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Graduate Courses in Communication (COMM)

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.

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

6310 Survey Research (3-0). This course will teach students the necessary skills to conduct, interpret, and implement survey research. Students will learn about sampling methods, survey design, and data analysis.

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.

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.

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 Communication in 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 online training methods.

6324 Communication in Diversity and Inclusion (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.

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.

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.

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.