MA in Communication and Multimedia Studies: Graduate Course Descriptions

Studies in Gender and Sexuality (COM 6015) 3 credits

Selected forms of analysis of the issues of gender and sexuality presented from different communication perspectives utilizing feminist and other theoretical approaches. Topics will vary. May be repeated for credit.

Quantitative Communication Research (COM 6316) 3 credits

Quantitative research in communication, emphasizing experimental design and statistical methods in content analysis and survey study.

Qualitative Communication Research (COM 6340) 3 credits

Qualitative research in communication, with emphasis on ethnographic, focus group, interview, and semiotic methods.

Cultural Analysis (COM 6341) 3 credits

Prerequisite: Graduate standing or permission of department.
Selected forms of critical analysis applicable to contemporary cultural communication. It includes presentation and critique of student work. May be repeated for credit.

Introduction to Graduate Study in Communication (COM 6400) 3 credits

An examination of the nature of human communication through analysis of major areas of advanced study, theories of the field, and forms of research utilized in communication study.

Communication and Modern Cultural Theory (COM 6402) 3 credits

Prerequisite: Graduate standing or permission of department.
A selective overview of modern cultural theory as it applies to production and reception of communication forms.

Intercultural Communication Theory (COM 6415) 3 credits

An overview of the theories about intercultural communication between people of different cultures. Theories will be generated to describe or explain how communication varies across cultures.

Communication Theory (COM 6424) 3 credits

Prerequisite: Graduate standing or permission of instructor
Corequisite: COM 6400
Broadly surveys theoretical traditions in film studies, intercultural studies, media studies and rhetorical studies. Topics include communication traditions, texts, audiences, practices and contributions to social change.

Political Communication (COM 6511) 3 credits

Analysis of communicative factors in the facilitation, manipulation, and discouragement of public political involvement.

Communicating Ethically in Intercultural Settings (COM 6626) 3 credits

This course provides a rationale for communicating ethically in intercultural settings, with an understanding of the cultural patterns (values, beliefs, and norms) practiced by groups of people. Emphasis is placed on the ways one can communicate effectively and efficiently with others in a global society.

Directed Independent Study (COM 6906) 1-3 credits

Prerequisite: Graduate standing and permission of department.
(FIL 6906) (RTV 6906) (JOU 6906) (SPC 6906) (MMC 6906)
Intensive studies in areas of Communication mutually agreed upon by student and instructor.

Special Topics (COM 6931) 3 credits

Prerequisite: Graduate standing or permission of department.
(FIL 6931) (RTV 6931) (JOU 6931) (SPC 6931) (MMC 6931)

Theory and Practice of Teaching Communication (COM 6944) 3 credits

Required of and restricted to Graduate Assistants. Helps teaching assistants to develop skills in introductory courses taught or assisted by teaching assistants under faculty supervision.

Master's Thesis (COM 6971) 1-6 credits

Prerequisite: Admission to degree candidacy.
(FIL 6971) (JOU 6971) (MMC 6971) (RTV 6971) (SPC 6971)

Interactive Interface Design (DIG 6605) 4 credits

Introduces design interactive interfaces for software and hardware. By emphasizing a conceptual approach toward interacting with technology, students learn creative coding techniques using the processing language and Arduino microcontroller. These techniques bridge the gap between design, technology, engineering and art.

Film History and Historiography (FIL 6026) 3 credits

Prerequisite: A study of film at the undergraduate level and the completion of an undergraduate degree with at least the equivalent of a minor in film or media studies Seminar where students present talks on selected topics and write papers of publishable length on issues in film history and historiography. This is a core requirement in most university-level graduate film programs in the US.

Video Production Workshop (FIL 6365) 4 credits

Prerequisite: Graduate students in M.F.A. in Media, Technology and Entertainment Explores the basics of film and video production in its most fundamental form. Gives participants a general introduction to film and video production, providing historical, technical, conceptual, artistic, aesthetic and theoretical insight into the medium. A number of video projects will be produced throughout the term.

Experimental Cinema (FIL 6409) 4 credits

Prerequisite: Graduate students in M.F.A. in Media, Technology and Entertainment Introduces students to nonfiction experimental and abstract film and video. Explores the fundamental forums, structures and ideas behind experimental film and video. Students are exposed to the processes involved in experimental production and develop the skills involved in the research and planning of nonfiction, abstract film and video.

