MA in Communication Course Descriptions

Graduate Courses in Communication

COMG 500
Communication Theory
3 Credits

This course examines a variety of com­munication theories, how they are con­structed, tested, and revised. Several theories are examined and critiqued (e.g., systems, discourse analysis, critical) with reference to their theoretical traditions. Connections between theory and research methods are explored, as well as the need for consisten­cies across theoretical and methodological approaches.

COMG 501
Research Strategies and Methods
3 Credits

This course provides a solid foundation for students to understand the process of fact-finding as well as knowledge creation. Students are provided with an in-depth understanding of data analysis and data-collection methods (qualitative and quantita­tive) commonly used by communications researchers as well as ways of synthesizing and analyzing scholarly literature.

COMG 502
3 Credits

This course examines theories of persuasion and reviews persuasion’s role in society. Students will gain increased familiarity with concepts, theories, methods, and research findings; increased ability to apply theories in persuasion; increased ability to compare and evaluate approaches; increased sensitiv­ity to problems of ethics in persuasion; and increased sophistication as persuader and one who is being persuaded.

COMG 503
Media Relations
3 Credits

This course will provide students with an understanding of how organizational rela­tionships with news media influence man­agement of issues and public relations, and how these communication functions are essential to effective strategic management and leadership of organizations. The course will focus on analysis of advanced cases in media relations.

COMG 600
Organizational Communication
3 Credits

This course will provide students an histori­cal and thematic overview of organizational communication theory and research. It will provide a systematic but critical basis on which to discuss communication in com­plex organizations and will analyze assump­tions and pragmatic solutions associated with these theories. It will also enhance students’ research, analysis, writing, and presentation skills.

COMG 601
Interpersonal Communication
3 Credits

This course will introduce students to basic patterns of human communication in order that they may develop a better understanding of the interpersonal-communication process. Through exploration of theories of com­munication, perception, self-perception, lan­guage, and nonverbal interaction, students will develop their theoretical and practical understanding of how interpersonal relation­ships are achieved through communication in a variety of settings, including family, friend­ship, romantic, workplace, and intercultural encounters.

COMG 602
Seminar in Communication (Rotating topics)
3 Credits

This course is intended to provide students with an advanced understanding of a spe­cific communication dynamic, context, or other aspect deemed worthy of focus by the faculty of the School of Communication and the Arts.146

COMG 620
The Role of Communication in Conflict and Negotiation
3 Credits

This course examines the role of commu­nication in managing conflict in various relationships: interpersonal, inter-organiza­tional, and international. Special emphasis is given to how the application of communica­tion processes like negotiation can influence outcomes. Current cases are studied to reveal how organizational leaders incorporate ethi­cal decisions and strategic communication in conflict and change management.

COMG 621
Leadership Communication
3 Credits

This course examines both the theoretical and applied dimensions of leadership, focus­ing on the communicative aspects of lead­ers and leadership. Course content covers: managing group members and tasks, models of leadership, situational dynamics of lead­ership, charismatic-versus-emergent lead­ership, team theory, trait-versus-situation orientations toward leadership, leadership ethics, and cultural differences in leadership style and identification.

COMG 700
3 Credits

Students accepted for the thesis option will work very closely with his/her thesis direc­tor. The student will have to examine a theoretical model related to communica­tion, supported by an in-depth review of the relevant literature; the student should come up with research hypotheses or research questions. These hypotheses or questions will be examined/tested through primary quantitative or qualitative research methods. The final draft of the thesis will be read and approved by a thesis committee. After the thesis is approved, it will have to be orally defended. All Marist faculty will be invited to attend the thesis defense. The final sub­mitted thesis must be written in accordance with the style guidelines for APA publica­tion.