Master of Arts (M.A.) Major in Communication Studies

Major Program

A master of arts (M.A.) with a major in communication studies offers students maximum flexibility in designing their own customized programs. Students may choose the comprehensive program or thesis program with either a resource area or minor option for course work in other departments. Students may select communication studies courses that develop expertise in one or more of the following areas: organizational communication, rhetorical studies, communication training and development, interpersonal communication, or instructional communication. Students also may select courses from related disciplines, such as mass communication, education, English, psychology, sociology, and business. The department encourages all students to explore courses that provide a breadth of knowledge about human communication.

Organizational Communication

Students primarily interested in organizational communication investigate the function, flow, and structure of communication in organizations to enhance organizational effectiveness. Key courses include such topics as: Organizational CommunicationAdvanced Organizational Communication Theory and Practice, Communication and Negotiation, Seminar in Communication and Technology, Communication Training and Development, and Communication Assessment.

Rhetorical Studies

Students interested in rhetorical studies investigate how symbols have the power to shape perceptions and alter attitudes. Students may select from courses that offer a broad overview of rhetorical theory and rhetorical methods. Courses with applications to specific communication contexts include Seminar in Political Communication and Organizational Rhetoric. Students may also explore special areas such as media, movements, and genres in Contemporary Rhetoric and Social Influence and Historical Rhetoric and Social Influence.

Communication Training and Development, Communication Assessment, and Organizational Communication Analysis and Development

Students who seek careers as communication trainers or human resource development specialists select from several courses that provide information and prescribe strategies to enhance communication performance. Advanced Organizational Communication Theory and Practice, Organizational Communication Analysis and Development, Communication Assessment and Seminar in Instructional Communication provide additional insight into the communication training function.

Health Communication

Students who focus on health communication investigate the essential role of communication in healthcare through a variety of courses that may include: Health Communication, Critical Health Rhetoric, Communication in Health Organizations, and Relational Health Communication. Course work in health communication explores topics such as barriers to patient and provider interactions, health communication leadership, health disparities, healthcare training and assessment, health in relationships, and healthcare team effectiveness.

Interpersonal Communication

Students who emphasize interpersonal communication take courses that focus on the role of communication in the development and maintenance of human relationships. Seminar in Interpersonal Communication provides a comprehensive review of theory and research that explores interpersonal relationships. Other courses that emphasize interpersonal communication theory and research include: Gender and Communication, Seminar in Nonverbal Communication, Communication and Negotiation, Seminar in Small Group Communication, and Seminar in Communication and Technology.

Instructional Communication

Students who wish to pursue careers in teaching at the community college level will find a broad array of courses that will prepare them for a career in education. We offer courses that focus upon communication curricula typically found in community colleges (interpersonal communication, small group communication, public speaking, and communication fundamentals). Seminar in Instructional Communication and Communication Assessment provide a classic description of the form and function of communication in instructional settings. In addition, students may select courses from our outstanding College of Education.

Facilities

In 1998, the department moved to its new facilities in the completely renovated Centennial Hall. This new location offers outstanding resources including twenty-four faculty offices, several graduate assistant office suites, research labs, computer labs, conference rooms, several well-equipped classrooms, and a state of the art teaching theatre.

Faculty

The department’s communication studies faculty members are active in state, regional, national, and international associations and publish widely in professional and academic journals.

Application Requirements

The items listed below are required for admission consideration for applicable semesters of entry during the 2017-2018 academic year. Submission instructions, additional details, and changes to admission requirements for semesters other than the 2017-2018 academic year can be found on the program’s web page. International students should review the International Admission Documents section of the catalog for additional requirements.

  • completed online ApplyTexas application
  • $40 nonrefundable application fee
  • $50 nonrefundable international evaluation fee (if applicable)
  • baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university
  • official transcripts required from each institution where course credit was granted
  • minimum 3.2 GPA in your last 60 hours of undergraduate course work (plus any completed graduate courses)
  • background course work: at least 18 hours of communication studies undergraduate credit hours*
  • GRE scores not required
  • statement of purpose
  • three letters of recommendation

TOEFL or IELTS Scores

Non-native English speakers who do not qualify for an English proficiency waiver:

  • official TOEFL iBT scores required with a 78 overall and minimum individual module scores of
    • 19 listening
    • 19 reading
    • 19 speaking
    • 18 writing
  • official IELTS (academic) scores required with a 6.5 overall and
    • minimum individual module scores of 6.0

This program does not offer admission if the scores above are not met.

