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Mitzi Hettgar|Synergy Program

mitzi hettgarMitzi Hettgar, UWYO 1450 Instructor

Course Information

UWYO 1450-01

Course Description

Critically Thinking About Media and Our World
This course introduces students to the methods and skills necessary when critically evaluating messages, especially those found in the modern media.  Students will study the process of reasonable, reflective, responsible thinking; will evaluate arguments and evidence from a wide variety of sources; will develop, refine, and defend reasonable positions; and will apply those skills when assessing the content of today’s media including: books, newspapers, magazines, radio, television, the Internet, and others. In addition, students will examine issues found in the modern media and present their findings to the class.


Communication & Journalism

Office Hours/Location

Ross Hall 1C

Research Interests

My media interests involve the effects of media on interpersonal relationships and why we become attached to the media. Also how media portrays characters and storylines politically in fictional TV. shows, pretty much anything that allows me to analyze television :).


Book: Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood pal by Christopher Moore
Band: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
Sport: Tennis
Song: (I like too many to have a favorite) but maybe Anthems of a Seventeen Year Old Girl By Broken Social Scene
Movie: Lost in Translation

Interests and hobbies

Hobbies:  I love watching reality television, listening to music and pod casts, reading and hanging out with my friends and family.

Educational Background

B.S. in Communication, University of Wyoming, 2007

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