Graduate Courses

The following courses constitute the graduate course offerings in the Department of Communication.

To see which of these courses are being offered in the current or upcoming semester, go to StudentAdministration.

COMM 5001 Introduction to Graduate Communication Research
Three credits. An introduction to quantitative research methods and statistics.  Issues of measurement and design of communication studies as well as basic descriptive and inferential statistics are covered.

COMM 5002 Communication Research Methods
Three credits. Integrative approach to modeling theory, research design, and statistical analysis, including mathematical models, scale construction, measurement issues, correlation, regression, and analysis of variance.

COMM 5003 Advanced Communication Research Methods
Three credits.  Prerequisites: COMM 5002. Research techniques and procedures for the study of communication.  Research design, multivariate statistics, and structural modeling.

COMM 5010 Theory Construction and Research Design
Three credits. Prerequisite: COMM 5002. Conceptualization, theory construction, and review of communication methodologies.  Students will write a proposal for independent research, thesis, or dissertation.

COMM 5100 Persuasion Theory and Research
Three credits. Evaluation of current and traditional theories of persuasion and attitude change from communication, social psychology, and related disciplines.

COMM 5101 Motivation
Three credits. Also offered as PSYC 5101. Theories of motivation considered in relation to their supporting data.

COMM 5120 Communication Campaigns
Three credits. Campaign theory and planning. Students learn how to conduct interviews and focus groups with members of a target audience, and work with non-profit organizations to design a campaign.

COMM 5200 Interpersonal Communication
Three credits. Cognitive, emotional and behavioral interactions in specific contexts, including interpersonal relationships, groups, and work.

COMM 5220 Group Communication Research
Three Credits. The group communication process with emphasis upon research methodologies for the study of interactions in a group setting.

COMM 5230 Organizational Communication: Theory and Research
Three credits. Relationship of prescribed and informal communication networks to organizational goal achievement and individual integration. Emphasis on frequently used research methodologies.

COMM 5300 Mass Communication Theory
Three credits. Introduction to major theories, with emphasis on the structure, function, and effects of mass media.

COMM 5310 Seminar in Mass Communication Research
Three credits. Recent theories of social and political effects of mass communication, and the cognitive processing of media messages.

COMM 5500 Nonverbal Communication
Three credits. The study of metacommunication: Kinesics, space, time and other concomitants of verbal messages.  How the non-verbal band helps in the interpretation of verbal messages.

COMM 5501 Seminar in Nonverbal Communication & Persuasion
Three credits. Role of media nonverbal communication in persuasion and media preferences.  Affective and analytic communications in attitude formation, structure, and change.

COMM 5650 Communication Technology and Society: Theory and Research
Three credits. Theory and research associated with the study of emerging communication technologies.  Provides a comprehensive foundation in the scholarly literature addressing the content, adoption, uses and effects of new media.

COMM 5660 Computer Mediated Communication
Three credits. Communication networks, human-computer interaction and interface design, social and collaborative communication via computer.

COMM 5670 Computer Modeling in Communication Research
Three credits. History, basic concepts, and minimal skills of computer simulation and mathematical modeling.

COMM 5680 Seminar in Message Systems Analysis
Three credits. Selected topics in information and communication; analysis of message elements in human communication; discussion of message factors as related to behavioral effects.

COMM 5770 Health Communication
Three credits. Overview of health communication, including health behavior change interventions, emergency communication, risk assessment, media influences, provider-patient communication, socialization and identity, stereotyping, social support, diverse populations, and new communication technologies.

COMM 5892 Practicum in Research
1-6 Credits. May be repeated for credit.

COMM 5895 Variable Topics in Communication
1-3 credits. Instructor consent required. May be repeated for credit with a change in topic.

COMM 5899 Independent Study in Communication
1-6 credits. This course is an independent study course in which periodic conferences with the instructor are required

GRAD 5950 Master’s Thesis Research
1-9 Credits. This course is associated with the research efforts of students pursuing a Plan A Master’s degree, and may be used to meet the 9-credit Master’s research requirement.

GRAD 5960 Full-Time Master’s Research
Three credits. This course is to be used by those students who have completed all courses on the plan of study and who are performing master’s level research on a full-time basis. It may contribute to meeting the 9 credits Master’s research requirement. No other courses may be taken concurrently. In the summer, this is a 12-week (Summer 4) course.  Since this course denotes a full-time commitment, students may not hold graduate assistantships while taking this course.

GRAD 5999 Thesis Preparation
Zero credits. Open only to graduate students enrolled in Plan A Master’s Degree program.  This is a non-credit course to be used to maintain registered status by Plan A Master’s students who have completed their coursework and who are not registered for any other credit-bearing course.  International students should consult with the Graduate School prior to registering for this course.

COMM 6001 Proseminar in Communication Research
Three credits. Prerequisites: COMM 5002, COMM 5003, and COMM 5010. Advanced topics in communication research presented by faculty and specialists. Topics include information theory, survey of sampling and data collection, time series analysis (time-domain and panel design), physiological measurement, interaction analysis, and meta analysis.

COMM 6800 Seminar and Directed Research in Communication
1-6 credits. Open to graduate students in the Marketing Communication Program. May be repeated to a maximum of 12 credits.

COMM 6850 Seminar in Marketing Communication Research
Three credits. Theories of emotional and cognitive processing of communications; cognitive mapping and message construction; design, implementation and evaluation of information campaigns.

COMM 6895 Topics in Applied Communication Research
Three credits. Seminar. Investigation of special research techniques and findings in selected areas of applied communication research.


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