The Department of Communication offers numerous undergraduate and graduate courses each semester.
For our current course offerings, visit Testudo.
For a complete list of undergraduate courses, please see the UMD Undergraduate Catalog.
For a complete list of graduate courses, please see the UMD Graduate Catalog.
To view requirements for a particular program, please visit the relevant program page:
- Linda Aldoory (1501)
- Lindsey B. Anderson (4901)
- Julie S. Gowin (2601)
- Dale Hample (3801)
- Sahar Khamis (3701)
- Jiyoun Kim (5401)
- Sun Lee (5601)
- Brooke Fisher Liu (4101)
- Nicholas Joyce (4801)
- Kristy Maddux (3601)
- Raph Mazzone (4701)
- Kang Namkoong (5301)
- Xiaoli Nan (4001)
- Shawn J. Parry-Giles (1401)
- Trevor Parry-Giles (0301)
- Damien Pfister (5101)
- Anita Atwell Seate (4301)
- Erich Sommerfeldt (4201)
- Catherine Knight Steele (5501)
- Elizabeth Toth (2801)
- Leah Waks (0601)
- Andrew D. Wolvin (1001)
- Carly Woods (5201)
- Michelle Murray Yang (4601)
COMM 100 Foundations of Communication (3)
Not open to students who have completed COMM 107. Credit will be granted for only one of the following: COMM 100 or COMM 107. Prerequisite for advanced speech courses. A study of oral communication principles, including verbal and nonverbal language, listening, group dynamics, and public speaking. Emphasis in this course is upon the application of these principles to contemporary problems and upon the preparation of different types of oral discourse.
COMM 107 Communication: Principles and Practice (3)
Credit will be granted for only one of the following: COMM 100, COMM 107, COMM200, ENES143, INAG110, JOUR130 or THET285. A study of and practice in oral communication including principles of interviewing, group discussion, listening, informative briefings, and persuasive speeches.
COMM 125 Introduction to Interpersonal Communication (3)
Concepts of interpersonal communication including perception, language and meaning, nonverbal communication, listening and feedback.
COMM 130 Professional Communication and Writing (1)
Restriction: Must be in the Communication major. Designed to enhance the clarity and grace of students' writing. Students will acquire knowledge of writing based on principles of style and grammar as well as argument and organizational structure across a diversity of professional writing contexts. Students will also engage in peer review of one another's writing.
COMM 170 Foundations of Listening (3)
Role, process, and levels of listening behavior and the development of listening skills.
COMM 200 Critical Thinking and Speaking (3)
Theory and practice of persuasive discourse analysis and composition. Research techniques, logical and rhetorical conceptions of argument, and technical principles for persuading in public venues.
COMM 201 Introduction to Public Relations (3)
Basic concepts and principles of public relations. Roles in organizations and society; history; skills and practices of public relations; theories and models of effective and ethical public relations.
COMM 220 Small Group Discussion (3)
Principles, methods and types of interaction occurring in small groups with an emphasis on group discussion and decision-making.
COMM 230 Argumentation and Debate (3)
A study of the fundamental principles of reasoning, analysis, and evidence preparation of debate briefs and presentation of standard academic debate.
COMM 250 Introduction to Communication Inquiry (3)
An introduction to the field of communication. Definitions, models, and contexts of communication; rhetorical theory and rhetorical criticism of discourse.
COMM 288 Communication Internship (1-6)
Prerequisite: Permission of the department. Repeatable to 6 credits if content differs. An individual experience arranged by the student with the instructor. Does not satisfy communication major requirements. 45 hours of supervised internship per credit hour with communication professional. Not a substitute for COMM386.
COMM 298 Selected Topics in Communication (3)
Repeatable to 6 credits if content differs. Special topical study of contemporary issues in communication.
COMM 301 Rhetorical Theories (3)
Prerequisites: COMM130, COMM250, and COMM304; and one course from STAT100, BMGT230, EDMS451, CCJS200, PSYC200, or SOCY201; and one course from COMM107, COMM200, or COMM230. Restriction: Must be in the Communication major. Explores the idea of rhetoric, from antiquity to digitality. Rhetoric, as an art of moving bodies, is central to democratic self-governance: only through persuading each other can we develop a shared vision of a just and desirable future. This course tracks the genesis of rhetorical theory in the ancient world, 20th-century struggles against fascist rhetoric, and contemporary extensions of rhetoric in digital media ecologies. Credit Only Granted for: COMM301 or COMM401.
