Courses

Note: Graduate students may also receive credits for 400-level courses. 

Note: Individual faculty member section numbers for Independent Study are available here.

COMM 600 Empirical Research in Communication (3 credits)
Formerly SPCH 600.

COMM 601 Historical-Critical Research in Communication (3 credits)
Formerly SPCH 601. Intense study in critical and historical methodology as applicable to research in communication. Emphasis will be placed on the composition and the evaluation of historical-critical studies of significance in the field of rhetorical communication scholarship.

COMM 602 Communication Theory (3 credits)
For COMM majors only. Fundamental concepts, approaches, and problems in communication theory.

COMM 604 Argumentation Theory (3 credits)
Fundamental concepts, approaches, and problems in argumentation theory.

COMM 605 Interpersonal Arguing (3 credits)
Examination of interpersonal arguing. Topics include invention, form, and editing of argumentative content, presentation of such content in face-to-face conversation, and reaction to the content. Cognitive and other psychological approaches predominate, but some attention is given to rhetorical and philosophical traditions.

COMM 625 Negotiation (3 credits)
Role of communication in shaping negotiation processes and outcomes.

COMM 626 Conflict Management (3 credits)
Formerly SPCH 626. Role of communication in managing conflict processes.

COMM 628 Organization Communication: Research and Intervention (3 credits)
Prerequisite: COMM 424 or permission of instructor. Repeatable to 6 credits if content differs. Formerly SPCH 628. The role of the internal and external communication consultant as an organizational change-agent. Emphasis upon data gathered to facilitate the communication development of the organization.

COMM 630 Seminar in Public Relations Management (3 credits)
Not open to students who have completed JOUR 630. Credit will be granted for only one of the following: COMM 630 or JOUR630. Formerly JOUR 630. Relationship of public relations management to organizational structure and communication functions. Objectives, planning, staffing, budgeting, administering, and evaluation of public relations programs.

COMM 631 Seminar in Public Relations Publics (3 credits)
Not open to students who have completed JOUR 631. Credit will be granted for only one of the following: COMM 631 or JOUR 631. Formerly JOUR 631. Analysis of public relations programs aimed at organizational publics. Media, issue-related, community, employee, governmental, consumer, financial, and student/educator publics. Theories of the nature of publics, communication behavior of publics, and effects of public relations programs aimed at different publics.

COMM 633 Global Public Relations (3 credits)
Not open to students who have completed JOUR 633. Credit will be granted for only one of the following: COMM 633 or JOUR 633. Formerly JOUR 633. Application of principles of public relations to countries or regions with different cultures, political systems, economic systems, levels of development, media systems, and levels of activism.

COMM 634 Seminar in Ethics and Philosophy of Public Relations (3 credits)
Not open to students who have completed JOUR 634. Credit will be granted for only one of the following: COMM 634 or JOUR 634. Formerly JOUR 634. Exploration of the emergent philosophy of public relations; ethical issues including accountability, social responsibility, philanthropy, multicultural and gender issues, fee structure, professionalism, divided loyalties, and confidentiality.

COMM 652 Contemporary Rhetorical Theory (3 credits)
Formerly SPCH 652. A study of twentieth century theories of rhetoric. Special attention will be devoted to Richard Weaver, Kenneth Burke, Lloyd Bitzer, Ernest Bormann, Walter Fisher, and the continental theorists of communication such as Chaim Perelman and Jürgen Habermas.

COMM 655 Seminar in Speechwriting (3 credits)
Formerly SPCH 655. Theoretical and practical aspects of speechwriting at an advanced level.

COMM 661 Communication and Social Change (3 credits)
Place of rhetoric as the union of the moral and historical in moments of social definition. Reviews theories of discourse in social change including political change, social movements, consciousness change, and more global change. Application to contemporary change.

COMM 670 Seminar in Listening Behavior (3 credits)
Prerequisite: COMM 470 or permission of instructor. Formerly SPCH 670. A study of research in and measurement of listening behavior.

COMM 680 Communication Programs in Education and Training (3 credits)
Formerly SPCH 680. An analysis of instructional development in communication. Instructional objectives, strategies and evaluation are applied to educational, corporate and industrial training programs.

