research, audience analysis, reasoning, and presentation skills for the development of informative and persuasive speeches. [Adapted from Author/Publisher]

Stand up, Speak out: The Practice and Ethics of Public Speaking
Authors: Barbara Tucker and Kristin Barton

From audience analysis to giving a presentation, Stand up, Speak out: The Practice and Ethics of Public Speaking, will guide students through the speech making process. The fifteen chapters are divided into four clear units of information: introduction to public speaking, speech preparation, speech creation, and speech presentation. [Adapted from Author/Publisher]