COMM 302 Communication Science Theories (3)
Prerequisites: COMM130, COMM250, and COMM304; and one of STAT100, BMGT230, EDMS451, CCJS200, PSYC200, or SOCY201; and one of COMM107, COMM200, or COMM230. Restriction: Must be in the Communication major. This class introduces students to the principles of theory construction and offers a critical overview of how communication theories can be applied to solving problems in diverse social contexts, including interpersonal, intercultural, organizational, health, and/or political issues. The ultimate goal of this course is to put students in an intellectual position to understand theories more logically and critically and use them appropriately and effectively in conducting academic research and addressing social issues. Credit Only Granted for: COMM302 or COMM402.
COMM 303 Media Theory (3)
Prerequisites: COMM130 and COMM250; and one of STAT100, BMGT230, EDMS451, CCJS200, PSYC200, or SOCY201; and one of COMM107, COMM200, or COMM230. Restriction: Must be in the Communication major. Provides students with an introduction to media theory from multiple perspectives. We will begin by understanding how the history of mediated communication has been connected to ideology and lived experiences. Through readings, discussions, and activities, you will understand how technical, historical, economic social, and political forces have helped shape media content and the media themselves. You should also become familiar with the debate over how much influence the media have over their audiences, and what types of influences are present. The course will introduce issues relevant to consideration of media and historically underrepresented and marginalized groups, as well as individual and societal functions of the media.
COMM 304 Communication Research Literacy (3)
Prerequisite: Must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in COMM130; and COMM250; and one of STAT100, BMGT230, EDMS451, CCJS200, PSYC200, or SOCY201; and one of COMM107, COMM200 or COMM230. Restriction: Must be in the Communication program. Explores the different research traditions in the Communication discipline. This "literacy" course will develop students' ability to locate and fully comprehend Communication research and to understand how that research is conducted, reported, analyzed, and critiqued in Communication literature.
COMM 305 Qualitative Communication Research Methods (3)
Prerequisite: COMM130 and COMM304. Restriction: Must be in the Communication major. Introduces undergraduate students to the methods used in qualitative communication research. Topics covered in class include ethics, field research, reflexivity, data collection, and data analysis. Over the course of the semester, students will develop a research prospectus, engage in field research (interviews and observations), analyze qualitative data, and write/present their research.
COMM 306 Rhetorical Methods in Communication (3)
Prerequisites: COMM130 and COMM304. Restriction: Must be in the Communication major. Equips students with skills for conducting research using rhetorical-critical methods. Such methods are crucial for scholars studying all kinds of public rhetoric: speeches, popular culture, photojournalism, digital media, public monuments, laws, and more. They are also instrumental for citizens engaging with elected officials, other citizens, and democratic institutions, as well as professionals who seek to create and understand persuasive discourse. This course will equip you with critical interpretive skills important to your work as a scholar, citizen, and professional.
COMM 307 Quantitative Methods in Communication (3)
Prerequisites: COMM130 and COMM304. Restriction: Must be in the Communication major. Designed to introduce students to the basics of quantitative communication research methods. As such, it covers the basic principles of scientific inquiry, the process for generating research questions and hypotheses, the concept of variables, sampling methods, research designs, basics of data analyses, as well as ethics in scientific research. This course prepares students to become informed consumers of quantitative communication research. Credit Only Granted for: COMM400 or COMM307.
COMM 324 Communication and Gender (3)
The creation of images of male and female, and masculine and feminine, through communication, the differences in male and female communication behaviors and styles, and the implications of those images and styles for male-female transactions.
COMM 330 Argumentation and Public Policy (3)
Contemporary theories of argumentation with special emphasis on methods of formulating and critiquing public policy argument.
COMM 331 News Writing and Reporting for Public Relations (3)
Prerequisite: COMM201; and must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in JOUR181. Restriction: Must be in Communication program; and (sophomore standing; or junior standing). Or permission of ARHU-Communication department. Credit only granted for: JOUR201, COMM231, or COMM331. Formerly: COMM231. Writing and researching news and information media for public relations; laboratory in news-gathering tools and writing techniques for public relations.
