COMM 1900 (2 Credit Hours)

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COMS = Communication ITS = Information and Technology Systems

JOUR = Journalism

T3 = Tier 3 MDIA = Media Arts and Studies VICO =
Visual Communication


COMM

1900


(
2

Credit Hours)

Learning Community Seminar

Seminar course associated with the Scripps College of Communication and its five schools. Topics
include introduction to disciplinary norms, academic expectations of specific schools and
programs,
introduction to research of faculty, completion of original research project, and
readings on the course theme of rapidly changing media technology and its effects.


COMS

1010


(
3

Credit Hours)

Fundamentals of Human Communication

Introductory analysis of o
ral communication in human relationships with focus on variety of
contexts including dyadic, small group, and public communication experiences. Serves as survey of
human communication processes. Mass lecture.


COMS

1030


(
3

Credit Hours)

Fundamentals of P
ublic Speaking

Principles of public speaking, practice in presenting informative and persuasive speeches with
emphasis on communicative process.


COMS

1100


(
3

Credit Hours)

Communication Among Cultures

The purpose of this course is to explore the role of
communication in understanding, accepting,
and appreciating cultural differences. Students in this course will understand that culture includes
not only issues of nationality, ethnicity, and race, but also gender, socioeconomic status, age, etc.
Using a nu
mber of co
-
cultural, cross
-
cultural, and intercultural examples, students will explore
how communication is a key component of bridging cultural differences.


COMS

1170


(
1 to 3

Credit Hours)

Beginning Forensics

Students prepare for competition in oral int
erpretation, public speaking, and/or debate as part of
the Ohio University Forensics Team. Travel to a weekend tournament at another university is
required to earn credit. Number of credits depends upon number of performances prepared for
competition.


COM
S

2020


(
3

Credit Hours)

Communication and Persuasion

Process of communication and attitude change, survey of general theories and typical research,
and analysis of contemporary persuasion problems.


COMS

2040


(
3

Credit Hours)

Principles and Techniques of

Interviewing

Methods used in two
-
party, face
-
to
-
face oral communicative situations commonly encountered in
organizational and professional environments. Intensive practice through role
-
playing and real
-
life interviews in and out of class, emphasizing
skills involved in giving and getting information,
persuasion, and job
-
employment situations.

COMS = Communication ITS = Information and Technology Systems JOUR = Journalism

T3 = Tier 3

MDIA = Media Arts and Studies VICO = Visual Communication


COMS

2050


(
3

Credit Hours)

Techniques of Group Discussion

Study of structur
e and dynamics of small groups, nature and functions of leadership, group
participation, problem solving, and decision making; frequent participation in group discussion
activities.


COMS

2060


(
3

Credit Hours)

Communication in Interpersonal Relationships

Provides experience in study of communication in social interaction. Exploration of
communication variables and skill development in message generation in one
-
to
-
one informal
settings.


COMS

2150


(
3

Credit Hours)

Argumentative Analysis and Advocacy

Basic
principles of argumentative discourse including concepts of presumption, burden of proof,
rhetorical forms of reasoning, and evidence. Practice in applying these principles.


COMS

2170


(
1 to 3

Credit Hours)

Advanced Forensics

Students prepare for
competition in one or more individual events and/or debate as part of the
Ohio University Forensics Team. Attendance at tournaments is expected.


COMS

2200


(
3

Credit Hours)

Oral Interpretation of Literature

Techniques of oral interpretation and developmen
t of adequate intellectual and emotional
responsiveness to the meanings of literature.


COMS

2350


(
3

Credit Hours)

Introduction to Communication Theory

To identify the purposes, history, and application of key social and rhetorical theories of
communicati
on through reading and discussing classic works of communication theory. To
understand issues of epistemology, ontology, and axiology when discussing the goals and
methods related to relevant theories.


COMS

2400


(
3

Credit Hours)

Information Diffusion

Thi
s course provides an understanding of information diffusion theory, which seeks to explain the
process through which new ideas (innovations) spread over time via communication channels
among the members of a social system. It especially emphasizes the rele
vance, practicality, and
usefulness of diffusion theory in interpersonal, group, organizational, and mass communication
settings, with an emphasis in areas of public education, health, and policy. The course focuses on
factors that speed or hinder innovati
ons and the critical points of interface between information
dissemination systems and end users.

COMS = Communication ITS = Information and Technology

Systems JOUR = Journalism

T3 = Tier 3 MDIA = Media Arts and Studies VICO =
Visual Communication


COMS

2900


(
1 to 15

Credit Hours)

Special Topics in Communication Studies

Specific course content will vary with offering.


COMS

2970T

(
1 to
14

Credit Hours)

Communication Studies Tutorial

A survey of topics and research traditions in Communication Studies, with emphasis on current
issues in the student's areas of interest.


COMS

2971T


(
1 to 14

Credit Hours)

Communication Studies Tutorial

In
-
depth study of a topic in Communication Studies.


COMS

2980T


(
1 to 14

Credit Hours)

Communication Studies Tutorial

In
-
depth study of a topic in Communication Studies.


COMS

2981T


(
1 to 14

Credit Hours)

Communication Studies Tutorial

In
-
depth study of
a topic in Communication Studies.


COMS

3060


(
3

Credit Hours)

Interpersonal Conflict Management

Analysis of the communication dynamics involved in managing interpersonal and organizational
conflicts. Examination of theory and research related to conflict
management. Emphasis on case
studies and role
-
playing conflicts in various interpersonal and group settings.


