Communication (CO)

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CO-COL   Colloquium in CommunicationCredits: 1   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Department faculty will present their areas of research and graduate courses they teach. Students network with other students, professors, and speakers from various branches of the field of communication. Graduating students present their research in this forum. This is a pass/fail course.

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CO-CPE   Communication Comprehensive ExamCredits: None   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Communication Comprehensive Exam This is a pass/fail course.

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CO-501   Communication Theories for Professional LifeCredits: 3   

Term Offered: Spring Term

Course Type(s): EN.RW

Introduces foundational ideas in the fields of human and mass communication and the ways scholars have developed these through research. Highlights theories that apply to public service communication(social responsibility, relationship building, etc.). Students learn to write literature review exploring recognized branch of theory.

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CO-502   Research Methods for Professional LifeCredits: 3   

Term Offered: Fall Term

Course Type(s): None

Introduces commonly employed quantitative and qualitative research techniques in communication as well as research ethics. Students learn to design a research project, conduct a pilot study, and write a formal proposal. Research for the public good will be emphasized.

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CO-503   Graduate Foundations in CommunicationCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Introduces new students to the field of communication, its history, branches and disciplines, emphasizing communication for the public good. Assists students in meeting demands of graduate study, using research resources, and understanding departmental policies. Establishes public service objectives of the program. Introduces options for final thesis or project. Students create a plan of study to guide future course and project selections.

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CO-504   Principles of Public RelationsCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Explores the theoretical foundations and principles that encompass the field and practice of public relations. In addition to surveying relevant public relations communication theories, students will develop core competency skills in the creation and execution of strategies and tactics that encompass comprehensive public relations campaigns.

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CO-505   Interpersonal CommunicationCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

An examination of the theories, models, elements, and processes of dyadic communication with emphasis on relationship development. The concepts, principles, and practices of interpersonal communication will be applied to selected interpersonal contexts, such as first encounters, marriage, family, friendship, professional, and business settings.

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CO-506   The Mass Media and Contemporary ValuesCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

An analysis of the products of television, cinema, and the print media as they relate to lifestyle, morality, and social behavior in America. Such problems as individuality in a mass society, the power of deity and religions, the decline of family, sexual behavior, and anti-intellectualism will be explored within the framework of intensive media study.

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CO-507   Organizational CommunicationCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

The study of the role and impact of communication in contemporary organizations and a survey of contemporary organizational research. Examination of how an organization's structure, management philosophy, and internal culture impact the flow of information, productivity, and goal achievement of the organization and its members and clients. Study of the communication processes in business, medical, educational, and nonprofit organizations.

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CO-508   Presentational Communication: Design and DeliveryCredits: 3   

Term Offered: Fall Term

Course Type(s): TPS

A survey of the rhetorical principles that provide a basis for the production and analysis of effective oral presentation and impression management. Speech writing and delivery of persuasive presentations with a particular emphasis on presentational technologies. Preparation for a variety of public communication challenges are studied, and student presentation skills are honed in practice sessions.

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CO-509   Communication, Culture, and CommunityCredits: 3   

Term Offered: Spring Term

Course Type(s): TPS

Fosters an understanding of community as a communication concept and explores the performance of community roles through civic engagement and democratic participation. Students will explore the nature of community, the impact of institutions in everyday life, the consequences of individual, social, and global privilege, and the role of personal responsibility in communities. Students test the possibilities and problems of contemporary forms of community through a community-based service project.

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CO-510   Global CommunicationCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

A critical analysis of globalization and global communication theory, research and other selected theoretical concepts as they apply to international communication and media. Global communication will be portrayed from different perspectives and this class will examine major trends and stakeholders. Global communication will be examined from theoretical, historical, cultural, economic, public policy, journalism and media, new technology, communication industry and public relations perspectives.

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CO-511   Strategic Digital CommunicationCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Through case study analysis, practical assignments, and examination of key public relations and marketing research studies, this seminar type class provides students with an intensive study of the strategic application of integrated digital and social communication tactics as they relate to the fields and practice of public relations and marketing. Through the strategic development of digital integrated communication plans, students will gain an increased understanding of how to engage clients and build online communities, identify influences, establish thought leadership and apply digital marketing techniques.

