Communication Courses Graduate

A seminar in the theory and practice of advertising as an art and science. Students will participate in cases and campaigns providing a dynamic approach to the field.

  • 3 Credits

Introduces students to quantitative, qualitative, and critical cultural research methods. Surveys basic concepts of theoretical and empirical research such as conceptualization, operationalization, and measurement, and introduces a variety of methodologies, including surveys, experiment, and content analysis. Prer., Graduate students only.

  • 3 Credits

Focus is on social media use in public relations. Students will learn how social media are transforming public relations and mass communications; about the strategic use of certain tools; the importance of authenticity and transparency in practicing public relations online; and how to measure online efforts.

  • 3 Credits

Advanced exploration of the theory, preparation, delivery and evaluation of public speeches. Prer., COMM 2100 or equivalent. Meets with COMM 4100.

  • 3 Credits

This course is intended to be both theoretical and practical in nature and will provide teachers and prospective teachers with strategies for using appropriate communication in the classroom. It will include methods for analysis, development, and facilitation of teachers’ and their students’ communication behaviors. Meets with COMM 4150.

  • 3 Credits

Exploration of the relationship between creativity and communication. Topics include: theories and models of creativity, creativity and language, the creative process in groups and organizations, and creative influence. Meets with COMM 4220.

  • 3 Credits

Explores major theoretical perspectives for the study of organizational communication, examines culture and communication relationships, describes the role and responsibilities of organizational communication professionals, and surveys current research in organizational communication. Students make application of organizational communication principles to a variety of case studies and organizational experiences. Meets with COMM 4240.

  • 3 Credits

Examines the communication challenges and opportunities organizations face dealing with sustainability and corporate social responsibility. Course combines theoretical and applied perspectives, focusing on issues of: corporate governance, ethics, global corporate citizenship, stakeholder management and social auditing/reporting. Meets with COMM 4290.

  • 3 Credits

Explores leadership and its complex relationship with gender roles in terms of leadership style, context, and communication. Students will consider their own leadership potential, explored from historic, contemporary, and personal perspectives. Meets with COMM 3330.

  • 3 Credits

This course explores issues related to professional relationships (such as co-workers, supervisors and subordinates, creative pairs), personal relationships (such as friendships, romantic relationships), and relationships that can be both (such as workplace friendships or enemies). Meets with COMM 3550.

  • 3 Credits

Opportunity for students to explore, upon consultation with the instructor, areas in radio-TV and film which the normal sequence of offering will not allow. Prer., Consent of instructor.

  • 1 Credits (Minimum) 3 Credits (Maximum)

Comprehensive examination of communication and learning theory, instructional design, and media production.

  • 3 Credits

Examines legal principles of public communication including the First Amendment, defamation, privacy, political speech, commercial speech, obscenity, news gathering, intellectual property rights, and regulation of broadcast, cable and online communications. Meets with COMM 4750.

  • 3 Credits

Advanced exploration of contemporary leadership theory and research with an emphasis on global leadership communication issues. Strategic communication methods are investigated through case analysis with emphasis on the relationship between leadership and culture, leadership style, transformational leadership, charisma, corporate culture, leadership challenges in dealing with diverse populations, ethical leadership and followership, and the global leadership challenges of the future.

  • 3 Credits

Advanced, in-depth study of the rhetoric of a particular public issue. Issues, theoretical materials, historical moment, and readings shift with topic. May be taken two times as long as topics are different. Prer., ENGL 1310, ENGL 1410. Meets with ENGL 4880.

  • 3 Credits

A dynamic and practical class offering assessment activities and dialogues focusing on the demands the current environment of change and innovation place on organizational leadership. Meets with COMM 4950.

  • 3 Credits

Discussion-based course uncovering the way in which various identity groups (race, gender, class, sexual orientation, ability, and religion) are constructed and portrayed in media texts and the impact of such portrayals on social relations. Students will directly apply theory to an array of media texts, from film and television to music and comic books. Prer., Junior/Senior or Grad only or instructor consent. Meets with COMM 4010.