COMS

3400


(
3

Credit Hours)

Introduction to Health Communication

Concerned with issues in the theory and practice of health communication. Topics
include
provider
-
patient communication; organizational communication in health care delivery systems;
communication in community/consumer health education; information technologies in health
communication; communication in support systems for the elderly,
disabled, and terminally ill;
and, communication training for health care professionals.


COMS

3410


(
3

Credit Hours)

Women and Health Communication

This course focuses on the unique communication issues for women in health
-
related settings.
Topics include

the accomplishment of relational, informational, and medical goals for women
health care seekers, as well as the challenges of offering and seeking social support in
contemporary society.

COMS = Communication ITS

= Information and Technology Systems JOUR = Journalism

T3 = Tier 3 MDIA = Media Arts and Studies VICO =
Visual Communication


COMS

3420


(
3

Credit Hours)

Field Research Methods
in Communication

Discussion and application of communication data collection methods such as content analysis,
participant observation, questionnaire design, sampling procedures, case studies, and unobtrusive
measures.


COMS

3500


(
3

Credit Hours)

Introduc
tion to Organizational Communication

Analysis of traditional and contemporary theories of communication in context of modern
complex organizations (government, industry, education, etc.). Consideration and explication of
such pertinent concepts and variabl
es as message, channel, networks, information, information
flow, communication climate, communication audit, etc.


COMS

3501


(
3

Credit Hours)

Advanced Organizational Communication

This course builds upon, and extends, the conceptual foundations of organiz
ational
communication through analysis and critical examination of case studies. Students will read,
discuss, and write about advances in contemporary organizational communication thought,
practices, and research orientations.


COMS

3520


(
3

Credit Hours)

Empirical Research Applications in Communication

Provides principles and basic skills necessary to critically analyze research literature; develop basic
proficiencies in structuring designs basic to descriptive and experimental studies, including data
col
lection, analysis, and presentation techniques in communication research.


COMS

3600


(
3

Credit Hours)

Introduction to Communication in Public Advocacy

To introduce students to the theoretical, philosophical, and methodological influences integral to
legal and political communication research. To aid in the development of students' understanding
of those sources through readings, class discussions, writin
g assignments, examinations, and
presentations. To provide a theoretical and technical vocabulary of legal and political

c
ommunication research that will establish a foundation for successful advancement in the major.


COMS

3601


(
3

Credit Hours)

Courtroo
m Rhetoric

Famous cases and methods of communication of masters of courtroom and judicial oratory. Cases
and trials including Cicero, Strafford, Charles I, Erskine, Hastings, Marshall, Webster, Darrow,
Sacco
-
Vanzetti.

COMS = Communicatio
n ITS = Information and Technology Systems JOUR = Journalism

T3 = Tier 3 MDIA = Media Arts and Studies VICO =
Visual Communication


COMS

3602


(
3

Credit H
ours)

Political Rhetoric

Rhetorical techniques found in political discourse are examined. Topics covered include symbolic
politics, the place of myth in politics, and the political elements of film, literature, and television.


COMS

3603


(
3

Credit Hours)

Contemporary Culture and Rhetoric

Explores the relationship between rhetoric and contemporary culture. Contemporary theories of
rhetoric are examined and used to study communication in contemporary cultural issues. Issues
involving identity and power, in p
articular, will be discussed.


COMS

3610


(
3

Credit Hours)

Advanced Argument and Debate

Advanced argumentation and debate course with legal issues used as basis for arguments.


COMS

3620


(
3

Credit Hours)

Rhetorical Analysis and Criticism

Studies the
approaches and methods of modern rhetorical critics. Emphasizes research and
writing skills for a critical evaluation of rhetorical artifacts.


COMS

3920


(
3

Credit Hours)

Practicum in Communication Education

Students will receive instruction and hands
-
on
experience in practicing skills related to human
communication pedagogy, including leading planned discussions over communication theories,
facilitating hands
-
on activities, and providing students with feedback on their communication
skills. Students enrol
led in this course will learn general fundamentals of communication
pedagogy by serving as undergraduate discussion leaders for COMS 1010.


COMS

3970T

(
1 to 14

Credit Hours)

Communication Studies Tutorial

In
-
depth study of a topic in Communication
Studies.


COMS

3980T

(
1 to 14

Credit Hours)

Communication Studies Tutorial

In
-
depth study of a topic in Communication Studies.


COMS

4030


(
3

Credit Hours)

Advanced Presentations

This course will build on the knowledge and skills developed in COMS 1030.
Students will learn
how to make presentations that require extensive research, longer presentation times, and/or
adaptation to diverse audiences. Particular attention will be given to developing competence
with presentation technology.

COMS = Communicatio
n ITS = Information and Technology Systems JOUR = Journalism

T3 = Tier 3 MDIA = Media Arts and Studies VICO =
Visual Communication


COM
S

4050


(
3

Credit Hours)

Meeting and Conference Planning

Theoretical and methodological approaches to principles of group and conference leadership.
Emphasis on leadership methods and skills as they apply to group and conference situations.


COMS

4060


(
3

Credit Hours)

Advanced Interpersonal Communication

An examination of communication theories relevant to the study of interpersonal communication.
Attention will be given to communication involved in initiating, developing, maintaining,
repairing, and disen
gaging from interpersonal relationships.


COMS

4070


(
3

Credit Hours)

Effective Classroom Communication for Teachers and Trainers

Course focuses on interpersonal communication in classroom environment, with particular
emphasis on communication between stud
ents and teachers. Taught in intensive format only
during summer session.


COMS

4071


(
3

Credit Hours)

Nonverbal Communication for Teachers and Trainers

Course focuses on the nonverbal behaviors used by students and teachers/trainers, and the
impact of
those behaviors on student/teacher relationships. Taught in intensive format only
during summer session.


