Graduate Course Descriptions

598. Teaching Communication. 3 hrs. Provides instruction on how to teach communication. Emphasis on course assignments, grading, classroom management.

All teaching assistants in the Communication Studies program will register for this course each fall and spring semester and attend course meetings on Tuesdays and Thursdays as scheduled. 

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.  

600. 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. 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.

650.  Health Communication.  3 hrs.   This seminar is designed to provide graduate students with a comprehensive overview of research and theory in health communication, including patient-provider communication, social support, healthcare organizations, and health communication campaigns.

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.

All graduate students in the Communication Studies program will register for this course each fall and spring semester and will fulfill the requirements by attending research colloquia on Friday afternoons.

698. Thesis/Applied Project Hours. 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.

723.  Qualitative Methods.  3 hrs.  Goals, epistemology, and methods of qualitative inquiry in communication.  Strengths and limitations of different qualitative research methodologies.  Distinctive contributions of qualitative research to theory and practice of communication. 

724.  Rhetorical Archival Methods.  3 hrs.   This course considers the possibilities and complexities of rhetorical archival methods.  The topics discussed include approaches

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.

PhD students enroll in this course when working on comprehensive exam paper.

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

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