Academic Catalog 2021-2022

Communication (CM)

CM 501  Master's Seminar in Mass Media Projects  (1-3 Credits)  

A preparatory course for researching, planning, and proposing the master's project. The examination and discussion of various media forms and to help students select a topic and design and produce the master's project. Three hours of lecture per week. Pre-requiste: none

College/School: School of Communication

Department: School of Communication

CM 525  African-American Issues in Communications  (3 Credits)  

Study of historical and contemporary issues, relating to communicational aspects of African American culture and communication. The continuities between African and African-American culture and coummunications are examined. Three hours of lecture per week. Pre-requisite: none

College/School: School of Communication

Department: School of Communication

CM 526  Introduction : Graduate Studies in Communication  (3 Credits)  

College/School: School of Communication

Department: School of Communication

CM 527  Mass Communication Effects  (3 Credits)  

The significance and impact of mass communication in contemporary society; critical review of the models and paradigms of media influence and influence processes. Three hours of lecture per week. Three hours of lecture per week.

College/School: School of Communication

Department: School of Communication

CM 530  Media Law & Ethics  (3 Credits)  

Surveys of laws and regulations that affect the print and broadcast media. Included material on the First Amenment, libel, invasion of privacy, freedom of information, copywight, obscenity, advertising and broadcast regulation and media coverage of judicial system. Prequisite: none.

College/School: School of Communication

Department: School of Communication

CM 533  Theory & Process Of Comm  (3 Credits)  

THEORY AND PROCESS OF COMMUNICATION (3) Concepts in communication theory; examination of theories and principles relating to the communication process. Required for the Master of Arts Degree in Communication.

College/School: School of Communication

Department: School of Communication

CM 534  Intro Grad Res Com  (3 Credits)  

INTRODUCTION TO GRADUATE RESEARCH IN COMMUNICATION (3) Introduction to historical, experimental, descriptive and creative methodologies in communication; design and implementation of research topics. Required for the Master of Arts degree in Communication.

College/School: School of Communication

Department: School of Communication

CM 535  Media Entrepreneurship  (3 Credits)  

Fund-raising, promotional and business planning for media projects, including the use of websites and social media. Three hours of lecture per week. Pre-requisite: CM 501, JOur 505 and CM 510.

Prerequisite(s): (CM 501 and JOUR 505 and CM 510)

College/School: School of Communication

Department: School of Communication

CM 549  Interpersonal Communication  (3 Credits)  

Model, theories, and variables related to communication in relatively unstructured face-to-face communication. Course meets 3 credit hours per week.

College/School: School of Communication

Department: School of Communication

CM 550  Qualitative Methods in Comm  (3 Credits)  

An introduction to qualitative research methods in communication studies. Provides students with an overview of several techniques for, and issues in gathering, analyzing, writing-up, and using qualitative data. Three hours of lecture per week.

College/School: School of Communication

Department: School of Communication

CM 551  Social Media Culture and Communication  (3 Credits)  

The history, practices, tools, legal and ethical issues related social media. Emphasis on students' exploration of theories-public relations, communication and business-to help better understand and develop social media. Three hours of lecture per week.

College/School: School of Communication

Department: School of Communication

CM 552  Organizational Communication Theories  (3 Credits)  

Introduction to organnizational communication. Specific objectives include development of historical progress, examination of major research issues such as information flow,network analysis, communication overload, exploration of theoretical foundations in organizational decision making, dimensions and levels of communication behavior in complex organizations. Three hours of lecture per week.

College/School: School of Communication

Department: School of Communication

CM 554  Intercultural Communication  (3 Credits)  

Considers rules, meaning, uncertainty reduction, development communication, and comparative approaches to intercultural communication. Examines methodological issues. Three hours of lecture per week.

College/School: School of Communication

Department: School of Communication

CM 555  Family Commuication  (3 Credits)  

This course is designed to acquaint students with some of the more common theoretical and methodological issues that face those who conduct research on family communication. The developmental life course of traditional U.S. families, the various tupes of families that cocmprise today's society. Specific topics include social support, communication and attraction, marriage, divorce, sibling relationships, step-families, the effect of spuses' occupations on the family, the influence of culture on family interaction, and communication in abusive families. Thre hours of lecture per week.

College/School: School of Communication

Department: School of Communication

CM 558  Independent Study  (3 Credits)  

College/School: School of Communication

Department: School of Communication

CM 559  Special Topics in Communication  (3 Credits)  

This is a course designed to address selected topics in communication. Topics and research preferences will vary. No more thank six credit hours may be elected in special topics courses. Three hours of lecture per week.

College/School: School of Communication

Department: School of Communication

CM 560  Gender and Communication  (3 Credits)  

Students will be introduced to the complex ways in which communication and gnder intersect. Attention will be given to the socially endorsed views of masculilnity and feminity as taught to individuals through a variety of cultural means. Some sections of this course may be offered for majors only. Three hours of lecture per weei.

College/School: School of Communication

Department: School of Communication

CM 561  Internet and Society  (3 Credits)  

Places new communication technology into historical, cultural, and theoretical perspective. Study of the "people" side of electronic communication in general and the Internet in particular. Three hours of lecture per week.

College/School: School of Communication

Department: School of Communication

CM 562  Health Communicaton  (3 Credits)  

Focus on the social, economic, and political factors influencing beliefs and attitudes related to health and illness. Examines the primary relationships in healthcare settings and the role of mass media in health. 3 credit hours.

College/School: School of Communication

Department: School of Communication

CM 563  Health Communication Campaigns  (3 Credits)  

This course exposes student to principles of health communication and campaigns.The emphasis will be on both seminal and recent research trends. As part of the exploration of contextual topics, types of health campaigns will be examined, and students will have an opportunity to design a campaign. 3 credit hours.

