Graduate Courses

Core Courses

These courses are offered for incoming graduate students every fall semester.

Seminar. This course explores the role and function of theory in the field of communication as well as the processes through which theories are built, applied, tested and critiqued. The course will delve briefly into the historical roots of the discipline; we’ll discuss the philosophy of scientific thought as it applies to the major paradigms of the field and its legacy in current disciplinary practices. The course is an introduction to the variety of perspectives on and assumptions about the phenomenon of communication and should provide students with a guide for assessing the usefulness of these theories in the contexts of their application. Attention will be given to the theoretical diversity of faculty research in panel discussions and faculty presentations. This course is a core requirement for graduate study in the program. (Course capacity is 10)
Course Eligibility*: Doctoral, Masters Graduate COMM majors

This course is designed to a) introduce you to the logic and epistemological underpinnings of qualitative methods, including relationships among research questions, theory, methods, and findings, and b) expose you to practical issues in using qualitative methods. Topics to be discussed include but are not limited to: textual analysis, participant observation, interviewing, focus groups, visual analysis, discourse and conversation analysis, case studies, qualitative computing, and research ethics. (Course capacity is 10)
Course Eligibility*: Doctoral, Masters Graduate COMM majors

Introduction to the structure, process, and logic of quantitative empirical research in communication. Topics covered include research design, measurement, descriptive and inferential statistics, and basic multivariate analysis. Students are expected to acquire an understanding of and the ability to critique various methodological approaches and techniques. Fundamental concepts of data analysis; preparation for further, more advanced courses. (Course capacity is 10)
Course Eligibility: Doctoral, Masters Graduate COMM majors

Area surveys

These courses are offered annually or biannually.

613: Introduction to Theories of Social Interaction
665: Contemporary Rhetorical Theory
691B: Seminar in Media Theory
693D: Introduction to Film Theory


514: Social Uses of Language
593D: Advanced Screenwriting
691E: Media Literacy
691J: Media Literacy and Community Media
694A: Seminar in Food Cultures
694G: Intro to Cultural Studies
694W: Theory and Practice of Dialogue
733: Cultivation Analysis
781: Ethnography Of Communication
791B: Political Economy of Communication
791K: Communication, Ecology, and Sustainability
791V: Media Historiography
791W: Global Media and Neoliberalism
791X: Media, Markets and Politics of the Global South
792A: ST: The Internet Communication Research
792K: Technology and Society
793A: Questions of National Cinema
793K: Stardom and Celebrity
793L: Black Female Image in Cinema: Representation, Criticism and Authorship
793M: Hollywood Industry, Culture, and Film
794B: Critical Pedagogy
794C: Communication, Pragmatism and CMM
794F: New Materialism
794G: Language in Civic Participation
794J: Philosophy of Communication
794K: Cultural Discourse Analysis
794M: Field Research Methods in Communication
794R: Communication for Development and Social Change I
794S: Communication for Development & Social Change II
794T: Cultural Theory and Stuart Hall
794W: Language, Power and Identity
795M: Performance Ethnography
795N: Cultural Studies: Theoretical Foundations
797K: ST-T/Technology and Society
797J: ST-T-Film/Video Curating and Public Programming
891Q: Media Effects