The following are Communication graduate courses. Please see an advisor if you have any questions. See the course catalog for the most updated listing of courses.

 

COMM 5210 (3) Readings in Communication Theory

Critical overview of leading theoretical traditions in communication studies. Gives attention to metatheoretical issues, including epistemological foundations, the structure of communication theory as a field, and reflexivity between communication theory and cultural practice. Required for doctoral students in communication; optional for master's students.

Requisites: Restricted to graduate students only.

 

COMM 5220 (3) Seminar: Functions of Communication

Topical seminar on the functions of communication across interpersonal, group, organizational, and public contexts. Reviews current theory and research on topics such as communication and conflict, persuasion, and ethical dimensions of communication practices.

Equivalent - Duplicate Degree Credit Not Granted: COMM 4220 
Repeatable: Repeatable for up to 6.00 total credit hours. Allows multiple enrollment in term. 
Requisites: Restricted to graduate students only.

COMM 5225 (3) Environmental Communication

Investigates key concepts in environmental communication and considers which theoretical frameworks and practical actions can inform the effects of various constituents to address environmental issues.

 

COMM 5230 (3) Applied Communication

Examines the study of applications of communication concepts, theories, methods, interventions, and other practices to address real-world issues and problems. Discusses conceptual issues framing applied communication, examines purposes and methods informing such scholarship, and provides opportunity to evaluate and propose research.

Requisites: Restricted to graduate students only.

 

COMM 5300 (3) Seminar: Rhetoric

Reviews current theory and research on topics such as rhetoric and publics, rhetoric as an interpretive social science, and rhetoric of social movements and political campaigns.

Equivalent - Duplicate Degree Credit Not Granted: COMM 4300 
Repeatable: Repeatable for up to 6.00 total credit hours. Allows multiple enrollment in term. 
Requisites: Restricted to graduate students only.

 

COMM 5310 (3) Contemporary Rhetorical Criticism

Advanced critical analysis of rhetorical texts in terms of how they shape issues and appeals for judgment, create identities for speakers and their audiences, and construct perceptions of time, space, and the human condition.

Requisites: Restricted to graduate students only.

 

COMM 5320 (3) Readings in Rhetoric

Survey of classical and contemporary readings in rhetoric. Required for doctoral students in communication; optional for master's students.

Requisites: Restricted to graduate students only.

 

COMM 5425 (3) Readings in Discourse and Social Practices

Examines the way communicators' discourse expressions (language, talk, interactional devices, semiotic practices, written texts) reflect and construct interpersonal exchanges, societal activities, and institutional scenes, as well as how discourse expression varies across different speech communities.

Requisites: Restricted to graduate students only.

 

COMM 5435 (3) Readings in Community and Social Interaction

Focuses on how everyday communication practices shape and are shaped by community contexts. Contains theoretical and empirical readings that illustrate how interactions among group members negotiate and maintain distinct communities and how group communication practices reflect shared norms among community members. Also reviews methods to study everyday interactions among community members (e.g., discourse analysis, qualitative coding, surveys and applied approaches/methods).

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

 

COMM 5600 (3) Seminar: Organizational Communication

Reviews current theory and research on topics such as communication and organizational decision making, organizational culture, gender relations, communication technology, and power and control in organizations.

Equivalent - Duplicate Degree Credit Not Granted: COMM 4600 
Repeatable: Repeatable for up to 6.00 total credit hours. Allows multiple enrollment in term. 
Requisites: Restricted to graduate students only.

 

COMM 5610 (3) Organizational Culture and Symbolism

Focuses on relationship between ideological elements (e.g., norms, values, and beliefs) and symbolic practices (e.g., metaphor, ritual, and storytelling) of organizational culture. Analyzes topics from viewpoints of academic theory and managerial practice. Reviews interpretive methods of researching workplace culture and symbolism.

Requisites: Restricted to graduate students only.

 

COMM 5620 (3) Readings in Organizational Communication

Survey of historical and contemporary readings in organizational communication. Treats theory, research, and application from a variety of perspectives.