COMS

4072


(
3

Credit Hours)

Communication in Your Workplace: Strategies for Teachers and Administrators

Course focuses on the organizational communica
tion variables that operate within the classroom,
school, community, and state. Increases the abilities of teachers and administrators to
understand and respond to the various organizational constituencies to which they are
accountable. Taught in intensive

format only during summer session.


COMS

4073


(
3

Credit Hours)

Effective Listening and Small Group Communication for Teachers and Trainers

Course focuses on steps to more effective listening and working in small groups for teachers and
trainers. Designed

to familiarize teachers and trainers with the keys to active listening, the stages
of group development and decline, how to manage groups, and improving their cooperation and
productivity. Taught in intensive format only during summer session.


COMS

4074


(
3

Credit Hours)

Family Communication for Teachers and Trainers

This course explores issues of family communication for classroom teachers and organizational
trainers. The definition and nature of contemporary families are explored. Children's views of t
he
family and peer relationships are highlighted. Conflict, stress, decision making, and problem
solving are discussed. Special activities for the teacher and trainer are provided. Taught in
intensive format only during summer session.

COMS = Communication ITS = Information and Technology Systems JOUR = Journalism

T3 = Tier 3 MDIA = Media Arts and Studies

VICO = Visual Communication


COM
S

4075


(
3

Credit Hours)

Instructional Communication Assessment for Teachers and Trainers

Examination of test construction and grading practices, procedures, and formats. Analysis of
underlying assumptions and philosophies of assessment in education.
Emphasis on the alignment
among objectives, testing practices, and evaluation procedures. Taught in intensive format only
during summer session.


COMS

4076


(
3

Credit Hours)

Children's Conflict and Mediation for Teachers and Trainers

This course focuses on

the design and implementation of peer dispute mediation programs within
elementary and secondary school systems. Course content includes discussion of children's
communication development and development of conflict management ability, the rationale
under
lying and challenges involved with implementing peer mediation programs, and approaches
to training youngsters in mediation and conflict management communication skills. Taught in
intensive format only during summer session.


COMS

4077


(
3

Credit Hours)

Communicating with Diverse Students

This course is designed to explore issues relevant to enhancing communication competence and
effectiveness between individuals of diverse backgrounds. Specifically, the class will address
interactions between people from

a variety of backgrounds including gender, age, religious,
geographical, ethnic or racial differences. The focus will be on examining the impact of variables
such as communication apprehension. Students will have the opportunity to explore the
underlying
patterns that influence their own, as well as others', communication behaviors and
discuss strategies to improve understanding of, and appreciation for, differences. Taught in
intensive format only during summer session.


COMS

4100


(
3

Credit Hours)

Cross
-
Cultural Communication

Analysis of processes and problems of communication as affected by national cultures; effects of
differences in language, values, meaning, perception, and thought.


COMS

4110


(
3

Credit Hours)

Communicating with People with Disabili
ties

Examines the implications of communication between the physically disabled and able
-
bodied
individuals/groups. The course utilizes simulated exercises, video presentations, field trips, and
outside guest lecturers to give the student reasonable exposu
re to the disabled community.


COMS

4200


(
3

Credit Hours)

Gender and Communication

Explores variations in communicative behaviors related to biological sex and psychological
gender. Examines gender communication in intrapersonal, interpersonal, small grou
p, public, and
organizational settings.

COMS = Communi
cation ITS = Information and Technology Systems JOUR = Journalism

T3 = Tier 3 MDIA = Media Arts and Studies VICO =
Visual Communication


COMS

4410


(
3

Credit Hours)

Communication in the Family

Examination of the communication concepts basic to understanding interaction in the family.
Provides a framework for analysis of family communic
ation. Explores communication issues that
relate to family interaction, including conflict, power, intimacy, and the development of
relationships. Presents a model of effective communication in the family. Consideration of verbal
and nonverbal communicatio
n behaviors.


COMS

4510


(
3

Credit Hours)

Instructional Training and Development in Communication

Provides opportunity to design instructional training programs beginning with the needs
assessment and continuing through the evaluation phase. Combination of

lecture/discussion and
student presentations.


COMS

4530


(
3

Credit Hours)

Communication and the Campaign

Theory and practice of persuasion and management in campaign situations (political, religious,
information, fund
-
raising, advertising, etc.).
Students may participate in local, state, or national
campaigns, or do an in
-
depth research paper.


COMS

4604


(
3

Credit Hours)

Responsibilities and Freedom of Speech in Communication

Ethical and rhetorical implications of constitutional guarantees on poli
tical, social, and religious
speech; analysis of effects of famous legal cases on freedom of speech.


COMS

4630


(
3

Credit Hours)

Rhetoric and Electronic Media

Examines meaning
-
making via the electronic symbol, verbal and graphic. Classes will alternate
between the analysis of theories and close examination of radio, hypertext (online via the World
Wide Web and stored on CD
-
ROM), email, word processing, and television
--
especially in contrast
to print and speech.


COMS

4800


(
3

Credit Hours)

Capstone Semin
ar in Communication

This course presents a seminar treatment of current or topical interest in communication studies.
The topic will vary with instructor expertise and research interests. During the seminar, students
will synthesize and integrate concepts
from multiple areas of communication.


COMS

4900


(
3

Credit Hours)

Topics in Communication Studies

Course structure varies by instructor, but readings, classroom discussion, and demonstration of
understanding through written work is typical.

