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COMS 503 Post-Soviet Communication
This course is designed to acquaint students with the shifting manner of public discourse in Post-Soviet Russia and help them to explore in some depth cross-cultural communication between America and Russia. In addition to contemporary and historical background on Russian communicative practices, students examine discourse in business development, mass media, marketing, and advertising. All readings in English. (Same as SLAV 503). LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Six, Irina
MW 12:30-01:45 PM SUM 502 - LAWRENCE
3 23980
COMS 530 Internship in Communication Studies
Students do communication-centered fieldwork in an organization related to their career goals. Criteria for the organizations and work assignments suitable for internship credit are in an information brochure available at the COMS Department office and website. The internship plan is developed with field supervisor and internship faculty adviser. Reports and meetings are required. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor, admission to COMS major. FLD.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

COMS 535 American Public Address, Puritans to 1900
A history of American public address from the Puritans to about 1900. Using the tools of rhetorical criticism, students describe, analyze, and evaluate select rhetoric from the period. Graduate students are assigned extra reading and a research paper. Prerequisite: COMS 235. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

COMS 536 American Public Address, 1900-Present
A history of American public address from 1900 to the present. Using the tools of rhetorical criticism, students describe, analyze, and evaluate select rhetoric from the period. Graduate students are assigned extra reading and a research paper. Prerequisite: COMS 235. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

COMS 537 Communication in Conflict Resolution
An examination of conflict situations and the manner in which communication can serve as a vehicle for their intensification or resolution. The focus is on the theory of games as it applies to conflict within interpersonal situations; implications will be drawn for larger social systems. Prerequisite: COMS 130, COMS 150, or COMS 230. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

COMS 538 Persuasion Theory and Research
This course focuses on the social scientific study of persuasion. Traditional theories of attitude change and persuasion research are studied along with techniques of measuring attitudes. Attention is also given to the attitude-behavior relationship and the production of compliance-gaining messages. Prerequisite: COMS 130, COMS 150, or COMS 230. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

COMS 539 Argumentation
Analysis of the theory and techniques of argumentation in historical and contemporary writings, with special emphasis on the works of Aristotle, John Stuart Mill, Richard Whateley, and Stephen Toulmin. Application of argumentation theory to political and legal discourse. Opportunity for student performances in the preparation and criticism of argument. Prerequisite: Four hours in the department. LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Bricker, Brett
APPT- ONLNE KULC - LAWRENCE
3 26513
COMS 544 Advanced Interpersonal Communication: Theories and Research
Intensive exploration of contemporary theories and research in the field of interpersonal communication; emphasis on an array of theoretical models and research exemplars; comparative analysis of major theoretical and research paradigms. Prerequisite: COMS 244 or instructor consent. LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Kunkel, Adrianne
APPT- ONLNE KULC - LAWRENCE
3 26308
COMS 546 Communication Across the Life-span
Examination of the ways in which communication changes across the life-span, and influences human development. Course will include topics such as barriers to communication among elderly populations; communication and mis-communication across generations; the role of language in constructing life-span development (e.g., the mid-life crisis); development of language and social interaction during childhood; peer relationships and communication in adolescence; uses and effects of mass communication across the life-span. Prerequisite: COMS 244 and COMS 356. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

COMS 547 Communication and Culture
A study of the systematic relationship between communication and culture. Emphasis is on culture as a variable in communicative situations: cultural aspects of attitude and cognition, language interchange, cultural differences in extra-verbal behavior, interaction between oral traditions and mass media. Prerequisite: COMS 130, COMS 150, COMS 230, or an introduction course in anthropology. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

COMS 548 Theories of the Interview
Comprehensive study of communication processes in dyadic, face-to-face situations commonly encountered in organizations and professional environments. Intensive analysis of simulated and real-life interviews. Prerequisite: COMS 130, COMS 150, or COMS 230. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

COMS 549 Communication in Service and Sales
This course will deal with communication between organizational personnel and their customers or clients. Case studies and research concerning communication behaviors of service providers and salespeople will be covered. Prerequisite: COMS 310. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

