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Core Requirements (15 credits)
COMM 501. Theoretical Perspectives in Communication. 3 credits
Course provides a conceptual and historical overview of Communication Studies, paying special attention to questions of epistemology.
COMM 505. Concepts in Quantitative Communication Research. 3 credits
In the two-part 505/506 course, students focus on honing their understanding of the quantitative/qualitative paradigm in Communication research. While this course section focuses on the various methods that fall under the labels of quantitative, both portions of the course seek to identify possible points of connection and resistance across the spectrum of methodological choices and require participation in Communication Program colloquium series.
COMM 506. Concepts in Qualitative Communication Research. 3 credits
In the two-part 505/506 course, students focus on honing their understanding of the quantitative/qualitative paradigm in Communication research. While this course section focuses on the various methods that fall under the labels of qualitative, both portions of the course seek to identify possible points of connection and resistance across the spectrum of methodological choices and require participation in Communication Program colloquium series.
COMM 535. Intercultural Communication. 3 credits
This course incorporates critical conceptualizations of identity, "the Other", and multiculturalism. It explores theoretical reflections of the symbolic systems of unfamiliar cultures, and the emergence of mutual understanding.
COMM 550. International and Global Communications. 3 credits
An analysis of international media, comparative telecommunications systems and globalization. Covers issues such as transnational communication, global journalism, satellite broadcasting and communication in diplomacy and international affairs.
Elective Requirements from COMM (minimum 21 credits)
COMM 512. Communication Ethics, Law, & Regulation. 3 credits
Focuses on the ethical foundations of media law and communication public policy.
COMM 515. International and Intercultural Narrative Communication. 3 credits
This course examines narration or narrative communication within and between cultures and nations. Narration and communication theory and practice are explored for content and used as method. Assessing narrative communication in terms of international and intercultural comprehension and acceptance is addressed.
COMM 525. Interpersonal Relations and Communication. 3 credits
Face-to-face and mediated transactions between two people or people in small groups in diverse settings. Deals with inquiry, conflict management, interpersonal sensitivity, individuality, and conformity.
COMM 528. Intercultural Global Conflict. 3 credits
Communication patterns and processes can both facilitate conflict and terrorism as well as reduce discord and violence. Communication and conflict theory and research are examined in a global context with implications for terrorism, insurgency, and violence. Intergroup communication as well as communication strategies for mitigating discord and enhancing violence reduction are considered.
COMM 530. Gender, Culture, & Communication. 3 credits
An examination of how males and females from different cultural, ethnic and national backgrounds use, and are portrayed by, communication institutions and processes. Covers issues of representation, identity and difference.
COMM 533. Communication and International Development. 3 credits
This course introduces students to theoretical foundations of historical and contemporary issues in communication, media, information and international development. 21st century dynamic geopolitical processes are studied in relation to the issues of state-building, modernization, dependency, and globalization.
COMM 538. International Media. 3 credits
This course provides a comparison of media systems, media flows, and communication among countries. Both theoretical and ethnographic perspectives are considered by examining global media patterns and local flows through particular cultures around the world. The theoretical approaches of hybridism and post-colonialism are applied.
COMM 540. Communication and Organizations. 3 credits
Examines the general communication processes and dynamics within and among organizations and explores the dynamics in network organizations, with a particular focus on communication in interpersonal groups and inter-organizational working teams. Theories of power and politics in and among organizations, as well as of decision-making, conflict management, and strategic communication are explored.
COMM 543. International and Intercultural Indigenous Communication. 3 credits
This course examines communication within and between indigenous and non-indigenous people internationally, interculturally, and interlinguistically. Ramifications and conceptualizations related to comprehension and acceptance in communicating within and between indigenous people in international and intercultural settings is addressed.
COMM 549. Communication Technologies, Society, & Diversity. 3 credits
A critical study of theoretical components of the so-called "Information Society," which addresses the interaction of communication technologies with individuals, communities, economies, and cultures. This course focuses on aspects of technological change, new patterns of global connectedness, and their implications for emerging global paradigms.
COMM 570. Seminar in Communication. 3 credits
In-depth studies in specific communication areas such as relational communication, rhetoric and public discourse, intercultural/international communication. May be repeated for credit with change of topic (up to 15 hours).
Undergraduate Courses for Graduate Credit
COMM 310. Media and Diversity. 3 credits
Study of minority status within mass media organizations and in media content from historical, contemporary and speculative points of view. F.
COMM 401. Organizational Communication. 3 credits
Analysis of communication behavior in formally structured relationships as it relates to the organization and to individuals. Special attention given to organizational style, status, trust and conflict-management. Informal communication networks and rumoring are studied. S.
COMM 402. Intercultural/International Communication. 3 credits
This course will provide an overview of the study of intercultural and international communication. Topics addressed will include: history, literature, and culture of specific groups including racial, religious, and ethnic issues that affect communication patterns and outcomes. F.
COMM 404. Advertising and Society. 3 credits
Examines and evaluates the social, ethical and economic aspects of advertising. Attention is given to appraising the effects of advertising on the consumer and competition. F.
COMM 405. Social Implications of the Information Society. 3 credits
Considers and evaluates different perspectives on the information society, ranging from humanistic and Neomarxist critiques to the optimistic scenarios of some futurists. Examines the implications of new means of creating, storing, manipulating and disseminating information. Discussion of whether or not the potential benefits will be realized. S.
COMM 428. Media History. 3 credits
Origins and evolution of human communication, mass media and related technological innovations. Addresses mass media's historical influence on social , political and economic change, as well as on maintaining the status quo. S.