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Communication Studies Graduate Program

Graduate Degree Program

Course Offerings Breakdown

A. Communication Theories

1. Basic Communication
Basic communication theory involves the study of those constructs which overlay communication in differing contexts. These constructs are treated both historically as they developed out of differing cultures to meet differing needs, and comparatively, as they reflect the varying perspectives of current disciplinary interests.

a.Historical Antecedents

          932   Theories of Rhetoric: Classical
          933   Theories of Rhetoric: Neo-Classical

b. Contemporary Perspectives

          859   Proseminar in Communication Studies
          958   Comparative Theories of Speech Communication
          959   Theories of Rhetoric: Contemporary          
Note: Additional special 930 seminars may be offered in this area.


2. Theories of Personal and Social Influence 

Theories of personal and social influence involve the study of those communication behaviors by which individuals or groups attempt social action or control. The scope of this study include: (1) the communicator and his/her credibility; (2) the message -- its structure and language on its argumentative form, and the choice of content; (3) the receiver -- his/her belief systems, value structure, and personality variables, which affect the response to the message; and (4) the situation in which influence occurs and its effect on that influence.

537   Communication in Conflict Resolution
538   Persuasion
539   Argumentation
938   Seminar in Persuasion
939   Seminar in Argumentation

B. Communication Methodology

1. Required Methodology Courses
          851   Communication Research: Historical and Descriptive (3) - OR - 
          852   Communication Research: Experimentation and Quantitative Analysis (3)

2. Additional Methodology Courses by Area

Choose 12 additional hours from the following course appropriate to the student's research/dissertation interest:

a. Experimental and Quantitative Empirical Methods

          856 Quantitative Analysis (3)
          956 Principles of Analysis of Variance (3)
          957 Principles of Correctional& Multivariate Analysis (3)                    
Note: Courses similar to 956 and 957 may be offered in other Departments when not offered in COMS. Check with adviser or Director of Graduate Study for appropriate equivalents.


          HIST 805   Nature of History (3)
          ENGL 908   Seminar in Literary Criticism (3)
          COMS 951   Seminar in Movement Theory & Genre Criticism (3)
          COMS 952   Seminar in Mythic & Narrative Approaches to Rhetorical Criticism (3)
          COMS 955   Seminar in Rhetorical Criticism (3)
          THDR 920   Practicum in Criticism (3)

c. Qualitative-Empirical

          COMS 855   Qualitative Research Methods in Communication (3)
          ANTH 730   Linguistics in Anthropology (3)
          LING 728   Discourse Analysis (3)
          SOC 714   Field Methods & Participant Observation (3)
          COMS 848   Communication Audits in Organizations (3)

3. Course equivalency substitutions

  • In lieu of 3 hours of methodological course work, a student may elect to enroll in 3 hours of applied research in in order to produce original research using one of the above methods. The final paper must meet the approval of the student's advisor and must be submitted to a professional society for presentation on a convention program or to a professional journal for possible publication.
  •  In lieu of 3 hours of methodological course work, a student may elect to demonstrate a high level of writing competence in one foreign language in order to demonstrate that knowledge of this language directly relates to the student's research and academic interests. Competence levels will be determined through consultation with the appropriate language department or program.
C. Communication Contexts

a. Interpersonal and Small Group Communication
The scope of this area includes: (1) the process of interpersonal perception; (2) the constraints of language on interpersonal behavior; (3) the operation of interpersonal and cognitive processes in human interaction; and (4) the study of interaction between two or more individuals in various interpersonal and small group contexts.

543   Group Leadership Practicum
544   Advanced Interpersonal Communication: Theory and Research
555   Family Communication

590   Nonverbal Communication

835   Impression Formation and Interpersonal Communication
844   Interpersonal Theory

846   Communication and Aging
936   Seminar in Language and Discourse

945   Seminar in Social Support

Note: Additional special 930 seminars may be offered in this area.

b. Public and Political Communication
Public communication involves the study of those situations in which one person or a group of persons publicly address themselves to others. This may occur in face-to-face situations or through media that physically separate the speaker from his/her audience. The scope of this study includes: (1) situational forces that give rise to public communication; (2) the motives of the communicator; (3) the manner in which he/she constructs a fitting response to the rhetorical situation; (4) the different forms of public communication--the single message, the campaign, the movement; (5) the role of media in public communication; (6) an assessment of the personal and social influence of public communication and (7) the ethical responsibilities of those engaged in public communication. These phenomena are studied historically and in terms of their contemporary significance.

551   The Rhetoric of Black Americans
552   The Rhetoric of Women's Rights
553   The Rhetoric of Political Campaigns
603   Topics in Presidential Rhetoric:______________
605   Speech Writing
607   Political Communication
807   Rhetoric, Politics and the Mass Media
907   Seminar in Political Communication
950   Studies in Public Address

Note: Additional special 930 seminars may be offered in this area.

c. Organizational Communication
Organizational communication involves the study of communication within formally structured social systems. The scope of such a study includes: (1) analysis of the structure of organizations in business, industry, government, religion, professions, and education; (2) the examination of relationships between communication methods and the effective functioning of organizations; (3) the development of perspective concerning appropriate goals, methods, and techniques of organizational communication; and (4) the specification of problems and methods of research in organizational communication.

530   Internship in Communication Studies
531   Leadership Strategies and Applications
548   Theories of the Interview
810   Organizational Communication Theory and Research
848   Communication Audits in Organizations
948   Seminar in Organizational Communication
953   Seminar in Organizational Rhetoric

Note: Additional special 930 seminars may be offered in this area such as Micro-level Organizational Communication, Macro-Level Organizational Communication, Communication and Organizational Cultures, and Communication Challenges in Distributed Organizations, and Communication and Organizational Change.

d. Intercultural Communication
Intercultural communication involves the study of communication between individuals or groups from differing cultures or co-cultures. The scope of such study includes: (1) the effects of differences in verbal and non-verbal signals in cross-cultural communication; (2) the manner in which cultural perceptions, attitudes and motivations influence communication behavior; (3) the reciprocal influences between communication channels and cultural traditions, political structures, economics, kinship patterns and social systems; and (4) the role of communication in diffusion of innovation and modernization.

547   Communication and Culture
557    East Asian Communication

647   Issues in Intercultural Communication
667   Interpersonal Communication in Multinational Organizations
946   Communication and Intergroup Relations
947   Communication and Cultural Innovation and National Development.

Note: Additional special 930 seminars may be offered in this area.

e. Legal Communication
Legal communication involves the study of communication as it occurs in the legal setting, whether district, state or federal, and whether civil or criminal. It concerns exploring message variables, argument strategies, juror perception and response, and the research done on those variables.

537   Communication in Conflict Resolution
539   Argumentation
639   Legal Communication
938   Seminar in Persuasion
939   Seminar in Argumentation

Note: Additional special 930 seminars may be offered in this area.

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