COMM 332 News Editing for Public Relations (3)
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in COMM331; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department. And permission of ARHU-Communication department. Restriction: Must be in Communication program. Credit only granted for: JOUR202, COMM232, or COMM332. Formerly: COMM232. Copy editing, graphic principles and processes, news and information technologies for public relations.
COMM 340 Communicating the Narrative (3)
The role of narratives in communicating messages and development of strategies to effectively communicate the narrative form through storytelling, oral reading, and anecdotes.
COMM 350 Public Relations Theory (3)
Prerequisite: Grade C- or better in JOUR 201 or COMM 250; or permission of department. Not open to students who have completed JOUR 330. Credit will be granted for only one of the following: COMM 350 or COMM 430 or JOUR 330 or JOUR 530. The historical development and contemporary status of public relations in business, government, associations and other organizations. Application of communication theory and social science methods to the research, planning, communication and evaluation aspects of the public relations process.
COMM 351 Public Relations Techniques (3)
Prerequisite: COMM332. Restriction: Must be in Communication program. Credit only granted for: COMM351 or JOUR331. Formerly: JOUR331. The techniques of public relations, including news releases, publications and printed materials, audio-visual techniques, speeches and special events. Application of these techniques in laboratory and field projects.
COMM 352 Specialized Writing in Public Relations (3)
Prerequisite: COMM 351. Public Relations writing for science, technology, health, medicine, corporate finance, educational policy, law and government in broadcast and technical media, as well as newspapers and magazines and also including proposals, speeches and correspondence.
COMM 353 New Media Writing for Public Relations (3)
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in COMM351. Restriction: Must be in Communication program. Credit only granted for: COMM352 or COMM353. Formerly: COMM352. Students learn the uses and influence of new media on public relations practice and expand their ability to write using new and traditional media platforms and tools
COMM 354 Public Relations Programs (3)
Prerequisite: COMM 350.
Analysis of eight major programs typically carried out by public relations professionals: employee relations, media relations, financial relations, member relations, governmental relations, community relations, fundraising and dealing with activist publics.
COMM 360 The Rhetoric of Black America (3)
An historical-critical survey of the rhetoric of Black Americans from the colonial period to the present.
COMM 370 Mediated Communication (3)
Prerequisite: COMM 250. Junior standing Analysis and critique of structure, performance, content, effects, and future of mediated communication.
COMM 371 Communication and Digital Media (3)
Restriction: Must be in Communication program. Credit only granted for: COMM371 or COMM398V. Formerly: COMM398V. A basic introduction to communication in the digital age. Through class lectures, assignments and projects, students will learn to effectively use new media for the purpose of strategic message creation and management used in the field of communication. Students will apply the basics of visual layout skills and the principles of visual design to create messages using words and images.
COMM 372 Communication, Meaning, and Digital Media (3)
Restriction: Must be in Communication program. An exploration of visual communication and meaning creation. A theoretical and practical application of communication concepts and techniques in the production of visual content.
COMM 373 Communication and Digital Visual Narrative (3)
Restriction: Must be in Communication program. Examination of the traditional style of visual communication, its practices and theoretical underpinnings juxtaposed against contemporary digital media aesthetics and techniques. Utilizing a variety of communication skills and new media tools, students will plan, write, shoot, edit, and upload digital visual narratives.
COMM 374 Communicating Visually: Message Production and Digital Media (3)
Restriction: Must be in Communication program at Shady Grove. Focus on the interplay between technology, images and sound in the creation of digital content. This is a communication process by which a digital visual message evolves from conception to completion, incorporating the creative, financial and marketing tools. Students will conceive, plan, recruit and supervise digital video projects, developing a familiarity with production management technique and execution.
COMM 375 Documentary Theory and Practice (3)
Restriction: Must be in Communication program. A historical and theoretical introduction to documentary films and videos. Students will explore the power of documentaries to address socially significant issues.
COMM 376 Communication through Advocacy Short Film (3)
Restriction: Must be in Communication program. Explores the theory and practice of contemporary communication and advocacy short form video.
COMM 382 Essentials of Intercultural Communication (3)
Credit only granted for: COMM382 or COMM482. Introduction of major theories and concepts of intercultural communication; examination of processes that make up cultural differences; and use of intercultural communication competence skills.
COMM 383 Urban Communication (3)
A study of communication variations in the urban setting with emphasis on communication problems encountered in ethnic relations. Strategies for improving communication.