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CO-512   Intercultural Communication and Diversity ManagementCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): TPS

An examination of the cultural nature of communication and the dynamics of face-to-face interaction between persons from diverse cultures and co-cultures. Examining the challenge of managing a diverse organizational workforce in a multicultural society and methods to increase organization members' intercultural communication competence.

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CO-514   Conflict Management and NegotiationCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): TPS

Theory and research on the nature, causes, and resolution of interpersonal, group, and organizational conflict. A comprehensive examination of conflict styles, techniques, and methods of resolution of conflicts. Emphasis is placed on information sharing, effective listening, problem solving, mediation, and negotiation as tools for conflict management.

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CO-516   Public Relations and Fundraising for NonprofitsCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): TPS

Through case study analysis, practical assignments, and examination of key public relations theories, this course provides an understanding of the important role that public relations plays in furthering the mission and goals of nonprofit and non-government organizations (NGOs). Instruction focuses on using effective public relations techniques to gain support from different constituencies.

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CO-520   Communication EthicsCredits: 3   

Term Offered: Fall Term

Course Type(s): None

Communication ethics is the study of the principles that govern the conduct of private and public communication in the pursuit of the personal and common good. Provides an introduction to communication ethics through the writings of important ancient and contemporary scholars.

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CO-523   Persuasion, Social InfluenceCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

A study of the historical and contemporary theoretical approaches and empirical research in the persuasive process. An examination of how information diffuses throughout and affects a socio-cultural system. Attention focused on the emergence, maintenance, and change of attitudes and values. Case study analysis and practicum in social marketing.

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CO-524   Public Opinion and MediaCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

An examination of the shifting nature of public opinion, the agenda-setting role of mass media, and the survey methods that are employed to determine public opinion. The practices, values, and traditions of journalism that impact public opinion. Experience with the conduct of a survey and analysis of case studies.

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CO-525   Political CommunicationCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

The study of traditional and contemporary theories of rhetoric as applied in research and analysis of political campaigns. The rhetorical creation, maintenance, application, and legitimization of symbolic power. A survey of analytic models of political communication and application of the models to case studies. The role of the political communication specialist. Practicum in political communication strategies and techniques. Also listed as PS-525.

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CO-526   Advanced Public Relations PlanningCredits: 3   

Term Offered: Spring Term

Course Type(s): None

Explores advanced theoretical foundations and principles demanded of public relations professionals working with corporations, for-profit entities, and non-profit organizations. In addition to surveying relevant public relations communication theories, students will develop advanced competency skills required to plan and execute comprehensive public relations campaigns. Also examines the dynamics of the evolving approach to integrated marketing communication that currently dominates the field and practice of public relations.

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CO-527   Crisis and Issues ManagementCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Advanced public relations theory and practices dealing with management of organizational crisis and issues. The process of research, analysis, planning, and implementation of crisis management will be explored. The role of the public relations professional in the development of crisis communication strategies and tactics will be examined. Control of crisis, rumor, public perception, corporate image, and reputation will be emphasized. Case studies, simulations, group exercises, and projects will be used to develop skills in crisis and issues management.

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CO-530   Mass Media, Public Interest, Corporation ProfitCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Undertakes a critical examination of the relationship between the citizens of the United States, the increasingly corporate, electronic mass media, and American laws and policies that attempt to regulate it. Students will gain an understanding of the historical context behind the contemporary media policy environment and will examine the challenge faced by citizens, regulators, and broadcasters in determining how the media should operate "in the public interest."

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CO-532   Global Media and New TechnologiesCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

An examination of the interlinked world of international mass media systems and media technologies; how societies and nations are both connected and divided by communication methods, technologies, national and international policies, and cultural expression. Students will examine the variety of models of electronic media around the globe and investigate the influence of national and international policy decisions on sovereign nations and indigenous culture, particularly in light of the constant advances of emerging media technologies.

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CO-540   Organizational Training and ConsultingCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

A survey of adult-learning theory, needs assessment, training techniques, and evaluation as applied to communication training. Planning and implementing training programs that serve real organizational needs. The role and ethical standards of the communication professional serving as a communication specialist or counsel to an organization. The completion of a practicum project in training or development.

