Areas of Study

Students specialize in one of seven tracks by completing a minimum of three courses (12 units) in one of the following:

Rhetoric, Politics and Publics

  • COMM 509 Classical Rhetorical Theory
  • COMM 511 Contemporary Rhetorical Theory
  • COMM 512 Rhetorical Criticism
  • COMM 513 Neoclassical Rhetorical Theory
  • COMM 514 Social Movements as Rhetorical Form
  • COMM 515 Postmodern Rhetorical Theory
  • COMM 517 Rhetorical Theory and Culture
  • COMM 518 American Public Address
  • COMM 520 The Rhetoric of the Presidential Campaign Trail
  • COMM 521 Argumentation
  • COMM 522 Kenneth Burke's Dramatistic Theory
  • COMM 573 Networked Publics: Theories and Encounters
  • COMM 576 Civic Media and Participatory Politics
  • COMM 580 Media and Politics

Media, Culture and Community

  • COMM 516 Feminist Theory and Community
  • COMM 517 Rhetorical Theory and Culture
  • COMM 519 Cultural Studies in Communication
  • COMM 564 Communication, Culture and Capitalism
  • COMM 573 Networked Publics: Theories and Encounters
  • COMM 574 Science and Technology Studies for Communication and Media
  • COMM 575 Advocacy and Social Change in Entertainment and the Media
  • COMM 580 Media and Politics
  • COMM 605 Advanced Macro Theories of Communication
  • COMM 618 Mass Media Effects
  • COMM 629 Global Culture
  • COMM 653 Research, Practice and Social Change
  • COMM 654 Art, Artists and Society
  • COMM 655 Studies in Sound, Music and Communication
  • COMM 656 Theorizing Race, Culture, Cross-Cultural Exchange
  • COMM 662 Video Games Research
  • COMM 672 Experiments in Critical Writing
  • CMGT 587 Audience Analysis

Health Communication and Social Dynamics

  • COMM 554 Regression and Multivariate Communication Research
  • COMM 602 Seminar in Persuasion
  • COMM 611 Communication Technology and Healthcare
  • COMM 612 Designing Health Communication Interventions
  • COMM 613 Grant Writing in Communication
  • COMM 614 Computational Approaches in Health Communication
  • COMM 615 Health Communication
  • COMM 616 Health Communication for Prevention
  • COMM 650 Survey Construction and Validation
  • COMM 651 Experimental and Quasi-Experimental Designs
  • CMGT 581 Media in Social Services: Design and Evaluation of Campaigns
  • CMGT 583 Social Marketing and Entertainment Education
  • CMGT 587 Audience Analysis
  • CMGT 588 Global Storytelling: The Power of Narrative

Groups, Organizations and Networks

  • COMM 508 Power, Politics and Conflict in Communication
  • COMM 524 Small Group Process
  • COMM 585 Organizational Communication
  • COMM 635 Economics of Information
  • COMM 636 Interpretive and Cultural Approaches in Organizational Communication
  • COMM 637 Current Readings in Organizational Communication
  • COMM 638 Global, International and Intercultural Communication in Organizations
  • COMM 640 Communication and Organizational Change
  • COMM 641 Organizations and Communication Technologies
  • COMM 645 Communication Networks
  • COMM 648 Online Communities and Networks
  • COMM 652 Field Research in Communication

Information, Political Economy and Entertainment

  • COMM 516 Feminist Theory and Communication
  • COMM 559 Globalization, Communication and Society
  • COMM 560 Global Media and Communication in China and Asia
  • COMM 563 Black Popular Culture: Theory and Central Debates
  • COMM 564 Communication, Culture and Capitalism
  • COMM 566 Using Theory to Craft Policies to Affect Change
  • COMM 570 Economics of the Communication Industries
  • COMM 630 Communication Technology and Social Change
  • COMM 647 Network Society
  • COMM 654 Art, Artists and Society
  • COMM 660 Entertainment and Games
  • COMM 662 Video Games Research
  • COMM 670 Economic Cultures
  • CMGT 582 International Communication: National Development

Political Economy of Global Communication

  • COMM 546 The Political Economy of Innovation
  • COMM 553 Political Economy of Global Telecommunications and Information
  • COMM 559 Globalization, Communication and Society
  • COMM 560 Global Media and Communication in China and Asia
  • COMM 561 Leading and Communicating Change in Global Organizations
  • COMM 567 The Political Economy of Privacy and Cybersecurity
  • COMM 570 Economics of the Communication Industries
  • COMM 582 Information and Communication Technology for Development
  • COMM 629 Global Culture
  • COMM 630 Communication Technology and Social Change
  • COMM 635 Economics of Information
  • COMM 645 Communication Networks
  • COMM 647 Network Society
  • PUBD 504 Global Issues and Public Diplomacy
  • PUBD 510 Technologies and Public Diplomacy
  • PUBD 515 Transnational Diplomacy and Global Security
  • PUBD 516 International Broadcasting
  • PUBD 522 Hard Power, Soft Power and Smart Power

New Media and Technology

  • COMM 524 Small Group Process
  • COMM 570 Economics of the Communication Industries
  • COMM 572 Theories of Computer Mediated Communication
  • COMM 573 Networked Publics: Theories and Encounters
  • COMM 574 Science and Technology Studies for Communication and Media
  • COMM 576 Civic Media and Participatory Politics
  • COMM 577 Fandom, Participatory Culture and Web 2.0
  • COMM 578 New Media Literacies
  • COMM 611 Communication Technology and Healthcare
  • COMM 641 Organizations and Communication Technologies
  • COMM 647 Network Society
  • CMGT 530 Social Dynamics of Communication Technologies
  • CMGT 531 Communication and the International Economy
  • CMGT 537 Video Games: Content, Industry and Policy