Requisites: Restricted to graduate students only.

 

COMM 5720 (3) Readings in Communication and Technology

Survey of multidisciplinary research that examines various relationships between communication and technology. Students are encouraged to develop critical skills in perceiving assumptions and perspectives that motivate major theories in this area, and to examine how these phenomena have changed over time.

Requisites: Restricted to graduate students only.

 

COMM 5930 (1-6) Graduate Internship

Offers opportunities for graduate-level communication related work projects. Limited to 3 hours in spring and fall semesters, 6 hours in summer. The 6-hour limit at MA level and 9-hour limit at PhD level applies to any combination of independent study and internship credit.

Repeatable: Repeatable for up to 9.00 total credit hours. 

 

COMM 6010 (3) Communication Research and Theory

Provides an introduction to graduate study of communication, offering an overview of the discipline and its scholarship. Required for MA and Ph.D. communication students.

Requisites: Restricted to Communication (COMM or COMN) graduate students only.

 

COMM 6020 (3) Quantitative Research Methods

Introduces students to the practice of quantitative research in communication: conceptualization and critique of research projects, measurements, methods (e.g., experimental and survey), statistical data analysis, and written reports.

Requisites: Restricted to graduate students only.

 

COMM 6030 (3) Qualitative Research Methods

Introduction to the epistemology, methodology, and representational practices associated with qualitative communication research. Fieldwork methods emphasized include participant observation, interviewing, and document/artifact analysis.

Requisites: Restricted to graduate students only.

 

COMM 6200 (3) Seminar: Selected Topics

Facilitates understanding of current and past theory and research on a selected topic in communication and the ability to develop new theory and research on that topic.

Repeatable: Repeatable for up to 9.00 total credit hours. Allows multiple enrollment in term. 
Requisites: Restricted to graduate students only.

 

COMM 6310 (3) Advanced Rhetorical Criticism

Reviews current critical methods and issues related to rhetorical criticism and rhetorical field methods.

Repeatable: Repeatable for up to 6.00 total credit hours. 
Requisites: Restricted to graduate students only.
Recommended: Prerequisites COMM 5310 and COMM 5320.

 

COMM 6320 (3) Rhetorical Theory

Reviews current theory and research on topics such as contemporary rhetorical theory, rhetoric and public life, rhetoric as an interpretive social science, and rhetoric of social movements and political campaigns.

Repeatable: Repeatable for up to 6.00 total credit hours. 
Requisites: Restricted to graduate students only.
Recommended: Prerequisite COMM 5320.

 

COMM 6330 (3) Rhetoric of Inquiry

Surveys foundational texts and contemporary research in the rhetoric of inquiry. Focuses on the role of persuasion in the production of knowledge. Critical analysis of major theoretical and methodological traditions and topics, with an emphasis on social dimensions of inquiry.

Requisites: Restricted to graduate students only.
Recommended: Prerequisite COMM 5320.

 

COMM 6340 (3) Rhetoric and Civic Community

Considers performances of public life as rhetorical inducements of civitas. Topics include negotiation of self-regulation among interdependent partners, rhetorical exclusions and/or counterpublics, and dialectical tensions of public/private as these contribute to and have civic consequences for publicness, community, and social will.

Requisites: Restricted to graduate students only.
Recommended: Prerequisite COMM 5320.

 

COMM 6350 (3) Seminar in Argumentation

Surveys foundational texts and contemporary research in argumentation. Analysis of distinctions between philosophical and rhetorical approaches to argument. Critical analysis of major theoretical and methodological traditions and topics with an emphasis on social dimensions of argument.

Requisites: Restricted to graduate students only.
Recommended: Prerequisite COMM 5320.

 

COMM 6360 (3) Social and Cultural Theory

Traces select traditions in social and/or cultural theory, emphasizing how those traditions affect and are affected by the field of rhetoric studies. Examines the origins and resolutions of major debates in social and/or cultural theory from a rhetorical perspective.

