Current Grad Classes - Spring 2014
Course Number: COMM 6341
Title: Interpersonal Communication
Instructor: Katherine G. Hendrix
Days/Times: TR 1:00 – 2:25 p.m.
Course Description: This course in interpersonal communication emphasizes both communication
theory and real life applications of the course content. Class material will be explored
through exercises and discussion designed to develop and/or enhance skills such as:
perception, the effective presentation of ideas and emotions, and maintaining healthy
relationships. Practical application within the classroom should increase the likelihood
of retention and use of the concepts outside of the classroom as part of a life–long
process. This life–long process should include growth and movement toward quality–based,
satisfying interaction with others as well as recognizing circumstances where interpersonal
behavior is inappropriate.
Undergraduate Texts: Stewart, J. (2013). U&ME: Communicating in moments that matter.
Chagrin Falls, OH: Taos Institute Publications.
Graduate Texts (same as above plus): Spitzberg, B.H., & Cupach, W.R. (Eds.). (2010).
The dark side of close relationships II. Mahwah, NJ:Routledge.
Course Number: COMM 6342
Title: Small Group Communication
Instructor: Katherine G. Hendrix
Days/Times: TR 2:40 – 4:05 p.m.
Course Description: Our society is built upon not only the decisions made by individuals
but those generated by members of small groups. Primary groups satisfy our needs for
inclusion and affection whereas secondary groups bring us together for a designated
purpose such as coordinating an activity or finding a solution to a shared problem.
Even though groups are everywhere and we all belong to some, our participation does
not automatically equate with a clear understanding of the communication process nor
does our membership mean we are effective in interacting with others. This course
is designed to enhance our understanding of the types of small groups (with an emphasis
on secondary task–oriented groups), member roles and responsibilities, and leadership
styles appropriate for a group's format. My ultimate goal is for all of us to end
the course doing a better job of communicating within a group and, at least, being
able to recognize the effective and ineffective styles of ourselves and fellow group
Undergraduate Texts: Beebe, S.A., & Masterson, J.T. (2010). Communicating in small
groups: Principles and practices (10th ed). New York, NY: Pearson Publications
Graduate Texts (same as above plus): Beebe, S.A., & Mottet, T.P. (2012). Business
and professional communication: Principles and skills for leadership. New York, NY:
Publications Additional readings as assigned.
Course Number: COMM 6364
Title: Voices of American Women
Instructor: Dr. Sandra Sarkela
Days/Time: TR 1:00 – 2:25 p.m.
Course Description: History of women's public discourse in the U.S. from the 19th
century to the present day; social and cultural significance of women's participation
in public discourse; credibility and nature of argument both within and about women's
Course Number: COMM 6373
Title: Interracial Communication
Instructor: David Acey
Days/Time: MWF 11:30 – 12:25 p.m.
Course Description: Special problems encountered in communication among races; readings,
discussion, and field study of how prejudice, stereotypes, and self – concepts can
affect communication; exploration of methods to minimize these problems.
Course Number: COMM 6851
Title: Film History II
Instructor: Steven Ross
Days/Time: TR 2:40 – 5:10 p.m.
Course Description: Historical survey of the major movements, genres, and themes in
narrative film from 1940 to 1960. This course is open to all students.
Course Number: COMM 6856
Title: Women and Film
Professor: Marina Levina
Days/Time: M 5:30–8:30 p.m.
Course Description: Using film studies, media studies, and cultural studies approaches
this course will analyze representations of women in various film genres. The class
focuses on films produced from the 1950s to the present. The course puts representations
of women in the historical contexts of race, class, and sexuality.
Proposed Texts: Sue Thornham, Feminist Film Theory: A Reader. Other readings will
Particulars: Graduate Students will be expected to Graduate students will be required
to write a longer paper and answer additional questions on the exam. They will also
be asked to do additional readings.
Course Number: COMM 7/8371
Title: Rhetorical Criticism
Instructor: L.G. Dorsey
Days/Time: T 1:00–4:00 p.m.
