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COMA 6300   (3-3-0)   Introduction to Graduate Communication Studies
This course examines the history of communication studies as an academic discipline, the contributions of major researchers and the current state of communication research. Terminology related to the field of communication, investigation of communication contexts research methods, and reporting requirements are emphasized.  Periodically, Online.
Prerequisite: None.


COMA 6301   (3-3-0)   Advanced Communication Theory
Survey of classical and current theories and approaches to research related to the study of communication in a variety of contexts.  Periodically.
Prerequisite: COMA 6300 or permission of the program director.


COMA 6303   (3-3-0)   Digital Media Communication
This course examines theories related to the interpretation of visual messages, and discusses the role of semiotics and hegemony in current digital media. Emphasizes techniques for designing effective visual communication for a variety of purposes and types of media to promote digital media literacy.  Periodically.
Prerequisite: None.


COMA 6305   (3-3-0)   Presentation Communication (S-L)
This course focuses on the preparation and delivery of effective individual and group presentations for a variety of audiences and communication purposes--informative, persuasive, and special occasion. The development and appropriate use of meaningful visual support for presentations will also be emphasized.   This course contains a field-based service-learning component. Periodically.
Prerequisite: None.


COMA 6307   (3-3-0)   Communication Leadership for Groups
This course focuses on the theories, research, and practices related to the verbal and nonverbal communication behaviors of leaders and the role of communication in a learning or small group environment. Students gain practical experience in preparing and presenting instructional messages, facilitating group and team activities, and resolving conflicts.  Periodically, Online.
Prerequisite: None.


COMA 6309   (3-3-0)   Social Media and Communication
Related theories, research, current practices, and impact on relationships form the focus for this examination of social media. The creation and evaluation of messages adapted for specific types of social media and purposes are key components for this study.   Periodically, Online.
Prerequisite: None.


COMA 6310   (3-3-0)   Rhetoric, Argumentation, and Advocacy
Classical rhetoric, contemporary argumentation theory, and critical thinking are applied to advocacy communication. Students gain practical knowledge in constructing, presenting, and analyzing arguments on questions of fact, value, and policy.  Periodically.
Prerequisite: COMA 6301 or permission of the program director.


COMA 6311   (3-3-0)   Relational Communication
Theories and research related to interpersonal communication provide the theoretical basis of this advanced study of verbal and nonverbal communication behaviors related to creating and maintaining effective personal and professional relationships.  Periodically.
Prerequisite: COMA 6301 or permission of the program director.


COMA 6312   (3-3-0)   Advanced Persuasive Communication
Theories, research, and practices related to interpersonal, group, and public persuasion form the foundation for this study of influence messages. Topics include: propaganda techniques, analysis of advertising techniques, social influence, and analysis of political communication.  Periodically.
Prerequisite: None.


COMA 6313   (3-3-0)   Advanced Nonverbal Communication
Concentrates on the study and application of nonverbal communication. Theories and approaches related to the interpretation and social impact of nonverbal communication on interpersonal relationships and organizations are emphasized. Topics include: nonverbal functions, methods for research, and observational studies.  Periodically.
Prerequisite: COMA 6301.


COMA 6314   (3-3-0)   Intercultural Communication
Analysis of cultural influences on human communication. Emphasis on cultural values, norms, perception, verbal, and nonverbal codes. Theory and research related to global intercultural communication provide the foundation for this study.   Periodically.
Prerequisite: None.


COMA 6315   (3-3-0)   Communication Studies Graduate Internship
Students work in approved, professional-level communication position, meeting regularly with an internship supervisor. Requires paper, journal, presentation, and a minimum of 180 hours. Students usually enroll in internships at end of the program of study.  Periodically.
Prerequisite: Permission of the program director.


COMA 6316   (3-3-0)   Communication Studies Graduate Research Project
Individual students work with their advisor on a research project related to their field of study in communication. Students are expected to meet regularly with their advisor. Requirements will be determined by the advisor. Students usually enroll in a research project course at the end of the program of study.  Periodically.
Prerequisite: None.


COMA 6320   (3-3-0)   Organizational Communication
Theories and practices related to communication in a variety in private, public, and business organizations are presented. Topics include: the impact of organizational structure on internal and external communication, culture, identity, and image, message management, and ethical implications.  Online, Periodically.
Prerequisite: None.


COMA 6321   (3-3-0)   Strategic Communication for Organizations
Theory and practices related to public relations provide the foundation for this study. Students are introduced to an integrated approach to creating and managing strategic internal and external messages for organizations. Topics include: ethics, change messages, risk assessment, preparation of a crisis plan, and use of appropriate media to communicate the organization's message.  Periodically, Online.
Prerequisite: None.


COMA 6322   (3-3-0)   Communication Campaigns
Theories and practices related to verbal and visual persuasive messages are examined to provide a theoretical foundation for this study of communication techniques used by organizations to create persuasive campaigns. Opportunities to evaluate current campaigns and to develop effective persuasive campaigns will enable students to gain practical experience.  Periodically.
Prerequisite: None.


COMA 6323   (3-3-0)   Communication Consulting
Examines the role of the communication consultant in planning, managing, and assessing organizational communication. Research and evaluation of communication strategies employed in organizations provides students with the practical knowledge for conducting communication audits in organizations.  Periodically.
Prerequisite: COMA 6320 and 6321.


COMA 6324   (3-3-0)   Communication for Global Organizations
Theories of intercultural and organizational communication are related to communication practices for global organizations. Topics include: organizational culture, nonverbal communication, communicator credibility, approaches to conflict, impact on advertising, and presenting messages.  Online, Periodically.
Prerequisite: None.


COMA 6325   (3-3-0)   Organizational Communication Management Graduate Internship
Students work in approved, professional-level communication position, meeting regularly with an internship supervisor. Requires paper, journal, presentation, and a minimum of 180 hours. Students usually enroll in internships at the end of the program of study.  Periodically.
Prerequisite: Permission of the program director.


COMA 6326   (3-3-0)   Organizational Communication Management Graduate Research Project
Students work with their advisor on a research project related to their field of study in communication.  Periodically.
Prerequisite: None.


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