Department of Communication
Chairperson: David W. Schlueter
Graduate Program Director: Leslie A. Hahner
To fulfill requirements for non-thesis master's students who need to complete final degree requirements other than coursework during their last semester. This may include such things as a comprehensive examination, oral examination, or foreign language requirement. Students are required to be registered during the semester they graduate.
An overview of criticism regarding continuing developments in communication theory.
An in-depth analysis of interpersonal theory and research.
Advanced theoretical work on the form and function of argumentation. This course explores field theory, examines the utility of argument diagram, and considers approaches to ordinary language argument.
An analysis of the function of rhetorical discourse in contemporary society.
An analysis of small-group communication theory and research with a focus on topics such as decision making, leadership, social influence, and interaction analysis.
An analysis of organizational communication theory and research.
Organizational change is viewed from a communication perspective with special attention placed on the conversational architectures that create sensible and coherent change.
Analysis of major theoretical statements on the changing nature of the public sphere in western democracies and the related implications for the role of argumentation and rhetorical discourse in the formation of public policy.
An advanced examination of scholarly theory, research, and quantitative/qualitative research methods used for academic investigation of topics and issues related to communication within the family.
Explores the interwoven relationship between educational leadership and persuasive communication. By the end of the class students should be able to fashion compelling persuasive messages as well as interpret the attempts at persuasion by others.
Explores the relationship between communication and one's self-concept as it is defined and shaped by membership in workplaces, civic organizations, churches, clubs, and other social groupings. Discussion and analysis of the processes and practical consequences of organizational identification.
Examines the theory, research, and communicative processes related to disruptive events in organizations.
This seminar focuses on how rhetoric and discourse shape organizational life in terms of power, culture, change, identity, and crisis.
Methods of rhetorical criticism influenced and intersected by cultural studies, beginning with early twentieth century and continuing into present day.
See PSC 5350 for course information.
Methods of quantitative inquiry in the study of communication theories. Emphasis on application theory and methods in a variety of communication research contexts, e.g., organizational communication, mass communication.
Quantitative/critical methodology utilized in the analysis of public discourse.
Examines the lines of inquiry that guide rhetorical theorizing and lenses that inform the practice of rhetorical criticism from ancient to contemporary usages.
Introduction to the approaches and procedures used in designing and analyzing communication research studies.
Provides graduate students opportunity for application of communication-related skills and knowledge under the supervision of a professional employer in a corporate organization.
Designed to give individual students opportunities for additional work in their area of concentration. May be repeated in a different semester for a maximum of six semester hours.
Seminar topics vary each semester. One to three semester hours may be earned in a semester. May be repeated once with change in topic for a maximum of six semester hours.
Satisfies the non-thesis option for the master of communication. Under the direction of a supervising professor, a student will select a problem or topic in communication and will write a substantial paper or produce a substantial project for submission to the faculty. Maximum three hours.
At least 150 hours of applied learning in a communication-centered role/field. Final project that includes a written and verbal report and draws from scholarly literature, original research, and field experiences.
Research, data analysis, writing, and oral defense of an approved master's thesis. At least six hours of CSS 5V99 are required.