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COMM 610. Social Science Methods in Communication Research Quantitative research methods in communication, including design, measurement and analysis for descriptive and experimental research; practice in evaluating and conducting research projects.
COMM 615. Interpretive Methods in Communication Research Introduction to interpretive and qualitative methods in communication research. Underlying epistemologies, design issues, and explanation of knowledge claims. Methods including participant observation and interviewing
COMM 620. Communication Theory The nature and role of communication theory, systems of ontology and epistemology in theory development; critical review of current theories concerning communication codes, function and processes in various contexts.
COMM 630. Interpersonal Communication Major theories in interpersonal communication; critical examination of current research programs on communication in interpersonal influence, relational development and conflict management.
COMM 631. Group Communication Major concepts and theories of communicative processes in taskoriented groups from a social scientific perspective; the role of group communication in (1) group decision processes (2) decision development, (3) decision-making agendas and (4) conflict and performance quality.
COMM 632. Communication and Conflict Elements and central features of conflict theories and different approaches to communication in conflict management. Analysis of communication research in interpersonal, family/marital, group, organizational, and public conflicts and the role of the media in social and international disputes.
COMM 634. Communication and Gender Gender considered as a complex phenomenon constituted through communication. Topics include femininities, masculinities, language, power, nonverbal behavior, gender in media, organizations, interpersonal relationships and social movements.
COMM 636. Survey of Organizational Communication Theoretical and empirical literature on human communication and complex organizations; the study of messages, interaction, and meaning in the process of organizing; topics include superior-subordinate communication, communication networks and technologies, language, message flow, symbols and organizational culture, negotiation and conflict, and power and politics.
COMM 637. Organizational Communication Seminar Investigation of a subject important to the understanding of organizational communication, such as communication and organizational decision-making, group communication within organizations, communication and organizational culture, and organizational rhetoric and issue management. May be repeated for credit with a different content up to a total of three times.
COMM 640. Rhetorical Theory Close reading of classical and contemporary systems of rhetoric; survey of principal applications to communication theory and research.
COMM 645. Rhetorical and Textual Methods in Communication Research Comparative study of traditional and contemporary perspectives on the description, interpretation, and evaluation of public discourse, including textual analysis, neo-classical analysis, Burkean criticism, quantitative and qualitative approaches to content analysis, fantasy theme analysis, and semiotic analysis.
COMM 649. American Public Discourse to 1865 Public discourse and political rhetoric in America in colonial and pre-Civil War years. Historical, conceptual, and practical examination of political campaign rhetoric, legislative rhetoric, judicial rhetoric, and advocacy group rhetoric.
COMM 650. American Public Discourse since 1865 Public discourse and political rhetoric in America in post-Civil War years. Historical, conceptual and practical examination of political campaign rhetoric, legislative rhetoric, judicial rhetoric and advocacy group rhetoric. May be repeated for credit with a different content up to a total of three times.
COMM 651. Presidential Rhetoric Rhetorical discourse of American presidents, including principal genres of presidential communication, speechwriting and media strategies; case studies of presidential communication ranging from campaign oratory, to crisis rhetoric, and ceremonial address.
COMM 652. The Rhetoric of Social Movements. Analysis of persuasive strategies used to build social identities and collectively agitate for social change; exploration of the history of social movements in the United States and abroad.
COMM 653. Rhetoric and Public Cultures. Examination of how artifacts of public culture function rhetorically to transform public attitudes, opinion, and memory; analysis of documents, artworks, images, and histories from a humanities and social science perspectives.
COMM 654. Classical Rhetoric. Origins of rhetoric in classical Greece and Rome; exploration of the relationship between philosophy, rhetoric, and democratic political culture; the contemporary relevance of classical thought to contemporary problems. Cross-listed with ENGL COMM 654.
COMM 655. Contemporary Theories of Rhetoric. Investigation of the major figures in rhetorical theory in the 20th and 21st centuries; analysis of the relationship between rhetoric and power; identifying new challenges for rhetoric in a global, multicultural, technological age. Cross-listed with ENGL COMM 655.
COMM 656. Feminism and Rhetoric. This course traces the historical development of the ideology, theory and rhetorical practices of U.S. feminism. We will begin in the 19th century with women’s activism in the abolitionist movement and end by studying contemporary feminist activism.
COMM 658. Seminar in Communication and Culture Investigation of the ways that culture, religion, identity, gender, popular culture, community, history, and related ideas are shaped through communication in order to understand the development of social norms, political values, and the human experience. May be repeated for credit up to 3 times. 32
COMM 659. Communication and Citizenship in the Public Sphere Theoretical examination of communication within democratic, republican, and liberal conceptions of citizenship; consideration of the ideal of the public sphere, and communication in global civil society. Specific attention to the practices of American citizenship within the global civil society.
COMM 662. Survey of Telecommunication and Media Studies Survey of research and theory in media studies and telecommunication; review of literature on mass communication, media, culture, and society, media audiences, texts, industries and technologies; provides students an overview of the literature and theoretical orientation.
COMM 663. Seminar in Telecommunication and Media Studies Intensive work on selected topics of research in telecommunication and media studies; may address work in the areas of audience studies, media effects, industries, policy, international issues, media and culture, media history or theory; may be repeated for credit with different content up to a total of three times.
COMM 665. Communication and Technology Examines the relationships between human communication and technology, investigating the social effects of communication technology, the quality of messages, communicative practices, and rhetorical norms that typify effective communication in technological society.
COMM 669. Survey of Health Communication Theories and research in health communication considering functions and outcomes of communication processes in various health contexts, ranging from interpersonal settings to public campaigns. Emphasis on providing framework for synthesizing and critically evaluating health communication research.
COMM 670. Health Communication Seminar Investigation of a subject important to the understanding of health communication, such as persuasion and public health campaigns, physician-patient communication, or communication in health care organizations. May be repeated for credit with different content up to a total of three times.
COMM 681. Professional Seminar (1 credit) Provides socialization to the procession of communication, focusing on graduate students’ roles as scholars and teachers; provides instruction on teaching, communication, conducting and writing publishable research, and fulfilling responsibilities to one’s organization and profession.
COMM 685. Directed Studies; Credit (1 to COMM 6 each semester) Directed studies in specific problem areas in communication. Student may take up to two sections of directed studies in communication in the same semester, with a maximum of COMM 6 credits.
COMM 689. Special Topics in ____ (Credit 1 to 4 each semester) Selected topics in an identified area of communication. May be repeated for credit.
COMM 691. Research; (Credit 1 or more each semester) Research for thesis or dissertation