*Additional Information
If you have fewer than 18 undergraduate credit hours in communication studies, you must enroll in background hours before submitting your formal application. If you have the required number of undergraduate hours but do not have junior-level courses in quantitative research methods and rhetorical criticism, you are eligible for admission, but will be required to enroll in leveling courses when you begin your program. 

Degree Requirements

There are two program options for graduate students; the comprehensive, non-thesis program provides the greatest flexibility and breadth of understanding, and the thesis program emphasizes greater depth of understanding. The department assigns all communication studies majors to the comprehensive program with a resource area. After the first term of course work, the student may request the thesis option or select a minor.

Students may choose to finish either program with 6 or more hours of a resource area or a minor. Students consult with the communication studies graduate advisor to select the courses in a resource area, but students must consult and obtain the approval of graduate advisors in other departments to complete a minor. Minors often involve more than 6 hours of course work.

While it is possible to complete the degree requirements within three long terms, many majors elect to extend their course work over two years. Communication studies graduate courses are usually offered in the evening during a long term.

Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA in all communication studies courses in order to graduate.

Applying for a Thesis or a Comprehensive Exam Committee

A student must be in good academic standing to apply for a thesis or comprehensive exam committee. The student’s cumulative GPA in all their graduate classes and in their communication studies classes must be 3.0 or higher. Also, the student should not have any incomplete grades in their classes.

Students must submit departmental forms to the director of graduate studies by November 1 or April 1. Students applying for a thesis must make the request in the term in which they will complete 15 hours of course work. This is generally during the second term of full-time graduate course work since students must complete a thesis over two or more terms. Students applying for a comprehensive exam committee must make the request in the term in which they will complete 27 hours of course work. This is the term before they anticipate graduating. The graduate faculty reviews all requests.

Course Requirements

9-hour Minor Option, Non-thesis

Core6
Empirical Methods in Communication Research
Rhetorical Methods
Electives21
Chosen from the following in consultation with graduate advisor:
Directed Research in Communication Studies
Interpersonal Communication
Organizational Communication
Communication Assessment
Seminar in Instructional Communication
Seminar in Human Communication Theory
Contemporary Rhetorical Theory
Communication and Negotiation
Managing Communication Technologies in the Workplace
Communication and Organizational Culture
Nonverbal Communication
Persuasive Communication
Communication and Technology
Historical Rhetoric and Social Influence
Contemporary Rhetoric and Social Influence
Political Communication
Small Group Communication
Applied Communication Studies
Media Criticism
Gender and Communication
Communication Training and Development
Organizational Communication Analysis and Development
Organizational Rhetoric
Capstone Research Project
Minor9
Total Hours36

6-hour Minor Option, Thesis

Core6
Empirical Methods in Communication Research
Rhetorical Methods
Electives12
Chosen from the following in consultation with graduate advisor:
Directed Research in Communication Studies
Interpersonal Communication
Organizational Communication
Communication Assessment
Seminar in Instructional Communication
Seminar in Human Communication Theory
Contemporary Rhetorical Theory
Communication and Negotiation
Managing Communication Technologies in the Workplace
Communication and Organizational Culture
Nonverbal Communication
Persuasive Communication
Communication and Technology
Historical Rhetoric and Social Influence
Contemporary Rhetoric and Social Influence
Political Communication
Small Group Communication
Applied Communication Studies
Media Criticism
Gender and Communication
Communication Training and Development
Organizational Communication Analysis and Development
Organizational Rhetoric
Capstone Research Project
Minor6
Thesis6
Choose a minimum of 6 hours
Thesis
Thesis
Thesis
Thesis
Thesis
Thesis
Total Hours30