Requisites: Restricted to graduate students only.
Recommended: Prerequisite COMM 5320.

 

COMM 6410 (3) Discourse Analysis

Acquaints students with the main types of discourse analysis: conversation analysis, critical discourse analysis, and rhetorically informed discourse approaches. Teaches how to conduct discourse analysis, including transcribing, selecting excerpts, documenting inferences, and linking findings to scholarly controversies.

Requisites: Restricted to graduate students only.

 

COMM 6420 (3) Interaction Analysis

Educates students in one of a selected set of methodological specializations used in the study of human interaction.

Repeatable: Repeatable for up to 6.00 total credit hours. 
Requisites: Restricted to graduate students only.

 

COMM 6440 (3) Grounded Practical Theory

Examines theory, method, and application of grounded practical theory, an approach to building normative theory through description, critique, and theoretical reconstruction of situated communicative practices. Semester project involves analysis of a sample of discourse from a public or field observation setting.

Requisites: Restricted to graduate students only.
Recommended: Prerequisite COMM 5210.

 

COMM 6445 (3) Language, Ideology and Identity

Focuses on cultural foundations of social interaction, with a special emphasis on ideology (including potentially contested cultural norms, values and premises) as a basic condition of meaningful interaction. Identities are discussed as culturally variable, historically embedded interactional accomplishments, constructed from communicative resources such as language and other types of signs, that serve the purpose of participation in communal life.

Requisites: Restricted to graduate students only.

 

COMM 6470 (3) Public Deliberation and Dialogue

Explores the theory, research and practices of deliberative democracy and dialogue. Considers "ideal" communicative conduct and common interactional troubles, cross-cultural differences and routine communication practices.

Requisites: Restricted to graduate students only.

 

COMM 6730 (3) Collaboration and Decision Making in Organizations

Explores theory and research on communication processes associated with collaboration and decision making in contemporary organizations, particularly as they are influenced by participation programs, technology, and team structures.

Requisites: Restricted to graduate students only.
Recommended: Prerequisites COMM 5620 and COMM 6010.

 

COMM 6740 (3) Theory and Philosophy of Organizing and Organizations

Reviews theory and philosophy of organizations and organizing where communication processes are seen as constitutive. Focuses on discursive and material practices in the formation and change of organizational structure, culture, and operation.

Requisites: Restricted to graduate students only.
Recommended: Prerequisite COMM 5620.

 

COMM 6750 (3) Communication and Organizational Change

Addresses the role of communication in cultural change efforts in organizations. Topics include the nature and function of organizational cultures, role of leadership, ethical issues, and member involvement in change processes. Specific organizational cases are highlighted throughout.

Requisites: Restricted to graduate students only.
Recommended: Prerequisite COMM 5620.

 

COMM 6780 (3) Roles, Relationships, and Identities in Interaction

Examines how social roles influence communicative practices, the development of relationships, and the impact of relationships on identity. Considers these processes in contexts, such as personal relationships and institutional settings. Topic varies.

Repeatable: Repeatable for up to 6.00 total credit hours. 
Requisites: Restricted to graduate students only.

 

COMM 6840 (1-3) Master's Independent Study

 

Repeatable: Repeatable for up to 6.00 total credit hours. Allows multiple enrollment in term. 
Requisites: Restricted to graduate students only.

 

COMM 6940 (1) Master's Degree Candidate

Repeatable: Repeatable for up to 3.00 total credit hours. 
Grading Basis: Pass/Fail

 

COMM 6950 (1-6) Master's Thesis

Repeatable: Repeatable for up to 6.00 total credit hours. 

 

COMM 8840 (1-6) Doctoral Independent Study

Repeatable: Repeatable for up to 18.00 total credit hours. Allows multiple enrollment in term. 

 

COMM 8990 (1-10) Doctoral Dissertation

All doctoral students must register for not fewer than 30 hours of dissertation credit as part of the requirements for the degree. For a detailed discussion of doctoral dissertation credit, refer to the Graduate School section.

Repeatable: Repeatable for up to 30.00 total credit hours.