Film Theory and Criticism (FIL 6807) 3 credits

Advanced introduction to the field of film studies, surveying various approaches, including neo-formalism, feminism, post-structuralism, neo-Marxism, and cultural studies. Dominant and oppositional modes.

Studies in Film and Television (FIL 6935) 3 credits

An examination of current issues in film and television studies, to include new approaches in theory, history, and criticism. Topics will vary. May be repeated for credit.

Programming for Interactivity (IDC 6506) 4 credits

Covers the creation of new media artwork and the use of creative coding. Explores the artists that utilize code, the significance of this work and how their work has been created. Also explores designing hardware and software with the goal of exhibiting this work as interactive art.

Journalism, News Media, and the Public Agenda (JOU 6318)

The journalistic process of researching, analyzing and reporting the public agenda in the context of the pressure politics resulting from the news media's institutional structures as well as the public policy objectives of diverse interest groups.

International Journalism in a Multimedia Environment (JOU 6345)

The course offers a comparative analysis of the changing coverage of international news. It highlights the rapid advances in media technologies and the emergence of international media organizations.

Mass Media Theory (MMC 6408) 3 credits

Study of theories of mass media and their application in and development through research.

Public Opinion and Modernity (MMC 6645) 3 credits

Discussion of conceptual and historical construction and representation of public opinion and the public sphere and their relationships to modern mass media and popular democracy from the 18th century to the present, particularly the 20th century.

Political Economy of the Media (MMC 6646) 3 credits

Organization and structure of the U.S. media industries, labor, technological developments and global expansion. Special emphasis is placed on the changing conditions of the U. S. political economy, considering changes in competition, monopoly, regulation, public policy and the role of the state.

Feminist Cultural Studies (MMC 6705) 3 credits

Prerequisite: COM 6402.
An examination of the area of feminist cultural studies covering issues of gender, power, and ideology with a focus on the various types of theory and critical analysis applicable to artifacts of communication.

Studies in New Media (MMC 6715) 3 credits

A critical examination of key theoretical works and arguments in the field of new media and an investigation of the cultural implications of new technologies.

Television and Video Studies (RTV 6006) 3 credits

A critical investigation of the history of television and video, the social contexts of production and reception, questions of ontology, and the relationship between broadcasting and the public sphere.

Gender and Screen Cultures (RTV 6417) 3 credits

Exploration of intersections between and among cultures of film, television, video, computer-mediated communication and everyday life as they manifest, maintain and/or challenge power relations of gender.

Classical Rhetorical Theory (SPC 6234) 3 credits

An in-depth examination of primary texts and central issues in rhetorical theory in Western civilization from Homer through St. Augustine.

Contemporary Rhetorical Theory (SPC 6232) 3 credits

An in-depth examination of the development of primary texts and central issues in the development of rhetorical theory in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Seminar on Kenneth Burke (SPC 6239) 3 credits

Examines the life and work of American rhetorical theorist and critic Kenneth Burke (1897-1993). It takes a developmental approach to studying Burke, with emphasis on his understanding of rhetoric and symbolic actions as they are reflected in his theories of “Dramatism” and “Logology” as well as his approaches to critical practice.

Feminist Rhetorical Theory (SPC 6639) 3 credits

A study of feminist rhetorical history, theory, and expression. Readings and discussions will (a) reveal the absence of women's voices in rhetorical history and theory; (b) investigate contextual factors that created this absence; and (c) introduce feminist constructs of rhetorical theory that reclaim women's place in the rhetorical tradition.

Rhetoric and Democracy in Societies in Transition (SPC 6648) 3 credits

A study of the relationship of rhetoric and democracy in communist and post-communist countries in eastern and central Europe. Readings and discussion examine dissent and democratic discourse as part of the contemporary rhetorical tradition.

Rhetorical Criticism (SPC 6682) 3 credits

An overview and analysis of contemporary methods of rhetorical criticism. Presentation and critique of student work.

Intercultural Communication (SPC 6715) 3 credits

An examination of intracultural and intercultural similarities and differences in communication patterns of various specified groups.

Studies in Rhetoric (SPC 6934) 3 credits

An examination of current issues in the field of rhetorical studies. Topics will vary. May be repeated for credit.

Topics in Intercultural Communication Studies (SPC 6935) 3 credits

An examination of current issues in the field of intercultural communication. Topics will vary. May be repeated for credit.

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