Graduate Courses

The department offers a wide range of courses in areas representing the foundations of communication. More advanced work is available in the three broad functional areas in which the department has chosen to specialize: interpersonal communication, health communication, and media.

COMM Course Catalog

Familiarize students with the structure of the discipline, prominent theorists and historical developments, as well as beginning to understand more about the process of research and writing in the discipline of Communication.

Theory and research on social control and deviance in groups from the perspective of communication behavior.

This course employs a developmental perspective to examining the relationship between the mass media and young audience members. Major topics covered include issues related to children and adolescents as a unique audience (e.g., media use habits, attention and comprehension of media content), media and their content (e.g., media violence, advertising, educational programming), media effects (e.g., fear reactions, construction of role and reality perceptions), and intervention issues (e.g., parental mediation of media exposure, media literacy, and relevant public policy).

Focus on issues related to family interaction, functioning, and communication. We will examine research and theories from communication, sociological, and psychological perspectives. Readings and discussions will include coverage of marital, parent-child, sibling, and intergenerational interactions in the family. Research on topics such as marital satisfaction, divorce, courtship, and the impact of the family on its children (and vice versa) will be examined. We will also focus on the nature of family interaction as it is associated with family dysfunction.

Examination of the campaign strategies and tactics of those seeking the nation's most powerful office from the 1960 to the present. (Identical with Pol. 510.)

Consideration of theory and research pertaining to the handling of conflict across diverse contexts.

Theory and research on nonverbal communication codes (kinesics, touch, voice, appearance, use of space, time and artifacts) and social functions (impression formation and management, relational communication. emotional expressions, regulation of interaction, social influence).

 The relational communication process and messages people use to define their interpersonal relationships, including affection, involvement, and similarity, and phenomena such as relationship development and deterioration.

Surveys the fundamental laws and regulatory policies governing electronic mass media, with an emphasis on broadcast television. The focus is on structural as well as content-based regulation. The course provides an overview of: - the process by which communication policies are created; - the fundamental regulatory structure for electronic mass media, including the philosophies and goals that undergird it; - the licensing or franchising requirements for broadcasting and cable television; - policies on the ownership and control of mass media; - basic content-related regulations, such as policies on obscenity/indecency, television violence, and requirements for children’s television.

Examination of presidential leadership and communication strategies of the modem presidents from Kennedy to the present.

Survey of field; media in political campaigns; media coverage of leaders, issues, and institutions; leadership strategies to influence media.

Interrelations between human communication and cognitive processes; emphasis on theory and research in social cognition.

An introduction to research methods and designs used in contemporary communication research.

An introduction to statistical analysis in contemporary communication research.

Structure and workings scholarly communication and products in the U.S. Examines the content and technology of scholarly communication in various disciplines. (Identical to Li.S. 589 which is home.)

Qualified students working on an individual basis with professors who have agreed to supervise such work.

A theory seminar addressing theoretical perspectives and topics related to media research.

An overview of theoretical perspectives on the role of verbal and nonverbal communication in the process of generating and understanding development of interpersonal relationships.

An overview of historical and theoretical perspectives on communication strategies used in social influence attempts from interpersonal to mass media contexts.

Issues in measurement and sampling in laboratory and field research in communication.

A theory seminar addressing theoretical perspectives and topics related to health communication research.

Specialized work on an individual basis, consisting of training and practice in actual service in a technical, business, or governmental establishment.

  • Nonverbal Communication (3)
  • Social Influence (3)
  • Mass Media (3)
  • Linguistics Investigations and Applications (3) (Identical with Psych 696f and Ling. 696f, which is home.)
  • Message Analysis (3)
  • Organizational Communication (3)
  • Interpersonal Communication (3)
  • Information Processing and Management (3)
  • Research Methods (3)

Qualified students working on an individual basis with professors who have agreed to supervise such work.

Individual research, not related to thesis or dissertation preparation, by graduate students.

Individual study or special project or formal report thereof submitted in lieu of thesis for certain master's degrees.

Research for the master's thesis (whether library research, laboratory or field observation or research, artistic creation, or thesis writing). Maximum total credit permitted varies with the major department.

Research for the doctoral dissertation (whether library research, laboratory or field observation or research, artistic creation, or dissertation writing).

For students who have completed all course requirements for their advanced degree programs. May be used concurrently with other enrollments to bring to total number of units to the required minimum.