COMM 681 Communication Issues in Human Resource Development (3 credits)
Formerly SPCH 681. Research in and theory of contemporary communication issues in the human resource development of governmental, corporate, business organizations.

COMM 683 Intercultural Communication Theory (3 credits)
An in-depth coverage of the essential theories of intercultural communication is provided.

COMM 686 Teaching Communication (1 credit)
Formerly SPCH 686. Principles of effective teaching--content and process--in the college communication classroom.

COMM 687 Professional Development in the Communication Discipline (1 credit)
Knowledge and skills required for advancement as an academic professional in the communication discipline. Topics include types of academic institutions and posts, elements of academic performance, documentation of professional qualifications, how academic posts are secured, processes associated with tenure and promotion, processes of academic publication and history of the discipline.

COMM 688 Communication Field Experience (1-6 credits)
Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Formerly SPCH 688. Applications of communication principles and research in professional communication settings.

COMM 698 Special Problems in Communication (1-3 credits)
Formerly SPCH 698.

COMM 700 Introduction to Graduate Study in Communication (3 credits)
Prerequisite: admission to the Ph.D. program in COMM. Formerly SPCH 700. Basic skills in communication research.

COMM 701 Quantitative Methods in Communication Research (3 credits)
Prerequisite: COMM 700. Formerly SPCH 701. Logic and methods of quantitative data collection and statistical analysis as applied to communication studies. Research strategies for communications: experimentation, survey research, field research, and content analysis.

COMM 702 Intermediate Quantitative Data Analysis in Communication Research: The General Linear Model (3 credits)
Prerequisite: COMM 700 or permission of instructor. Formerly SPCH 702. Data analysis in current communication research. Techniques include regression, correlation, factor analysis, matrix algebra, covariance structure, and path diagrams. Students will be expected to have completed a methods course and a statistics course or tested equivalent competencies.

COMM 703 Advanced Quantitative Data Analysis in Communication Research: Structural Equation Models (3 credits)
Prerequisites: COMM 702 and permission of instructor. Formerly SPCH 703. Model evaluation and theory construction in communication research. Causal systems in current communication research: recursive, nonrecursive, and unobserved variable models. Students must have a dissertation research project requiring quantitative methods.

COMM 711 Historical/Critical Methods in Communication Research (3 credits)
Prerequisite: COMM 700 or permission of instructor. Formerly SPCH 711. Methods for historical and critical research in communication. Formulation of significant research questions, systematic collection of bibliographic and phenomenal information, formulating substantial claims, organizing and writing research for disciplinary outlets.

COMM 712 Advanced Historical/Critical Methods in Communication Research (3 credits)
Prerequisites: COMM 711 and permission of instructor. Formerly SPCH 712. Critical assessment of qualitative approaches to communication. Introduction to significant schools of historical and critical research. Advanced techniques for inquiry and manuscript preparation. Students must have dissertation research project requiring historical or critical method.

COMM 714 Introduction to Qualitative Methods in Communication Research (3 credits)
Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Methods for field research in communication including interviewing, ethnographic and participant intervention, focus groups, and content analysis. Formulation of significant research questions, systematic collection of field data, formulating substantial claims from the research, organizing and writing research from disciplinary outlets.

COMM 715 Advanced Qualitative Methods in Communication Research (3 credits)
Prerequisite: COMM 714. Advanced data analysis of qualitative data in Communication research. In-field research and techniques for analysis of data from in-field work.

COMM 718 Practicum in Research Proposal and Design (3 credits)
Three hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisite: Completion of Method Sequence for Communication Degree. Repeatable to 6 credits. Not open to students who have completed JOUR 632. Credit will be granted for only one of the following: COMM 718 or JOUR 632. Formerly JOUR 632. Development of research proposal through research team interaction. In different semester the course focuses on different subdisciplines of communication.

COMM 720 Seminar in Small Group Communication (3 credits)
Formerly SPCH 720. Small group communication theory, research, and applications.

COMM 724 Seminar in Organizational Communication (3 credits)
Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Formerly SPCH 724. Theories and problems of human communication within, between, and/or among formal organizations will be emphasized.

COMM 730 Seminar in Health Communication (3 credits)
Formerly SPCH 730. Communication processes in health care and promotion.

COMM 738 Seminar in Mediated Communication (3-12 credits)
Prerequisite: permission of the instructor. Repeatable to 12 credits if content differs. The examination of special topics related to the study of mediated communication.

