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Graduate Curriculum

500.  Professional Communication. 3 cr. 
Provides students with a variety of practical projects including written and oral components that will prepare them for professional communication. Included will be exercises in preparing brochures, annual reports, articles, public relations documents, technical reports, and business correspondence, and related presentations.

501.  Persuasion in the Marketplace. 9 cr. 
Examines how human beings persuade and are persuaded by one another, particularly in the marketplace. The course introduces students to social scientific and rhetorical approaches to everyday persuasion.

502.  Argumentation. 3 cr.
Applies the methods and principles of deliberation and critique to significant issues in professional and civic life. Emphasizes rhetoric and philosophy of argumentation applied to case-building.

503.  Presentational Communication Skills. 3 cr.
Provides an orientation to professional presentation and platform skills. Students are coached and drilled through their corporate presentations on current issues in the marketplace.

505.  Professional Communication Pedagogy. 3 cr.
Investigates professional communication pedagogy through apprenticeship with instructor teaching professional communication in integrated marketing communication. Offers applied experience in teaching students to integrate basic oral and written communication skills and presentational technology skills within a professional communication context. Provides practice in evaluating professional assignments.

506.  Political Communication. 3 cr.
Examines the gamut of public political debate--campaigns, governance, news coverage, spin-doctors and message shaping, imagery, polls, commentary, blogging, etc. The course explores in historical depth major issues in current events from the perspective of rhetorical and political communication theory.

507.  Intercultural Communication. 9 cr. 
Exposes the student to the importance of communication among and between politically, culturally, and ethnically diverse people as a bridge to understanding in an increasingly multi-cultural world.

508.  Rhetoric, Society & the Marketplace. 3 cr.
Examines the marketplace as historically situated and rhetorically constructed - specifically critiquing modern understanding of the marketplace and marketplace behavior as built on a non-ethical, physical science foundation in contrast to an ethical, Aristotelian foundation.

509.  Visual Communication. 3 cr.
Visual Communication explores principles of rhetorical design and analysis of visual messages for professional communication contexts, including integrated marketing and corporate communication.

510.  Rhetoric & Philosophy of Cyberspace. 3 cr.
Considers the impact of digital communication technology on private and public spaces and their changing conditions. The course promotes a constructive understanding of the effects of technologies, including their interaction with shifting cultural landscapes.

511.  Rhetoric of Digital Communicaiton. 3 cr.
Examines the communication implications of the digital revolution. Students study the narrative of the digital revolution, beginning in the 1960's, as an entry point for considering digitally-mediated human communication today.

512.  Corporate & Integrated Marketing Communication Systems. 3 cr.
Examines the philosophical and pragmatic implications of communication technologies, including the effects of social networking and other technologies on marketing and corporate communication processes. Students explore the digital and technological revolution through examination of prior technological revolutions in communication, e.g. writing, the printing press, and the telegraph.

514.  Rhetoric, Religion & Society. 3 cr. 
Seeks to understand religion, not as a psychological experience, nor even as a set of doctrines or beliefs, but as a rhetorical symbolizing of experience. This course introduces how the rhetoric of religious symbols influences and enriches daily living. The centrality of rhetorical symbolism to religion is evident in communication artifacts and practices such as the Bible, sacred rituals, prayer, sermons, stories, religious tracts, and books.

515.  Organizational Communication. 6 cr. 
Examines current research in organizational communication. A variety of topics will be discussed, including research methods, communication audits, decision-making, image construction, male/female management issues, interpretive and functionalist perspectives, systems and information processing approaches, communication networks, structure and environment.

517.  Multinational Communication. 3 cr.
Focuses on the similarities and differences in the way people from different nations think, act, and communicate.

518.  Conflict Management in Organizations. 3 cr. 
Examines the role of communication in managing and regulating interpersonal and organizational conflict. Application to conflict in everyday interpersonal and professional communicative interaction is explored.

519.  Rhetoric and Philosophy of Technology. 3 cr.
Examines the communication dynamics of technological developments in historical periods. Students analyze the effects of technologized symbolic communication upon people, personally and in the societies in which they live.

520.  Family Communication. 3 cr.
This course examines the role of communication in the construction and maintenance of primary human relationships and groups. The course will identify how families communicate rules, roles, and stories that are essential to the process of meaning-making in the family and to its development.

521.  Communication and Gender. 3 cr.
Examines research on differences in male and female communication styles in a variety of contexts, ranging from personal to social to work relationships. Attention will also be given to the role of gender in mass media communication context.

522.  Communication Research Methods. 9 cr.
Prepares students to interpret and design qualitative and quantitative research in the field of communication. Attention is given to experimental design, surveys/questionnaires, and qualitative methods of research within the context of asking and answering questions about communication processes and preparing research reports. Course may include design of a study and interpretation of results.

