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Course List

MACTS students are encouraged to grow intellectually by exploring courses outside of our department. In addition, these courses are within our department:

COMM 6510: Film Theory and Criticism 3(2,3): Advanced study into the theory of film/video emphasizing understanding a variety of critical methods to approach a film. Examines the history of film theory and defines the many schools of film criticism, including realism, formalism, feminism, semiotics, Marxism and expressionism. Preq: ENGL 3570 or consent of instructor. Coreq: COMM 6511.

COMM 6511: Film Theory and Criticism Laboratory: Non-credit laboratory to accompany COMM 6510. Coreq: COMM 6510.

COMM 6640: Advanced Organizational Communication 3(3,0): Application of communication theory and research to the analysis of particular organizational communication processes. Students study significant issues and/or methods of intervention and innovation in organizational communication.

COMM 6700: Communication and Health 3(3,0): Considers institutional and health care communication issues as well as the relationship between social issues, communication and health. Prereq: COMM 2010 with a C or better or consent of insructor.

COMM 6910: Classical Rhetoric 3(3,0): Traces the development of rhetoric from Protagoras through Isocrates, Plato, Aristotle, Cicero and Quintillian and considers questions essential to understanding persuasive theory and practices. Preq: ENGL 3100 or consent of instructor.

COMM 6920: Modern Rhetoric 3(3,0): Examines the “new rhetorics” of the 20th century, which are grounded in classical rhetoric but include findings from biology, psychology, linguistics and anthropology, among other disciplines. Preq: ENGL 3100 or consent of instructor.

COMM 8000: Communication Pedagogy 1(1,0): Development of teaching skills within the field of communication, focusing on the teaching of general education courses. Explores the facilitation of a positive classroom environment, addressing student needs and evaluation of student work. Discussion of teaching philosophy and pedagogy.

COMM 8010: Communication Theory I 3(3,0): Explores the history, development and current state of scientific theories related to the study of human communication. Covering social scientific traditions of theory, students will gain an understanding of meta-theory and its relationship to historical and contemporary forms of theorizing about human communication.  

COMM 8020: Communication Theory II 3(3,0): Surveys theories and analytic concepts used in the pluralistic field of communication. Draws on qualitative, rhetorical, critical, aesthetic and humanistic traditions. May include but is not limited to social theory, interpretive criticism, feminism, sound studies, aesthetics, queer theory, cultural studies and philosophy. Emphasis on applications to social media studies.

COMM 8030: Survey of Communication Technology Studies 3(3,0): Surveys the approaches to researching uses, meanings and effects of contemporary communication technologies in the pluralistic field of communication, drawing on social scientific and humanistic traditions. Examples may include interpersonal, small groups, law and policy, sustainability, organizations, history, cluster analysis, mobility, children and media, cultural studies, network analysis, sound studies, critical race theory.

COMM 8040: Fundamentals of Health Communication 3(3,0): Fundamentals of health communication and the Health Communication Certificate; two theoretical bases underlying this interdisciplinary program in health communication, one based on social science theory and one based on humanities, i.e. rhetorical theory; history of both theoretical bases. 

COMM 8050: Communication and Social Movements 3(3,0): Examines arguments, tactics and structures of social movements from discursive, rhetorical and social perspectives in the field of communication. Using case studies, questions of history, external and internal rhetoric, control and adaptation are considered. Movements as diverse as feminism, environmentalism, alternative globalization and various rights-oriented movements may be considered.

COMM 8070: Health Communication Campaign Planning and Evaluation 3(3,0): Application of theories, practices and tools developed in ENGL 8040 and 8060 to planning, implementing and evaluating a public health campaign that targets a particular health practice.

COMM 8080: Representation and Popular Culture 3(3,0): Seminar explores how popular culture artifacts represent various groups of people based on such characteristics as race, class, gender, sexuality, nationality, etc. Ranges of theoretical perspectives are incorporated, including but not limited to race theory, feminist theory, queer theory, post colonialism and hegemonic masculinity theory.

COMM 8090: Communication, Culture and the Social Net 3(3,0):  Seminar explores communication and cultural practices that are evolving around social media.

COMM 8100: Communication Research Methods I 3(3,0): Explores methods of social scientific research methodologies. Methods range from experimental designs to survey and cross sectional designs. Final projects will include the employment of one or more methodologies to create a communication-based research proposal.

COMM 8110: Communication Research Methods II 3(3,0): Exploration of select issues and methods for qualitative research. Students discuss and practice data gathering and analysis techniques associated with ethnographic, interview and textual approaches. Particular attention is given to research technologies.

COMM 8270: Sports Media 3(3,0): Explores the history, forms and trends in sports media from a communication perspective, and examines the impact and influence of sport in society, identifying current and future trends in digital media.

COMM 8400: Selected Topics 3(3,0): Independent/directed study; tutorial work in linguistics, professional communication, or American, British or European literature not offered in other courses. Preq: Consent of director of M.A. in English or M.A. in the professional communication program.

COMM 8500: Research and Studies in Scientific, Business and Technical Writing 3(3,0): Covers various research methods with emphasis on humanistic and empirical inquiry. Readings and research examine how professional communication creates new knowledge and affects the daily lives of others.

COMM 8560: Trends in Public Relations Theory and Research 3(3,0): Seminar surveys the major theoretical approaches to public relations, as well as major and recent trends in public relations research and theory development.

COMM 8640: Communication and Organizing 3(3,0): Explores theoretical and research literature on human communication and organizing processes from numerous methodological perspectives. Topics may include organizational culture, organizational socialization, power and politics, identification and communication networks and technology.

COMM 8690: Political Communication 3(3,0): Seminar examines various forms of political communication through the application of multiple critical methodologies. Participants become familiar with traditional public address scholarship and contemporary study of campaigns, policy, leadership, media and popular culture.

COMM 8710: Leadership Communication 3(3,0): Develops ability and knowledge of communicative aspects of leadership. Students integrate theories and practices of persuasion, motivation and media to actualize a leadership vision. Students explore issues and research in ethical and intercultural applications, including implications of institutional structures and their impact on society.

COMM 8740: Special Topics in Communication Studies 3(3,0): Varying topics within the field of communication. May be repeated for a maximum of six credits, but only if different topics are covered.

COMM 8900: Communication Graduate Internship 3(3,0): Preplanned, preapproved, faculty-supervised internship provides communication graduate students with field experience in areas related to their curriculum. Provides applied component to advanced study of communication theory and professional development for industry and research careers. May be repeated for a maximum of six credits. Preq: Consent of faculty advisor.

COMM 8910: Master’s Thesis Research 1-9(0,3-27): Students complete research toward production of a master’s thesis. A maximum of six hours may be applied toward a degree, though additional hours may be taken for credit. May be repeated for a maximum of nine credits. Preq: Successful completion of core program requirements and all additional courses as approved by the department director of graduate studies.

COMM 8990: Independent Study 1-3(1-3,0): Tutorial work for graduate students with special interests or projects in communication outside the scope of existing courses.

For more information about the program, please see the links at the left or email Dr. Scott, Director of Graduate Studies, with “MACTS” in the subject heading.