Communication Studies, COMM = 0119
4020. Communication Theory. 3 hours. Process of theory construction with particular emphasis on human communication, elements and types of theories, theoretical logics, metatheoretical perspectives toward communication and specific content theories of communication.
4021. Communication Research Methods. 3 hours. Experimental and quantitative techniques usable in research in communication.
4040. Rhetorical Theory. 3 hours. A study of rhetorical traditions that provide useful insights into how individuals engage in rhetorical transactions.
4060. Performance Theory. 3 hours. Examination and comparison of text-centered, performer-centered and audience-centered theories of performance; functions of performance; and methods for evaluating performance. Prerequisite(s): COMM 2060.
4140. Rhetoric and Language. 3 hours. Major approaches to the human creation and transmission of meaning through language. Examines the levels at which and the manner in which spoken language may be persuasive. May include persuasive discourse, language as symbolic action and semiotics.
4220. Gender and Communication. 3 hours. Examination of differences in communication behavior of males and females with particular reference to biological sex and psychological gender. Explores male and female communication in a variety of different contexts. Prerequisite(s): COMM 1010 or 2020 or consent of department.
4240. Rhetoric and Culture. 3 hours. Consequences of discourse on culture. May include communication throughout the life cycle, rhetorical creation and maintenance of social movements, international and intercultural rhetoric, feminist rhetorical criticism, ideological criticism, the rhetorical aspects of popular culture and the grounds for the criticism of culture from a rhetorical perspective.
4260. Performance and Culture. 3 hours. Examination of the role of performance in cultures. Research and analysis of texts and performance practices among various ethnic and cultural groups.
4320. Communication Network Analysis. 3 hours. Techniques of communication network analysis and patterned flows of communication among human beings, focusing upon the impact of network variables on the establishment of human relationships. Prerequisite(s): COMM 4021 or other course work in social science research methods or consent of department.
4340. Rhetoric and Politics. 3 hours. Rhetoric of political campaigns, presidential rhetoric, legal communication, and the rhetorical creation, maintenance, use and legitimation of symbolic power. Prerequisite(s): COMM 3340.
4360. Rhetoric of Performance. 3 hours. Contemporary performance as a critical and persuasive tool within social contexts. Research and analysis of performance texts and contexts designed to criticize social or cultural practices. Prerequisite(s): COMM 2060.
4420. Communication and Relational Development. 3 hours. The role of communication processes in initiating, developing, defining, maintaining and dissolving various forms of human relationships. Examines the nature of communication in a variety of relational contexts. Prerequisite(s): COMM 1010 or 2020 or consent of department.
4440. Issues in Freedom of Speech. 3 hours. Theories, doctrines, statutes and cases related to the First Amendment guarantee of freedom of speech.
4800. Communication Internship. 1-3 hours. Supervised work in a job directly related to the student's major, professional field of study or career objective. Prerequisite(s): 12 semester hours credit in communication studies; student must meet employer's requirements and have consent of internship supervisor and department. May be repeated for credit up to 4 semester hours.
4829. Topics in Communication Processes. 3 hours. Rotating topics in interpersonal communication, organizational communication, or communication research methods. Prerequisite(s): 6 hours in communication processes, or consent of department. May be repeated for credit as topics vary.
4849. Topics in Rhetorical Studies. 3 hours. Rotating topics may include Greek rhetoric; Roman rhetoric; medieval rhetoric; values and rhetoric in Weaver, Perelman and Habermas; narrative criticism; Kenneth Burke.
4869. Topics in Performance Studies. 3 hours. Rotating topics include: performance of particular genres, including poetry narrative, drama or non-literary texts; performance methods, including thematic approaches to performance or historical styles of performance; or theoretical issues in performance, including narrative theory, intertextuality or New Historicism. Prerequisite(s): COMM 2060 or consent of department. May be repeated for credit as topics vary.
4950. Senior Honors Thesis. 3 hours. Available to COMM majors having completed at least 90 semester hours with an overall GPA of 3.50 or better. Prerequisite(s): COMM 4020 and 4021, or 3340 and 4040, or COMM 4060.
5080. Introduction to Graduate Study and Research in Communication Studies. 3 hours. Broad perspective on communication studies content areas.
5220. Organizational Communication. 3 hours. Study of the transmission of information and ideas within an organization with
emphasis on the problems encountered in the business world.