COMS 551 The Rhetoric of Black Americans
A study of the rhetoric of black Americans, from their earliest protest efforts to the contemporary scene, with focus on the methods and themes employed to alter their status in American society. (Same as AAAS 534.) Prerequisite: COMS 130, COMS 150, or COMS 230. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

COMS 552 The Rhetoric of Women's Rights
An analysis of the themes and rhetorical strategies of the women's rights movement in America. The course will view the struggle for women's rights from a historical perspective and will conclude with contemporary issues concerning the role of women in society. Prerequisite: COMS 130, COMS 150, or COMS 230. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

COMS 554 Rhetoric of Popular Culture
A study of the social and cultural importance of popular culture. Emphasis is on using rhetorical analysis and a number of important theoretical perspectives to help examine popular culture's often unnoticed influence. Prerequisite: COMS 130, COMS 150, or COMS 230. LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Chase, Alexandria
TuTh 11:00-12:15 PM BA 105 - LAWRENCE
3 26306
COMS 555 Family Communication
An examination of trends and theory related to the scientific study of the family, with a focus on issues related to family interaction, functioning, relationships, and communication. Research and theories from communication, sociological, and psychological perspectives are employed to examine topics such as family violence, mental health problems, marital satisfaction, divorce, courtship, and the impact of the family on its children (and vice versa). Prerequisite: COMS 130, COMS 150, or COMS 230. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

COMS 557 East Asian Communication
Explores the major communication theories and research in the East Asian cultural contexts by focusing on the Chinese, Japanese, and Korean cultures. Examines, from a broader perspective, certain cultural values (e.g. harmony, hierarchy, conservatism, and modernism) upheld in East Asian cultures and their influences on people's communicative behaviors in an age of globalization. Students explore issues of history, identity, verbal and non-verbal symbols, stereotypes, prejudice, values and thought patterning systems in the East Asian cultural context from a communicative perspective. This course is designed as a bridge course and meets with a graduate level section of the same title. Prerequisite: COMS 246. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

COMS 559 Seminar in: _____
Course organized any given semester to study particular subject matter or to take advantage of special competence by an individual faculty member. Topics change as needs and resources develop. Class discussion, readings, and individual projects. (Distribution credit given for two-three hours only.) LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

COMS 560 Seminar in: _____
Course organized any given semester to study particular subject matter or to take advantage of special competence by an individual faculty member. Topics change as needs and resources develop. Class discussion, readings, and individual projects. (May be repeated for credit if content varies). LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

COMS 590 Nonverbal Communication
Examination of non-linguistic behavior in human communication, including proxemics (spacing), kinesics (movement and expression), and paralinguistics (voice quality). Includes phylogenetic and developmental perspectives, methods of analysis, applications to interpersonal problems. (Same as PSYC 590.) Prerequisite: COMS 356 or PSYC 210 or PSYC 211. LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Hall, Jeffrey
TuTh 02:30-03:45 PM BA 105 - LAWRENCE
3 26311
COMS 603 Topics in Presidential Rhetoric: _____
This course involves an examination of presidential rhetoric, including a focus on the strategies present in presidential discourse, the function that this rhetoric serves, and the historical context in which it was presented. One or more important presidential rhetors will be covered each semester. This course can be repeated for credit if taken under a different topic. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

COMS 605 Speech Writing
Emphasis is on actual practice in preparing speech manuscripts for oneself and others. Model speeches are examined to better understand language, evidence, and stylistic choices available to speech writers. The ethical dimensions of writing for others in corporate and political positions are stressed. Students are required to prepare a variety of speeches and analyses of others' speeches. Prerequisite: COMS 130, COMS 150, or COMS 230. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

COMS 607 Political Communication
This course will focus on contemporary political communication theory and illustrate how such theories are exemplified in modern political contexts: political arguments and developing consensus, constitutional issues and hearings, the rhetorical presidency, the dissemination of political information, and political uses of definition. (Same as POLS 520.) Prerequisite: COMS 130 or COMS 150. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