6-hour Minor Option, Non-thesis

Core6
Empirical Methods in Communication Research
Rhetorical Methods
Electives24
Chosen from the following in consultation with graduate advisor:
Directed Research in Communication Studies
Interpersonal Communication
Organizational Communication
Communication Assessment
Seminar in Instructional Communication
Seminar in Human Communication Theory
Contemporary Rhetorical Theory
Communication and Negotiation
Managing Communication Technologies in the Workplace
Communication and Organizational Culture
Nonverbal Communication
Persuasive Communication
Communication and Technology
Historical Rhetoric and Social Influence
Contemporary Rhetoric and Social Influence
Political Communication
Small Group Communication
Applied Communication Studies
Media Criticism
Gender and Communication
Communication Training and Development
Organizational Communication Analysis and Development
Organizational Rhetoric
Capstone Research Project
Minor6
Total Hours36

Thesis Option

Core6
Empirical Methods in Communication Research
Rhetorical Methods
Electives12
Chosen from the following in consultation with graduate advisor:
Directed Research in Communication Studies
Interpersonal Communication
Organizational Communication
Communication Assessment
Seminar in Instructional Communication
Seminar in Human Communication Theory
Contemporary Rhetorical Theory
Communication and Negotiation
Managing Communication Technologies in the Workplace
Communication and Organizational Culture
Nonverbal Communication
Persuasive Communication
Communication and Technology
Historical Rhetoric and Social Influence
Contemporary Rhetoric and Social Influence
Political Communication
Small Group Communication
Applied Communication Studies
Media Criticism
Gender and Communication
Communication Training and Development
Organizational Communication Analysis and Development
Organizational Rhetoric
Capstone Research Project
Resource Area6
Thesis6
Choose a minimum of 6 hours
Thesis
Thesis
Thesis
Thesis
Thesis
Thesis
Total Hours30

Non-thesis Option

Core6
Empirical Methods in Communication Research
Rhetorical Methods
Electives24
Chosen from the following in consultation with graduate advisor:
Directed Research in Communication Studies
Interpersonal Communication
Organizational Communication
Communication Assessment
Seminar in Instructional Communication
Seminar in Human Communication Theory
Contemporary Rhetorical Theory
Communication and Negotiation
Managing Communication Technologies in the Workplace
Communication and Organizational Culture
Nonverbal Communication
Persuasive Communication
Communication and Technology
Historical Rhetoric and Social Influence
Contemporary Rhetoric and Social Influence
Political Communication
Small Group Communication
Applied Communication Studies
Media Criticism
Gender and Communication
Communication Training and Development
Organizational Communication Analysis and Development
Organizational Rhetoric
Capstone Research Project
Resource Area6
Total Hours36

If a student elects to follow the thesis option for the degree or if the degree requires a thesis, a committee to direct the written thesis will be established. The thesis must demonstrate the student’s capability for research and independent thought. Preparation of the thesis must be in conformity with the Graduate College Guide to Preparing and Submitting a Thesis or Dissertation. The thesis handbook may be accessed at http://www.gradcollege.txstate.edu/docs/Thesis_Diss_Guide.pdf.

Thesis Proposal

The student must submit an official Master's Thesis Proposal form and proposal to his or her thesis committee. Thesis proposals vary by department and discipline. Please see your department for proposal guidelines and requirements. The required thesis proposal form may be obtained from The Graduate College at http://www.gradcollege.txstate.edu/gcforms.html. After signing the form and obtaining committee members’ signatures, graduate advisor’s signature (if required by the program), and the department chair’s signature, the student must submit the thesis proposal form with one copy of the proposal attached to the dean of The Graduate College for approval before proceeding with research on the thesis. If the thesis research involves human subjects, the student must obtain exemption or approval from the Texas State Institutional Review Board prior to submitting the proposal form to The Graduate College. If the thesis research involves vertebrate animals, the proposal form must include the Texas State IACUC approval code. It is recommended the thesis proposal form be submitted to the dean of The Graduate College by the end of the student’s enrollment in 5399A.