5225. Interpersonal Communication. 3 hours. Contemporary research and theory in the study of communication patterns found at various stages of normal interpersonal interactions.
5240. Rhetorical Study of Movements. 3 hours. Investigation of the rhetorical and communicative processes that create, sustain, and transform social movements.
5260. Group Performance. 3 hours. Historical and contemporary theoretical approaches to group performance in performance studies and related disciplines; practical experience in scripting and directing group performance.
5280. Communication and Information in the Classroom. 3 hours. The study of the major variables in the communication process and their impact on student learning and satisfaction. Designed primarily for teachers of all levels and content specialties.
5320. Communication Research Methods. 3 hours. Experimental and quantitative techniques usable in research in communication.
5325. Communication Theory. 3 hours. A survey of scientific and humanistic perspectives on the communication process and social contexts in which it occurs.
5340. Rhetorical Criticism. 3 hours. The use of critical and rhetorical theories in the investigation and evaluation of rhetorical acts and artifacts.
5345. Rhetorical Theory. 3 hours. An examination of significant rhetorical theories and theorists.
5360. Performance Criticism. 3 hours. Theories of value and evaluation in performance studies and their influence on the practice of criticism, in general, and performance criticism, in particular. Contexts range from everyday acts of evaluation to formal, public instances of criticism.
5365. Performance Theory. 3 hours. Historical and contemporary theoretical approaches to performance studies, including theories from related disciplines and their impact on theory and practice in performance studies.
5420. Theory and Research in Persuasion. 3 hours. Recent theory and research on the persuasive process. Includes effects of variables in public, interpersonal, organizational, and mass communication contexts.
5425. Gender and Communication. 3 hours. Examination of research and theory in gender and communication, investigating how communication structures gender and how gender affects communication.
5440. Public Address Studies. 3 hours. Research and theory in the critical interpretation and assessment of public discourse.
5460. Narrative Theory. 3 hours. Examination of theories of narrative and narrative structure and their significance. The study of narrative and nonnarrative phenomena, including fiction, drama, film, and politics.
5480. Practicum. 3 hours. 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. No more than 3 hours may apply toward master's degree. Duties performed under teaching fellowships or graduate assistantships do not earn credit in this course.
5481. Graduate Internship. 3 hours. Supervised work in a job related to the student's major, professional field of study or career objective. Prerequisite(s): 9 graduate hours in communication; two letters of recommendation from professors in department; and consent of internship director.
5520. Communication and Conflict. 3 hours. Examines the role of communication used in managing conflict in its most common contexts: intrapersonal, interpersonal, group, organizational, professional, social and international. Theory and research are examined to develop more effective communication in conflict situations.
5525. Communication and Change. 3 hours. A study of the impact of human communication on the process of change in formal and informal organizations with emphasis on understanding and planning change.
5540. Freedom of Expression. 3 hours. Theories, statutes, and cases involving the First Amendment guarantee of freedom of speech.
5560. History of Performance Studies. 3 hours. Philosophies, conventions, and techniques that have contributed to the formation of contemporary performance theory. Examines performance approaches from classical to contemporary eras.
5625. Communication Consulting. 3 hours. 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.
5720. Communication Style and Competence. 3 hours. Examination of the major theoretical and empirical approaches to style and competence in communication. Issues of conceptualization, assessment, instruction, and training in communication style and competence are covered.
5820. Seminar in Communication Processes. 3 hours. Contemporary research and theory in communication processes. Rotating topics. May be repeated for credit as topics vary.
5840. Seminar in Rhetorical Studies. 3 hours. Contemporary research and theory in oral rhetorical studies. Rotating topics. May be
repeated for credit as topics vary.
5860. Seminar in Performance Studies. 3 hours. Contemporary research and theory in performance studies. Rotating topics. May be repeated for credit as topics vary.
5880. Seminar in Communication Studies and Research. 3 hours. Rotating topics. May be repeated for credit as topics vary.
5900-5910. Special Problems. 1-3 hours each. For students capable of developing a problem independently through conferences and activities directed by the instructor. Problem chosen by the student with the consent of the department director.
5920-5930. Research Problems in Lieu of a Thesis. 3 hours each.
5950. Master's Thesis. 3 or 6 hours. 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. May be repeated for credit.
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