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Courses in Communication Studies provide students with an understanding of and experience in human message-making exchanges. Cognizant of its roots in oral rhetoric, the Department expects each student to develop effective presentational ability. Most areas of study are directly applicable to influence systems, interpersonal and public relationships, opinion-making, cultural awareness, mass communication, conflict resolution, and career settings.

COM 500: Leadership Communication

Exploration of the interconnections between communication principles and the theory and practice of leadership.

COM 501: Theoretical Perspectives on Human Communication

A comprehensive examination of major theoretical perspectives on human communication ranging from classical to contemporary.

COM 502: Communication Research Methods

An examination of the major issues pertaining to inquiry in human communication, including the nature of inquiry; qualitative and quantitative methodological approaches to communication research; moral and ethical standards for human research; the role of the researcher; and comparisons of academic research. Students will be required to design and execute a research project.

COM 503: Communication and Persuasive Influence

An analysis of major conceptual approaches to persuasion and their implications for understanding influence context and designing pragmatic strategies.

COM 505: Concepts and Criticism of Public Influence

The criticism and history of influence will be explored to focus on examples of persuasion through public discourse.

COM 506: Communication in Small Groups

An examination of traditional and contemporary research which pertains to various dimensions of small group communication including, but not limited to, the following topics: structure, size, tasks, goals, systems, and leadership.

COM 508: Special Topic Seminar

An intensive examination of a selected area within communication study. Topics will vary and will be announced in advance of each semester.

COM 509: Communication and Conflict Resolution

Using both theoretical and activity-centered learning, the student will explore the options available to resolve conflict through communication.

COM 510: Culture, Media and Representation

Course examines how the media constructs ideologies and images of various cultural groups for mass consumption.

COM 511: Understanding Close Relationships

This course is designed to introduce and discuss basic theories, themes, concepts, and controversies in relationships from a communication standpoint. Students will be better equipped to apply theoretical knowledge to repair, maintain, and enhance their own personal relationships.

COM 520: Political Communication

Examines the role communication plays in the political system with a specific focus on campaign communication, political advertising, and media coverage of politics.

COM 525: American Public Address

Critical and theoretical examination of significant speeches in American history (from early American history to contemporary times).

COM 530: Advances in Non-Verbal Communication

This course investigates recent advances and controversies in nonverbal communication theory and research.

COM 535: Communication Competence

This course examines what it means to be a highly competent communicator. Communication competence will be explored across a multitude of communication contexts including interpersonal, organizational, intercultural, and leadership contexts

COM 551: Public Relations Research and Writing

Familiarizes students with the skills needed to work as a public relations writer and editor. Explores applicable media theories as well as ethical and legal issues.

COM 570: Conceptual Foundations for Training and Development

This course examines major schools of thought in organizational training and development. Each viewpoint is explored for its diagnostic guidance, leaning implications, and training technologies.

COM 571: Practicum in Communication, Training and Development

Participants will review and practice the leading training technologies in communication and organizational development. Each participant will design and deliver a training workshop.

COM 575: Seminar on Speech Pedagogy

An examination of pedagogical research on the development of effective public speakers. Provides opportunities for both training speakers and critiquing public presentations.

COM 598 (3-6): Graduate Internship in Communication Studies

Supervised professional training in approved communication placements. PREREQ: Approval of department chairperson.

COM 599 (3): Directed Graduate Studies

Research projects, reports, readings in speech communication. PREREQ: Approval of department chairperson.

COM 601 (3): Communication Studies Thesis 1

Original research supervised through: 1) the selection of a topic and the conceptualization of the research project, 2) the drafting of a first chapter/prospectus that contains a preliminary literature review and method, and 3)submission and approval of manuscript by thesis committee.

COM 602 (3): Communication Studies Thesis 2

Original research supervised through: IRB approval (if necessary), data collection, analysis, writing results, writing thesis chapters, and defense.