COMS = Communication ITS = Information and Technology Systems JOUR = J
ournalism

T3 = Tier 3 MDIA = Media Arts and Studies VICO =
Visual Communication


COMS

4910


(
1 to 15

Credit Hours)

Communication Studies Internship

Supervised practical training and experience in selected professional environments for COMS
undergraduate students. Students should consult with the Internship Coordinator (or refer to
the
COMS website) about the courses required before an internship can be taken for academic credit.


COMS

4911


(
3

Credit Hours)

Health Communication Internship

This course will provide students with a supervised, guided practical experience relevant to
their
Health Communication concentration.


COMS

4912


(
3

Credit Hours)

Organizational Communication Internship

This course will provide students with a supervised, guided practical experience relevant to their
Organizational Communication concentration.


C
OMS

4913


(
3

Credit Hours)

Communication in Public Advocacy Internship

This course will provide students with a supervised, guided practical experience relevant to their
Communication and Public Advocacy concentration.


COMS

4920


(
3

Credit Hours)

Practicu
m in Communication Studies

Students assume roles in an internal real
-
to
-
life organization and engage in a consulting or
training project with an external client. Opportunity to apply theories and skills developed in
major.


COMS

4930


(
1 to 3

Credit Hours)

Independent Study

Content varies. Individual contract between student and instructor required. May be repeated for
maximum of 9 hours; 3 may be counted for COMS Electives.


COMS

4970T


(
1 to 14

Credit Hours)

Communication Studies Tutorial

Thesis in
Communication Studies.


COMS

4980T


(
1 to 14

Credit Hours)

Communication Studies Tutorial

Thesis in Communication Studies


COMS

5070


(
4

Credit Hours)

Effective Classroom Communication for Teachers and Trainers

Course focuses on interpersonal communication

in classroom environment, with particular
emphasis on communication between students and teachers. Taught in intensive format only
during summer session.

COMS = Communication ITS = Information and
Technology Systems JOUR = Journalism

T3 = Tier 3 MDIA = Media Arts and Studies VICO =
Visual Communication


COMS

5071


(
4

Credit Hours)

Nonverbal Communication for Teachers and Trainers

Covers
nonverbal behavior of teachers and trainers in the classroom. Messages communicated by
the classroom environment and how the environment shapes students' learning patterns are also
covered. Small group activities to develop greater sensitivity to nonverbal

communication are
provided. Readings. Taught in seminar format only during summer session.


COMS

5072


(
4

Credit Hours)

Communicating in Your Workplace: Strategies for Teachers and Administrators

Focuses on the problems of communication within an
education
-
oriented organization. Particular
emphasis on elements that help or delay the adoption of change, conflict management, and
practical knowledge and skill for communicating successfully in an educational setting. Taught in
seminar format only durin
g summer session.


COMS

5073


(
4

Credit Hours)

Effective Listening and Small Group Communication for Teachers and Trainers

Course focuses on steps to more effective listening and working in small groups for teachers and
trainers. Designed to familiarize t
eachers and trainers with the keys to active listening, the stages
of group development and decline, how to manage groups, and improving their cooperation and
productivity. Taught in intensive format only during summer session.


COMS

5074


(
4

Credit Hours)

Family Communication for Teachers and Trainers

This course explores issues of family communication for classroom teachers and organizational
trainers. The definitions and nature of contemporary families are explored. Childrens' views of the
family and pee
r relationships are highlighted. Conflict, stress, decision making, and problem
solving are discussed. Special activities for the teacher and trainer are provided. Taught in
intensive format only during summer session.


COMS

5075


(
4

Credit Hours)

Instructional Communication Assessment for Teachers and Trainers

Examination of test construction and grading practices, procedures, and formats. Analysis of
underlying assumptions and philosophies of assessment in education. Emphasis on the alignment
amon
g objectives, testing practices, and evaluation procedures. Taught in intensive format only
during summer session.


COMS

5076


(
4

Credit Hours)

Children's Conflict and Mediation for Teachers and Trainers

This course focuses on the design and implementation

of peer dispute mediation programs within
elementary and secondary school systems. Course content includes discussion of children's
communication development and development of conflict management ability, the rationale
underlying and challenges involved
with implementing peer mediation programs, and approaches
to training youngsters in mediation and conflict management communication skills. Taught in
intensive format only during summer session.

COMS = Communication ITS = Information and Technology Systems JOUR = Journalism

T3 = Tier 3 MD
IA = Media Arts and Studies VICO = Visual Communication


COMS

5077


(
4

Credit Hours)

Communicating

with Diverse Students for Teachers and Trainers

This course is designed to explore issues relevant to enhancing communication competence and
effectiveness between individuals of diverse backgrounds. Specifically, this course will address
interactions betw
een people from a variety of backgrounds, including gender, age, religious,
geographical, ethnic, or racial differences. The focus will be on examining the impact of variables
such as communication. Students will have the opportunity to explore the underl
ying patterns
that influence their own, as well as others', communication behaviors, and discuss strategies to
improve their understanding of, and appreciation for, those differences. Taught in intensive
format only during summer session.


COMS

5100


(
4

Cr
edit Hours)

Field Research Methods in Communication

Development of research methods such as content analysis, participant observation, Q
-
analysis,
questionnaire design, sampling procedures, case studies, and unobtrusive measures.


COMS

5200


(
4

Credit Hour
s)

Cross
-
Cultural Communication

Analysis of processes and problems of communication as affected by national cultures; effects of
differences in languages, values, meaning, perception, and thought.


COMS

5300


(
4

Credit Hours)

Communication and the Campaign

Processes of communication as applied in a campaign, defined as any organizational goal
-
oriented effort designed to influence behaviors of identifiable population. Emphasizes theory
application in nonclassroom campaign situations (political, fund
-
raising,

publicity, etc.).