523.  Communication Ethics & Professional Civility. 9 cr. 
Providers an applied understanding of communication ethics. The course brings ethical discussion to the workplace and to professional life, while providing a philosophical foundation for understanding the history and significance of the civility for public life.

524.  Civic Communication in a Democratic Society. 3 cr.
Examines the role of communication in the civil functioning of a democratic society. Readings span the scope of Alexis de Tocqueville to Mary Ann Glendon.

526.  Free Speech & Responsibility. 3 cr.
Explores the rhetorical interplay between free speech and communicative responsibility.  Historical cases and contemporary issues in free speech are examined from a standpoint of communicative responsibility.

527.  Communication Management. 9 cr. 
Introduces the communication professional to the principles of management in the context of public and private organizations. The course includes the formulation and execution of effective communication policy for all types of institutions.

528.  Rhetoric & Philosophy of Technology. 3 cr.
Explores the theoretical and philosophical grounds for engaging technology as a socio-cultural phenomenon. The course focuses on the development and effects of emerging technologies throughout history, distinguishing technology as a tool from technology as an end.

529.  Integrated Marketing Comm Strategies I: Public Relations. 6 cr.
Instructs students in the principles of Integrated Marketing Communication (IMC) for Public Relations contexts. Interpersonal, organizational and managerial strategies are integrated through theories of persuasion.  Students learn rhetorical versatility and responsiveness in managing dialogue with diverse publics.  This versatility is based on principles of persuasion, intercultural communication and crisis communication management for organizations. This course prepares students for advanced internships and employment in integrated marketing communication contexts. 

530.  Communication and Evidence. 3 cr.
Prepares students to be users of evidence through a process that includes gaining awareness of access to evidence, deliberating over the quality of evidence, applying evidence to create effective arguments, and evaluating the use of evidence in the creation of arguments. Teaches students exposition, discussion, persuasion, and argumentation to support assertions with evidence and defend judgments with probable cause in the many arenas of public communication. Guides students in answering a series of questions: 1) What constitutes evidence in various contexts? 2) How do scholars and practitioners treat evidence in building an argument? 3) What does the nature of evidence and argumentation suggest about a postmodern age? 4) How is evidence assessed? 5) How may evidence be presented persuasively and ethically in varied public communicative contexts? Students will engage in analytic and performative assignments to demonstrate their mastery of course content.

532.  Integrated Marketing Communication: Brand, Identity, Reputation. 3 cr.
In corporate and integrated marketing communication contexts, leveraging a company's name, core values, and visual representation in all communication and business-related matters both internally and externally requires careful consideration of a three-fold relationship: identity, brand and reputation. This course explores these three facets of organizational development by looking to the philosophy of communication and to the industry commentary for insight into their complex yet essential relationship. The goal of this class is to consider the way in which identity, brand, and reputation work together to build dynamic and sustainable organizations.

533.  Integrated Marketing Comm Strategies II: Advertising. 9 cr. 
Instructs students in the principles of Integrated Marketing Communication (IMC) for Advertising contexts. Advertising is explored as a persuasive rhetorical activity. Students learn rhetorical versatility and responsiveness in constructing messages for diverse audiences through principles of intercultural communication in the global marketplace. Prepares students for advanced internships and employment in Integrated Marketing Communication contexts. Class projects result in a portfolio that demonstrates a student's ability to enhance a client's products, services, and over-all brand.

534.  Corporate/Integrated Marketing Communicaiton & International Experience. 3 cr.
This course focuses on the Scottish Enlightenment and its international influence on the theory and practice of corporate and integrated marketing communication. Two countries, Scotland and England, provide the physical and philosophical points of departure for a praxis study of the origins and development of both fields. You will read Enlightenment philosophers while studying marketplace developments related to corporate and integrated marketing commuication. Each day will consist of philosophical discussions and experiential learning. Lectures from resident scholars in each country, faculty-led discusssions, company visits, and cultural experiences will inform this two-fold approach, enabling dynamic, textured learning about the relationship between the Scottish Enlightenment and corporate and integrated marketing communication.

535.  Integrated Marketing Communication: Social Modalitites. 3 cr.
Integrated Marketing Communication: Social Modalities examines how social technologies influence communication practices in the for-profit and non-profit sectors. This course takes a philosophical and applied approach to understanding how social modalities "story" our engagement with the marketplace.

536.  Integrated Marketing Comm: Coordinating Advertising/Public Relations. 6 cr. 
Studies the fundamental and complex aspects of marketing as applied to the communication field. The course focuses on the design of communication marketing plans, including objectives, strategies, public relations, advertising, promotion, pricing, distribution, research and competitive assessments. Students will analyze case studies from the communication industry.