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CO-561   Message Construction: Audio, Video and WebCredits: 3   

Term Offered: Spring Term

Course Type(s): None

How do we create engaging, media-rich content for mobile, tablet and desktop users in professional settings? This class explores the technical, aesthetic and critical tools needed to create professional audio, video and images for online visual communication. Real-world projects that related to the student's field of interest are implemented throughout the course to craft and refine skills in message construction.

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CO-565   Special Event Planning and PromotionCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Many organizations use events as a public relations strategy to build and maintain relationships with key stakeholders. Through case study analysis, practical assignments, and examination of key public relations theories, this course introduces students to successful event planning and promotion. Emphasis is on creating, organizing, identifying sponsors, publicizing and implementing special events.

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CO-584   Leadership CommunicationCredits: 3   

Term Offered: Fall Term

Course Type(s): None

The theory, research, and practice of leadership from a communication perspective. The examination of research on leadership concepts and theories in organizational, group. and public contexts is interdisciplinary in scope. Students will analyze their personal leadership styles, critique historic and contemporary models, examine and develop leadership communication skills through team projects, class exercises, and research.

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CO-590   Special ProblemsCredits: 1-3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

For students capable of developing and pursuing a problem independently through research, conferences, and activities. Problem chosen by the student with the consent of the graduate program director and supervision of a graduate professor. To be approved, this independent study must target a problem that relates to the nature of the student's graduate program focus. May be taken for one, two, or three credits and repeated in subsequent semesters until three credits are earned. Does not substitute for CO-599.

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CO-595   Corporate and Public Communication InternshipCredits: 3   

Prerequisite: Consent of the graduate advisor and placement.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Designed for students with less than one year professional experience. Supervised practical work experience with media outlets, advertising and promotion agencies, public relations firms, film companies, etc. Involves cooperative efforts of departmental faculty and employers. Exposure to current and innovative techniques in research, management and creative activities while offering practical experience.

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CO-598   Special Topics in CommunicationCredits: 1-3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Subject matter varies with the interests of the students and the professor. Intensive study of such topics in communication processes as gender relations, small group communication and decision making, leadership communication, film and video criticism, telecommunication technology, and legal communication.

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CO-599   Independent Study in CommunicationCredits: 3   

Prerequisite: prior permission of the directing professor and department chair is required.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Guided research in selected topics in Communication.

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CO-691   Communication Thesis ProposalCredits: 3   

Prerequisites: CO-501, 502, and completion of nine graduate level communication credits (or approved equivalent), and permission of the faculty thesis advisor.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

A two-semester sequence of an independent research study in consultation with a faculty thesis advisor. In this first semester, the student will select an area of communication research and develop a thesis proposal. The completed ten to fifteen page proposal will include a research question or hypothesis, rationale for study, literature review, methodology, and (if applicable) approval from the Institutional Review Board for research involving human participants.

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CO-692   Communication Thesis IICredits: 3   

Prerequisite: CO-691.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

A two-semester sequence of an independent research study in consultation with a faculty thesis advisor. In the second semester, the student will complete work to execute the thesis proposal from CO-691. The completed twenty-five to thirty page thesis will include a research question or hypothesis, rationale for study, literature review, methodology, results, discussion, conclusion, complete bibliography, and appropriate appendices. Upon completion of the study, the student is required to defend the thesis before a faculty committee and to make a presentation in CO-COL, Graduate Colloquium.

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CO-693   Communication Project ProposalCredits: 3   

Prerequisites: CO-501, CO-502, and completion of nine graduate level communication credits.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

A two-semester sequence of an independent professional project in consultation with a faculty project advisor. In the first semester, the student will review relevant trade and scholarly literature and conduct research leading to the development of a project proposal. The student must receive approval of the project advisor based on a demonstration of his or her pre-existing competence with media message construction.

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CO-694   Communication ProjectCredits: 3   

Prerequisites: CO-693 and permission of the faculty project advisor.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

A two-semester sequence of an independent professional project in consultation with a faculty project advisor. In the second semester the student will complete work to execute the project proposal from CO-693. The project requires the production and execution of a professional-quality media message of significant length and value for a public service organization as well as a well-researched paper documenting and justifying the process. Upon completion of the project, the student is required to defend the project before a faculty committee and to make a presentation in CO-COL, Graduate Colloquium.