Communications Courses

Communication (COM) courses

  • COM 600 Service Learning in Communication Graduate Study

    Prerequisite: permission of instructor and concurrent enrollment in a communication, media, or journalism course designated as a service learning offering.

    This service component for an existing course incorporates community service with classroom instruction in communications to provide an integrative learning experience that addresses the practice of citizenship and promotes an awareness of and participation in public affairs. Includes 40 hours of service that benefits an external community organization, agency, or public service provider. Approved service placements and assignments will vary depending on the course topic and learning objectives; a list of approved placements and assignments is available from the instructor and the Citizenship and Service Learning Office. May be repeated. May be taught concurrently with COM 500. Cannot receive credit for both COM 600 and COM 500.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    1Fall, Spring
  • COM 604 Health Communication and Culture

    The examination of intercultural communication concepts in the health care context. Emphasis will be on understanding the health needs of diverse populations, Western health practices, non-Western health practices, and the conflicts that can emerge when cultures collide. May be taught concurrently with COM 507. Cannot receive credit for both COM 604 and COM 507.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Fall (even-numbered years)
  • COM 607 Family Communication

    This course is intended to provide students with an in-depth examination of communication as it functions in family systems. May be taught concurrently with COM 506. Cannot receive credit for both COM 506 and COM 607.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Upon demand
  • COM 608 Patient-Provider Communication

    This course explores the nature of patient-provider interactions in health care contexts. Emphasis is placed on traditional and non-traditional health care providers, their patients, and interpersonal communication theories specific to health care interactions. May be taught concurrently with COM 508. Cannot receive credit for both COM 608 and COM 508.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Spring (odd-numbered years)
  • COM 611 Conflict and Communication

    Equips students to understand the dynamics of interpersonal conflict and its resolution in a variety of community settings. Students will learn to analyze their own conflict styles and to develop self-regulation strategies for collaborative outcomes. The course covers conflict theory and research and applies these ideas to current community and organizational settings and diverse populations. Lectures/discussions by scholars, community leaders, and/or agency personnel who deal with conflict as well as simulations of conflict situations will be provided. May be taught concurrently with COM 511. Cannot receive credit for both COM 511 and COM 611.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Fall
  • COM 617 Communication and Diversity in the Workplace

    Exploration of current theory and research regarding communication and diversity in the workplace. Study of practical applications for the assessment and training of communication skills relative to culture, race, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation and other diversity issues. Emphasis is placed on improving understanding of communication similarities and differences among diverse population groups. Includes readings, class discussion, observation, and/or class projects about assessment and training in communication skills in a diverse workplace. May be taught concurrently with COM 512. Cannot receive credit for both COM 512 and COM 617.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Upon demand
  • COM 619 Ethical Issues in Communication

    Ethical theories and justification models are studied and then related to ethical decision making in a variety of communication contexts, including interpersonal communication, group communication, organizational communication, and public communication. The course will examine the components of good ethical decision making in communication, as well as obstacles that can stand in the way of responsible choices. May be taught concurrently with COM 513. Cannot receive credit for both COM 513 and COM 619.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Upon demand
  • COM 621 Communication, Mediation, and Negotiation

    Explores the communicative foundation for understanding the processes of mediation and negotiation as methods for resolving conflict, with an emphasis on interpersonal and organizational conflict. The course covers theories and concepts pertaining to mediation and negotiation, particularly alternative dispute resolution, and provides students the opportunity to apply concepts through a variety of experiential activities. May be taught concurrently with COM 521. Cannot receive credit for both COM 521 and COM 621.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Spring
  • COM 623 Contemporary Topics in Conflict

    An in-depth exploration of a specific topic in conflict. Topics will vary from semester to semester and may include but are not limited to the following: Dialogue and Facilitation, Conflict and Communication Coaching, Advanced Mediation, Family Conflict, Communication and Restorative Processes, Conflict Management in Schools, and Peace and Conflict. Variable content course. May be repeated to a maximum of nine hours with permission of the department. May be taught concurrently with COM 523. Cannot receive credit for both COM 523 and COM 623.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Upon demand
  • COM 631 Teaching Debate