537.  Corporate Communications Marketplace: Local. 3 cr.
Students build business literacy through researching key business and economic issues related to the Pittsburgh regions and presenting their findings to working professionals from throughout the area. Vocational discernment exercises enable students to approach graduate studies more purposefully and direct their professional preparation.

538.  Integrated Marketing Communication: Interactive Strategies. 6 cr.
Within the purview of integrated marketing communication, this course examines theoretical and practical communicative strategies behind interactive marketing. This course will challenge students to apply communication theory in order to support and articulate the role of online strategies in integrated campaign planning. In addition, students will gain a more comprehensive understanding of how to think and implement strategic interactive tactics through hands-on projects.

539.  Integrated Marketing Communication Requests for Proposals: Advertising/Public Relations. 3 cr.
Examines a crucial stage of the persuasive communication in IMC: responding to RFPs, or “Requests for Proposals.”  Teaches students to apply strategies of analysis, persuasion, and public speaking/presentations in diverse interpersonal and public contexts.  Students plan integrated Advertising and/or Public Relations campaigns, learning the importance of audience analysis, principles of intercultural communication, and interpretation of institutional/organizational discourse as the learn to “pitch” proposals to potential clients.

540.  Technical Communication. 3 cr.
Technical communication presents expert information to non-expert audiences. Explaining information well is essential in explaining products and services, promoting understanding, cultivating trust, and promoting participation in public or organizational initiatives. This course exposes students to technical communication and offers them the opportunity to apply technical communication principles through a number of portfolio-building projects.

541.  Corporate Communication: Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Communication. 3 cr.
Explores the role of strategic corporate communication in positioning an organization’s mission and identity with regard to environmental concerns for internal and external publics/stakeholders.

542.  Environmental Communication. 3 cr.
Concern with changes in the environment caused by human behavior has permeated all layers of human society. This course explores the communicative practices of activists, advocates, consumers, corporations, governmental organizations, and the public about the impact of human behavior on the Earth. Grounded in a strategic communication/rhetorical approach to environmentalism, the course engages praxis - theory-informed action - to examine construction of strategic persuasive messages about the environment designed to bring about behavioral change.

543.  Corporate Communications Marketplace: National. 3 cr.
Students build marketplace literacy through researching key national business and economic issues and presenting their finding to workplace professionals from throughout the area. Students also report on networking activities to build connections and develop their knowledge in their field of interest.

544.  Integrated Marketing Communication: International Perspectives. 3 cr.
Instructs students in the theories and applications of integrated marketing communication in the global marketplace. Different cultural perspectives and contexts are explored through praxis exemplars. Students learn about the opportunities and challenges of international marketing and develop literacy and fluency necessary for internships and entry-level positions in integrated marketing communication contexts that involve an international dimension.

545.  Non-Profit Development & Philanthropy Comm. 3 cr.
This course will help students to develop basic grant-writing skills and an understanding of the components of a strategic plan, non-profit swot analysis (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats), comprehensive development initiatives, incoming-producing initiatives, and non-profit organizations structure, history and ethics.

546.  Corporate Communication Marketplace: Global. 3 cr.
Students build marketplace literacy through researching key business and economic issues in the global marketplace and presenting their findings to working professionals from throughout the area. Students also report on networking activities to build connections and develop their knowledge in their field of interest.

550.  Communication & Community Relations. 3 cr.
Community relations is a vital part of corporate communication's management function to lead, motivate, persuade, and inform its various publics. Hence, it is an important facet of the public relations function of integrated marketing communication. This course explores community relations efforts as they are implemented by IMC/public relations professionals in nonprofit, corporate, agency, and governmental organizations.

552.  Corporate Communication: Economic and Financial Literacy. 3 cr.
Examines core economics and finances concepts that are essential in understanding the environment of business and making communication management decisions, including financial statement analysis and budgeting.

554.  Interpersonal Communication. 3 cr. 
Studies communication between persons in the context of relationships such as friendship, marriage, work, etc. Topics include phases of relationship development, disclosure, symmetry and asymmetry in relationships.

555.  Small Group & Team Communication. 3 cr.
Examines decision-making processes in small groups and teams. Students will be introduced to major theories in the field, including Hirokawa and Scheerhorn's model of decision making. Topics covered include leadership, errors in decision making, and effective communication in small groups.

557.  Communication, Science & Revolution. 3 cr.
Examines how beliefs built upon assumptions common to science and revolution influenced the modern world's understanding of communication. Develops more completely and philosophically the rhetorical perspective introduced in Communication and Persuasion by applying the particular perspective to contemporary systems of belief. Covers the rhetorical-communication theories of the Sophists, Plato, Aristotle, Weaver, Burke, Grassi, and others.

