Communication, Culture & Media Studies (CCMS)
ProSeminar in Communication Theory and Research. 3 crs. Descriptive and
critical overview of the field of communication and its major
theoretical and methodological research approaches. Emphasis on the
relation between communication theory and communication methodology,
including the philosophical foundations, concepts and analytical
perspectives that define these relations. Prereq.: CCMS 591 or equivalent/departmental permission.
701. Quantitative Research Methodology. 3 crs. Quantitative
research methods and design in communication. Includes the use of
statistics in experiments, surveys, and content analysis.
Relationship between theory and research will be examined.
Assumes knowledge of intermediate statistics.
Qualitative Research Methodology. 3 crs. Qualitative research methods
and design in communication. Includes the treatment of
historical-critical, interpretive, ethnographic, and textual
data. Relationship between theory and research will be examined.
CCMS 703. Critical
Studies Research Methodology. 3 crs. Develops skills in
conducting inquiry using social critique, political economy and other
procedures associated with the critical research tradition, which has
the goal of enabling social change.
Field Research in Communication. 3 crs. Develops skill in researching,
analyzing and solving a current issue/problem in communication research
related to the student’s dissertation. May involve fieldwork in
the communications industry.
CCMS 707. Seminar in Gender Issues in Media Management and Ownership. 3 crs.
Seminar in Communication Theory. 3 crs. Review and critical analysis of
major theories and theoretical perspectives in communication.
Metatheoretical issues will be examined. Prereq.: CCMS 510 or equivalent.
Seminar in Social Media, Culture and Communication. 3 crs. Seminar
explores the history, practices, tools, legal and ethical issues
related to social media. Emphasis on students’ exploration of theories
- public relations, communication and business - to help better
understand and develop social media.
Critical Discourse Analysis. 3 crs. Critical review and analysis of
language and discourse dynamics as factors in power and the abuse of
power. 3 crs.
Seminar in Sport, Media and Culture. 3 crs. CCMS 715: Seminar in Sport,
Media, and Culture (3 crs). This course focuses on sociology, human
kinetics, and communication aspects of sport. It reviews theory and
research pertaining to sport and media across the world.
CCMS 717. Seminar in Media Psychology. 3 crs. This course may be cross listed with the Department of Psychology.
Seminar in Health Communication and Culture. 3 crs. Focus on the
social, economic, and political factors influencing African, Latino,
Asian, and Native Americans’ beliefs and attitudes related to health
Advanced Qualitative Communication Design and Analysis. 3 crs. Advanced
qualitative-interpretive design and analysis for communication
research. Prereq.: CCMS 702 or permission of instructor.
CCMS 720. Seminar in Media Entrepreneurship. 3 crs.
Seminar in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution. 3 crs. Survey of
theoretical and research literature in negotiation and conflict
Seminar in Political Communication and Public Opinion. 3 crs.
Communication in the political process. Emphasis on persuasive
and propaganda devices used in political power and office seeking as
well as the formulation and management of public policy.
Seminar in Strategic Communication Management. 3 crs. Introduces public
relations and other public communication theories that aid in managing
communication and responding to and counseling organizational
management and marketing challenges. Explores the relationship between
public relations, advertising, marketing communications and management
724. Seminar in Communication Leadership and Diversity. 3 crs.
This course examines communication leadership scholarship within a
context of diversity that includes culture, gender, race, ethnic, as
well as additional diversity indices.
Seminar in Intercultural Communication. 3 crs. Considers rules,
meaning, uncertainty reduction, development communication, and
comparative approaches to intercultural communication. Examines
methodological issues. Prereq.: COMC 727.
CCMS 728. Seminar in Teaching Communication: Theory and Practice. 3 crs.
Seminar in Postmodernism and Critical Theory. 3 crs. This seminar will
consider the philosophical underpinnings of critical theory and
postmodernism. Specifically, this course will examine the major
assumptions, choices, tensions, issues, and concerns that characterize
critical theory and postmodernism. Students will be exposed to
the ideas of philosophers such as Theodor Adorno, Max Horkheimer,
Jurgen Habermas, jean Baudrillard, Frederic Jameson, and Jean-Francois
Lyotard, among others.
Seminar in Health Communication. 3 crs. Focus on the social, economic
and political factors influencing African, Latino, Asian, and Native
Americans’ beliefs and attitudes related to health and illness.
Explores how topics such as folk illness, “personalismo”, face
maintenance, home remedies and alternative medicine are related to
CCMS 750. Communication Theory and Research Foundations. 3 crs. Exploration of major scholars whose work defined the field.
752. Seminar in Mass Communication Effects. 3 crs. The
significance and impact of mass communication in contemporary society;
critical review of the models and paradigms of media influence and
Seminar in Mass Communication Policy and Administration. 3 crs.
Governmental, legal, regulatory and administrative policies, rules and
procedures as they pertain to mass communication and public
policy-making. Prereq.: CCMS 553 or permission of instructor.
Seminar in Design and Analysis of Communication Research. 3 crs. Design
and analysis applications in mass communication research. Emphasis on
multivariate design and analysis. Prereq.: CCMS 701 and CCMS 702 or permission of instructor.
Seminar in Communication and Popular Culture. 3 crs. Mass
media as popular cultural institutions. Emphasis on mass
communication as a system of public language or symbols, its
relationship to the information society and to changes in folk and
elite culture genres.
Seminar in Mass Communication and Development. 3 crs.
Examination of the theories and applications of mass communications as
a resource for social development. Critical review of the
communication and development literature.
Seminar in International Communication. 3 crs.
International interactions, information flows, and perceptions.
Emphasis on the role of the mass media and the factors affecting that
Seminar in Communication Technology. 3 crs. Review of
contemporary developments in the technology of communications and their
impact on telecommunication, media and other communication systems.
Seminar in Internet and Society. 3 crs. Places new
communication technology into historical, cultural, and theoretical
perspective. Intended primarily to study the “people” side of
electronic communication in general and the Internet in particular
Topical Seminar in Communication Studies. 3 crs.
Comprehensive study of the literature on selected topics of
contemporary interest and importance in communication studies.
Prereq.: Consent of instructor.
791. Independent Study (Doctoral). 3 crs. Each.
Independent program of study with readings of particular interest to
the student. Prereq.: Approval of study outline by selected
instructor and department chair.
Independent Study (Doctoral). 1 cr. Independent program of study with
readings of particular interest to the student. Prereq.: Approval of
study outline by selected instructor and department chair.
Readings in MCMS. 3 crs. Focus on preparing for comprehensive exam
and/or for tailoring an in-depth reading/research agenda in conjunction
with dissertation topic.
Readings in MCMS. 1cr. Focus on preparing for comprehensive exam and/or
for tailoring an in-depth reading/research agenda in conjunction with
CCMS 795 through CCMS 798.
Dissertation. 3 crs. Each. Supervised execution of the doctoral
dissertation. Prereq.: Successful completion of doctoral qualifying
examination and admission to candidacy.
CCMS 799. Dissertation. 1 cr. Supervised execution of the doctoral dissertation, taken only as needed. Prereqs.: CCMS 795-798.