College/School: School of Communication

Department: School of Communication

CM 564  E-Health Communication  (3 Credits)  

This course examines the ways in which new media technology is used to discuss and improve one's health. Students wil learn the dominant theories and models used to explain how and why users access health information online, how new media is used to facilitate communication among patients and doctors, the value or virtual support networks, and the way in which new media platforms contribute to increased health literacy. 3 credit hours.

College/School: School of Communication

Department: School of Communication

CM 565  health and Mass Media  (3 Credits)  

This course examines the prevalence and nature of mass media messages concerning health, including ways in which health issues are portrayed through entertainment, new media, and advertising. Students will learn about the frequency and nature of health messages in different media formats and the effects these messages have on viewers. 3 credit hours.

College/School: School of Communication

Department: School of Communication

CM 567  Strategic Communication Management  (3 Credits)  

Introduces public relations and other public communication theories that aid in managing communication and responding to and counseling organizational management and marketing challenges. Explores the relationship between public relations, advertising, marketing communications and management of organizations 3 credit hours.

College/School: School of Communication

Department: School of Communication

CM 568  Organizational Training & Development  (3 Credits)  

Covers methods and practice in communication training and development for organizations including pre-assessment, writing objectives, training techniques, post-training evaluation, feeback, and implementation. The emphasis is on communication processes and outcomes for the trainer and trainee plus communication skill development within training modules. Three hours of lecture per week.

College/School: School of Communication

Department: School of Communication

CM 569  Communication and Organizational Crisis  (3 Credits)  

This course provides students insights regarding key concepts, theoretical perspectives, essential skills and abilities, and critical thinking and problem solving skills necessary for effective crisis management, relationship management, crisis planning and preparation, case studies, and developing crisis communication management plans. Three hours of lecture per week.

College/School: School of Communication

Department: School of Communication

CM 570  Communication in the Global Workplace  (3 Credits)  

This introductory course explores communication issues thatarise in the global workplace: The course develops an appreciation of the relationship among culture, communication, and ways of organizing and doing business. Three hours of lecture per week.

College/School: School of Communication

Department: School of Communication

CM 574  Communciation Leadership in Multi-Context  (3 Credits)  

This course distinguishes leadership as an influential message-centere process. Based on this perspective, the course examines the variables of message exchange (communicator role, message content and meaning, media, context, and culture) as they impact organizational goal achievement. Eight major communication approaches are used to explain leadership. Special attention is given to understanding communication theory and extending social science research. This course examines communication leadership within a context of diversity that includes culture, gender, race, ethnic, as well as additional diversity indices. Three hours of lecture per week.

College/School: School of Communication

Department: School of Communication

CM 576  Race Gender Class and the Media  (3 Credits)  

This seminar will involve a survey of relevant literature concerning the interplay between race and mass media. During the course of the semester students will gain an understanding of the relationship between persons of color and the mass media. The course will focus on the mass media's representation of these groups, including whether and/or how their representation, and the current state of their representation. Three hours of lecture per week.

College/School: School of Communication

Department: School of Communication

CM 577  Race and News  (3 Credits)  

Survey of relevant literature concerning the interplay between race and mass media, with special emphasis placed on news. During the course of the semester students will gain an understanding of the relationship between persons of color and the news and public affairs arena of mass media. Three hours of lecture per week.

College/School: School of Communication

Department: School of Communication

CM 634  Adv Comm Res Meth  (3 Credits)  

ADVANCED COMMUNICATION RESEARCH METHODS (3) Methodology of sampling, design and analysis utilized in field studies; operation of communication variables; basic principles of measuring attitudes and information levels. (Prerequisites: CM 534 and consent of instructor)

College/School: School of Communication

Department: School of Communication

CM 664  Graduate Practicum  (3 Credits)  

Student is placed in a position in a media industry. Requirements: completion of all course work, passing of a comprehensive examination, approval of the Graduate Program Advisor and the Graduate Practicum Director, availability of an approved site. Offered as needed. Prerequisites: CM 634 and consent of instructor. Three hours of lecture per week.

Prerequisite(s): (CM 634)

College/School: School of Communication

Department: School of Communication

CM 665  Graduate Practicum  (3 Credits)  

Continiuation of CM 664. Completion of all course work, passing of a comprehensive examination, approval of the Graduate Program Advisor and the Graduate Practicum Director, availabilty of an approved site. Offered as needed. Prerequistes: CM 634, CM 664 and consent of instructor. Three hours of lecture per week.

Prerequisite(s): (CM 634 and CM 664)

College/School: School of Communication

Department: School of Communication

CM 669  Master's Project Production  (4 Credits)  

Each student will be reponsible for designing, developing and producing a master's project using selected media forms under the supervison of the project advisor. Student are encouraged to plan their projects during the course of studdy and lecture per week with studio hours to be arranged. Prerequisite: approval of the academic advisor.

College/School: School of Communication

Department: School of Communication

CM 698  Research Project  (1-3 Credits)  

Directed individual study on specific Communication thesis topic. This is a variable credit hours course with a minimum of 1 SCH and a maximum of 3 SCH. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: CM 634 and consent of instructor.

Prerequisite(s): CM 634

College/School: School of Communication

Department: School of Communication

CM 699  Master's Project Production  (1-4 Credits)  

Each student will be responsible for designing, developing and producing a master's project using selected media forms under the suprvision of the project advisor. Students are encouraged to plan their projects during the course of their study and produce the project during the last semester before the completion of their degree. Prerequisite: approval of the academic advisor.

College/School: School of Communication

Department: School of Communication