Thesis Committee

The thesis committee must be composed of a minimum of three approved graduate faculty members.

Thesis Enrollment and Credit

The completion of a minimum of six hours of thesis enrollment is required. Enrollment for the thesis will be in course number 5399A for a student’s initial thesis enrollment and a thesis B course for each subsequent thesis enrollment in the field in which the subject matter of the thesis falls, e.g., PS 5399A and PS 5399B. Preliminary discussions regarding the selection of a topic and assignment to a research supervisor will not require enrollment for the thesis course.

A student will be required to enroll in and pay the fee for at least one hour of the thesis course during any term in which the student will receive thesis supervision or guidance and/or in which the student is using university resources. Failure to register for the thesis course during a term in which supervision is received may result in postponement of graduation. After initial enrollment in 5399A, the student will continue to enroll in a thesis B course as long as it takes to complete the thesis. In the rare case when a student has not previously enrolled in thesis and plans to work on and complete the thesis in one term, the student will enroll in both 5399A and 5399B. The only grades assigned for thesis courses are PR (progress), CR (credit), W (withdrew), and F (failing). If acceptable progress is not being made in a thesis course, the instructor may issue a grade of F. If the student is making acceptable progress, a grade of PR is assigned until the thesis is completed. The minimum number of hours of thesis credit (“CR”) will be awarded only after the thesis is filed in the Alkek Library and the librarian has electronically returned the thesis card to the office of The Graduate College.

A student who has selected the thesis option must be registered for the thesis course during the term or Summer I (during summer the thesis course runs ten weeks for both sessions) in which the degree will be conferred.

Fee Reduction

A master’s degree candidate for graduation may be eligible for a one-time fee reduction under V.T.C.A. Education Code, Section 54.054. Please refer to the section titled Fee Reduction in the Additional Fees and Expenses chapter of this catalog for more information.

Thesis Deadlines and Approval Process

Thesis deadlines are posted at the following web page: http://www.gradcollege.txstate.edu/Thes-Diss_Info/T-D_Deadlines.html. The completed thesis must be submitted to the chair of the thesis committee no later than 41 days before the date of the commencement at which the degree is to be conferred.

The following must be submitted to the office of The Graduate College no later than 24 days, not counting weekends or holidays, before the date of commencement at which the degree is to be conferred (see The Graduate College webpage for specific deadlines):

  1. The Thesis/Dissertation Committee Approval form bearing original signatures of the student and all committee members.
  2. One (1) copy of the thesis in final form, approved by all committee members, on standard paper (Hard-copy Submission Option) or PDF of the thesis in final form, approved by all committee members, uploaded in the on-line Vireo submission system (Vireo On-line Submission Option).

After the dean of The Graduate College approves the thesis, the process is as follows:

  1. For the Vireo On-line Submission Option:
    1. No copies are required to be submitted to the Alkek Library. However, Alkek will bind copies submitted that the student wants bound for personal use. Personal copies are not required to be printed on archival quality paper. The student will take the personal copies to the Alkek Library and pay the binding fee for personal copies.

Doctoral and Master's level courses in Communication Studies: COMM

Courses Offered

Communication Studies (COMM)

COMM 5100. Teaching Communication Studies.

An introduction to curriculum, instruction, and assessment methods in the teaching of Communication Studies. Provides an orientation as well as regular in-service training and planned periodic evaluations of instructional responsibilities. This course does not earn graduate degree credit. Repeatable with different emphasis. Graded on a credit (CR), nocredit (F) basis.
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1 Credit Hour. 1 Lecture Contact Hour. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
Course Attribute(s): Graduate Assistantship|Exclude from Graduate GPA
Grade Mode: Leveling/Assistantships

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COMM 5199B. Thesis.

This course represents a student’s continuing thesis enrollments. The student continues to enroll in this course until the thesis is submitted for binding. Graded on a credit (CR), progress (PR), no-credit (F) basis.
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COMM 5299B. Thesis.

This course represents a student’s continuing thesis enrollments. The student continues to enroll in this course until the thesis is submitted for binding. Graded on a credit (CR), progress (PR), no-credit (F) basis.
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2 Credit Hours. 2 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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COMM 5301. Empirical Methods in Communication Research.

