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Graduate Communication Studies (COMM)

The minimum prerequisite for 50000-69999 level courses is graduate standing. The minimum prerequisite for courses 70000 and higher is doctoral standing. Additional prerequisites may apply and are listed in this catalog.

55007 Freedom of Speech (3)
Examines historic and contemporary instances relating to freedom of speech; study of limits, rights, responsibilities and sociolegal-rhetorical issues.

55093/75093 Variable Title Workshop in Communication Studies (1-6)
S/U grading.

55095/75095 Special Topics (1-4)
Offered when resources permit a topic different from existing courses. Topic will be announced when scheduled.

55459 Communication and Conflict (3)
Examination of issues related to managing conflict in communication. Critique and synthesis of conceptual approaches and research pertaining to conflict in interpersonal, organizational and public communication settings.

55960 Health Communication (3)
Examines communication processes and research related  to health and health care from the perspectives of public,professional and primary.

60199 Thesis I (2-6)
Thesis student must register for a total of 6 hours, 2 to 6 hours in a single semester, distributed over several semesters if desired. S/U grading; IP permissible.

60299 Thesis II  (2)
Thesis students must continue registration each semester until all degree requirements are met. S/U grading; IP permissible. Prerequisite: COMM 60199.

65000/75000 Foundations of Communication Inquiry (3)
Philosophy of science, epistemological and theory construction principles, which are the foundation of inquiry into the process of communication.

65020/75020 Quantitative Research Methods in Communication (3)
An examination of basic quantitative social scientific research methods and procedures for the study of communication.

65040/75040 Qualitative Research Methods in Communication (3)
Exploration of qualitative methods in human communication research. Focus on the nature of qualitative data, participant observation and archival strategies of data collection, and interpretive and interactionist approaches to data analysis.

65060/75060 Communication Measurement and Analysis (3)
A survey of self-report, observational and psychological  instruments used in communication research. Uses of the computer in analyzing data obtained in communication research.

65091/75091 Seminar in Persuasion (3 or 4)
Examination of selected areas of persuasion research. Emphasis on synthesizing research results and formulating explanatory models of persuasive behavior. Prerequisite: special approval.

65093/75093 Variable Title Workshop in Communication (1-6)
Variable topic workshop in communication studies.

65096/75096 Individual Investigation (1-6)
Independent study of area or problem to be selected in consultation with graduate staff. May be repeated for maximum of 6 credit hours. S/U grading; IP permissible.

65098 Research (1-15)
Research or individual investigation for master’s-level graduate students. Credits may be applied toward meeting degree requirements if school approves. Repeat registration permitted. S/U grading; IP permissible.

65591/75591 Seminar in Small Group Communication (3 or 4)
Research theories and findings in small group communication. Prerequisite: COMM 35550.

65652/75652 Theories of Communication (3)
Introduction to approaches in the study of human communication. Focuses on differing views of interaction, from theory-building and research-generation perspective.

65655/75655 Nonverbal Communication (3)
Examination of a range of nonverbal functions including: relationship development, immediacy and deception. Emphasis on research and theory.

65656/75656 Communicative Uses of Language (3)
Examination of approaches to studying verbal symbol use in human communication processes. Major theories and methods of language analysis will be applied to current

65660/75660 Political Communication (3)
(Cross-listed with JMC 65660) An examination of political communication theory and research. Content includes approaches to political communication, role of the media in politics and analysis of political messages.

65661/75661 Communication in an Information Society (3)
Examines how the development and use of newer communication technologies have influenced human communication. Considers the evolution, social and psychological impact, culture of newer communication technologies such as the Internet, and how research adapts to these newer media.

65662/75662 Mass Media Effects (3)
Examines perspectives on media effects, the impact media have on individuals and societies, and how individual, societal and communication elements influence media uses and effects. Explores issues such as media portrayals, campaigns, violence and children and the media.

65665/75665 Personal and Mediated Communication (3)
Examination of the interface of interpersonal and mediated communication in everyday life. Includes topics such as parasocial interaction, talk radio, TV co-viewing, cell phones, teleconferencing, computer-mediated relationships and media portrayals.

65670/75670 Interpersonal Communication (3)
Survey of recent theoretical developments and research in interpersonal communication. Topics include relationship development, interaction, interpersonal traits, compliance, conversational analysis and research methods.

65680/75680 Intercultural/International Communication (3)
Examination of theoretical perspectives, research issues and the rhetorical analyses of intercultural and international communication.

65690/75690 Seminar in Communication Theory (3 or 4)
Examination of selected conceptual orientations to the study of human communication and pertinent research. Emphasis on behavioral science research results.

65791/75791 Seminar in Instructional Communication (3 or 4)
Intensive study of selected problems in instructional communication.

65794/75794 Teaching of College Communication (2-4)
Training and experience in college teaching. Maximum of 3 hours applicable toward master’s degree requirements. Letter grade or S/U grading is given at department’s option.

65851/75851 Organizational Communication (3)
Structure, methodology and application of communication theory in industrial and organizational settings.

65891/75891 Seminar in Organizational Communication (3 or 4)
Theories and problems of human communication within,between and/or among formal organizations. Prerequisite: special approval.

80199 Dissertation I (15)
Doctoral dissertation for which registration in at least two semesters is required, first of which will be the semester in which dissertation work is begun, and continuing until the completion of 30 hours. S/U grading; IP permissible.

80299 Dissertation II (1 or 15)
Continuing registration required of doctoral students who have completed the initial 30 hours of dissertation and continuing until all degree requirements are met. S/U grading; IP permissible. Prerequisite: COMM 80199.

85098 Research (1-15)
Research or individual investigation for doctoral students who have not yet passed their candidacy examination. Credits may be applied toward degree if school approves. Repeat registration permitted. S/U grading; IP permissible. Prerequisite: admission to doctoral study.