COMS

5310


(
4

Credit Hours)

Theories of Argument

Relationship between formal logic and rhetorical systems of arguments; intensive study of
fallacies and experimental findings related to study of argument.


COMS

5320


(
4

Credit Hours)

Responsibilities and Freedom of Speech in Communication

Ethical and rhetorical implications of constitutional guarantees on political, social, and religious
speech; analyses of significant legal cases on freedom of expression.


COMS

5630


(
4

Credit Hours)

Rhetoric and Electronic Media

This course examines meaning
-
making via the electronic symbol, verbal and graphic. Classes will
alternate between the analyses of theory and close examination of radio, hypertext (online via the
World Wide Web and stored on CD
-
ROM), E
-
mail, word processing, and television
--
especially in
contrast to print and speech.

COMS = Communication ITS = Information and Tec
hnology Systems JOUR = Journalism

T3 = Tier 3 MDIA = Media Arts and Studies VICO =
Visual Communication


COMS

5900


(
1 to 15

Credit Hours)

Topics in Communication Studies

Course structure varies by instructor, but readings, classroom discussion, and dem
onstration of
understanding through written work is typical.


COMS

6000


(
4

Credit Hours)

Introduction to Graduate Study

Definition of field of communication, methods of structuring field, and research concerns within
areas of field. Examination of theory
and function of research. Analysis of representative types
and methods of research.


COMS

6010


(
4

Credit Hours)

Theories of Communication

Survey of contemporary communication theory, emphasizing cross
-
disciplinary contributions to
such theory.


COMS

6020


(
4

Credit Hours)

Language and Symbol Systems

Role of verbal and nonverbal signs and symbols in communication. Emphasizes human
symbolizing capabilities and relationships between symbolic structures and physical reality.


COMS

6100


(
4

Credit Hours)

Measur
ement Methodology in Communication

Measurement principles, instruments, and techniques in communication; problems and
procedures in testing, measuring, and evaluating communicative attitudes and skills;
development and availability of relevant standardized

tests.


COMS

6200


(
4

Credit Hours)

Communication in Social Conflict

Roles of communication in conflict and conflict in communication. Communication strategies for
reducing or managing conflict in social situations.


COMS

6209


(
4

Credit Hours)

Communicating and Organizing

Communicating and Organizing provides a broad overview of theories and perspectives describing
communication processes within organizational settings. Students taking this course will learn
about classic theories describing fun
ctionalist approaches to organizing and communicating as
well as contemporary theories exploring organizational communication from interpretive and
critical perspectives.


COMS

6210


(
4

Credit Hours)

Negotiation and Mediation

Explores communication dynamic
s involved in negotiating and mediating interpersonal and
organizational disputes. Examines research and ethical issues relevant to communication within
the contexts of negotiation and mediation.

COMS = Communication

ITS = Information and Technology Systems JOUR = Journalism

T3 = Tier 3 MDIA = Media Arts and Studies VICO =
Visual Communication


COMS

6220


(
4

Credit Hours)

Nonverbal
Communication

Survey of major theories and research areas in field of nonverbal communication. In
-
depth
analysis of research in areas of student interest.


COMS

6230


(
4

Credit Hours)

Gender and Communication

Explores variations in communicative behaviors
related to biological sex and psychological
gender. Examines female and male communication in intrapersonal, interpersonal, small group,
public, and organizational settings.


COMS

6240


(
4

Credit Hours)

Communication in the Family

Examination of the
communication concepts that are basic to understanding interaction in the
family. Provides a framework for analysis of family communication. Explores communication
issues that relate to conflict, power, intimacy, and the development of relationships. Prese
nts a
model of effective communication in the family. Consideration of verbal and nonverbal
communication behaviors.


COMS

6250


(
4

Credit Hours)

Seminar in Instructional Communication

This course provides graduate students with an overview of the impact o
f communication in the
classroom. Specifically, this course focuses on the dynamics of communication and how this
influences student outcomes (e.g., learning, motivation) as well as instructor outcomes (e.g.,
efficacy, job satisfaction).


COMS

6260


(
4

Cre
dit Hours)

Communication Audits in Organizations

Examination and discussion of literature covering methods of assessing communication in
organizations. Designed to give students practical skill development through actual assessment,
data analysis and inter
pretation, and client report preparation.


COMS

6270


(
4

Credit Hours)

Instructional Training and Development in Communication

Includes philosophies of organizational development; theories of instructional design,
emphasizing stages of planning implementat
ion, and evaluation; and communication training
skills, including needs assessment and evaluation, writing objectives, application of
communication content, and selection of instructional modes and resources
--
all investigated
within business, professional,

and governmental organizational contexts.


COMS

6300


(
4

Credit Hours)

Communication and Persuasion

Process of communication and attitude change, survey of general theories and typical research,
analysis of contemporary persuasion.

COMS = Communication ITS = Information and Technology Systems JOUR = Journalism

T3 = Tier 3 MDIA = Media Arts and Studies

VICO = Visual Communication


COMS

6310


(
4

Credit Hours)

History of Rhetorical Theory

Covers main concepts and principal figures in the history of rhetorical theory. Begins with classical
Greece and ends with postmodernity.


COMS

6320


(
4

Credit Hours)

Rhetoric, Culture, and Social Critiqu
e

Course takes a specific theoretical approach to the critique of rhetoric as expressed in and by
contemporary culture. The goal will be to explore the rich variety of rhetorical expression current
in our lives. The reading list will encompass such topics
as the critique of hate speech, the critique
of whiteness, as well as focus on the discourse of African American, Native American,
Latina/Latino cultures. Student projects will focus on one or more of the areas of inquiry with a
goal of understanding and c
ritiquing the role of rhetoric in the perpetuation and alteration of a
culture.