An examination of empirical research methods in speech communication. Measurement procedures, statistics, experimental design, and descriptive research methods will be investigated as well as a consideration of scholarly writing and library research. Required of communication studies majors.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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COMM 5302. Rhetorical Methods.

A study of approaches to the analysis of public discourse directed toward establishing workable perspectives for students conducting rhetorical analysis. Required of communication studies majors.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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COMM 5303. Qualitative Research Methods in Communication.

This course provides an introduction to qualitative methods of inquiry in communication. Students will learn and apply principles of qualitative research designs in data collection, analysis, and integration of narrative and non-numeric data in communication research. Must receive permission to enroll from the Department of Communication Studies Graduate Director.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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COMM 5304. Work/Life Intersections.

This course examines those situations where work and life intersect and how humans use communication to create, negotiate, and manage work/life intersections.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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COMM 5307. The Dark Side of Communication.

This graduate seminar will examine aversive and problematic interactions in interpersonal, organizational, health, and instructional settings. Sample topics include (un)fairness, backstabbing/betrayal, breaking up, end of life communication, deception, teacher misbehaviors, and bullying. Students will take a research-based approach to understanding these undesirable, yet common, messages. Prerequisite: Must receive permission to enroll from the Department of Communication Studies Graduate Director.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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COMM 5309. Proseminar in Communication Research Methods.

The goal of this course is to provide students with an overview of the methods used in the discipline of Communication Studies. To that end, we will begin by introducing students to the history of the discipline followed by overviews of rhetorical, quantitative, and qualitative research methods. Prerequisite: Must receive permission to enroll from the Department of Communication Studies Graduate Director.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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COMM 5310. Methods of Teaching Communication Studies.

A study of the methods of the teaching speech communication principles and skills for secondary school teachers. Prerequisite: Admission to teacher certification program or permission of department chair.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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COMM 5312. Intercultural Communication.

This course examines how culture evolves and is maintained through communicative systems of meaning. The many ways in which language, culture, and communication interact with, influence, and manifest in each other in everyday experience are explored.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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COMM 5313. Relational Communication.

This course provides a comprehensive overview of relational communication theories and research. Students engage with theory and research frameworks to think critically about relational communication perspectives and contributions, understand the strengths and limitations of those perspectives, and learn to contribute to new knowledge of relational communication. Students must receive permission to enroll from the Department of Communication Studies Graduate Director.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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COMM 5314. Family Communication.

This course explores the communication processes associated with families. Topic areas for exploration will include: storytelling, intimacy, conflict, rituals, religion, health-illness, and death. The goal is to further understand interdisciplinary research and theory related to family interactions embedded in larger webs of social, cultural, and generational relationships. Students must receive permission to enroll from the Department of Communication Studies Graduate Director.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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COMM 5315. Directed Research in Communication Studies.

A course to be offered to certain graduate students to allow for independent study in a specific area for which a regular course is not available. May be repeated with different emphasis for additional credit.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
Course Attribute(s): Dual Enrollment Permitted
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COMM 5318. Interpersonal Communication.

A review of current research in the area. Includes an examination of contemporary theories and research methods.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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COMM 5319. Organizational Communication.

Examines organizational communication theory and research in applied organizational contexts. Provides communication professionals with an analytical framework for improving communication.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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COMM 5320. Directing Communication Studies and Theatre Activities.

Designed to assist any teacher, whether of speech and drama or some other subject, in directing speech and drama activities. During the course, those in the class will actually direct debate, plays, declamation, and other activities. May be repeated with different emphasis for additional credit.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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COMM 5321. Communication Assessment.

An in-depth study of communication assessment techniques employed in the field of oral communication. Statistical, experimental, and observational methods of assessing oral communication in interpersonal, group, and classroom settings are included.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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COMM 5324. Seminar in Instructional Communication.

Examines communication instruction theory and research and their practical applications in various instructional settings.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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COMM 5325. Seminar in Human Communication Theory.