COMM 385 Influence (3)
Explores contemporary theories of influence and their implications for communication practice. Topics include power and influence, logical theory, rhetorical theory, persuasion theory, framing theory, social influence theory, and propagation of influence in mediated social networks.
COMM 386 Supervised Internship (3-6)
Prerequisite: Permission of department. For communication majors only. Supervised internship experience with communication professionals. Relation of academic training to professional experience.
COMM 388 Communication Practicum (1-3)
COMM 398 Selected Topics in Communication (3)
Repeatable to 6 credits if content differs. Topical study of contemporary issues in speech communication.
COMM 399 Honors Thesis (3)
Nine hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisite: permission of department. For communication majors only. Repeatable to 6 credits if content differs.
Courses numbered 400 and above are open to juniors, seniors, and graduate students.
COMM 400 Research Methods in Communication (3 credits)
Prerequisite: COMM250 and an introductory course in statistics. For COMM majors only. Philosophy of scientific method; role of theory; research ethics; empirical research methods (measurement, sampling, design, analysis).
COMM 401 Interpreting Strategic Discourse (3 credits)
Prerequisite: COMM250. For COMM majors only. Principles and approaches for practical analysis of discourse designed to shape audience opinion.
COMM 402 Communication Theory and Process (3 credits)
Prerequisite: COMM250. For COMM majors only. Philosophical and conceptual analysis of communication theories.
COMM 420 Theories of Group Discussion (3 credits)
Current theory, research and techniques regarding small group process, group dynamics, leadership and decision-making.
COMM 421 Communicating Leadership (3)
Not open to students who have completed COMM498L. Examines the nature of leadership, theories of leadership from a communication perspective, relationships between leadership, authority, power, and ethics. Explores leadership responsibilities, commitments, and actions.
COMM 422 Communication Management (3 credits)
Communication policies, plans, channels, and practices in the management of the communication function in organizations.
COMM 423 Communication Processes in Conferences (3 credits)
Group participation in conferences, methods of problem solving, semantic aspects of language, and the function of conferences in business, industry and government settings.
COMM 424 Communication in Complex Organizations (3 credits)
Structure and function of communication within organizations: organizational climate and culture, information flow, networks and role relationships.
COMM 425 Negotiation and Conflict Management (3 credits)
Role of communication in shaping negotiation and conflict processes and outcomes.
COMM 426 Conflict Management (3 credits)
Recommended: COMM425, COMM250, and COMM402. Role of communication in managing conflict processes.
COMM 427 Crisis Communication (3 credits)
Explores theories and research related to communication before, during, and after a crisis. Students examine the fundamentals of organizational communication, crisis management, and strategic and crisis communication planning before examining case studies of a number of real-life crises: organizational crises, natural disasters, accidents, terrorism incidents, health crises, and major crises of credibility.
COMM 430 Public Relations Theory and Techniques (3 credits)
Prerequisite: JOUR201 or equivalent; and permission of department. Not open to students who have completed COMM350. Credit will be granted for only one of the following: COMM350 or COMM430.
COMM430, COMM630, JOUR530 and JOUR630. Formerly JOUR 530.
Theories relevant to the strategic management of public relations and techniques used in programs to communicate with publics of organizations
COMM 435 Theories of Interpersonal Communication (3 credits)
Prerequisite: COMM400 or permission of department. Major theoretical approaches and research trends in the study of interpersonal communication.
COMM 436 Interpersonal Arguing (3 credits)
Prerequisite: COMM400 and COMM250. Restriction: Must be in Communication program. Credit only granted for: COMM436 or COMM498I. Formerly: COMM498I. An examination of face to face arguing.
COMM 450 Ancient and Medieval Rhetorical Theory (3 credits)
Prerequisite: COMM250. For COMM majors only. Credit will be granted for only one of the following: COMM450, or COMM650. A survey of rhetorical theory in the ancient and medieval periods. Emphasis is placed on the theoretical problems that gave rise to its development within both periods. Authors include Isocrates, Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, Quintilian, Hermogenes, Martianus Capella, Aurelius Augustine, Alberic of Monte Cassino, Geoffrey of Vinsauf and Robert of Basevorn.
COMM 451 Renaissance & Modern Rhetoric Theory (3 credits)
Formerly: SPCH451/COMM651. A survey of rhetorical theory in the renaissance and modern periods. Emphasis is placed on the theoretical trends that dominate rhetorical thinking during both periods--especially in Great Britain. Authors include Wilson, Sherry, Rainolde, Day, Hyperius, Cox, Ramus, Talon, Bacon, Pascal, Fenelon, Sheridan, Campbell, Blair, and Whately.