COMS 608 Communication, Media and Terrorism
The course considers the topics of media and terrorism from a macro public opinion and politics perspective. This course addresses the nature of terrorism, who terrorists are, and what are their grievances with the larger society in which they are embedded. Terrorism has unique links to communication and these will be explored in various ways: consideration of acts of terror, recruiting new terrorists, and issues in choosing effective and ineffective means of fighting terrorism. Additional topics include media portrayals of terrorism in news discourse and mediated communication such as motion pictures and televised dramatic portrayals. Prerequisite: COMS 130. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

COMS 620 Communication and New Technology
This course explores the impact of new communication technology on individuals and groups in various contexts. Topics include: The development of computer-mediated communication, social and psychological impacts of new communication technology, the evolution of telework and advances in interactive telecommunications. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

COMS 639 Legal Communication
An analysis of how communication principles and theories operate within the context of the legal system. Topics covered will include the lawyer/client interview, depositions and pre-trial discovery, settlement negotiation, jury selection, opening and closing statements, and witness testimony. Prerequisite: COMS 130 or COMS 150. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

COMS 647 Issues in Intercultural Communication
Examination of the processes and factors affecting communication in an intercultural context, and of methods of training for intercultural communication roles. Prerequisite: COMS 547 and an introductory course in anthropology, or consent of instructor. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

COMS 656 Mass Media: Social Science Applications
This course introduces students to the major theories of and prominent research in mass communication. The aim is to stimulate critical thinking about the content and effects of mass communication, develop critical consumption skills, and enhance awareness of public policy issues relating to the media. Students are required to read a variety of chapters and articles on mass communication, promoting independent investigation into specific areas of interest. This course is a bridge course and meets with a graduate level section of the same title. Prerequisite: COMS 356. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

COMS 667 Interpersonal Communication in Multinational Organizations
A study of interpersonal communication in management and professional development in intercultural situations. Focus on preparation of the global manager or professional in the organizational environment. Special attention to the problems and challenges of intercultural interactions in the context of multinational organizations. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

COMS 669 Human Conflict and Peace
Study of religious, cultural, and social traditions toward understanding the nature and purposes of human conflict. Analysis of various meanings of peace, with emphasis on study of nonviolent approaches to management of conflict. Class discussion, readings, and individual research projects. (Same as REL 669.) Prerequisite: Junior standing or above. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

COMS 710 Survey of Theory and Research in Organizational Communication
This course examines the theoretical and philosophical underpinnings of organizational communication research. Course topics cover variable analytic traditions and systems theory, as well as cultural, critical, and various interpretive approaches to understanding communication in organizational contexts. Prerequisite: COMS 310 and permission of the instructor. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

COMS 730 Writing and Speaking for Decision Makers
Theory and application of communication strategies for corporate communication. This course presents rhetorical analysis of organizational situations and audiences, focusing on corporate decision-makers. Included are informative and persuasive communications such as board presentations, requests for proposal and responses to RFPs, grant proposals, and persuasive presentations for adoption, implementation, or evaluation of organizational programs. Course is limited to Regents Center students only. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

COMS 741 Special Topics in Communication Studies: _____
Examination of special topics in Communication Studies. Prerequisite: Instructor consent. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

COMS 784 Proseminar in Communication and Aging
A weekly forum for students and faculty to discuss professional issues and interdisciplinary research in communication and aging. May be repeated for credit. (Same as PSYC 784.) (Same as SPLH 784.) Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

COMS 787 Gerontology Proseminar
A proseminar coordinated by the Gerontology Center. The proseminar explores essential areas of gerontology for researchers and practitioners, providing a multidisciplinary (psychology, biology, sociology, and communication) perspective on aging. The proseminar surveys contemporary basic and applied research, service programs, and policy and management issues in gerontology. (Same as ABSC 787, AMS 767, PSYC 787, and SOC 767.) (Formerly HDFL 787.) LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

