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Graduate Catalog 2014-15


403-3 ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATION THEORY AND APPLICATIONS. Diagnosing communication problems in organizations and implementing solutions. Research methods and theoretical applications in organizational communication. Prerequisite: SPC 203 or consent of instructor.

410-3 RHETORICAL THEORY AND CRITICISM. Classical and contemporary theories and methods for analyzing and evaluating public address and other significant forms of communication.

411-3 ANALYSIS OF POLITICAL COMMUNICATION. Role of communication in politics. Topics include speech preparation, delivery, image promotion, public opinion formation, lobbying behavior as factors in political communication strategies.

413-3 CASE STUDIES IN PUBLIC RELATIONS. Strategies and critical analyses of ethical issues and approaches in the social and political atmosphere of public relations. Prerequisite: SPC 213 or consent of instructor.

419-3 SPECIAL TOPICS IN SPEECH COMMUNICATION. Variable content course emphasizing pertinent contemporary communication issues. May be repeated to a maximum of 9 hours provided no topic is repeated.

423-3 TOPICS IN INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION. Rotating topic course addressing current topics in interpersonal communication. May be repeated for a total of 9 hours as long as no topic is repeated.

430-3 PERSUASION AND SOCIAL INFLUENCE. The study of contemporary persuasion theories and research toward a clear understanding of the process of social influence; application of concepts in analysis of persuasive messages.

433-3 LANGUAGE AND SPEECH COMMUNICATION. Role and impact of language in speech communication development, processes, and behavior. Relational development and conflict resulting from differences in language usage. Prerequisite: SPC 330 or consent of instructor.

434-3 NONVERBAL COMMUNICATION. Nonverbal theories across varied contexts. Means of transmission and reception of nonverbal cues. Relationship of nonverbal and verbal behavior. Prerequisite: SPC 330 or consent of instructor.

500-3 SEMINAR IN COMMUNICATION THEORY. Current approaches to human communication theory, emphasizing contributions of speech communication scholars. General systems theory, symbolic interaction, rules theory, constructivism, phenomenology, ontology, covering laws. Prerequisite: SPC 330 or consent of instructor.

501-3 COMMUNICATION RESEARCH METHODS AND TOOLS. Resources, paradigms, methods, and tools for quantitative and qualitative communication research. Logic of experimental and quasi-experimental designs and statistical analysis.

502-3 QUALITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS IN COMMUNICATION. The course will focus upon the use of qualitative methods for research. Methods including interviewing, participant observation, and textual analysis will be taught and practiced.

509-3 SPECIAL TOPICS IN COMMUNICATION THEORY AND RESEARCH. Variable content course emphasizing contemporary issues in communication theory construction and research methods. May be repeated to a maximum of 9 hours provided no topic is repeated.

510-3 SEMINAR IN GROUP COMMUNICATION. Theory and research in decision making, leadership, cohesiveness, norms, task and socio-emotional dimensions of group behavior; an interaction among groups with differing values, interests, and needs.

511-3 SEMINAR IN INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION. Applications of communication theories and models in the study of cooperation and conflict between and among individuals of different cultures.

520-3 SEMINAR IN INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION. Theory and research relevant to formation, development, maintenance, and termination of two-person relationships. Interpersonal attraction, styles, and patterns.

521-3 SEMINAR IN COMPUTER-MEDIATED COMMUNICATION. Relationships and groups formed through computer-mediated interpersonal communication as well as how CMC functions in various contexts (interpersonal, educational, organizational, commerce).

522-3 SEMINAR IN FAMILY COMMUNICATION. This seminar will take an in-depth look at family communication concepts, theories, skills, and research findings in a variety of family contexts.

540-3 SURVEY OF ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATION RESEARCH. Current research. Topics include organizational culture, leadership, worker involvement programs, Japanese management, women in organizations, and communication consulting. Prerequisite: SPC 403 or consent of instructor.

541-3 SEMINAR IN ORGANIZATIONAL CULTURE. Survey and critique of current theory and research. Analysis of methods used to study cultures, case studies in cultural change, ethical considerations of organizational intervention.

542-3 COMMUNICATION CONSULTING. Principles and techniques of communication consulting. Diagnosis of communication problems, formulating proposals for training and development, conducting workshops, measuring results. Prerequisite: SPC 540 or consent of instructor.

550-3 SEMINAR IN PUBLIC RELATIONS. Analysis and criticism of historic and current development of public relations theory. Theory-building approaches, research agendas, world view constructions, pragmatics of public relations practice.

560-3 SEMINAR IN SPEECH EDUCATION. Develop instructional skills of preparation, presentation, and evaluation, and to learn course management skills for instructors of speech communication.

570-3 SURVEY OF HEALTH COMMUNICATION THEORY AND RESEARCH. Overview of health communication, covering theories and research in various health contexts, ranging from interpersonal settings to public health campaigns.

571-3 SEMINAR IN PROVIDER/CAREGIVER-PATIENT COMMUNICATION. Relational communication theory, research, and practice in health care delivery, health education and promotion, and psychological well-being. Prerequisite: SPC 570.

572-3 SEMINAR IN HEALTH COMMUNICATION CAMPAIGNS. Examination of the role of communication in public health campaigns and how these campaigns are designed, implemented, and evaluated. Prerequisite: SPC 570.

590-1 to 6 INDIVIDUAL RESEARCH IN SPEECH COMMUNICATION. Individual advanced research projects in selected communication problems. Specific assignment to be developed by student in consultation with a speech communication graduate faculty member prior to enrollment. Credit variable. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours. Prerequisite: by permit only.

591-3 to 9 INTERNSHIP IN APPLIED SPEECH COMMUNICATION. Assignment in a business, government, or service organization in which students are provided practical experience in their professional career areas. Assignments provide integration and application of concepts acquired in the master's program. The students and their graduate committee determine specific details of internships, and the organizational sponsor involved. Arrangements generally made one semester in advance. Not more than 3 hours may be applied toward the minimum 35 hours required for graduation. Prerequisite: consent of advisory committee.

599-1 to 6 THESIS. Supervised research on approved topic to satisfy exit requirements. Written proposal and oral defense required. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours. Prerequisite: consent of thesis advisor.

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