COMS

6330


(
4

Credit Hours)

Modern Rhetoric

Aims, tasks, and significance of rhetoric in relation to human communication processes.
Distinctions among speculative, critical, c
anonical, and performative perspectives in rhetorical
inquiry.


COMS

6340


(
4

Credit Hours)

Religious Rhetoric

Pulpit oratory examined through analyses of selected clerics including Luther, Wesley, Whitefield,
Beecher, Brooks, Fosdick, Sunday, Graham, and
others. Rhetorical analysis of revivalism, camp
meetings, social gospel, and ecclesiastical and polemic debates.


COMS

6341


(
4

Credit Hours)

The Rhetoric of Protest and Reform

Rhetorical analysis and criticism of speaking during reform and revolutionary p
rotest movements.
Selected areas include American Revolution, antislavery debates, Populists, Progressives, labor
unrest, women's rights, and civil rights agitation.


COMS

6342


(
4

Credit Hours)

The Rhetoric of the World Wars

Analysis and criticism of
wartime communication, its principal modes, techiques, media, and
effects. Theory and practice as reflected in WWI and II.


COMS

6343


(
4

Credit Hours)

Analysis and Criticism of Legal Rhetoric

Analysis and criticism of principal modes, types, and styles of

western legal rhetorical
communication as mirrored in selected cases, jurists, attorneys, decisions, and arguments, with
western legal communication studies as unique mode of rhetoric focusing upon English
-
American
jurisprudence and courtroom advocacy. Ca
se study method employed. Critical analysis
accomplished.

COMS = Communication ITS = Information and Technology Systems

JOUR = Journalism

T3 = Tier 3 MDIA = Media Arts and Studies VICO =
Visual Communication


COMS

6344


(
4

Credit Hours)

Analysis and Criticism of Political Rhetoric

Analysis and criticism of principal modes, media techniques, and effects of western political
rhetorical comm
unication. Theory and practice as reflected in major campaigns, administrations,
and movements in both open and closed societies.


COMS

6350


(
4

Credit Hours)

Foucault, Discourse, and Social Change

The overarching goal of this seminar is to develop a clear
er sense of what it means to have
rhetorical agency in a postmodern world. In moving toward that goal, we will interrogate
Foucault's work that bears on the themes of discourse, knowledge/power, subject, and space.


COMS

6900


(
1 to 15

Credit Hours)

Special Topics in Communication Studies

Specific course content will vary with offering.


COMS

6910


(
1 to 12

Credit Hours)

Internship

Experience in communication
-
related activities in organizational environments. Written proposal
required.


COMS

6930


(
1
to 8

Credit Hours)

Independent Study

Readings on special problems under planned program approved by advisor. Projects must be
approved prior to registration.


COMS

6940


(
1 to 12

Credit Hours)

Research

Individual research on special problems. Projects must

be approved prior to registration.


COMS

6950


(
1 to 12

Credit Hours)

Thesis

Independent research as part of completion of master's degree.


COMS

7000


(
1

Credit Hours)

Professional Seminar in Communication Studies: Pedagogy

The professional seminar
serves to orient students to graduate school and provide forums to
discuss what it means to be a scholar, teacher, citizen, and/or communication practitioner.


COMS

7001


(
1

Credit Hours)

Professional Seminar in Communication Studies: Scholarly Writing

The

professional seminar serves to orient students to graduate school and provide forums to
discuss what it means to be a scholar, teacher, citizen, and/or communication practitioner.

COMS = Communication ITS = Information and Technology Systems JOUR = Jour
nalism

T3 = Tier 3 MDIA = Media Arts and Studies VICO =
Visual Communication


COMS

7002


(
1

Credit Hours)

Professional Seminar in Communi
cation Studies: Service

The professional seminar serves to orient students to graduate school and provide forums to
discuss what it means to be a scholar, teacher, citizen, and/or communication practitioner.


COMS

7003


(
1

Credit Hours)

Professional
Seminar in Communication Studies: Advanced Pedagogy

The professional seminar serves to orient students to graduate school and provide forums to
discuss what it means to be a scholar, teacher, citizen, and/or communication practitioner. All
iterations of th
e course will instruct graduate students on approaches for teaching particular
undergraduate courses in communication including but not limited to: Communication Theory,
Small Group, Interviewing, Argumentation, Interpersonal, Health Communication, Rhetori
c, or
Organizational Communication. Students may repeat the course as new topics are offered.


COMS

7010


(
4

Credit Hours)

Research Designs in Communication

Nature and selection of communicative research problems; development of strategies,
techniques, and

appropriate designs, critical evaluation and development of experimental and
descriptive procedures.


COMS

7020


(
4

Credit Hours)

Integrated Theory in Communications Studies I

COMS 7020 (and its companion course, 7030) will provide students with a broad
-
b
ased
introduction to, and critical examination of, the historical foundations as well as the
contemporary theoretical investigations of the communication discipline. Students will read
primary source materials coupled with contemporary texts extending thes
e works in developing,
applying and testing communication theory.


COMS

7030


(
4

Credit Hours)

Integrated Theory in Communications Studies II

COMS 7030 (and its companion course, 7020) will provide students with a broad
-
based
introduction to, and critical
examination of, the historical foundations of communication theory,
as well as the contemporary texts extending these works in developing, applying, and testing
communication theory.


