Graduate Courses

About graduate credit: Students receive graduate credit for 500 level courses. Students may also receive graduate credit for undergraduate courses numbered 450 -499, but only with the graduate advisor’s approval and the course instructor’s permission. Further, the Graduate School only allows two courses at the undergraduate level to count toward the M.A. degree in Communication Studies. Courses 450-499 may not always be open to graduate students.

Fall 2021 Courses

  • COMM 540 Political Communication, Dr. Lee
    • CL R 1:30PM-4:00PM
  • COMM 550 Communication Technologies, Dr. Lee
    • ONL TR 9:00AM-10:15AM
  • COMM 562 Family Communication, Dr. Flora
    • CL M 4:30PM-7:00PM
  • COMM 570 Organizational Communication, Dr. Armfield
    • CL T 4:30PM-7:00PM
  • COMM 583 Theories of Communication, Dr. Hubbell
    • CL W 4:30PM-7:00PM


CL: Class/Lecture/Seminar – Face to Face course, required meetings on campus
ONL: Synchronous – Wholly online course, required online meetings at time listed
HY: Online courses with some required meetings on campus at time listed
WB: Asynchronous – Wholly online course, no required online meetings


Organizational Communication Seminars

Interpersonal Communication Seminars

Intercultural Communication Seminars

Political Communication Seminars

Other Communication Seminars


Organizational Communication

  • COMM 470 Leadership Communication
           (3 credits) Examination of traditional theories and concepts of leader-follower dynamics; presentation of cognitive, systems, and symbolic interpretative views of leadership with an emphasis on persuasion and motivation in leader-follower interactions.
  • COMM 480 Health Communication
           (3 credits) Examination of central issues in communication theory and practice as applied to health care. Includes communication in health care organizations, media dissemination of health information, role of communication in disease prevention and health promotion, and symbolic meaning of illness within cultures.
  • COMM 555 Seminar in Small Group Communication
    (3 credits) Principles and methods of modern group discussion with emphasis on the role of the group in problem solving.
  • COMM 570 Seminar in Organizational Communication
    (3 credits) Communication strategies and patterns of private and governmental organizations, including research on communication systems.
  • COMM 577 Seminar in Conflict Management
    (3 credits)
  • COMM 595 Internship
    (3 credits) Internship opportunity to apply what students have learned to the real world. Restricted to majors.
    Prerequisite: 9 credits of M.A. degree.

Interpersonal Communication

  • COMM 460 Deception and Communication       (3 credits) Deceptive communication including nonverbal indicators of lies, types of lies, and influence of relationships on lying behavior and interpretation.
  • COMM 562 Seminar in Family Communication
           (3 credits) This course examines cutting edge research on family communication, as well as classic theories and research findings that have influenced and revolutionized the way scholars conceptualize family interaction. Topics include basic family communication processes, communication in family subsystems, communication during family stress, and the role of family interaction in health and well-being. Students will explore how family relationships are built, maintained, and destroyed by communication as well as the potentially important and long lasting effects of family relationships on individuals.

  • COMM 565 Seminar in Nonverbal Communication
           (3 credits) This course focuses on human physical behaviors as the basis of communication between persons. This physical behavior includes such variables as the voice, face, eyes, posture, gesture, space, territory, clothing, and touch. The content of the course considers the individual and social factors affecting the production of such behaviors, and the effects of such behaviors on others' attitudes, perceptions, cognitions, and relationships. Applications of research and theory in nonverbal communication to infant development, personality, sex differences, marital satisfaction, relationship development, culture, aging, and brain functioning are also studied throughout the course.

  • COMM 577 Seminar in Conflict Management
           (3 credits) 

  • COMM 584 Seminar in Interpersonal Communication
           (3 credits) Theories of interpersonal communication and communication within a relationship, including study of relevant models, contexts, and constructs.

Intercultural Communication

  • COMM 463 Communication and Gender
           (3 credits) 
  • COMM 475 International Communication
           (3 credits) Exploration of the forms and channels of communication substantially influenced by international cultural and political factors. Covers: global communication technology; news, information and entertainment flows; international diplomacy and negotiation, communication in war and peace.

