Graduate Course Descriptions

The following directory lists the graduate courses which the University expects to offer, although the University in no way guarantees that all such courses will be offered in any given academic year, and reserves the right to alter the list if conditions warrant. Click on the links below for a list of courses in that subject area. You may then click “View Classes” to see scheduled classes for individual courses.

5001. Introduction to Graduate Communication Research

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

An introduction to quantitative research methods and statistics. Issues of measurement and design of communication studies as well as basic descriptive and inferential statistics are covered.

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5002. Research Methods

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Integrative approach to modeling theory, research design, and statistical analysis, including mathematical models, scale construction, measurement issues, correlation, regression, and analysis of variance.

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5003. Advanced Communication Research Methods

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Prerequisite: COMM 5002 (RG242).

Grading Basis: Graded

Research techniques and procedures for the study of communication. Research design, multivariate statistics, and structural modeling.

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5010. Theory Construction and Research Design

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Prerequisite: COMM 5002 (RG242).

Grading Basis: Graded

Conceptualization, theory construction, and review of communication methodologies. Students will write a proposal for independent research, thesis, or dissertation.

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5100. Persuasion Theory and Research

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Evaluation of current and traditional theories of persuasion and attitude change from communication, social psychology, and related disciplines.

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5101. Motivation

Also offered as: PSYC 5101

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Not open to students who have passed PSYC 5101

Grading Basis: Graded

Theories of motivation considered in relation to their supporting data.

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5120. Communication Campaigns

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Campaign theory and planning. Students learn how to conduct interviews and focus groups with members of a target audience, and work with non-profit organizations to design a campaign.

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5150. Crisis and Risk Communication

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open to graduate students in Communication, others with permission. (RG5901)

Grading Basis: Graded

Research, theory, and best practices in crisis and risk communication.

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5200. Interpersonal Communication

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Cognitive, emotional and behavioral interactions in specific contexts, including interpersonal relationships, groups, and work.

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5220. Group Communication Research

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

The group communication process with emphasis upon research methodologies for the study of interactions in a group setting.

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5230. Organizational Communication: Theory and Research

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Relationship of prescribed and informal communication networks to organizational goal achievement and individual integration. Emphasis on frequently used research methodologies.

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5300. Mass Communication Theory

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Introduction to major theories, with emphasis on the structure, function, and effects of mass media.

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5310. Seminar in Mass Communication Research

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Recent theories of social and political effects of mass communication, and the cognitive processing of media messages.

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5330. Children and Mass Media

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Prerequisite: Open to graduate students in Communication and others with permission (RG 5858)

Grading Basis: Graded

This course provides an overview of important issues, theoretical perspectives, and research regarding children's and adolescent's reactions to mass media including developmental differences in the processing of media content and in the effects of such materials.

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5460. Intercultural Communication

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Not open for credit to students who have passed COMM 5895 when offered as "Intercultural Communication."

Grading Basis: Graded

Classic cross-cultural theories and new approaches in the study of cultures and cultural group interactions. Topics may include: intercultural communication history; demographic changes; ethnic identities; conflict and cooperation; violations, moral choices, professional responsibilities; acculturation, adaptation, assimilation; media use; media representation; gender and sexuality; high and low context communication; time orientation; the sojourn; and culture shock.

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5500. Nonverbal Communication

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

The study of metacommunication: Kinesics, space, time and other concomitants of verbal messages. How the non-verbal band helps in the interpretation of verbal messages.

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5501. Seminar in Nonverbal Communication and Persuasion

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Role of media nonverbal communication in persuasion and media preferences. Affective and analytic communications in attitude formation, structure, and change.

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5630. Communicating Presence

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

An examination of the conceptualization, measurement, and theoretical application of presence within a range of communication-related research disciplines.

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5640. Social Media Use and Effects

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Prerequisite: Open to graduate students in Communication and others with permission (RG 5858)

Grading Basis: Graded

Research and theory on the social and psychological predictors and effects of social media use as well as social media platforms: their technology, functions, and analysis of collected data.

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5650. Communication Technology and Society: Theory and Research

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Theory and research associated with the study of emerging communication technologies. Provides a comprehensive foundation in the scholarly literature addressing the content, adoption, uses and effects of new media.

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5660. Computer Mediated Communication

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Communication networks, human-computer interaction and interface design, social and collaborative communication via computer.

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5770. Health Communication

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Overview of health communication, including health behavior change interventions, emergency communication, risk assessment, media influences, provider-patient communication, socialization and identity, stereotyping, social support, diverse populations, and new communication technologies.

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5892. Practicum in Research

1.00 - 6.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 18 credits.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

May be repeated for credit.

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5895. Variable Topics in Communication

1.00 - 3.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 18 credits.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Instructor consent required. May be repeated for credit with a change in topic.

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5899. Independent Study in Communication

1.00 - 6.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 18 credits.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

This course is an independent study course in which periodic conferences with the instructor are required.

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5900. Professional Communication

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Prerequisite: Open to graduate students only.

Grading Basis: Graded

Theories and applications of communication in professional settings. Focus on effective design of relevant messages to reach various audiences. Preparation for future employment by cultivating high-caliber communication skills through lecture content and workshops.

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5991. Internship in Communication

1.00 - 3.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: Open to graduate students in Communication, others with permission. (RG5901)

Grading Basis: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory

Students complete a departmentally approved internship within one semester. Students taking this course will be assigned a final grade of S (satisfactory) or U (unsatisfactory).

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6001. Proseminar in Communication Research

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Prerequisite: COMM 5002, COMM 5003, and COMM 5010 (RG247).

Grading Basis: Graded

Advanced topics in communication research presented by faculty and specialists. Topics include information theory, survey of sampling and data collection, time series analysis (time-domain and panel design), physiological measurement, interaction analysis, and meta-analysis.

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6800. Seminar and Directed Research in Communication

1.00 - 6.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 12 credits.

Prerequisites: Open to graduate students in the Marketing Communication Program (RG248).

Grading Basis: Graded

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6850. Seminar in Marketing Communication Research

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Theories of emotional and cognitive processing of communications; cognitive mapping and message construction; design, implementation and evaluation of information campaigns.

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6895. Topics in Applied Communication Research

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Investigation of special research techniques and findings in selected areas of applied communication research.

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