COMM 739 Topics in Public Relations (3 credits)
Repeatable to 6 credits if content differs. Formerly JOUR 739. Seminar on specialized areas of scholarly research in public relations or on the practice of public relations in specialized organizational settings.

COMM 748 The Rhetoric of the Presidency (3 credits)
Repeatable to 9 credits if content differs. Credit will be granted for only one of the following: COMM 748 or COMM 768. Formerly COMM 768. The study of the historical and contemporary rhetoric of the presidency in appropriate historical and political contexts. Scholarship related to public address studies and theories of the presidency will be featured.

COMM 758 Seminar in Rhetorical Theory (3 credits)
Prerequisite: COMM 460, COMM 461, or COMM 450. Repeatable to 12 credits if content differs. Formerly SPCH 758. Examination of selected theories of style drawn from the fields of rhetoric and literature, and analysis of model speeches.

COMM 760 Seminar in Political Communication (3 credits)
Formerly SPCH 760. A blend of theory and practice to integrate rhetorical-critical theory and empirical methods with politics. Practitioners in political communication will be drawn in as resource persons. Students will map the communication strategy for candidates and analyze actual campaign strategies.

COMM 762 The Rhetoric of Political Institutions (3 credits)
The role of discourse in major political institutions is examined. The specific institutional focus may change from instructor to instructor. Examples include Congress, the courts, or the state legislatures.

COMM 768 Seminar in Public Address (3 credits)
Repeatable to 12 credits if content differs. Formerly SPCH 768. An in-depth study of national and international speakers and issues throughout the history of the spoken word. Emphasis will be placed upon the application of rhetorical principles to the analysis of world speakers and their speeches.

COMM 775 Seminar in Persuasion and Attitude Change (3 credits)
Prerequisite: permission of department. Formerly SPCH 775. This seminar will concentrate on the problem of making message strategy decisions. Course content will consist of study of both theoretical and empirical research on attitude and attitude change in persuasive communication.

COMM 776 Seminar in Interpersonal Communication (3 credits)
Formerly SPCH 776. Interpersonal communication theory, research, and practice.

COMM 777 Persuasive Message Strategies (3 credits)
Credit will be granted for only one of the following: COMM 698P or COMM 777. Formerly COMM 698P. Examines which persuasive messages are effective to change attitudes and behavior at what times and with what people.

COMM 779 Seminar: Special Topics in Persuasion and Attitude Change (3 credits)
Recommended: COMM 775. Repeatable to 9 credits if content differs. This seminar explores special topic areas with the study of persuasion and attitude change, such as social cognition, humor, message production,and cognitive oscillation.

COMM 783 Seminar in Intercultural Communication (3 credits)
Prerequisite: COMM 683 or equivalent. Not open to students who have completed COMM 682. Credit will be granted for only one of the following: COMM 682 or COMM 783. Formerly COMM 682. Concentrates on theoretical and methodological issues in intercultural communication research.

COMM 789 Seminar: Special Topics in Intercultural Communication (3 credits)
Recommended: COMM 683. Repeatable to 9 credits if content differs. Explores special topic areas within the study of intercultural communication, such as culture and conflict, intercultural negotiation, cross-cultural relationships.

COMM 798 Independent Study (1-3 credits)
Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Formerly SPCH 798. An individual course designed for intensive study or research of problems in communication.

COMM 799 Master's Thesis Research (1-6 credits)
Formerly SPCH 799.

COMM 879 Special Research Problems in Persuasion and Attitude Change (1-4 credits)
Prerequisite: permission of department. Repeatable to 9 credits if content differs. Directed team and individual research projects.

COMM 888 Doctoral Practicum in Communication (3-9 credits)
Repeatable to 9 credits if content differs. Formerly SPCH 888. Analysis of professional activity through personal observation. Evaluation of the purpose, process, effectiveness, and efficiency of professional activity. Recommendations for training and further research.

COMM 889 Doctoral Tutorial in Communication (3-9 credits)
Repeatable to 9 credits if content differs. Formerly SPCH 889. Individual research in communication.

COMM 898 Pre-Candidacy Research (1-8 credits)

COMM 899 Doctoral Dissertation Research (1-8 credits)
Formerly SPCH 899.