COMS

7040


(
4

Credit Hours)

Research Design and Analysis I

COMS7040 (and

its companion course COMS 7050) introduces students to fundamental principles
of research design and analysis and serves as a foundation for other courses in the program.
Students will learn theoretical principles and research skills associated with four
content areas: (a)
metatheoretical assumptions, (b) quantitative design and analysis, (c) qualitative design and
analysis, and (d) mixed
-
method design.

COMS = Communication ITS = Information and Technology Systems JOUR = Journalism

T3 = Tier 3 MDIA = Media Arts and Studies VICO =
Visual Communication


COMS

7050


(
4

Credit Hours)

Research and Design and Analysis II

COMS 7050 (and its
companion course COMS 7040) introduces students to fundamental principles
of research design and analysis and serves as a foundation for other courses in the program.
Students will learn theoretical principles and research skills associated with four conte
nt areas: (a)
metatheoretical assumptions, (b) quantitative design and analysis, (c) qualitative design and
analysis, and (d) mixed
-
method design.


COMS

7110


(
4

Credit Hours)

Communication Historiography I

Bibliographic, analytical, and interpretive skill
s for dealing with published primary source
materials, including letters, speech texts, and audiovisual recordings in their historical contexts.
Designed to help students become skillful library users, situate a research problem in context, and
analyze pri
mary historical materials.


COMS

7120


(
4

Credit Hours)

Communication Historiography II

Techniques for research using archival material: transcripts, unpublished speeches, letters, diaries,
artifacts (e.g., scrapbooks, museum exhibits), memoirs, manuscript
s. Readings exemplify a variety
of historical philosophies. Students research an original problem of their own definition within the
theme of the semester; the writing of conference papers is encouraged. Course builds on the
pedagogical skills introduced i
n 7110 by developing the ability to critique bibliographies,
argumentation, and prose style.


COMS

7130


(
4

Credit Hours)

Qualitative Research: Ethnography of Communication and Conversational Analysis

Provides students with an understanding of how to condu
ct communication research projects
using two qualitative research methodologies that stress the collection and analysis of naturalistic
data
--
ethnography of communication and conversation analysis.


COMS

7200


(
4

Credit Hours)

Introduction to Relating and
Organizing

This course is the first in a series of courses designed to introduce graduate students to the
interconnections between micro practices and macro organizational and societal structures and
influences. Particular attention will be paid to how ind
ividuals and collectives experience and
enact fundamental tensions in their efforts to relate and organize.


COMS

7210


(
4

Credit Hours)

Communication Process in Small Groups

Theory and research in group social system, group modification of individual judg
ment, leadership
styles, group vs. individual goals, and intragroup lines of communication in small problem
-
solving and learning groups.

COMS = Communication ITS = Information and Technology Systems JOUR = Journalism

T3 = Tier 3 MDIA = Media Arts and Studies VICO

= Visual Communication


COMS

7220


(
4

Credit Hours)

Communicative Process in Organizations

Interaction between
organizational structure and communication within organizations. Emphasis
on theoretical and methodological analysis. Primary focus on conducting major research project.


COMS

7230


(
4

Credit Hours)

Communication and Information Diffusion

Analysis of major

approaches to data and information diffusion systems on local, regional,
national, and international levels. Emphasis on acquisition analysis and dissemination of data as
information, including critical points of interface and interaction between a system

and its uses.


COMS

7250


(
4

Credit Hours)

Organization Communication Consulting: Foundational Perspectives

A focus on theoretical perspectives to organizational communication consulting and
organizational development. Review of theory and research on co
mmunication training,
consulting practices, communication variables involved in the client/consultant relationship, as
well as intervention techniques.


COMS

7300


(
4

Credit Hours)

Introduction to Rhetoric and Public Culture

An introductory survey of ideas

theorizing the relationships between rhetoric and public culture.
Since many of these ideas offer critical and analytic perspectives, students will also learn how to
engage in critical analysis of the relationships between rhetoric and public culture. Lik
ely
theories/theorists include: Kenneth Burke, Mikhail Bakhtin, Michel Foucault, Antonio Gramsci,
Jergen Habermas, cultural studies, post
-
colonial studies, feminist studies, and postmodernism.


COMS

7310


(
4

Credit Hours)

Rhetorical Criticism

Theories and
methodologies of selected modern critics. Exploration of interdisciplinary dimensions
in criticism of rhetorical interactions. Class and individual projects.


COMS

7400


(
4

Credit Hours)

Introduction to Health Communication

Survey of the wide range of topi
cs within the area of health communication, including cultural
concepts of health, patient centered meanings of health, physician patient interaction, social
support, health promotion campaigns, harm reduction campaigns, mass media constructions of
health,

risk communication, and health
-
related values and ethics.


COMS

7900


(
4

Credit Hours)

Topics in Communication Studies

Seminars focused on a special topic with a COMS faculty instructor, a visiting faculty member, or
a visiting professional. May be repeat
ed for up to 20 hours.

COMS = Communica
tion ITS = Information and Technology Systems JOUR = Journalism

T3 = Tier 3 MDIA = Media Arts and Studies VICO =
Visual Communication


COMS

7901


(
4

Credit Hours)

Interdisciplinary Seminar

Seminar contents vary.


COMS

7940


(
1 to 12

Credit Hours)

Research

Individual research on special projects. Projects must be approved prior to registration.


COMS

8200


(
4

Credit Hours)

Communication in Organizations

Introduction to organizational communication. Specific objectives include development of
historical progress, examination of major research issues such as information flow, network
analysis, communicati
on overload and underload, exploration of theoretical foundations in
organizational decision making, superior
-
subordinate communication, organizational
effectiveness, and change processes.


