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CMC 510 Speakers, Campaigns and Movements (A). Surveys significant historical and contemporary speakers, persuasive campaigns and rhetorical movements, with special attention to the introduction of women to the speaking platform and to historical and contemporary spokespersons and movements on behalf of social and gender equality. 3 Cr. Spring.

CMC 511 Rhetorical Criticism (A). Explores methods of rhetorical criticism; application of methods to verbal and visual rhetorical discourse; and recognition of critical methods in rhetorical studies. 3 Cr. Spring.

CMC 513 Nonverbal Communication (A). Explores multisensory communication codes for human interactions through channels such as paralanguage, space, time, body and artifacts. Takes a functional approach considering purpose and context and to determine the situational characteristics and codes. 3 Cr.

CMC 515 Dynamic Speaking in Professional Contexts (A). Prerequisite: CMC201. Introduces students to a variety of speaking occasions that they might encounter professionally and encourages them to develop advanced speaking skills, such as being conversational with audiences, navigating interruptions and questions, leading discussions and using presentational software appropriately and effectively. 3 Cr. 3 Cr. Fall.

CMC 517 Political Rhetoric in the Information Age (A). Critically examines significant 20th-century American political speeches and campaigns. Explores the ways in which individuals and institutions use media to exercise power and influence opinion through the use of verbal and visual symbols. Places special emphasis on representations of gender in political rhetoric. 3 Cr. Fall.

CMC 518 Intercultural Communication (A). Explores cultural similarities and differences affecting communication and intercultural competencies for interaction between cultural groups and individuals along gender, ethnic and national lines. 3 Cr.

CMC 532 Public Relations Campaigns (A). Focuses on the treatment of an organization's public relations and information efforts, including situation analysis and research, program and campaign planning, development of communications materials and activities, and program management. Provides experience in planning and executing public relations and information campaigns and programs. 3 Cr. Spring.

CMC 563 Media and Society (A). Covers significant phases, issues and controversies in the historical development of mass communication in the United States. Emphasizes contemporary media relationships with, and impact on, intellectual, sociopolitical, economic and technological aspects of culture and society. Considers daily and other periodical press, radio, television and film. 3 Cr. Spring.

CMC 572 Group Leadership (A). Examines group processes, relationships and leadership in task-oriented groups, such as committees, task forces, teams, and problem-solving groups. Includes topics such as analysis of group processes, agenda planning, motivation of participation, conflict management, team building, and group leadership styles and techniques. 3 Cr. Spring. 3 Cr.

CMC 573 Theories of Communication (A). Covers classical and contemporary theories of human communication, research and practical applications of theory, relation of theoretical concepts to instances of communication behavior and identification of salient communication theses. 3 Cr.

CMC 579 Conflict Management through Communication (A). Covers interpersonal conflict and its essential characteristics; evolution of the study of social conflict; perspectives from which social conflict is viewed, including psychological, social-psychological, sociological, economic, political and mathematical; the sources, conditions and consequences of social conflict within a given social setting; and skills of conflict management. 3 Cr.

CMC 583 Communication Training and Development (A). Introduces communication training with emphasis on practice in designing, facilitating and evaluating a workshop presentation in an organizational setting. 3 Cr.

CMC 585 Professional Writing (A). Builds on the close reading and critical thinking skills of Humanities students to strengthen detail-oriented, audience-driven written documents, both print and electronic, appropriate to expectations in a variety of workplaces. For Humanities majors and graduate students. 3 Cr.

CMC 592 Theories of Rhetoric (A). Provides an intensive study of classical and contemporary theories of persuasion and social influence. Gives attention to the application of theory to the practice of social influence. 3 Cr. Fall.

CMC 596 Contemporary Media Issues (B). Provides in-depth study of one or more instructor-selected contemporary issues or problems in journalism, public relations and/or mass communication. Issues and problems selected will vary with each offering and may be either conceptual or applied. 3 Cr. Every Semester 3 Cr. Every Semester.

CMC 600 Communication Research Methods (A). Examines different research methodologies and techniques and their application in rhetorical, interpersonal and mass communication research. This course is a prerequisite for all CMC 600-and 700-level courses. 3 Cr. Fall.

CMC 601 Seminar in Quantitative Research Methods in Communication (A). Provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to design and conduct both experimental and survey research on communication topics. Requires students to design and conduct quantitative research prospectuses. 3 Cr. Spring.

CMC 602 Seminar in Qualitative Research Methods in Communication (A). Provides students with knowledge and skills necessary to design and conduct qualitative communication research. Focuses on various methods of rhetorical criticism, textual analysis and ethnography. Requires students to design and conduct qualitative research prospectuses. 3 Cr. Spring.

CMC 691 Seminar in Rhetorical Criticism (A). Examines the development of rhetorical criticism and application of methodologies to particular problems of criticism. 3 Cr.

CMC 692 Seminar in Rhetorical Theory (A). Examines classical and contemporary theories of rhetoric, with an emphasis on the epistemic functions of rhetoric and on the role of rhetoric in public, social and cultural contexts. 3 Cr. Spring.

CMC 693 Seminar in Organizational Communication (A). Examines organizational communication. Specific topic announced in advance by the instructor. 3 Cr. Spring.

CMC 694 Seminar in Mass Communication (A). Covers mass communication theory, research and practice; development in contemporary mass communication theory; and the social and cultural contexts of mass communication. Specific topic announced in advance by the instructor. 3 Cr. Fall.

CMC 695 Seminar in Period and Types of Rhetorical Discourse (A). Examines in depth particular periods or movements in the history of rhetorical discourse such as colonial American Speeches, the women's suffrage movement, totalitarian movements, or contemporary political speaking. Specific period or type announced in advance by the instructor. 3 Cr.

CMC 696 Seminar in Media Studies and Criticism (A). Examines various approaches to media studies and criticism, including technological determinism, rhetorical criticism, semiotics, social criticism, cultural studies and ideological criticism. 3 Cr.

CMC 697 Seminar in Interpersonal Communication (A). Examines diadic, relational, family, small group, therapeutic and/or negotiation communication. Specific topics will be selected by the instructor. 3 Cr. Fall.

CMC 699 Independent Study in Communication (A). Designed individually through consultation between the student and instructor to suit the student's needs and interests, and the special competence of the instructor. Additional requirements may be established by the department. 1-6 Cr.

CMC 797 Project in Communication (A). Entails a substantial research, creative or utilitarian project that serves to integrate and focus the graduate student's program of study. Acceptable projects can include limited historical, descriptive or experimental research; applied communication activities with a clearly defined end product; or creative work demonstrating an understanding of theoretical communication concepts. An acceptable project is determined through consultation between the student and his/her advisor and other graduate faculty in the department and in the student's cognate area. 1-6 Cr.

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