COMM 453 The Power of Discourse in American Life (3 credits)
The potential of language forms and strategic discourse to create, perpetuate, and alter patterns of political and cultural behavior. The influence of contemporary political and cultural discourse on public understanding, public policy, and day-to-day life.
COMM 454 Rhetoric of the 1960s (3)
Prerequisite: COMM401 or permission of department. Not open to students who have completed COMM453 (Spring 2003). Study of key rhetoric of the 1960s. Treats rhetoric of relevant Presidents and several protest movements including civil rights, anti-war, and women's liberation. Contrasts traditional modes of argument with alternative rhetorical forms.
COMM 455 Speechwriting (3 credits)
The study of message strategies in order to research and develop effective speech texts appropriate to speakers and their audiences in various public contexts.
COMM 458 Seminar in Political Communication (3 credits)
Prerequisite: COMM250. Repeatable to 06 credits if content differs. The examination of special topics for and theories of political communication.
COMM 460 Public Life in American Communities, 1634-1900 (3 credits)
Ways that Americans have used their voice to create public life. Focus is on the diverse social communities that have characterized American life and the place and characteristics of oral discourse in each.
COMM 461 Voices of Public Leadership in the Twentieth Century (3 credits)
Study of the use of speaking in the power struggles of the twentieth century. Focus is on important speakers of the century, their social and policy influence, and the struggle to expand the diversity of voices with power in the public sphere.
COMM 468 Seminar in Mediated Communication (3 credits)
Prerequisites: COMM/JOUR350 or COMM402 or COMM450. Junior standing. Repeatable to 06 credits if content differs. The examination of special topics related to the study of mediated communication.
COMM 469 The Discourse of Social Movements (3 credits)
Recommended: COMM401. Junior standing. Repeatable to 06 credits if content differs. Study of key social movements that have influenced American social and political life. In alternate years the Civil Rights Movement and the Rhetoric of Women's Suffrage and Abolitionism. Consideration of how groups excluded from or marginalized in American political life affect social change.
COMM 470 Listening (3 credits)
The principles of listening behavior.
COMM 471 Public Communication Campaigns (3 credits)
Prerequisite: COMM200 or permission of department. Diffusion theory and its implications for public communication campaigns.
COMM 472 Nonverbal Communication (3 credits)
Nonverbal communication in human interaction theory and research on proxemics, kinesics and paralanguage as expression of relationship, affect and orientation within and across cultures.
COMM 475 Persuasion (3 credits)
Bases of persuasion, with emphasis on recent experimental developments in persuasion.
COMM 476 Language, Communication, and Action (3 credits)
The nature of communication as symbolic action. Topics include language, meaning, intention, understanding, and consequences of communication.
COMM 477 Discourse Analysis (3 credits)
Concepts of textual and discourse analysis applied to speech situations.
COMM 478 Communication Colloquium (1 credits)
Repeatable to 04 credits if content differs. Current trends and issues in the field of communication, stressing recent research methods. Recommended for senior and graduate student majors and minors in communication.
COMM 482 Intercultural Communication (3 credits)
The major variables of communication in an intercultural context: cultural, racial and national differences; stereotypes; values; cultural assumptions; and verbal and nonverbal channels.
COMM 483 Senior Seminar in Public Relations (3 credits)
Prerequisite: COMM351 and COMM400. Not open to students who have completed JOUR483. Credit will be granted for only one of the following: COMM483 or JOUR483. Formerly JOUR 483. Integration of theory, techniques and research methods into the planning and execution of public relations campaigns for specific organizations. Analysis of research on the case studies of public relations.
COMM 488 Communication Portfolio Project (1 credits)
Senior standing. For COMM majors only. Repeatable to 03 credits if content differs. Preparation of the professional communication portfolio.
COMM 489 Topical Research (1-3 credits)
Prerequisite: permission of department. Repeatable to 06 credits if content differs. Individualized research projects conducted with a faculty sponsor.
COMM 498 Seminar (3 credits)
Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Senior standing. Present-day communication research.
Note: Graduate students may also receive credits for 400-level courses.
Note: Individual faculty member section numbers for Independent Study are available above.
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.