Course Description: This course will examine a range of critical approaches to the
analysis and evaluation of public discourse. Close textual analysis using a number
of theoretical approaches will be explored. Your writing, though, should start with
the text, not the theory. You need to become familiar with the text(s) and let it
guide you to the relevant theoretical lens. The important goals of this class include
exploring the intellectual foundations of various critical approaches, gaining expertise
with specific aspects of several approaches, and to work toward papers that will eventually
be published. Grading elements will include, but are not limited to, text selection,
literature review, analytical framing, and analysis.
Proposed Texts: Roderick P Hart and Suzanne M. Daughton, Modern Rhetorical Criticism,
3rd Ed. (Pearson, 2004); Carl R. Burgchardt, Readings in Rhetorical Criticism, 4th
Ed. (Strata Publishing, 2010).
Particulars: Readings also available through Library portal
Course Number: COMM 7/8434
Title: Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods
Instructor: Patrick Dillon
Days/Times: M 5:30–8:30 p.m.
Course Description: This course is an introduction to qualitative research methods
– conceptualization, design, and data collection procedures and analyses – in communication
studies. The course includes a description of the politics, ethics, and the paradigms
in qualitative research design, interpretation, and writing. The course also aims
to provide students with an introduction to techniques used in several aspects of
doing qualitative research. Course readings will come from sub–disciplines in communication
as well as other disciplines. Students are expected to: – learn about qualitative
methods and communication research – learn how to design a qualitative study – become
familiar with the multitude of techniques and strategies used to conduct rigorous
qualitative research – practice conducting qualitative research – learn about the
ethics and politics of doing qualitative research
1. Lindlof, T.R. & Taylor, B.C. (2011). Qualitative communication research methods
(3rd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
2. Ellingson, L. L. (2005). Communicating in the clinic: Negotiating frontstage and
backstage teamwork. New York: Hampton Press.
3. Ellingson, L. L. (2008). Engaging crystallization in qualitative research: An introduction.
Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
4. Van Maanen, J. (2011). Tales of the field: On writing ethnography (2nd ed.). Chicago:
University of Chicago Press.
5. Selected readings will also be posted on eCourseware.
Course Number: COMM 7/8450
Title: Seminar in Interpersonal Communication
Instructor: Gray Matthews
Days/Time: R 1:00–4:00 p.m.
Course Description: This course will approach the phenomenon of interpersonal communication
from a "philosophy of life" perspective. Two assumptions motivate this line of inquiry:
(1) There is more to life than what we can say or hear said, and (2) there is more
to communication than what we can say or hear said. A distinction will be illumined
between the communication of messages and the communication of life as we work from
a phenomenological perspective cast from the writings of three contemporary French
thinkers in particular: Michel Henry, Jean–Luc Marion and Jean–Louis Chrétien, each
of whom offers unique insights into the relationship between the life of communication
and the communication of life.
Proposed Texts: TBA but one text by our three major thinkers (Chretien, Henry & Marion)
will be required and possibly an additional general but relevant work.
Particulars: Creative research essay writing emphasized.
Course Number: COMM 8804
Title: Media Theory and Criticism
Instructor: Joshua Reeves
Days/Time: W 5:30 –8:30 p.m.
Course Description: This course is designed to provide graduate students with a thorough
background in media theory and history. In addition, it will introduce many of the
major thinkers and debates that have shaped contemporary thinking about media, technology,
and culture. While we could easily fill several graduate seminars with the topic "Media
Theory and Criticism," this course is designed to provide a broad outline of where
media studies is today and where it might be heading in the future. As such, not only
will we cover a number of essential theorists from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries,
we will also try to look beyond thepresent horizons of media theory by engaging some
of its most cutting–edge international trends. Themes covered will include ideology
critique, mass culture, media resistance and activism, cultural studies, literacy
and electracy, dromology, surveillance and war, informatics, biopolitics, and animal
Required Texts: Meenakshi Gigi Durham and Douglas M. Kellner, Media and Cultural Studies:
Keyworks (2006 ed.). There is no reason to buy the new edition; for a few dollars
you can get the 2006 edition on Amazon (or other used book retailers). Also pick up
a copy of Bill Kovarik's Revolutions in Communication: Media History from Gutenberg
to the Digital Age. All other readings will be made available electronically.