Communication Studies Courses (COM)

COM 5531
Interpersonal Communication (3)
  A study of theories of Communication behavior in relatively unstructured face-to-face situations, including small-group discussion.
   
COM 5541
Oral Interpretation (3)
  A study and application of the principles and practices of oral interpretation (reading) of literature, including individual and ensemble performance.
   
COM 5542
Rhetoric (3)
  A study of the historical development of rhetorical theory in Western thought from the Classical to the Contemporary periods and its relationship to practice and criticism. The course includes opportunities for advanced public speaking and small group discussion.
   
COM 6600
Communication and Influence (3)
  This class is designed to increase the students’ understanding of and ability to use social media in an advocacy role. Students will study argument, interaction and political communication in personal, print, and online environments. Emphasis is placed on persuasion theories and the role of messages as agents for change.
   
COM 6605
Strategic Communication Theories (3)
  Students will explore communication theories from classical to current times along with their practical applications. Special attention is placed on crisis communication and the role of new technologies.
   
COM 6610
Leadership and Media Strategies (3)
  Using leadership skills to approach communication effectively with a variety of media tools. Topics include media relations, media characteristics, media decisions, the impact of emerging communication technologies on the communication process, mentoring communication skills, presentation skills and media budgets.
   
COM 6620
Contemporary Issues in Strategic Communication (3)
  The study of contemporary issues related to strategic communication and appropriate delivery mechanisms. Students will develop communication plans for critical audiences facing problematic situations.
   
COM 6625, 6626, 6627
Specialized Study in Area of Speech Communication (1-3)
Under the supervision of the faculty course supervisor, the student may pursue an extensive study of a particular area which fits his/her academic needs but is not available in the regular curriculum. Each proposal must be approved the preceding term by adviser, course supervisor, and department chair. Total credit for any combination of enrollments in these courses may not exceed six hours. See semester hour limits listed under Course Restrictions in General Regulations section. Total specialized study hours may not exceed six semester hours.
   
COM 6630
Strategic Communication and Emerging Media (3)
  Students will examine the strategic use of emerging media in communication campaigns. Topics include Internet usage, audience analysis, media relations, public relations media plans, social media advertising, blogs, electronic publishing and web design.
   
COM 6635
Strategic Organizational Communication (3)
  This course allows students to discuss the impact of mediated communications within organizations and how to use digital and conventional communication technologies to reach diverse publics.
   
COM 6691
Strategic Communication Inquiry and Research (3)
  The examination and evaluation of research methods used with strategic communication data. Students will apply this knowledge in a study of communication problems. Students may not enroll in COM 6699 without successfully completing this course. A grade of “B” or better is required.
   
COM 6699
Strategic Communication Capstone (3)
  This course provides a culminating experience in which students will integrate the theoretical and practical strategic communication skills developed in prior courses. Students will apply these skills by developing an effective communication campaign. A grade of “B” or better is required. This course is open only to students who have completed 18 hours of coursework (including COM 6691) in the program.
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