    This course prepares the student to teach various forms of debate in a high school setting. It will explore all major forms of high school debate, including CX Policy Debate, L/D Debate, parliamentary, and Public Forum debate. May be taught concurrently with COM 532. Cannot receive credit for both COM 532 and COM 631.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Fall
  • COM 633 Teaching Individual Events

    This course prepares the student to teach various individual events common in a high school setting. It will explore all major high school individual events, including Foreign and Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking, Original Oratory, Poetry, Prose, Dramatic Interpretation, Humorous Interpretation, Radio Speaking, Storytelling, and Student Congress. May be taught concurrently with COM 534. Cannot receive credit for both COM 534 and COM 633.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Spring
  • COM 635 Directing Forensics

    Problems in coaching and conducting forensic contests. May be taught concurrently with COM 536. Cannot receive credit for both COM 536 and COM 635.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    212Upon demand
  • COM 650 Political Communication

    Examination of the communication process in modern political campaigns. Emphasis is placed on the role of communication strategies and tactics in political organization, message formation, fund raising, and mass media usage. May be taught concurrently with COM 550. Cannot receive credit for both COM 550 and COM 650.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Fall
  • COM 652 Communication Technology and Politics

    This course focuses on how communication technology contributes to the political process including campaigns, discourse, and information gathering. Heavy emphasis is placed on the distribution, reception, and process of political information through all communication technology, including social media, in terms of both theory and practice. May be taught concurrently with COM 552. Cannot receive credit for both COM 652 and COM 552.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Spring
  • COM 654 Presidential Rhetoric

    Examination of rhetoric used in governance, with a primary focus on presidential rhetoric. Emphasis is placed on history of presidential address, genre expectations for common presidential topics, political speechwriting, and rhetorical norms for legislative and judicial rhetoric. May be taught concurrently with COM 554. Cannot receive credit for both COM 554 and COM 654.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Spring (odd-numbered years)
  • COM 660 Social Movement Communication

    Examination of social movement communication with emphasis on functionalist, dramatistic, and symbolic convergence theories. Study of movements' use of communication to generate discontent, mobilize and coordinate support, defend themselves and attack opponents, and negotiate with external groups. Critical analysis of collective actions such as student, civil rights, identity, labor, religious, feminist, lesbian/gay, and utopian movements. May be taught concurrently with COM 566. Cannot receive credit for both COM 566 and COM 660.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Spring (even-numbered years)
  • COM 698 Studies in Communication Theory and Practice

    In-depth examination of a specific communication topic. May vary from semester to semester and, with permission of the department, may be repeated to a total of 12 hours. Variable content course. May be taught concurrently with COM 597. Cannot receive credit for both COM 597 and COM 698.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Upon demand
  • COM 701 Introduction to Graduate Studies

    Introduction to graduate study in communication. Topics include an overview of the field, introduction to relevant journals, library skills, professional associations, planning a program of study, and how to satisfy the research requirement.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Fall
  • COM 702 Theory and Research in Communication

    Survey of communication theory, models, and research. Topics include perception, construction of meaning, language and symbol systems, interpersonal discourse, relationships, small group interaction, and organizational communication.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Fall
  • COM 705 Health Communication

    Examination of communication theory in the health care context. Emphasis will be on communication effectiveness in health care professional/client relationships, in addition to message practices in small group, organizational, and mediated health campaign settings.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Upon demand
  • COM 706 Rhetorical Theory

    The study of rhetorical theories from the pre-Socratic period to the contemporary period.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Fall
  • COM 710 Contemporary Communication Education

    Examination of current practices and trends in Communication Education. Graduate teaching assistants in communication are required to take this course during the first semester of the assistantship. Course is only open to graduate teaching assistants in the Department of Communication.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    322Fall, Spring
  • COM 712 Quantitative Research Methods in Communication