COMS 807 Rhetoric, Politics and the Mass Media
This course investigates the ways in which rhetorical strategies (persuasive and linguistic usage) permeate the relationship between politics and politicians and the mass media. We will analyze media coverage of political debates, the presidential use of radio, television and press conferences, the network evening news coverage of political events, the influence of political advertising to see how political decisions are influenced by and influence the media. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

COMS 810 Organizational Communication: Theory and Research
This course examines the theoretical and philosophical underpinnings of organizational communication research. Course topics cover variable analytic traditions and systems theory, as well as cultural, critical, and various interpretive approaches to understanding communication in organizational contexts. Prerequisite: COMS 310 and permission of instructor. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

COMS 811 Applied Organization Communication
This survey course addresses key communication processes in organizations, including developing and sustaining workplace relationships, providing and receiving feedback, processes of effective teams and in leadership situations. Students will apply these concepts to appreciate the dynamics of organizational culture, power, and ethics at work and will identify strategies to enhance workplace success. SEM.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
SEM Pastorek, Angela
APPT- ONLNE KUEC - EDWARDS
3 24146
COMS 835 Impression Formation and Interpersonal Behavior
Intensive investigation of the processes involved in impression formation and of the effects of established impressions upon interpersonal communication. (Same as PSYC 845.) Prerequisite: COMS 535 or PSYC 670. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

COMS 844 Seminar in Interpersonal Communication
This class will address current theory and research in interpersonal communication. Issues addressed may include verbal or nonverbal communication in families, close relationships, initial interactions, and the like. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

COMS 846 Communication and Aging
Examination of the interrelationship between communication and the aging process. The course will include current research and theory on such topics as intergenerational communication, language and age identity, age-stereotyping and communication, mass media and aging, age and health communication, and others of current interest in the field. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

COMS 848 Communication Audits in Organizations
The principal thrust of this course is a hands-on analysis of the communication in 1-2 organizations. Students work as a consulting group to analyze dimensions of communication, communication channels, job satisfaction, organizational commitment, and communication strategies. Experience is gained in organizational research methods, instrument development, organizational analysis, feedback, and organizational development. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

COMS 850 Introduction to Research Methods
An introduction to methodological approaches to the study of communication. Approaches considered will include (a) humanistic message analysis and evaluation; (b) ethnographic and observational techniques; (c) survey construction and execution; and (d) experimental design and procedures. Special focus on issues of validity, reliability, and ethics. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

COMS 851 Communication Research: Historical and Descriptive
An introduction to types of historical and descriptive research in human communication. Library resources and methods of research will be covered. Emphasis will be placed upon preparing a research prospectus and upon writing the research report. LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Childers, Jay
Tu 01:00-04:00 PM BA 401 - LAWRENCE
3 21577
COMS 852 Communication Research: Experimentation and Quantitative Analysis
An introduction to the process of research in communication studies, including consideration of basic principles in research design, methods of observation and measurement, and the application of appropriate statistical techniques. LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Zhang, Yan Bing
Th 01:00-04:00 PM BA 401 - LAWRENCE
3 20801
COMS 855 Qualitative Research Methods in Communication Studies
Study of strategies for describing communication behavior in particular contexts, emphasizing ethnography and specific observational and interview data gathering and analysis methods. Prerequisite: COMS 755 or equivalent. LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Oliha-Donaldson, Hannah
W 09:00-12:00 PM BA 401 - LAWRENCE
3 29709
COMS 856 Communication Research: Quantitative Analysis
An intermediate overview of statistical techniques commonly used in communication research. Content will include a review of univariate statistical tests such as t-test, correlation, chi-square, and other nonparametric techniques of data analysis. Additionally, factorial analysis of variance, multiple regression, and factor analysis will be covered, along with the application of appropriate statistical techniques. Prerequisite: COMS 850 and an introductory course in statistics. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

