COMM 5080 - Introduction to Graduate Study and Research in Communication Studies (required for all graduate students)
A broad perspective on communication studies content areas (interpersonal/organizational, rhetoric, and performance studies).
COMM 5085 - Pedagogy and Communication (required for and restricted to all Teaching Assistants)
Study of pedagogy and communication. Examines philosophical, theoretical, and practical issues faced by university instructors.
COMM 5160 - Performative Writing
Seminar in experimental scholarly/critical writing. Prepares students to produce and critique writing that may challenge current modes of acceptable expository academic writing. Explores a variety of textual and theoretical perspectives for writing produced for both the page and the stage.
COMM 5165 - Performance and Southern Culture
Examination of the performative traditions of cultures in the southeastern United States, as well as research, analysis, and performance of fictional and nonfictional texts of the region.
COMM 5180 - Qualitative Research Methods in Communication
Qualitative research methodologies for communication studies research.
COMM 5185 - Quantitative Research Methods in Communication
Experimental and quantitative techniques usable in research in communication.
COMM 5220 - Organizational Communication
Study of the transmission of information and ideas within an organization with emphasis on the problems encountered in the business world.
COMM 5221 - Crisis and Disaster Communication (formerly Seminar in Crisis Communication)
Theoretical and practical examination of communication during crises and/or disasters. The role of communication in crisis/disaster planning, real-time crisis response, and post-crisis recovery and sensemaking.
COMM 5223 - Communication and Aging
Examination of the role of communication in the aging process. Theories related to communication and aging are explored in a variety of contexts including intergenerational interactions, interpersonal relationships, family relationships, health care interactions, the workplace, mass media, political communication, and cultural contexts.
COMM 5225 - Interpersonal Communication
Contemporary research and theory in the study of communication patterns found at various stages of normal interpersonal interactions.
COMM 5226 - Seminar in Health Communication
Introduction of communication theories and approaches related to health care in interpersonal, organizational, and mass communication settings.
COMM 5227 - Seminar in Intercultural Communication
Provides an opportunity to explore existing and emerging issues, theories, and practices in intercultural communication.
COMM 5240 - Rhetoric and Mediated Culture
Rhetorical consequences of mediated discourse on American culture. May include critical and cultural approaches for theorizing the rhetorical creation and maintenance of political identity, social movements, campaign or war rhetoric, theories of mediated persuasion and political influence, ideological and feminist criticism of media, the rhetorical aspects of popular culture, and theories of aesthetic rhetorics.
COMM 5260 - Adaptation and Staging
Historical and contemporary theoretical approaches to the adaptation and staging of texts for performance.
COMM 5265 - Performance Methods
Survey of 20th- and 21st-century performance methods. Examination of performance methods as critical discourses and how they impact teaching, performance, and the means of writing about performance.
COMM 5325 - Communication Theory
Survey of scientific and humanistic perspectives on the communication process and social contexts in which it occurs.
COMM 5340 - Rhetorical Methods
Use of critical and rhetorical theories in the investigation and evaluation of rhetorical acts and artifacts.
COMM 5345 - Rhetorical Theory
Examination of significant rhetorical theories and theorists.
COMM 5365 - Performance Theory
Historical and contemporary theoretical approaches to performance studies, including theories from related disciplines and their impact on theory and practice in performance studies.
COMM 5420 - Seminar in Computer-Mediated Communication
Examination of communication in technologically mediated environments through principles derived from cognitive and social psychology. Emphasis on theory and research in computer-mediated communication with special emphasis on CMC as an area leading to original research.
COMM 5425 - Gender and Communication
Examination of research and theory in gender and communication, investigating how communication structures gender and how gender affects communication.
COMM 5440 - Public Address Studies
Research and theory in the critical interpretation and assessment of public discourse.
COMM 5445 - Feminist Criticism
Examination of research and theories of feminist criticism in communication studies focusing on themes, traditions, and touchstones of gender communication from a critical perspective.
COMM 5460 - Narrative Theory
Examination of theories of narrative and narrative structure and their significance. The study of narrative and nonnarrative phenomena, including fiction, drama, film, and politics.
COMM 5480 - Practicum
Training in the teaching of some aspect of communication. Under the supervision of a faculty member, the student prepares and presents instructional units, conducts class discussions, and handles administrative matters peculiar to the type of course involved.
COMM 5481 - Graduate Internship
Supervised work in a job related to the student's major, professional field of study, of career objective.
COMM 5485 - Topics in Gender and Communication
Examination of research and theory in gender and communication, investigating how communication structures gender, and how gender affects communication.
COMM 5540 - Freedom of Expression
Theories, statues, and cases involving the First Amendment guarantee of freedom of speech.
COMM 5545 - Race and Public Culture
Studies and functionality of race in public culture. Introduction to core theoretical concepts related to critical race studies. An examination of case studies related to race, racialization, and racism in public discourse in the United States.
COMM 5560 - 20th Century Theory and Practice in Performance Studies
Exploration of the philosophies, conventions, techniques, and major figures in the history of performance studies as an academic discipline.
COMM 5625 - Communication Consulting
Examination of organization communication consulting and of communication theorists and practitioners. Opportunities to develop and/or refine training and facilitating skills and unique models of communication consulting.
COMM 5640 - Classical Rhetoric
Study of classical rhetorical texts, authors, and concepts. Emphasis on philosophical, theoretical, and pedagogical principles as the foundation for Western thought and education.
COMM 5660 - Performance and Ethnography
Seminar in the history, ethics, and methodology of participant-observer research. Over the course of the semester, students will participate in fieldwork and the creation of aesthetic representations of the data they collect.
COMM 5740 - Visual Rhetoric
Study of the effect and effectiveness of images in a number of contexts. An introduction to studies on visual culture, which includes topics such as iconography, memory studies, photojournalism and democracy, desire and the image, archiving, body politics, and spectatorship and the politics of viewing.
COMM 5760 - Performance, Culture, and Tourism
Investigation of the performative practices of travel and tourism through examination of public memory, networks of power, and national identities as embodied experiences.
COMM 5820 - Seminar in Communciation Processes
Contemporary research and theory in communication processes. Rotating topics.
COMM 5840 - Seminar in Rhetorical Studies
Contemporary research and theory in oral rhetorical studies. Rotating topics.
COMM 5860 - Seminar in Performance Studies
Contemporary research and theory in performance studies. Rotating topics.
COMM 5880 - Seminar in Communication Studies and Research
COMM 5900/5910 - Special Problems
For students capable of developing a problem independently through conference and activities directed by the instructor. Problem chosen by the student with the consent of the department director.
COMM 5920/5930 - Research Problem in Lieu of Thesis
COMM 5950 - Master's Thesis
To be scheduled only with consent of department. 6 hours credit required. No credit assigned until thesis has been completed and filed with the graduate dean. Continuous enrollment required once work on thesis has begun.