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COMM 6700: Communication and Health (3 Credit Hours): 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 instructor.

COMM 8000: Communication Pedagogy (1 Credit Hour): 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 Credit Hours): 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 Credit Hours): 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 Credit Hours): 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 Credit Hours): 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 Credit Hours): 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 Credit Hours): 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 Credit Hours): 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 8100: Communication Research Methods I (3 Credit Hours): 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 Credit Hours): 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 Credit Hours): 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 8560: Trends in Public Relations Theory and Research (3 Credit Hours): 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 Credit Hours): 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 Credit Hours): 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 8740: Special Topics in Communication Studies (3 Credit Hours): 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 Credit Hours): 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 Credit Hours): 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 Credit Hours): Tutorial work for graduate students with special interests or projects in communication outside the scope of existing courses.