  • 3 Credits

This is the capstone course for the Strategic Communication track. This course is intended as the pinnacle of the strategic communication coursework, drawing on all of the practices and theories learned. Through analyses of campaign case studies and a final, comprehensive communication campaign assignment, students will gain advanced and in-depth knowledge of strategic communications. The case studies will highlight best practices in strategic communication, and the campaign will give students an opportunity to create a tangible product for a client of their choice. Prer., COMM 1050, COMM 2900, COMM 3200, COMM 3250, COMM 3800.

  • 1 Credits (Minimum) 3 Credits (Maximum)

An introduction to quantitative data analysis techniques commonly employed in the field of communications and related disciplines. These techniques included t-tests, analysis of variance, correlation and regression, and factor analysis. Prer., Graduate standing.

  • 3 Credits

Explores the practice and application of qualitative research methods, such as participant observation, interviewing, and textual or content analysis, for the study of communication phenomena. Prer., Graduate students only.

  • 3 Credits

Facilitates the integration and application of students’ learning and studies in all Communication graduate courses. Students are prepared for their comprehensive examinations, develop a research-based capstone project, and present a conference-quality scholarly paper. Prer., Graduate standing.

  • 3 Credits

This course introduces students to the latest trends and advancements in the emerging technology landscape. The course focuses on theoretical models and frameworks that are relevant in emerging technology environments, as well as on the practical applications and implications of new communication technologies.

  • 3 Credits

In a seminar format, this course examines the historical development of various theories, present conceptualizations, and models of communication competency. Models are related to assessment in various contexts. Students develop and present a context-specific oral communication competency program.

  • 3 Credits

This course is an overview of a broad range of media theories that have examined media as a social force, that have explored factors affecting individuals’ selection and perceptions of media messages, and that have studied how media affect viewers’ attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors. Meets with COMM 4140.

  • 3 Credits

Examines the field of training and development from both theoretical and pragmatic perspectives. Although the primary emphasis will be on corporate training and development, the course will also address broad principles relating to adult education in a variety of training contexts. Meets with COMM 4160.

  • 3 Credits

Explores various graduate-level subjects in communication not normally offered on a regular basis. See Schedule of Courses for current offerings and prerequisites.

  • 1 Credits (Minimum) 6 Credits (Maximum)

An introduction to a wide range of theoretical, analytical and methodological tools for interrogating media texts. Students will critically analyze an array of media texts from film and television, to music and comic books, through a variety of prisms: rhetorical, feminist, semiotic, ideological, historical, textual, cultural, and more. Grad only or instructor consent. Meets with COMM 4350.

  • 3 Credits

An applied quantitative methods course with computer applications for students in the social sciences and specifically in communication. Stresses everyday issues confronting social scientific researchers such as reliability, validity and selection of the most appropriate statistics for a given application. Specific topics addressed include: Anova, Ancova, parametric and nonparametric measures of association, factor analysis, and multiple regression. Prer., COMM 4510 or COMM 5510.

  • 3 Credits

This course provides an overview of information, research, and issues related to interpersonal communication in health care settings. Specifically, we will analyze provider-patient-caregiver interactions and the organizations, systems, and cultures within which they occur. Meets with COMM 4840.

  • 3 Credits

Discussion-based course uncovering the way in which various identity groups (race, gender, class, sexual orientation, ability, and religion) are constructed and portrayed in media texts and the impact of such portrayals on social relations. Students will directly apply theory to an array of media texts, from film and television to music and comic books. Prer., Junior/Senior or Grad only or instructor consent. Meets with COMM 4010.

  • 1 Credits (Minimum) 9 Credits (Maximum)

Individually developed and implemented research projects in communication. A student desiring independent study credit must present a well-defined topic for research to the faculty. Prer., COMM 1020, COMM 1030 and consent of instructor.

  • 1 Credits (Minimum) 6 Credits (Maximum)

Individually developed and implemented research projects in communication. a student desiring independent study credit must present to the faculty a well-defined topic for research. Prer., Graduate status.

  • 1 Credits (Minimum) 6 Credits (Maximum)

Candidate for Degree

  • 3 Credits