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Communication (COM) Course Descriptions

COM 5003  Introduction to Graduate Studies in Communication
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Admission to the Master of Arts Program in Communication or consent of instructor.
Tracks the development of research and practice in communication stressing integration of inquiry, theory, and practice as well as grounding in various areas of specialized study. Emphasis on the development of skills critical to success in graduate-level communication study.

COM 5013  Communication Theory
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in COM 5003, or consent of instructor.
Critical review of the historical roots, major paradigms, and current status of communication theory. Special emphasis on the diversity of theoretical approaches and applications as well as the integral relationship of theory and research.

COM 5023  Quantitative Research Methods
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in COM 5003, or consent of instructor.
Introduces social scientific approaches to communication inquiry. Focus is on design, measurement, and data analysis of quantitative research. Covers principal descriptive and inferential statistics (e.g., univariate and multivariate) applied in communication research. Demonstrates techniques in data analysis using computer programs. Students apply course concepts by evaluating and conducting research projects.

COM 5033  Qualitative Research Methods
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in COM 5003, or consent of instructor.
Introduces humanistic approaches to communication inquiry. Focus is on design, coding, analysis, data interpretation, and reporting of qualitative research. Examines a variety of qualitative research methods as well as challenges facing researchers in diverse contexts. Students apply course concepts by evaluating and conducting research projects.

COM 5103  Theories and Applications of Communication
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in COM 5003 and COM 5013.
Integration of theory and application in one or more contextual areas of communication, such as interpersonal communication, organizational communication, new media, international communication, intercultural communication, health communication or issues management. May be repeated for credit when topics vary, but not more than 9 hours will apply to the Master’s degree in Communication without the permission of the Graduate Program Committee.

COM 5213  Relational Communication
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: COM 5103.
This course applies theories of interpersonal processes and communication principles in relational contexts, such as marriages, families, friendships, and others. This course emphasizes the use of theoretical frameworks for research investigation in human relational systems. The course includes integration of theory with research and/or practice.

COM 5223  Small Group Communication
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: COM 5103.
An examination of communication processes in bona-fide groups such as interdisciplinary health care teams, community groups, and corporate teams. This course emphasizes the role and function of verbal and nonverbal communication in group processes of decision-making, dialogue, and problem solving. The course includes integration of theory with research and/or practice.

COM 5313  Health Communication
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: COM 5103.
Examination of the ways that health professionals and health seekers, journalists, politicians, and society in general contribute to the creation of health issues and the promotion of health activities. Health issues as they relate to interpersonal relationships and communication will be addressed. The course includes integration of theory with research and/or practice.

COM 5413  Seminar in Organizations
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: COM 5103.
Examination of communication processes in complex organizations such as culture, socialization, leadership, decision-making, diversity management, technologies, and methods for adapting to change through strategic planning and continuous process improvement. This course emphasizes the role of organizational communication theory and research in applied organizational settings. The course includes integration of theory with research and/or practice.

COM 5423  Organizational Implementation of Integrated Communication
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: COM 5103.
Examination of communication and organizational development with external audiences such as managing integrated communication to enhance the dissemination, comprehension, acceptance, and application of information to achieve organizational goals. This course emphasizes the role of communication specialists as message managers for organizations. The course includes integration of theory with research and/or practice.

COM 5613  New Media Design and Production I
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: COM 5103.
Introduction to information design. Advanced study of new media development. Hands-on skill development in creating digital elements for use in multimedia and combining these elements into interactive presentations. The course includes integration of theory with research and/or practice.

COM 5623  New Media Design and Production II
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: COM 5103.
Advanced study of information design theories and practice. Emphasizes new media production techniques. The course includes integration of theory with research and/or practice.

COM 5813  International Communication
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: COM 5103.
Exploration of global media systems, transnational information flows, and their impacts. Issues surrounding globalization, media representation, development communication and communication policy are examined. The course includes integration of theory with research and/or practice.

COM 5823  Intercultural Communication
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: COM 5103.
Examination of communication dynamics in diverse societies and between different cultural communities. The interactions among communication, culture, and identity are explored within historical and contemporary perspectives. The course includes integration of theory with research and/or practice.

COM 5973  Topics in Communication
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: COM 5003 and COM 5103, or consent of instructor.
Intensive study of one or more specific issues in communication. May be repeated for credit when topics vary, but not more than 6 hours will apply to the Master’s degree.

COM 6931-3  Directed Readings
1 to 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: Graduate standing and permission of the Graduate Program Committee.
Reading, research, discussion, and writing under the direction of a member of the graduate faculty. Enables students to explore/prepare an area of specialization when other appropriate classes are unavailable. May be repeated for credit, but not more than 3 hours will apply to the Master’s degree.

COM 6941-3  Internship in Communication
1 to 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: Graduate standing and permission in writing (form available) of the instructor and Graduate Advisor of Record.
Supervised experience, relevant to the student’s program of study, within selected organizations. Must be taken on a credit/no-credit basis. May be repeated for credit, but not more than 3 hours will apply to the Master’s degree.

COM 6951-3  Independent Study
1 to 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: Graduate standing and permission in writing (form available) of the instructor and Graduate Advisor of Record.
Independent reading, research, discussion, project development and/or writing under the direction of a faculty member. Intended for specialized work not normally available as part of the regular course offerings. May be repeated for credit, but not more than 6 hours, regardless of discipline, will apply to the Master’s degree. May not be substituted for COM thesis or project courses.

COM 6961  Comprehensive Examination
1 hour credit. Prerequisite: Approval of the Graduate Advisor of Record.
Independent study course for the purpose of taking the Comprehensive Examination. May be repeated once. Enrollment is required each term in which the Comprehensive Examination is taken if no other courses are being taken that term. The grade report for the course is either “CR” (satisfactory performance on the Comprehensive Examination) or “NC” (unsatisfactory performance on the Comprehensive Examination). Credit earned in COM 6961 may not be counted in the 36 hours required for the Master’s degree in Communication.

COM 6981-3  Master’s Thesis
1 to 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: Written thesis proposal must be approved by the faculty advisor, the thesis Committee and the Graduate Advisor of Record prior to enrollment.
Supervised thesis research and preparation. May be repeated for credit, but not more than 6 hours will apply to the Master’s degree. Credit will be awarded upon completion of the thesis. Enrollment is required each term in which the thesis is in progress.

COM 6991-3  Master’s Project
1 to 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: Written project proposal must be approved by the faculty advisor, the project committee and the Graduate Advisor of Record prior to enrollment.
Supervised development and completion of a professional-quality project in the student’s area. May be repeated for credit, but not more than 6 hours will apply to the Master’s degree. Credit will be awarded upon completion of the project. Enrollment is required each term in which the project is in progress.

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