Current Graduate Courses

Spring 2024 Grad Course Atlas


COMM 6365 Place/Community/Comm – Antonio de Velasco, Associate Professor
TR 9:40am – 11:05am

Exploration of interrelationships between human interaction, created places and natural world, emphasis on communication environment, broadly conceived, and its effect on community.


COMM 6861 Science Fiction Film – Marina Levina, Professor
W 1:00pm – 4:00pm

This course will examine science fiction and styles of international and U.S. narrative film from 1960s to present. The course argues that science fiction has become one of the most important genres of contemporary cinema. The course asks how science fiction cinema has dealt with uncertainties of modern-day life, including, but not limited to, human extinction, technological advances, and robotic and cyborg entities.


COMM 6891 Directing for Film – David Goodman, Associate Professor
M 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Research and script preparation; budgeting and production management; working with actors and crew.


COMM 6894 Community Action Film/Video for Organizations – David Goodman, Associate Professor
T 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Students work together to make short films that promote the work of not-for-profit organizations that benefit the community. Production work outside of class time will be required. PREREQUISITE: COMM 3824 or permission of instructor.


COMM 7014/8014 Public Health Communication – JoAnna Boudreaux – Assistant Professor Teaching Coordinator

Explores communication studies theory and method that can be used to promote positive change in health concerns in public health care communication, including disseminating health information, health inequities, and health literacy.


COMM 7321/8321 Communication Theory – Craig Stewart, Professor
T 5:30pm – 8:30pm

This course serves as an overview of theories created by communication scholars and/or applicable to communication contexts. We will discuss how theories are constructed, evaluated, and applied in everyday contexts. We will begin with a broad overview of what constitutes theory, the communication process, and the nature of communication research. From this macro view, we will then explore
individual theories and their application in specific contexts. All theories will be viewed with a critical eye towards applicability in our daily lives, processes left unexplained, and consistency/inconsistency with other related theories and, if applicable, media influence.


COMM 7331/8331 Topics in Communication Theory – Kellie Carstensen, Assistant Professor
W 5:30pm – 8:30pm

Topics in Communication course will focus on Organizational Communication. This seminar will cover the foundations of organizational communication as a field, with a particular focus on interrogating who has historically defined organizing and the discrepancies of power involved in those frameworks. Students will learn about the field’s trajectory through an exploration of its pressing concerns and debates like identity, structure—agency, culture, and materiality—discourse. Based on that foundation, the material expands to consider organizing in non-traditional and alternative contexts such as healthcare, nonprofits, social movements, and religious spaces. A central learning goal is to understand how organizations are pervasive parts of life and what impact organizations have on a variety of settings and topics.


COMM 7371/8371 Rhetorical Criticism – Christina Moss, Associate Professor
R 5:30pm – 8:30pm

(Same as ENGL 7371-8371). Examines principal modes of contemporary rhetorical analysis. PREREQUISITE: Permission of instructor for non-degree-seeking students.


COMM 7806/8806 Topics in Media Studies – David Stephens, Assistant Professor
M 5:30pm – 8:30pm

This course observes the progression of thought regarding critical analysis of the media in relation to power, agency, reality, etc using social and critical theories including but not limited to structuralism, postmodernism, feminism, critical race theory, affect, queer theory, and neoliberalism.

COMM 7892/8892 Film/Video Production – David Goodman
, Assistant Professor

Workshop for film and video production. Students write, produce, direct, or assume crew responsibilities on productions. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits. See departmental guidelines for independent production requirements and procedures. PREREQUISITE: COMM 3824 or permission of instructor. Grades of A-F will be given.