An examination of theories of human communication contexts including interpersonal, family, intercultural, organizational, and instructional communication. May be repeated with a different topic.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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COMM 5327. Contemporary Rhetorical Theory.

A survey of the major contemporary theoretical perspectives and conceptual debates in rhetoric. Focuses upon critical interpretations and applications of theory in addition to study of primary theorists’ writings.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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COMM 5329B. Communication and Negotiation.

Examines theory, research, and practice of conflict management and negotiation. Prerequisite: COMM 5319 or permission of instructor.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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COMM 5329D. Managing Communication Technologies in the Workplace.

Examines how communication technologies both help and hinder workplace communication. Examines theory, practical applications, key scholars and empirical research. Heavy focus on using case studies that provide context for learning how to thrive in the contemporary organization.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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COMM 5329E. Communication and Organizational Culture.

A seminar about communication and organizational culture. Discussion and materials explore communication practices that enable people to identify themselves as members of an organization and bind themselves to each other. Students will have the opportunity to analyze an organization. Prerequisite: COMM 5319 or consent of instructor is required.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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COMM 5330. Nonverbal Communication.

A review of current theory and research of nonverbal communication behavior.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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COMM 5331. Persuasive Communication.

An analysis of theories of persuasion. Emphasis placed on understanding established theories of attitude formation and change, contemporary persuasion, research, and the application of persuasion theory.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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COMM 5332. Communication and Technology.

Focuses on research and theories about the relationships between technology and communication behavior in interpersonal group, and organization contexts. Also considers relationships between communication, technology, and culture.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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COMM 5333. Health Communication.

This course provides an overview of health communication theory and research to explore how interpersonal, organization, and cultural messages shape our views of illness and the health care system. Topics will include health literacy, health risk messages, e-health, health disparities, and physician-patient interactions. Students much receive permission to enroll from the Department of Communication Studies Graduate Director.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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COMM 5342. Historical Rhetoric and Social Influence.

The analytical study of speeches, speakers, groups, movements, and rhetorical strategies in history. Includes emphasis on the following topics: American Public Address, Rhetoric of Woman’s Suffrage, and other historic topics of interest. May be repeated with different emphasis or topic for additional credit.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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COMM 5343. Contemporary Rhetoric and Social Influence.

The analytical study of speeches, speakers, groups, movements, and rhetorical strategies in contemporary society. Includes emphasis on the following topics: rhetoric and culture, rhetorical movements, and rhetorical genres. May be repeated with a different topic.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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COMM 5344. American Speeches.

This course is a survey of American public address. The class will study significant and representative speeches from different periods of American history. This class will examine what the study of American public address can teach us about history, communication, and social influence.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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COMM 5345. Political Communication.

Study of political communication in contemporary times. Course will cover the rhetoric of candidates and politicians, the structure of political campaigns, and campaign practices.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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COMM 5347. Small Group Communication.

An examination of theories and research evidence about communication in the small group.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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COMM 5350. Applied Communication Studies.

An application of communication principles and skills. Topics covered may include organizational, interpersonal, nonverbal and group communication, conflict management, communication technology, and persuasion analysis. May not be taken for credit by students pursuing M.A. degree in Communication. May be repeated for additional credit with department approval.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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COMM 5355. Media Criticism.

A rhetorical analysis of media from a Contemporary Cultural Studies perspective.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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COMM 5356. Gender and Communication.

An examination of research and theories about gender communication, relationships, and qualitative research methods. (MULT).
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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COMM 5360. Introduction to Empirical Research in Communication.

Introduction to Communication Studies as a behavioral science. Students will learn principles of the scientific method; explore quantitative and qualitative methods; investigate variables across the field (persuasion, interpersonal, organizational, non-verbal, intercultural, and instructional); and analyze and apply research in Communication. This course does not earn graduate degree credit.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
Course Attribute(s): Exclude from Graduate GPA|Leveling
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COMM 5362A. Organizational Communication.

