Communication Studies M.A. Featured Courses

Advanced Projects and Directed Research

Individual study. Course may be repeated to a maximum of six credits.

Advanced Special Topics in Communication Studies

This course subject matter varies according to announced special topic. See class schedule for details.

Communication Research Methods and Analyses

Introduction to communication research methods. Application of quantitative measurement techniques and statistical analyses will be discussed as well as the use of microcomputer statistical programs.

Communication Studies Practicum

Prescribed graduate study and supervised work with practitioners in organizations.

Communication Studies Practicum

Prescribed graduate study and supervised work with practitioners in organizations.

Intercultural Communication: Domestic Perspectives

Effects of cultural attitudes, beliefs, and attributions on meaning assignment. Diffusion of cultural innovations, prejudice, discrimination, and equality are discussed. Emphasis is placed on intercultural interactions within the United States.

Intercultural Communication: International Perspectives

Effects of cultural attitudes, beliefs, and attributions on meaning assignment. Effects of language on the structure of thought. Ethics and process of the diffusion of cultural innovations are analyzed.

Methods of Communication Research

A comprehensive survey of communication research methods. Qualitative and quantitative approaches will be explained and practiced.

Organizational Communication Audit Procedures

Measurement of communication variables in the modern business organization: mes sage diffusion analysis; cross-section survey analysis; communication network analysis; and communication audit procedures. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

Qualitative Research Methodologies

Research methods and theories for participant-observation, phenomenology, symbolic interactionism, ethnomethodology, content analysis, and historical-critical interpretation.

Seminar in Interpersonal Communication

This course focuses on theoretical approaches to interpersonal communication. Emphasis is placed on current research including fundamentals of relationships, developmental issues, interaction management, and interpersonal competence.

Seminar in Organizational Communication

This course explores theoretical perspectives and the impact of communication in organizations. Critical analysis includes management styles, decision-making, group interaction, conflict resolution, and diffusion of innovations.

Seminar in Persuasive Communication

This course is designed to provide students with a basic understanding of the role of communication in the persuasion process. This will be achieved by exploring historical and contemporary theories of persuasion as well as examining research that has focused on persuasion.

Social Effects of Mass Communication

Roles, functions, and consequences of mass communication in American society.

Special Topics (Social Change Communication Theory)

This course subject matter varies according to announced special topic. See class schedule for details.

The Executive Communicator

Audience analysis, speech writing, delivery in professional presentations, theo ry, and history of great speeches are covered. Detailed critiques of student s peaking styles and performances are also included.

Theories of Communication

Comparison of theories dealing with the processes and effects of communication is discussed.