COMS 859 Proseminar in Communication Studies
An overview and integration of communication studies based upon an examination of selected basic writings in the discipline. LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Banwart, Mary
TuTh 11:00-12:15 PM BA 401 - LAWRENCE
3 11112
COMS 860 New Communication Technology and the Work Place
An examination of changes in the work place and for workers associated with new communication technologies such as e-mail, voice mail, teleconferencing, distributed computer processing, and computer-supported decision making. Emphasis is on changes in organizational communication patterns, participant responses to the technologies, and evaluation of the outcomes of implementing work place communication technologies. To be taken by Regents Center students. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

COMS 898 Investigation and Conference (For Master's Candidates)
(Limited to eight hours credit toward the M.A. degree.) Directed research and experimentation for M.A. students in some phase of speech science or the teaching of speech and drama. RSH.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
RSH Banwart, Mary
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-8 11113
RSH Bricker, Brett
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-8 20802
RSH Childers, Jay
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-8 15621
RSH Gist, Angela
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-8 21887
RSH Hall, Jeffrey
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-8 16735
RSH Harris, Scott
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-8 11115
RSH Hummert, Mary
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-8 11116
RSH Innocenti, Beth
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-8 11118
RSH Kunkel, Adrianne
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-8 11117
RSH Mapes, Margarethe
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-8 29820
RSH Muddiman, Ashley
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-8 24049
RSH Oliha-Donaldson, Hannah
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-8 29821
RSH Pastorek, Angela
APPT- KUEC APPT - EDWARDS
1-8 29822
RSH Pennington, Dorthy
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-8 11119
RSH Rowland, Robert
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-8 11120
RSH Tell, Dave
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-8 16363
RSH Velasquez Perilla, Alcides
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-8 26092
RSH Woszidlo, Alesia
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-8 17442
RSH Zhang, Yan Bing
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-8 14762
COMS 899 Master's Thesis
Graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis. THE.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
THE Banwart, Mary
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-6 11122
THE Bricker, Brett
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-6 20803
THE Childers, Jay
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-6 15620
THE Gist, Angela
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-6 21888
THE Hall, Jeffrey
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-6 16736
THE Harris, Scott
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-6 11123
THE Hummert, Mary
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-6 11124
THE Innocenti, Beth
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-6 11126
THE Kunkel, Adrianne
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-6 11125
THE Muddiman, Ashley
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-6 24050
THE Pennington, Dorthy
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-6 11127
THE Rowland, Robert
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-6 11128
THE Tell, Dave
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-6 16364
THE Velasquez Perilla, Alcides
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-6 26066
THE Woszidlo, Alesia
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-6 17443
THE Zhang, Yan Bing
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-6 14763
COMS 907 Seminar in Political Communication
This course will focus on contemporary political communication theory and illustrate how such theories are exemplified in modern political contexts: political arguments and developing consensus, communication strategies in Congressional and bureaucratic decision-making, the rhetorical presidency, the dissemination of political information, political narrative, and political campaigns. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

COMS 920 Introduction to Teaching Oral Communication
This seminar prepares new graduate teaching assistants for their first teaching experience. Students will develop course materials including lectures, discussion prompts, assignments, exams based on pedagogical best practices. Students will apply theoretical concepts related to teaching, learning and assessment, and apply those theories to their own classrooms. LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Mapes, Margarethe
TuTh 09:30-10:45 AM BA 103 - LAWRENCE
3 24051
COMS 930 Seminar in Speech: _____
Special problems in speech. LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Harris, Scott
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
3 26063
LEC Tell, Dave
W 09:00-12:00 PM BA 116K - LAWRENCE
3 26314
LEC Ford, Debra
APPT- ONLNE KUEC - EDWARDS
W 06:15-08:15 PM ONLNE ZOOM - EDWARDS
3 26341
LEC Gist, Angela
Tu 04:30-07:30 PM BA 401 - LAWRENCE
3 22291
COMS 932 Theories of Rhetoric: Classical
An intensive study of the rhetorical theories of classical writers from 466 B.C. to the decline of Roman oratory. Principal emphasis will be on Isocrates, Plato, Aristotle, Quintilian, Cicero, and Longinus. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