  • COMM 545  Seminar in Ethnicity, Prejudice, and Communication
           (3 credits) 
  • COMM 560 Seminar in Social Change
           (3 credits) 

  • COMM 576 Seminar in Intercultural Communication
           (3 credits) Cultural and intercultural communication theory and research. Focuses on discovering and describing distinctive ways of speaking within and between cultures.

Political Communication

  • COMM 540 Seminar in Political Communication
           (3 credits) Political communication theory, research, and issues. Empirical studies of campaigns, movements, news media, voter decision-making, political participation, socialization, and knowledge. Political theory, field research, communication science findings and research methods.

  • COMM 555 Seminar in Fundamentals of Communication and National Security
           (3 credits) This seminar course addresses communication perspectives informing national security, strategic intelligence, and the intelligence process. Students will examine U.S. national security history, policy, the development of the Intelligence Community, and intelligence as processes of communication. This course serves as an introduction to national security studies. Graduate students are required to fulfill advanced research and presentation requirements.

  • COMM 556 Seminar in Communication and the Intelligence Cycle
           (3 credits) This seminar course addresses communication requirements and the technical, cognitive, and cultural complexity of the collaborative research environment. Students participate in novel, team-based problem scenarios that provide the foundation for acquiring advanced cognitive analytic methods and strategies. Students will engage in interdisciplinary information science processes and will develop and present analytic products responding to national security requirements. Graduate students will be required to fulfill advanced research and presentation requirements.

  • COMM 557 Seminar in Strategic Communication and Public Diplomacy
           (3 credits) The seminar course covers history, theory, and research related to the use of communication to change attitudes in favor of U.S. security interests. Students will examine the use of strategic communication and influence in diplomacy, intelligence, and military communities in terms of specific strategies, effects, and issues. Students will learn to distinguish public diplomacy, information operations, public affairs, and other forms of political communication that are by the U.S. government to persuade target populations about American interests and goals. Topics include soft power, intelligence-based negotiation processes, and research methods used to identify influence techniques of groups that threaten U.S. national security. Graduate students will be required to fulfill advanced research and presentation requirements.

  • COMM 558 Seminar in Intercultural Communication and National Security
           (3 credits) The seminar course provides a concentration on cultural factors in international affairs and conflicts, how culture affects perceptions of national interests, and the relationship of U.S. national security to understand the general and political cultures of other nations. Students will integrate cultural and intercultural communication theory and behavior, with an emphasis on the development of specific communication skills to facilitate developing cultural knowledge in government and political contexts. Students will learn how to study the cultural factors that affect international conflicts and how strategic communication should address such cultural factors. Graduate students will be required to fulfill advanced research and presentation requirements.

Other Courses

  • COMM 477  Environmental Communication
           (3 credits) Examines the link between communication and environment within the context of communication scholarship. Topics include sense of place, cultural approaches to interacting with environment as well as exploring current themes surrounding environment.

  • COMM 505  Research Methods
           (3 credits) Seminar in the quantitative study of human communication phenomena, research desgin, and statistical analysis.
  • COMM 506  Qualitative Research Methods
           (3 credits) Survey of qualitative research methods in the study of human communication, including historical and critical approaches, interviewing, participant-observation, and communication ethnography. Students apply methods to their own research.

  • COMM 550 Seminar in Communication Technologies
           (3 credits) Seminar on design, usage, and social impact of electronic mail, communication through computer networks, and new technologies of organizational communication such as group decision support systems (GDSS). Each student will study an actual application of a major communication technology in an organization.

  • COMM 551 Graduate Seminar in Persuasion
           (3 credits) Work with an actual persuasion campaign, such as public information, political, or commercial marketing campaigns. Includes case studies of large-scale persuasion efforts, current theoretical models of persuasion processes, and methods for studying, evaluating, and refining messages for optimal effects.
    Prerequisite: COMM 351 (Persuasion Theory and Practice) or consent of instructor.

  • COMM 583 Seminar in Theories of Communication
           (3 credits) Communication systems, symbolic processes, analysis of messages.