Graduate Course Descriptions

598. Teaching Public Speaking. 1-3 hrs. Provides instruction on how to teach public speaking. Emphasis on course assignments, grading, classroom management.

599. British Studies in Communication. 3-6 hrs. Communication research and practice in Great Britain. Taught only in Great Britain under auspices of the College of International and Continuing Education.  For more details, see the course web site: http://ocean.st.usm.edu/~w306945.

600. Speech Communication Theory & Research. 3 hrs. A survey of major research traditions in the field of speech communication. Topics will include persuasion, nonverbal communication, networks, and theories of communication.

603 . Political Communication. Examines the use of rhetoric to create and maintain political relationships and power.

605. Interpersonal Communication. 3 hrs. A comparative approach to the study of interpersonal communication theories and methods.

609. Speech Communication Seminar. 3 hrs. A rotating seminar that addresses topics in speech communication.

610. Problems in Organizational Communication. 3 hrs. Analysis of work organizations as communication networks. Emphasis on identification, analysis of selected problems, consultation methods, and administration of communication training programs. Field project.

625 . Communication, Conflict, and Negotiation. Surveys theory and research on the role of communication in the management of conflict in personal and professional relationships.

674. Dimensions of Learning in Speech Communication Education I. 3 hrs. Provides a broad introduction to concepts, contexts, and practices of teaching speech communication and theatre at the secondary level. This course includes a clinical supervision component.

675. Dimensions of Learning in Speech Communication Education II. 3 hrs. Provides a broad introduction to concepts, contexts, and practices of teaching speech communication and theater at the secondary level. This course includes a
clinical supervision component.

692. Special Problems. 3 hrs. For independent research projects designed to answer specific questions in applied or theoretical communication.

697. Independent Study and Research. Hours arranged. Not to be counted as credit toward a degree. Students actively working on a thesis, consulting with the major professor, or using other resources of the university may enroll in this course. Students who are not in residence and are not enrolled in at least 3 hours of thesis but who are actively working on a thesis, consulting with the major professor, or using other resources of the university must enroll in this course for at least 3 hours each semester.

698. Thesis. 3-6 hrs.for a total of 6 hours.

700. Intercultural Communication. Explores the forms and functions of interpersonal communication in different cultures. Emphasizes issues related to communication across cultural boundaries.

715. Message Processes and Effects. 3 hrs. Examines construction and structuring of messages by communicators to form conversation, the effects of messages upon receivers, and factors which affect construction, structuring, and reception of messages.

720. Introduction to Graduate Research. 3 hrs. Analysis of types of problems, concepts, variables, definition, design measurement techniques, and interpretation of data prevalent in communication research. Involves elementary statistics and development of research proposals and designs. May also be taken as MC 720.

721. Content Analysis. 3 hrs. Study of theory and methods of defining, categorizing, coding, and interpreting verbal and nonverbal elements of the communication process. Emphasizes source and message elements. Elementary statistical analysis, research report, and design of studies. May also be taken as MC 721.

722. Communication Research Methods. 3 hrs. A study of the techniques and strategies used in conducting empirical studies of communication. Topics will include measurement, sampling, and content analysis. May also be taken as MC 722.

725. Seminar in Organizational Communication. 3 hrs. Topics under the heading of organizational communication are explored, including such issues as organizational cultures, communication climate, and conflict management.

726. Seminar in Interpersonal Communication. 3 hrs. Readings in narrative approaches to investigating human communication, including theoretical issues, methods, and case studies.

730. Theory and Research in Small Group Communication. 3 hrs. A study of human interaction in small group settings and the determinants and effects of such interaction.

735. Rhetorical Theory. 3 hrs. A study of the development of rhetorical theory, ancient through contemporary. The course will examine classical, medieval, Renaissance, and late European rhetoricians, and re-emergence of rhetorical theory in the 20th century.

740. Rhetorical Criticism. 3 hrs. This course examines the variety of contexts and situations to which can be applied principles of rhetorical criticism. Emphasis will be placed on public discourse and media.

745. Communication and Humor. Examines the use of humor in public speeches, workplace, and personal relationships. Assesses current theory and research on the topic.

750. Theory and Research in Nonverbal Communication. 3 hrs. A study of nonverbal communication and its relation to effective oral communication. Topics include gender and cultural differences, detecting deception, persuasive strategies.

755 . Contemporary Theory and Research in Persuasion. 3 hrs. This course is designed to familiarize students with current issues and research in persuasive communication.

792. Special Problems. 3 hrs. For independent research problems designed to answer specific questions in applied or theoretical communication.

797. Independent Study and Research. Hours arranged. Not to be counted as credit toward a degree. Students actively working on a dissertation, consulting with the major professor, or using other resources of the university may enroll in this course. Students who are not in residence and are not enrolled in at least 3 hours of dissertation but who are actively working on a dissertation, consulting with the major professor, or using other resources of the university must enroll in this course for at least 3 hours each semester.

809. Speech Communication Seminar. 3 hrs. A rotating seminar that addresses topics in speech communication.

898. Dissertation. 3-12 hrs, for a total of 12 hrs.