COMS 933 Theories of Rhetoric: Neo-Classical
A study of the development of rhetorical theory from 325 A.D. to the twentieth century. Notable departures from the classical tradition will be examined. Special concentration on the writings of Augustine and the tradition of medieval preaching. Alcuin, Ramus, Bacon, Campbell, Whately, Blair, John Quincy Adams, and the elocutionary movement. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

COMS 936 Seminar in Language and Discourse
This seminar uses interdisciplinary readings to examine central theoretical questions regarding language and communication. The course moves from considering major theoretical positions to current research in communication on discourse. Methodological issues in the study of language and discourse are also addressed. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

COMS 938 Seminar in Persuasion
Examination of selected topics in persuasion, with emphasis on the application of recent theories and experimental research to the analysis of persuasive discourse. Prerequisite: COMS 538 or equivalent. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

COMS 939 Seminar in Argumentation
Examination of special problems in argumentation, with emphasis on the relationship of systems of argumentation to their philosophic presuppositions. Discussion of the writings of Toulmin, Natason, Johnstone, Perelman, Dewey. Prerequisite: COMS 539 or equivalent. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

COMS 941 Seminar in Health Communications
This course is a survey of the many disciplines of study found in the field of health communication. Emphases include decision making regarding health-related behaviors, the influence of interpersonal messages, negotiating treatment with health care providers, coping with medical difficulties, the critical examination of medical research, news, and health campaigns, and the impacts of new technologies. SEM.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

COMS 945 Seminar in Social Support
This course is a survey of the many disciplines of the fundamental form of communication known as social or emotional support or comforting. Emphases include message-, receiver-, and interactionally-oriented approaches, as well as support contexts, dilemmas, structures, features, and positive effects on physical and mental health. SEM.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

COMS 946 Seminar in Communication and Intergroup Relations
Conceptual and theoretical frameworks for exploring and understanding relations between individuals from different societal groups (e.g., cultural/ethic, gender, age). Focus on issues of identity, power relations as manifested in interpersonal, mass media, and organizational contexts. The course will include methodological and applied implications for studying different groups, both within the USA and around the world. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

COMS 947 Communication in Cultural Innovation and National Development
An examination of the role of speech and other types of communication in the introduction of change within cultures and the diffusion of innovation between cultures. Specific communication problems concerning agriculture, education, international aid, military assistance, and public health will be discussed. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

COMS 948 Seminar in Organizational Communication
Analysis of speech communication functions in the organizational structures of business, industry, labor, military, education, government, and professional agencies. Development of conceptual schemes for conducting research and training programs on speech systems which characterize the operation of organized groups. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

COMS 950 Seminar in Public Address: _____
The study of public address by historical periods or by topics. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

COMS 951 Seminar in Movement Theory and Genre Criticism
This course examines the theoretical and methodological underpinnings of approaches to rhetorical analysis focusing on social movements and rhetorical genres. It will review existing theory on these topics, develop a methodological approach to both forms of critical analysis, and test each methodological approach via case studies. Prerequisite: COMS 755 or consent of instructor. LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Rowland, Robert
Tu 01:00-04:00 PM BA 116K - LAWRENCE
3 26313
COMS 952 Seminar in Mythic and Narrative Approaches to Rhetorical Criticism
This course examines the theoretical and methodological underpinnings of approaches to rhetorical analysis focusing on narrative rhetoric, with a special emphasis on myth as a type of narrative. It will review existing theory on these topics, consider a number of alternative methodological approaches, and test each methodological approach via case studies. Prerequisite: COMS 755 or consent of instructor. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

