Course Descriptions

  • COMM 818 Media Criticism — 3 credits

    This course examines the basic language and techniques of media criticism from both theoretical and applied perspectives. Students will read and analyze current literature pertaining to broadcast media, film, and new media as well as develop a personal construct based on cultural patterns and media issues found in 21st century society. It will primarily focus upon media designed for post high school aged audiences. Prerequisite or co-requisite: COMM 801 (Theory and Culture Elective)

    COMM 822 Children and Media — 3 credits

    This course analyzes the scope of media in relationship to children. The course examines the impact that media have on children in terms of behavior and culture. It also examines the influence children have in shaping the media. Discussions focus on multiple forms of children’s media including those within entertainment and education. Prerequisite or co-requisite: COMM 801 (Theory and Culture Elective)

    COMM 825 Quantitative Methods in Communications Research — 3 credits

    This course presents students with a model-comparison approach to conducting quantitative research. Students become familiar with various strategies for formulating hypotheses, selecting experimental and quasi-experimental designs, and using statistical software and other resources to conduct research.

    COMM 857 Doctoral Seminar in Communications Culture and Technology — 3 credits

    This course provides an advanced forum in which to research, discuss, and document current and emerging topics, issues, and applications in communication technology. Offers students the opportunity to conceptualize and develop models and strategies for the integrated application of theory and practice. Literature reviews, topic analyses, and case studies are used to enhance awareness of critical issues and potential application in real-life settings.

    COMM 910 Advanced Doctoral Research in Communications — 3 credits

    This course serves as an advanced experience to assure students are prepared to conduct communication research in academic or professional settings. Students will design a complete communications research project suitable for professional presentation and publication. Their work will encompass research design, measurement techniques, statistical procedures, and philosophies of research. Quantitative and qualitative approaches will be considered. Also covered are practical points such as data collection and generation strategies, concept definitions, database structure, and report design. Prerequisite: A minimum of 39 COMM doctoral credits.