    Quantitative research methodology in human communication. This course is designed to teach students how to read, interpret, and conduct research that uses numerical data. Some descriptive and inferential statistical analysis included. Students will design and carry out communication research using the methods they have learned.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Upon demand
  • COM 713 Public Relations Campaigns

    This course is designed to provide students with an opportunity to explore the interface of profit and non-profit organizations with television, radio, newspapers and the internet to enhance organizational effectiveness. The course is project based focusing on developing specific media resources to meet strategic organizational communication goals.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Upon demand
  • COM 714 Qualitative Research Methods in Communication

    Qualitative research methodology in human communication. This course is designed to teach students how to read, interpret, and conduct various types of qualitative research. Students will design and carry out communication research using the methods they have learned.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Spring
  • COM 716 Rhetorical Research Methods in Communication

    Rhetorical criticism methodologies in human communication research. This course is designed to teach students how to read, interpret, and conduct various types of rhetorical criticism. Students will develop and complete a rhetorical criticism using the methods they have learned.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Upon demand
  • COM 718 Applied Communication Research Methods

    Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

    In-depth examination of a specific applied communication research methodology including: survey research, media criticism, communication audits, in-depth interviewing, and focus group interviewing. Topic will vary semester to semester. May be repeated but only 3 hours will count toward the degree.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Upon demand
  • COM 722 Argumentation as Communication

    Argumentation as related to decision making, conflict resolution and negotiation in business, industry, government, and education.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Upon demand
  • COM 724 Theories of Interpersonal Communication

    Topics include theories, concepts, models of interpersonal communication, interpersonal discourse, relationships, resolving conflicts, verbal message analysis, interpreting nonverbal message.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Upon demand
  • COM 732 Theories and Concepts of Small Group Communication

    Survey of theories and concepts related to communication in small groups. Topics include group development, roles, norms, leadership, cohesiveness, decision making, conflict, interaction analysis, and research approaches to small group communication.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Upon demand
  • COM 736 Concepts and Analysis of Communication in Organizations

    Advanced study of communication in organizations. Application of traditional and contemporary theories of communication and organizations in current research and practice. Particular attention is given to the symbolic nature of organizing and to the analysis of organizational culture.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Upon demand
  • COM 739 Concepts and Analysis of Public Relations

    Examination of concepts which underlie practices in public relations. Analysis of current practices and issues important in public relations for corporations, not-for-profit organizations. government agencies, and educational institutions.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Upon demand
  • COM 794 Conflict Internship

    Prerequisite: 6 hours of conflict courses; admission to the graduate certificate in Conflict and Dispute Resolution; and permission.

    This course allows students an applied opportunity to integrate theoretical material on conflict and dispute resolution in a variety of contexts and settings in which conflict occurs. May be taught concurrently with COM 494. Cannot receive credit for both COM 794 and COM 494.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    1-3Fall, Spring, Summer
  • COM 795 Communication Internship

    Prerequisite: 12 graduate hours in Communication; and permission of department.

    Independent projects in the various areas of communication. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours with permission of the department.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    1-6Fall, Spring
  • COM 796 Independent Study

    Prerequisite: permission of advisor.

    Study may be reading project or a practical application of theories. May be repeated to a maximum of 4 hours.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    1-4Fall, Spring
  • COM 797 Seminar: Communication Theory

    Special topics in history, theory and criticism of communication. Topic may vary from semester to semester. With permission, may be repeated for a maximum of 6 hours.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Upon demand
  • COM 799 Masters Thesis

    Prerequisite: completion of 9 graduate hours in communication; and permission of the Director of Graduate Studies and admission to the thesis option; and complete 3 graduate hours in research methods or be concurrently enrolled in one of the following courses: COM 712, COM 714, COM 716, or COM 718.

    Independent research and study connected with preparation of thesis.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    1-6Fall, Spring