COMS 953 Seminar in Organizational Rhetoric
This course focuses on theoretical and methodological materials related to the use of rhetoric in an organizational setting. It will review existing theory and methodological development on this topic, paying special attention to the distinction between rhetoric used within an organization and rhetoric focused on audiences external to the organization. Multiple case-studies will be considered to illuminate the functioning of both internal and external organizational rhetoric. Prerequisite: COMS 755 or consent of instructor. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

COMS 955 Seminar in Rhetorical Criticism
A study of contemporary and historical writings on rhetorical criticism. Emphasis is placed upon the development of critical methodology for future research and writing. Prerequisite: COMS 755. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

COMS 958 Comparative Theories of Speech Communication
A descriptive and comparative analysis of theories of communication applicable to speech behavior. Prerequisite: COMS 859 or equivalent. LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Hall, Jeffrey
TuTh 09:30-10:45 AM BA 401 - LAWRENCE
3 26307
COMS 959 Theories of Rhetoric: Contemporary
A study of the writings on rhetorical theory in the twentieth century. Principal emphasis will be on the psychological treatment of rhetoric. I.A. Richards and Kenneth Burke, and the relationship in the twentieth century between rhetoric and dialectic, rhetoric and poetic. Prerequisite: COMS 859 or equivalent. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

COMS 997 Research in: _____
Supervised research under the direction of a faculty member on a topic of mutual interest to the faculty and graduate student. RSH.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
RSH Banwart, Mary
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-6 11132
RSH Bricker, Brett
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-6 20804
RSH Childers, Jay
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-6 15622
RSH Gist, Angela
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-6 21900
RSH Hall, Jeffrey
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-6 16737
RSH Harris, Scott
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-6 11134
RSH Hummert, Mary
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-6 11135
RSH Innocenti, Beth
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-6 11137
RSH Kunkel, Adrianne
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-6 11136
RSH Mapes, Margarethe
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-6 29823
RSH Muddiman, Ashley
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-6 24060
RSH Oliha-Donaldson, Hannah
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-6 29824
RSH Pennington, Dorthy
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-6 11138
RSH Rowland, Robert
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-6 11139
RSH Tell, Dave
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-6 16365
RSH Velasquez Perilla, Alcides
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-6 26062
RSH Woszidlo, Alesia
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-6 17444
RSH Zhang, Yan Bing
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-6 14764
COMS 998 Investigation and Conference (For Doctoral Candidates)
(Limited to eight hours credit towards the Ph.D. degree.) Directed research and experimentation for Ph.D. students in some phase of speech science or the teaching of speech and drama. RSH.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
RSH Banwart, Mary
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-8 11140
RSH Bricker, Brett
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-8 20805
RSH Childers, Jay
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-8 15623
RSH Gist, Angela
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-8 21901
RSH Hall, Jeffrey
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-8 16738
RSH Harris, Scott
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-8 11142
RSH Hummert, Mary
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-8 11143
RSH Innocenti, Beth
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-8 11145
RSH Kunkel, Adrianne
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-8 11144
RSH Mapes, Margarethe
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-8 29825
RSH Muddiman, Ashley
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-8 24063
RSH Oliha-Donaldson, Hannah
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-8 29826
RSH Pennington, Dorthy
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-8 11146
RSH Rowland, Robert
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-8 11147
RSH Tell, Dave
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-8 16366
RSH Velasquez Perilla, Alcides
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-8 26061
RSH Woszidlo, Alesia
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-8 17445
RSH Zhang, Yan Bing
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-8 14765
COMS 999 Doctoral Dissertation
Graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis. THE.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
THE Banwart, Mary
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-12 11148
THE Childers, Jay
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-12 15624
THE Hall, Jeffrey
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-12 16739
THE Hummert, Mary
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-12 11150
THE Innocenti, Beth
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-12 11152
THE Kunkel, Adrianne
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-12 11151
THE Pennington, Dorthy
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-12 11153
THE Rowland, Robert
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-12 11154
THE Tell, Dave
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-12 16367
THE Woszidlo, Alesia
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-12 17446
THE Zhang, Yan Bing
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-12 14766

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