Graduate Course Inventory | Communication Studies

Graduate Course Inventory

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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 5120 - Group Processes

Theoretical and practical examination of task group processes. The role of communication and technology in group development, maintenance, decision making, leadership, and performance.

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 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 5226 - Seminar in Health Communication

Introduction of communication theories and approaches related to health care in interpersonal, organizational, and mass communication settings.

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 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 5465 - Performance and Autoethnography

This course explores various forms of autoethnographic inquiry to consider the ways in which race, class, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, and dis/ability are socially constructed and performed in everyday life. As a performance-based course, students will use their bodies throughout the course as methodological tools to question their social selves, intersectional identities, and ways of being in the world.

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 5565 - Black Matters and the Body

This Black feminist centered interdisciplinary course asks how a Black feminist sense of place might help us understand critical questions about embodiment, spatiality, and power relations. This course considers arguments about the phenomenological, performative, and cultural implications of embodying and enacting "diversity" in the academy.

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 5645 - Rherorics of Worldmaking

This course draws on queer worldmaking, queer of color worldmaking, new materialism, utopia, speculative and science fiction, and performance art as generative sources for imagining the future, interrogating the possibilities, limitations, and promises of each for making new worlds to which we can aspire.

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 5745 - Rhetorics of Protest, Social Movement(s) and Resistance

This course explores relationships between rhetoric and the movement of social imaginaries with a focus on how people communicate with and about social justice as rhetorical agents, attempting to change public culture. Since the lessons of the past are also key to understanding the conditions of possibility for change today and in the future, this course surveys a range of historically situated social agitators.

COMM 5820 - Seminar in Communication 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

Rotating topics.

Arranged Undergraduate Courses in Communication Studies

COMM 5480 - Practicum

COMM 5481 - Graduate Internship

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.