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Graduate Courses in Communication (COMM)

  • This is a listing of all the coursework offered in the Communication department at the graduate level. Not all of these classes are guaranteed to be offered during a term you can take them, but you can always make requests and it’s good to know what your options are - especially for internships and special projects. 

    6301 Teaching Communication in Higher Education (3-0). A course designed to prepare students to teach communication courses in higher education and other professional environments. This course is required for Graduate Teaching Assistants but all students are welcome. It can be taken concurrently with a teaching assignment.

    6302 Quantitative Research Methods (3-0). A course to familiarize the student with the types of research and related statistical tools for the communication professional.

    6303 Communication Theory (3-0). An overview of interpersonal, organizational, and mass communication theories impacting the design and maintenance of communication systems.

    6305 Organizational Communication (3-0). Cultural, organizational, and interpersonal issues in communication.

    6306 Legal and Ethical Issues in Communication (3-0). Issues and concerns of the communication professional including: communication law, copyright law, technological innovations, instructional/educational paradigms, organizational policies, and application of ethics in communication.

    6308 Small Group Communication (3-0). The concepts, theories, and decision making techniques involved in small group communication.

    6312 Qualitative Research Methods (3-0). An introduction to qualitative research methods. The course will cover historical and critical analysis, discourse and conversation analysis, ethnography, and analysis of narrative and myth.

    6313 Rhetorical Analysis (3-0). An introduction to rhetorical analysis. Persuasive texts along with persuasive tools will be covered. Fundamental theories of persuasion, influence, and social movements will be introduced along with implications for communication studies.

    6314 Intercultural Communication (3-0). An examination of communication dynamics in diverse societies and between different cultural communities. The interactions among communication, culture, and identity are explored within historical and contemporary perspectives.

    6315 Race, Gender and the Media (3-0). This course investigates the role of race, ethnicity, gender and culture in a variety of media contexts.

    6316 Interpersonal Communication (3-0). The study of human dyadic interaction, including topics such as perception processes, verbal/nonverbal communication, theoretical models of communication, conflict, and interpersonal communication in various relationships.

    6317 Crisis Communication (3-0). An introduction to crisis communication theory and application from the perspective of academics and practitioners. This course is designed to expose students to a variety of strategies for crisis management planning, emergency communication, image restoration, and organizational learning. The course is divided between pre-crisis planning, crisis response, and post-crisis recovery.

    6318 Communication in Professional Life (3-0). This course integrates communication theory, research and practical skills to analyze and solve problems, conduct research, and develop and deliver polished presentations in both academic and professional settings. Using communication literature, students will have the opportunity to engage in self-assessment of communication competence, learn strategies for enhancing communication abilities, and to effectively interact with and lead diverse populations.

    6319 Introduction to Health Communication (3-0). Because of the increasing degree of health consciousness in our society, individuals not only interact more frequently with health care providers, but health care organizations play more active roles in their surrounding communities. Health care organizations play active social and political roles responding to national health issues or crises. This course examines the role of communication in health literacy, health disparities, and cultural differences in approaches
    to health.

    6320 Rhetorical Communication and Advocacy (3-0). The goal of many communication initiatives is to encourage some type of behavior change. Behavior change includes a variety of actions, such as voting for a candidate, purchasing a product, joining a social networking group, or adopting a new health habit. Individual-, interpersonal-, and community-level models of change are discussed. Students will learn how to use social science based models to guide their communication campaign strategies more effectively.

    6321 Communication Technology (3-0). Exploration of how communication technologies influence the social, political, and organizational practices of everyday life.

    6322 Advertising/PR Campaign Development (3-0). The study and practice of campaign research methods, use of persuasion theories, development of strategies for use of traditional and new medias, and message development for ad/pr campaigns.

    6323 Seminar in Corporate Training and Leadership (3-0). Methodology in setting and accomplishing learning objectives for organizational members’ new skills with a focus on developing both face-to-face and on-line training methods.

    6324 Managing Diverse Populations (3-0). Examination of the contemporary multicultural/multiracial organizations setting. This course provides a general definition for workplace diversity, discusses the benefits and challenges of managing diverse workplaces, and presents effective strategies for managing diverse workforces.

    6325 Multimedia Storytelling (3-0). Concentrates on storyboarding, scriptwriting, sound and editing using photos, audio and video with a heavy emphasis on mobile technology, social media, and select mobile device applications commonly used in strategic communication.

    6326 Seminar and Practice in New Media (3-0). Explores trends in research and best practices of new media (such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube), in strategic communication. Issues in new media will be investigated, through the lens of various communication theories.

    6327 Digital Media Production (3-0). Development, evaluation and presentation of digital media, including websites, audio and video, as communication strategies. This course focuses on planning, design and narrative as it relates to message delivery.

    6328 Computer Mediated Discourse Analysis (3-0). Investigates social interaction through human-discourse in new media environments. This course focuses on analysis and reporting of user-generated content (text, chat, audio, video, image) as a means to understand target audience opinions/attitudes/behaviors and message effectiveness.

    6329 Seminar on Problems in Organizations (3-0). Investigation of various communication problems occurring in organizational communication, such as in decision-making, group communication within organizations, communication and organizational culture, and organizational rhetoric and issue management with the aim of developing and implementing communication solution strategies.

    6330 Critical Perspectives of Contemporary Film (3-0). Film theory taught from a rhetorical perspective concerning 1) the mode of production, or industry; 2) the apparatus, or the technology of cinematic experience; and 3) the “text,” or the network of filmic elements (narrative, image, sound) for the study of film as a rhetorical artifact: modes of production, the star, the spectator, narration, the gaze, sexual and racial difference within the visual field, the soundtrack, and the disembodied voice.

    6371 Internship. Students gain on-the-job experience working in a business or industrial setting.

    6381 Special Topics (Current Issues) (3-0). Selected readings in communication. (May be repeated once for credit when topic varies.)

    6391 Research. Directed readings or individual research projects. (May be repeated once.)

    6399 Thesis. A total of six semester hours are required for thesis credit. Students have the option of enrolling in either COMM 6399 (twice) or COMM 6699 once to fulfill the six semester hour thesis requirement. (This course may be repeated once for credit.)

    6699 Thesis. A total of six semester hours are required for thesis credit. Students have the option of enrolling in either COMM 6399 (twice) or COMM 6699 once to fulfill the six semester hour thesis requirement.

Communication Graduate Program

Degree Plan

Bring this graduate degree plan with you when you meet with an academic advisor.

For more information about the M.A. program in communication, contact:

Associate Professor, Graduate Coordinator Advisor