Communication-GR (COMM)

COMM 503 Corporate/Persuasive Discourse 3 Credits

Imparts advanced knowledge of crisis management, including theory, techniques and applications. Students will gain competency in a number of areas including: changing opinion and behavior, crisis management principles, strategies, tactics and communication methods. Students will work in teams to develop the knowledge and skills to manage the messages surrounding crisis-related issues found in organizations.

COMM 504 Strategic Business Writing 3 Credits

Provides students with the tools to think and write strategically. Students will gain competency in a number of areas including: identifying challenges and communicating to different workplace audiences; developing content for daily, routine and specific workplace requirements; focusing on strategic, outcomes-based writing; and cultivating interpersonal relationships for successful communication. These skills are particularly important for those in or aspiring to managerial/senior staff roles.

COMM 505 Introduction to Communication Strategies 1.5 Credits

This course will serve as an overview of the many ways that business leaders use communication, including presentations, writing, speaking and nonverbal skills. The primary goal is to provide science professionals with an opportunity to engage with various communication skills and consider how these could apply to professional contexts. Communication skills are particularly important for those in or aspiring to managerial/senior staff roles.

COMM 507 Bus Presentation Strategies 3 Credits

Develops the ability to create purposeful presentations with targeted messages relating to audience needs. Students will gain competency in a number of areas including: messaging, writing for the visual media, using current visual presentation tools, delivering an impactful presentation and taking advantage of social media channels. They will develop the knowledge and skills to influence and inspire internal and external constituencies, a key part of communication practitioners’ jobs, especially those in managerial/senior staff roles.

COMM 525 Visual Communication 3 Credits

Develops understanding of the importance of visuals and using different ways to communicate effectively with visuals, which is an integral parts of any advanced communication and journalism curriculum. The goal of the course is to provide students with the practical knowledge and critical skills necessary to effectively use visuals as an important and inevitable component in the communication process. The course covers visual communication theories, perception of psychology, design and layout principles, typography, imagery in mass media and visuals in interactive media.

COMM 531 Legal/Ethical Iss for Prof Com 3 Credits

Provides students with the knowledge to understand and apply ethical guidelines and current laws and regulations relative to workplace communication, as well as the legal limits impacting professional communications. This knowledge is particularly important for those in or aspiring to managerial/senior staff roles.

COMM 545 Info Gathering & Analysis 3 Credits

Develops the knowledge and skills to use various research methods and analysis techniques to provide critical information for, and assist with, business decisions. It will cover developing research tools, gathering and verifying information, analyzing, and reporting results. These skills are particularly important for those in or aspiring to managerial/senior staff roles.

COMM 550 Effective Group Communication 1.5 Credits

COMM 551 Special Topics in Communicatio 3 Credits

COMM 552 Communication in a Multicultural Workplace 1.5-3 Credits

Instructs in the use of diversity and cultural communication principles and strategies to effectively manage a culturally diverse workforce. This course will help organizational leaders understand how gender, ethnic, religious, and other differences affect the workplace, and how to effectively harness those differences towards maintaining a workplace that promotes good employee relations, and ultimately, good productivity for the organization.

COMM 553 Communication in a Global Market 1.5 Credits

Examines communication between and among businesses in a global context. The course presents communication as an essential pivot around which revolve the social and institutional relationships within and among nations. Hence, exploring global communication structures and tendencies is an important means to understanding social, cultural, economic and political impositions on global business. The emerging role of technologies of communication, such as social media, will be a particular focus of this course.

COMM 554 Effective Group Communication 1.5 Credits

Encompasses the study of individual and group behavior in the workplace. Emphasis is placed on individual behavior and group dynamics, application of current group theories, effective group communication, and effective leadership/followership skills. A comprehensive review of these processes, as well as others, will allow students to examine their role in groups as well as teams.

COMM 555 Communication and Organizational Culture 1.5 Credits

Examines communication and culture in organized settings. Emphasis is placed on managing organizational culture, communication and the relationship between organizational performance and organizational culture. A review of research and analysis as it relates to organizations will allow students to apply what they have learned about organizational culture to real life situations.

COMM 556 Special Topics in Communicatio 3 Credits

COMM 557 Special Topics in Communicatio 3 Credits

COMM 558 Special Topics in Communicatio 3 Credits

COMM 559 Special Topics in Communicatio 3 Credits

COMM 560 Communication Issues for Leaders 3 Credits

Focuses on analysis of contemporary issues that highlight the necessity of effective communication for those in a leadership position. Through analysis and discussion of historical and current challenges faced by organizations, students will learn to recognize how effective leaders apply successful communication strategies. Case studies will also explore the effect that poor communication choices have had on organizations. Emphasis will be placed on discussion, research, and presentation.

COMM 563 Digital Media Communication 3 Credits

Looks at the digital technologies that make up the new world of digital convergence. The course will examine the effects of digital media convergence on social life, ethics, industry, and local and global communities through a variety of theories and paradigms. This course will also help students develop necessary digital media production skills and use them critically to solve media development problems.

COMM 564 Communication and Diversity in the Workplace 3 Credits

The culture of work, like society, is multicultural. More than ever, today’s organizational leaders, including CEOs, managers and supervisors, must understand how to use diversity and cultural communication principles and strategies to effectively nurture and promote a culturally diverse workforce. This course helps organizational leaders understand how gender, ethnic, religious, and other social and cultural differences affect the workplace, and how to effectively harness those differences towards maintaining a workplace that promotes good employee relationship, and ultimately, good productivity for the organization.

COMM 565 Rel Comm: Interpersl, Group, Intercultr 3 Credits

Introduces students to seminal and contemporary research in the area of relational communication. Broken down into three modules, the curriculum will be divided among the topics of Interpersonal Communication, Group Communication, and Intercultural Communication. In the first, emphasis will be placed upon theories of human communication, verbal and nonverbal communication, gender, and conflict. The second module will explore various elements of group communication, including leadership and followership, roles, status, power and problem solving and decision making. The third module will introduce students to the study of intercultural communication, with its focus on the relationship between culture and communication.

COMM 590 Independent Research and Study 3 Credits

Independent Research and Study allows students in good academic standing to investigate topics of interest under faculty supervision.

COMM 599 Capstone in Business Comm 3 Credits

Provides students with the opportunity to explore, research and discuss practical and theoretical topics in business communication. This capstone course gives students an opportunity to apply skills and knowledge they have learned throughout the Master of Arts in Business Communication curriculum. Under faculty supervision, students will complete a major project using a variety of research methods.