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Communication (COMM)

COMM 461G    Organizational Communication    3 Hours

Theoretical examination of rhetorical principles operant in modern organizational communication systems.

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

COMM 501    Qualitative Methods in Communication Research    3 Hours

Study of qualitative research designs and the procedures typically used in communication research. Includes general overview of interviewing and other qualitative research methodologies.

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students in Organizational Communication (0012)

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2016; fall 2017; fall 2018

COMM 502    Quantitative Methods in Communication Research    3 Hours

Study of quantitative research designs and the procedures typically used in communication research. Includes general overview of survey, and other quantitative research methodologies along with statistical analysis using computer software.

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students in Organizational Communication (0012)

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2016; spring 2017; spring 2018

COMM 503    Foundations of Communication    3 Hours

Major concepts and issues which characterize the discipline.

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

COMM 510    Strategies for Teaching Communication    0 Hours

Designed to improve the teaching performance of COMM graduate assistants in teaching the basic public speaking courses.

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2017; fall 2018

COMM 523    Health Communication    3 Hours

An examination of the role communication plays in the delivery of health care. Focus is on provider-patient relationships, other providers of care, health communication campaigns, health behavior change, and within health care contexts.

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2016; fall 2018

COMM 526    Family Communication    3 Hours

Survey of research and theory in family communication.

Equivalent(s): COMM 578

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

COMM 528    Communication in the Nonprofit Sector    3 Hours

Survey of organizational communication issues and the ways in which they are uniquely situated in and applied to nonprofit organizations and philanthropy.

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2017

COMM 531    Global Leadership Communication    3 Hours

This seminar focuses on the impact of national or ethnic culture on leadership communication behaviors when leading in multi-national and/or multi-ethnic organizations.

Recent Term(s) Offered: summer 2016

COMM 544    Persuasive Communication    3 Hours

How persuasion works across the dimensions of the communication process: one-to-one, small group, public, and mass communication.

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

COMM 547    Organizational Communication Theory    3 Hours

A survey of organizational communication theories, perspectives, methods, and current issues.

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students in Organizational Communication (0012)

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2016; fall 2017; fall 2018

COMM 551    Employee Communication    3 Hours

Study of employee communication in the modern organization. Covers topics such as measurements of organizational communication effectiveness and the relationship among factors such as communication, morale and productivity.

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

COMM 552    Democracy, Power, & Voice in Organizations    3 Hours

An in-depth look at the theoretical underpinnings and communication research related to participation, democracy, voice, and power in for-profit, non-profit, volunteer, and community organizations.

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2016

COMM 553    Health Communication Campaigns    3 Hours

Examines and analyzes the critical role communication plays in planning, implementation, and evaluation of health communication campaign.

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2017

COMM 560    Seminar in Organizational Communication    3 Hours (repeatable max of 9 hrs)

Topical studies within the field of organizational communication. Topics include employee communication and conflict management, among others.

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

COMM 561    Multinational Organizational Communication    3 Hours

This course provides an in-depth study of internal and external communication behaviors in business organizations operating in multinational environments.

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2016; fall 2018

COMM 562    Special Topics in Intercultural Communication    3 Hours

Provides graduate students an opportunity for an in-depth study of special topics in intercultural communication. One or two topics will be chosen for study during the course. These topics will be selected by the instructor based on special availability of resources, appropriateness for current intercultural conditions, and interest of students.

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

COMM 563    Issues Management    3 Hours

A study of issue identification, issue analysis, issue change strategy options, and issue action programming with particular emphasis upon the role of communication in issue management.

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2017

COMM 564    Crisis Communication    3 Hours

Role of communication in crisis prevention, crisis readiness and crisis resolution.

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2016; spring 2018

COMM 565    Communication and Conflict    3 Hours

Study of communication as it relates to conflict in interpersonal, group, organizational, and intercultural settings.

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2018

COMM 566    Corporate & Organizational Advocacy    3 Hours

Historical overview of corporate and organizational advocacy in the 20th century focusing on the communication process used in corporate advocacy.

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2017; fall 2018

COMM 568    Communication and Organizational Identification    3 Hours

Survey of the phenomena of identification in organizations and how identification is constructed through communication.

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2018

COMM 570    Seminar in Human Communication    3 Hours (repeatable max of 9 hrs)

Selected topics in communication theory: small group communication, language behavior, etc.

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2016; spring 2017

COMM 571    Organizational Communication in the Digital Age    3 Hours

This course considers effective communication with technologies in organizational contexts based on foundational theories and contemporary research. It also covers the social and communicative impact of technologies on organizations and organizational members.

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

COMM 572    Nonverbal Communication    3 Hours

Theory and research in nonverbal communication. Topics will include body language, vocalics, and use of space, time, touch, and artifacts in communication.

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

COMM 577    Cultural Terrorism Communication    3 Hours

This course deals with the communication behaviors of terrorist groups, particularly as culture impacts and influences those behaviors.

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

COMM 578    Seminar in Interpersonal Communication    3 Hours

Examination of professional literature and basic research in interpersonal communication.

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2018

COMM 581    Applied Organizational Communication    3 Hours

Provides opportunities for students to apply theoretical concepts to various functions of organizational communication in industry and corporate contexts.

Recent Term(s) Offered: summer 2016; summer 2017; summer 2018

COMM 586    Process of Group Communication    3 Hours

Practice in the group communication processes that lead toward successful team work in organizational contexts.

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

COMM 587    Communication in Intercultural Negotiation & Mediation    3 Hours

Role of communication in intercultural negotiation and mediation processes. Addresses cultural factors and negotiation techniques in cross-cultural conflict situations.

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

COMM 590    Intercultural Communication    3 Hours

A survey of intercultural communication theories, approaches, methods, and current issues.

Recent Term(s) Offered: summer 2017; fall 2017

COMM 595    Independent Study in Communication    3 Hours

Permits students to conduct individualized communication research in an area of their interest.

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2016; summer 2016; fall 2016; spring 2017; summer 2017; spring 2018; summer 2018; fall 2018

COMM 596    Graduate Internship in Communication    3 Hours

This course offers students a project-based work experience in an organization under faculty direction.

Recent Term(s) Offered: summer 2017; summer 2018

COMM 599    Thesis Research/Writing    1-6 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

Thesis research and writing directed by faculty committee.

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2016; fall 2016; spring 2017; fall 2017; spring 2018; fall 2018

COMM 600    Maintaining Matriculation    1-6 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

Continued enrollment for thesis completion.

Recent Term(s) Offered: summer 2016; spring 2017; spring 2018; summer 2018

COMM 721    Organizational Communication for Leaders    3 Hours

Examines the communication perspectives, theories, and principles necessary to lead organizations. Considers ways to assess and improve communication processes in various organizational situations.

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students in Educational Leadership (0010)

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

COMM 731    Global Communication for Leaders    3 Hours

This seminar focuses on the impact of national or ethnic culture on leadership communication behaviors when leading in multi-national and/or multi-ethnic organizations.

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students in Educational Leadership (0010)

Recent Term(s) Offered: summer 2016

COMM 741    Leadership and Social Trends    3 Hours

Examines literature on current economic, political, technological, and/or social trends as they relate to leadership.

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students in Educational Leadership (0010)

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

COMM 751    Strategic Communication    3 Hours

Considers the way organizational leaders use communication to influence opinions and behavior of various constituencies.

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students in Educational Leadership (0010)

Recent Term(s) Offered: None