Introduction to communication concepts in the context of organizations. Students will learn how communication influences contemporary organizations through familiarity with contemporary research. Students will be prepared to understand, investigate, and manage communication processes in organizations. This course does not earn graduate degree credit.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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COMM 5362B. Organizational Rhetoric.

Introduction to the study of organizational rhetoric designed for internal and external audiences. Students will analyze and create messages based in theories of organizational rhetoric. This course does not earn graduate degree credit.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
Course Attribute(s): Exclude from Graduate GPA|Leveling|Topics
Grade Mode: Leveling/Assistantships

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COMM 5363. Introduction to Rhetorical Research in Communication.

Introduction to the rhetorical tradition in Communication, with a focus on methods of analysis of discourse. Students will learn the significance of rhetorical analysis; explore a variety of critical methodologies; perform an analysis of discourse; and report findings in writing. This course does not earn graduate degree credit.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
Course Attribute(s): Exclude from Graduate GPA|Leveling
Grade Mode: Leveling/Assistantships

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COMM 5371. Communication Training and Development.

This course examines the theory and practice of developing and presenting communication training sessions for organizations. Prerequisite: COMM 5319 or permission of instructor.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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COMM 5372. Organizational Communication Analysis and Development.

Examines communication problems in organizations and describes effective interventions. Provides communication managers and consultants with a broad range of tools and procedures for diagnosing and changing communication. Prerequisite: COMM 5319, undergraduate organizational communication course, or permission of instructor.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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COMM 5374. Organizational Rhetoric.

This course will include an examination of how organizations use symbols to accomplish a variety of functions for internal and external audiences, as well as exploring the concept of organization as rhetorical argument.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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COMM 5390. Communication Internship.

Students acquire on-the-job experience in a position with an off-campus organization using skills and knowledge acquired through graduate coursework; requires written reports and other projects as specified by the supervising instructor. Graded on a credit (CR), no credit (F) basis. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
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3 Credit Hours. 0 Lecture Contact Hours. 10 Lab Contact Hours.
Grade Mode: Credit/No Credit

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COMM 5395. Capstone Research Project.

Under the direction of a graduate faculty member, students develop and submit a research or applied project using knowledge and skills acquired through graduate coursework. Required for students not pursuing the thesis path. May be taken only once for degree credit. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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COMM 5399A. Thesis.

This course represents a student’s initial thesis enrollment. No thesis credit is awarded until student has completed the thesis in Communication Studies 5399B. Graded on a credit (CR), progress (PR), no-credit (F) basis.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
Grade Mode: Credit/No Credit

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COMM 5399B. Thesis.

This course represents a student’s continuing thesis enrollments. The student continues to enroll in this course until the thesis is submitted for binding. Graded on a credit (CR), progress (PR), no-credit (F) basis.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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COMM 5599B. Thesis.

This course represents a student’s continuing thesis enrollments. The student continues to enroll in this course until the thesis is submitted for binding. Graded on a credit (CR), progress (PR), no-credit (F) basis.
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5 Credit Hours. 5 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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COMM 5999B. Thesis.

This course represents a student’s continuing thesis enrollments. The student continues to enroll in this course until the thesis is submitted for binding. Graded on a credit (CR), progress (PR), no-credit (F) basis.
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9 Credit Hours. 9 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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COMM 7315. Directed Research in Communication Studies.

Independent study of a specific communication research area. May be repeated with different emphasis for additional credit. Prerequisite: Doctoral level standing.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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COMM 7325A. Instructional Communication.

A review of instructional communication theory and research with an emphasis on the function of communication in instructional settings. Prerequisite: Doctoral level standing.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
Course Attribute(s): Topics
Grade Mode: Standard Letter

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COMM 7325B. Organizational Communication.

A review of organizational communication theory and research with an emphasis on organizational development from a communication perspective. Prerequisite: Doctoral level standing.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
Course Attribute(s): Topics
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COMM 7325C. Communication Assessment.

An in depth study of communication assessment techniques employed in the field of oral communication. Statistical, experimental, and observational methods of assessing oral communication in interpersonal, group, and classroom settings are included.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
Course Attribute(s): Topics
Grade Mode: Standard Letter

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