COMS

8210


(
4

Credit Hours)

Seminar in Interpersonal Communication

Provides advanced graduate students with opportunity to identify and analyze basic components
of dyadic communicative system including multivariate nature of both relationships and effects.


COMS

8220


(
4

Credit Hours)

Public Deliberation

Course addresses

theoretical and practical dimensions of the public, private, civil, and technical
spheres of human discourse, with an emphasis on the content, structure, suasiveness, and social
cultural implications of the speech and action emerging from and contributing

to those spheres.


COMS

8230


(
4

Credit Hours)

Integrated Research in Communication Studies

This course is designed to provide advanced students with an opportunity to apply communication
theory in exploring questions and/or addressing problems that
connect the realms of
interpersonal communication studies and organizational communication studies. The course will
be open to COMS graduate students who have successfully competed their first year of graduate
studies and to graduate students from other pr
ograms in the university contingent on instructor
permission. The precise questions explored and methods employed in that exploration will vary
according to instructor interests and background.


COMS

8290


(
4

Credit Hours)

Topics in Relating and Organizing

Advanced seminar focusing on the role and dynamics of communication employed in the
processes of relating and organizing. Topic varies with instructor. Course topics will vary; may
repeat course as topics rotate for a total of 12 credits.

COMS = Communication ITS = Info
rmation and Technology Systems JOUR = Journalism

T3 = Tier 3 MDIA = Media Arts and Studies VICO =
Visual Communication


COMS

8310


(
4

Credit Hours)

Rhetoric and Popular Culture

This course introduces students to major works in the study of rhetoric, popular culture, and their
relationship. It assumes that forms of popular culture (e.g., popular music, advertising, televisio
n
programming, popular novels, etc.) are social artifacts that serve an important persuasive
function in society. Popular culture provides conceptual and practical frameworks that orient
individuals to the world. Thus, this course will help graduate studen
ts to develop a set of
theoretical, methodological, and analytical resources for researching and interpreting the
persuasive functions of popular culture in specific historical and geographical contexts.


COMS

8320


(
4

Credit Hours)

Rhetorical and Communic
ative Functions of Technology

This course examines the creation of meaning in verbal and graphic texts in speech, print, and
electronic environments, with emphasis on the cultural significance of various communication
technologies. In addition to discussi
ons of theory, the course includes hands
-
on explorations of
electronic examples (including radio, cell phones, games, and Internet applications), especially in
contrast to print and speech, and consideration of social, economic, and technical dimensions of

mediated culture.


COMS

8330


(
4

Credit Hours)

Feminist Rhetorical Theory

This course will begin with an examination of what it means to 'write women into the history of
rhetoric'. This examination will provide the backdrop for an initial historiographica
l approach to
women's contributions to rhetorical theory. Beyond this initial focus, the course will examine
recent developments in feminist theory that impinge on or work from an understanding of
rhetoric. As such, the course cuts across both historical a
nd theoretical boundaries mapping the
space for a feminist rhetoric.


COMS

8390


(
4

Credit Hours)

Topics in the Philosophy of Communication: Rhetoric and Public Culture

Study of particular philosophical traditions (e.g., post structuralism, pragmatism, the

Frankfurt
School, analytic philosophy, Marxism), philosophers (e.g., Burke, Levinas, Foucault, Dewey,
Habermas, Giddens, Marx, Wittgenstein), and/or topics of interest to faculty and students not
covered by regular classes (e.g., visual communication; hum
or; privacy; surveillance; the rhetoric
of law; civil society and discourse; the rhetoric of terrorism-; narrative, rhetoric, space, and place;
political communication; and cultural studies). Topics will vary and the course may be repeated
twice as topics
rotate.


COMS

8400


(
4

Credit Hours)

Communication Issues in Health Care Organizations

This course introduces students to research on communication issues in health care organizing
and provides a forum for developing research agendas in this area.
Underscoring course reading
and assignments is the assumption that health, illness, and healing acquire meaning through
symbolic interactions located within social, political, economic, and cultural structures.

COMS = Communication ITS = Info
rmation and Technology Systems JOUR = Journalism

T3 = Tier 3 MDIA = Media Arts and Studies VICO =
Visual Communication


COMS

8420


(
4

Credit Hours)

H
ealth Communication and Culture

The purpose of this course is to examine the influence of culture on communicative aspects of
patient and public health. The course explores theories of communication medical anthropology,
and health education to understand
the conceptual foundations of intercultural health. The
course analyzes how peoples' health beliefs play out in interactions with patients and providers,
and examines how public health strategies can be designed for specific cultural contexts. The
larger p
urpose of this course is to train graduate students to communicate more effectively with
patients, providers, and the public in multicultural health care settings.


COMS

8430


(
4

Credit Hours)

Relational Issues in Health Communication

This course will high
light the communicative accomplishment of health relationships. In
particular, students will gain an understanding of the interactional resources that enable health
care participants to construct emergent relationships and identities.


COMS

8440


(
4

Credit

Hours)

Public Understanding of Health and Healing

Seminar exploring the relationships among communication, public culture, and public perceptions
of health and healing. Surveys theoretical approaches (i.e., cultural studies, rhetorical analysis)
and
emphasizes the application of theory through writing and criticism. There is a strong
emphasis on exploring current issues and challenges facing the health care industry and the
public's understanding of health and healing.


COMS

8900


(
1 to 15

Credit Hour
s)

Special Topics in Communication Studies

Specific course content will vary with offering.


COMS

8950


(
1 to 12

Credit Hours)

Dissertation

Independent research leading to the completion of the doctoral degree.