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Graduate Courses

Communication Graduate Courses

COMM 5301. 3 sem. hrs.
INTRODUCTION TO COMMUNICATION SCHOLARSHIP

This is a practical introduction to scholarship in the Communication discipline with emphasis in: reading and understanding academic source material; finding source material in scholarly literatures; writing academic research papers; editing and revising your own work; and presenting scholarship. Completing this course will prepare you to think, write, and present ideas as an advanced scholar in the Communication discipline.

COMM 5302. 3 sem. hrs.
SEMINAR IN COMMUNICATION THEORY

This course represents an advanced treatment of theory in the Communication discipline. Theoretical traditions and theories discussed in this course are used by scholars to explain and/or interpret communication processes in such areas as interpersonal, intercultural, organizational, and media settings.

COMM 5303. 3 sem. hrs.
RESEARCH METHODOLOGY

This course is designed as an intellectual and practical introduction to communication research at the graduate level, including epistemological, intellectual, and practical issues associated with qualitative, quantitative, and critical methods research.

COMM 5304. 3 sem. hrs.
SEMINAR IN CULTURAL THEORY

This course examines theoretical approaches to cultural studies; focus on interdisciplinary research of media audiences and covering a range of methods and theoretical frameworks; concentration varies.

COMM 5306. 3 sem. hrs.
INSTRUCTIONAL COMMUNICATION RESEARCH AND APPLICATION

This course offers students an overview of research of communication variables and models that contribute to effective communication and learning in the classroom and other venues.  Students will have opportunities to apply research findings to various contexts and to generate new research questions that should be explored to advance the area of instructional communication.

COMM 5307. 3 sem. hrs.
COMMUNICATION AND ORGANIZATIONS

This course surveys traditional and contemporary readings in organizational communication. Readings cover such topics as the relationship of communication and organizational structure, process, stakeholders, leadership, decision making, culture, and identity. [Credit may not be given for both this course and PADM 5307.]

COMM 5308. 3 sem. hrs.
TEAMWORK AND LEADERSHIP

This course will focus on the theory and practice of teamwork and leadership in small groups. Topics include developing positive group norms, establishing functional roles, enhancing leadership skills, making group decisions, developing innovative thinking, analyzing group communication, conducting productive meetings, functioning as a team and delivering group presentations.

COMM 5309. 3 sem. hrs.
SEMINAR IN INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION

This seminar focuses on terminology, key theories, and functions of interpersonal communication as it pertains to the formation and maintenance of relationships.

COMM 5310. 3 sem. hrs.
SEMINAR IN INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION

This course explores the relationship between communication and culture through scholarly readings, discussions, and critiques in three subfields of Intercultural Communication: cultural communication, cross-cultural communication, and intercultural communication.

COMM 5311. 3 sem. hrs.
SEMINAR IN PERSUASION THEORY

This course investigates traditional and contemporary theories of persuasion and is an in-depth study of the major concepts of persuasive communication.

COMM 5312. 3 sem. hrs.
SEMINAR IN GENDER COMMUNICATION

This seminar focuses on terminology, key theories, and cutting-edge research within the study of gender communication.

COMM 5315. 3 sem. hrs.
FAMILY COMMUNICATION

Overview of theory and research on communication in the family. Content focuses on definitions, frameworks, perspectives, theories, and outcomes tied to the study of communication processes within the family.

COMM 5335. 3 sem. hrs.
CRISIS COMMUNICATION

Designed to reach students in all areas of graduate study, this course will provide professional training in crisis communication. Students will learn how to distinguish between various types of crises; recognize crises before they occur; create a crisis team and strategy; create tools for preventing, managing, and responding to crisis situations; train spokespersons; practice effective crisis management, image restoration, and apologia; and utilize media effectively.

COMM 5340. 3 sem. hrs.
PERSPECTIVES IN PUBLIC RELATIONS

This course provides an in-depth discussion of the theoretical and philosophical body of knowledge in public relations and how it informs practice. Through the study of theories, advanced concepts, principles, methods, and best practices, students will gain an understanding of public relations that will be meaningful to their career goals.

COMM 5341. 3 sem. hrs.
DIGITAL FILMMAKING

This course concentrates on the professional skills needed by a well-rounded independent filmmaker: writing, visualizing the script, producing, directing the actors, digital cinematography, sound, editing, and postproduction. Prerequisite: Undergraduate courses in video production and editing or permission by instructor.

COMM 5343. 3 sem. hrs.
SEMINAR IN TELEVISION STUDIES

This course is a critical study of television programming content, production practices, and audiences. Includes consideration of industrial, political, aesthetic, and cultural analyses of television.

COMM 5344. 3 sem. hrs.
SEMINAR IN FILM STUDIES

This course investigates of selected topics in film through viewing, reading, and independent research. May be repeated when topics vary.

COMM 5346. 3 sem. hrs.
SEMINAR IN NEW MEDIA

Explores contemporary instances of new and emerging media platforms, especially as facilitated through digital media technologies, as they continue to disseminate more widely as portals of communication. Students will engage with specific issues in new media through the lenses of various cultural theories in order to gain a greater understanding of the scope of new media, its culture, and the relationships that exist between machines and humans, as well as those between society and technology. 

COMM 5347. 3 sem. hrs.
GLOBAL MEDIA & INTERNATIONAL COMMUNICATION

This course introduces students to the exciting and perplexing domain of global media and international communication and to the ethical issues that challenge the ever-changing mediascape of American democracy in a global context.  It examines global media in the context of cultural diversity in media production, practices and media ethics while exploring ethical principles dominant in the Fourth Estate of the U.S. and in international media. 

COMM 5390. 3 sem. hrs.
SPECIAL TOPICS IN COMMUNICATION

This course is an intensive exploration of selected topics in communication study. Topics may include, but are not limited to, the following: ethnography, language and social interaction, critical and rhetorical methods, and interviewing. May be repeated when topics vary.

COMM 5394. 6 sem. hrs.
SEMINAR IN COMMUNICATION

In-depth study of various topics within communication. Offers students opportunities to expand knowledge learned in other courses. Approval of advisor required.

COMM 5395. 3-6 sem. hrs.
THESIS

The thesis is 3 or 6 credits hours of independent research under the direction of a student's graduate committee and can be taken for 3 or 6 credit hours a semester dependent upon thesis proposal. Prerequisite: Approval of a student’s Faculty Mentor. Grade assigned will be "credit" (CR) or "no credit" (NC). Prerequisite: Approval of a student's Faculty Mentor. Grade assigned will be "credit" (CR) or "no credit" (NC).

COMM 5396. 3 sem. hrs.
INDIVIDUAL STUDY

This Individual Study course is designed to provide inquiry and research opportunities in an area of special interest otherwise not available in course offerings. Two individual study courses may be applied toward the degree with the approval of the student’s Faculty Mentor.

COMM 5399. 3 sem. hrs.
INTERNSHIP

Practical experience in the communication field through placement in an organization. By application only and approval of the internship coordinator. Prerequisites: Completion of at least 18 graduate hours in communication. Only 3 hours of internship may apply for the major and with internship credit, the hours outside the program that can be counted toward the major decreases to 3 hours.

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