558.  Rhetoric of Popular Culture. 3 cr.
Examines how the triumph of beliefs dominated by imagination over beliefs dominated by science is changing our understanding of ourselves. Rhetorically analyzes science fiction/fantasy (the literature combining science and imagination) for insights into the shift in commonplace assumptions about reality which characterize modern and post-modern world views. Assumptions about the relationship between psychology and art are criticized for their influence on Western consciousness and our understanding of communication. Covers the rhetorical communication theories of Bacon, Ramus, Burke, Perelman, Ong and Hudson.

559.  Philosophy of Communication. 3 cr.
Study of philosophical theories used to analyze, describe, and interpret the process of communication. Emphasis on the nature of persons, consciousness, and social exchange as discussed in contemporary schools of thought such as behaviorism, semiology, structuralism, critical theory, and hermeneutics.

560.  Seminar: Communication & Religion. 3 cr.
Consists of revolving topics and authors interested in the interplay of communication and religion within culture, society and community.  This seminar examines topics and authors supportive of the Catholic mission of the Spiritan Fathers.

561.  Rhetorical Theory. 3 cr. 
Provides a theoretical introduction to classical and modern rhetorical praxis. Student papers focus on theoretical summaries of rhetorical scholarship.

563.  Strategic Corporate Communication. 6 cr.
Examines theoretical and applied strategic management of communication in profit and not-for-profit corporate settings critical for organizational success at all levels. Topics include roles and responsibilities of communication functions within corporations, design and implementation of communication plans, and strategic message production for internal and external audiences, including employees, investors, and other stakeholders.

567.  Rhetoric of Religion & Nonviolence. 3 cr.
This course examines the connection between religious narrative and nonviolence. Key metaphors of respect, responsibility, discipline and faith guide examination of authors such as Martin Luther King Jr., Thomas Merton, Dorothy Day and Mahatma Gandhi. This course applies religious nonviolence to multiple rhetorical settings through final paper projects completed by M.A. and Ph.D. students.

570.  Graduate Research & Development I. 3 cr.
Graduate students serve as project managers for students enrolled in Undergraduate R & D I. Students guide undergraduate students in conducting research on topics in the field of applied communication, evaluating evidence, constructing white papers, and delivering information to clients. The course centers upon delivery of integrated marketing communication (public relations, advertising, and marketing) and corporate communication research in cooperation with clients in the for-profit and not-for-profit marketplace.

571.  Graduate Research & Development II. 3 cr.
Offers additional experience in management of communication research and development teams. Graduate students serve as project managers for students enrolled in Undergraduate R&D I. Students guide undergraduate students in conducting research on topics in the field of applied communication, evaluating evidence, constructing white papers, and delivering information to clients. The course centers upon delivery of integrated marketing communication (public relations, advertising, and marketing) and corporate communication research in cooperation with clients in the for-profit and not-for-profit marketplace.

578.  History of Communication. 3 cr.
Analyzes major social influences affecting communication theory and practices from classical to contemporary times. Theorists emphasized include Plato, Aristotle, Cicero , Augustine, John of Salisbury, Bacon, Campbell, Whately, Kames, Watzlawick, and Berger.

584.  Health Communication. 3 cr.
Examines communication theory and research as it relates to the health care context. Uses a systems perspective to investigate such issues as interpersonal communication (e.g., doctor-patient, nurse-patient, doctor-nurse), patient satisfaction and compliance, and group and organizational communication (e.g., health care teams, job stress, self-help groups).

585.  Health Care Communication Ethics. 3 cr.
Examines how the structure of health care organizations affects the communication within them. The class will use case studies to analyze how well health-care professionals communicate with one another and how their attitudes about professionals affect their ability to communicate. The course will also examine the ethical mission of health care organizations and professions and how the communication process helps or hinders that mission.

586.  Organizational Consulting. 3 cr.
Provides background in organizational communication systems and human resourse analysis and diagnosis. Includes an introduction to organizational intervention through communication-based training and development programs. Major units include organizations as systems, organizational diagnosis, and organizational intervention. Specific concepts covered include organizational adult techniques and adult learning theory, as well as designing, conducting, and evaluating several different types of training efforts.

587.  Event Planning: Communication Architecture. 3 cr.
Focuses on designing integrated communication approaches for implementation in specific contexts such as conferences, professional meetings, celebratory events, and programs for community outreach.  Working from a theory-informed action (praxis) approach, students engage the professional, interpersonal, and organizational coordination of information, people and budget(s). 

588.  Corporate & Integrated Marketing Communication Research. 3 cr.
Examines the role of research within corporate and integrated marketing communication activities. Qualitative and quantitative methods, including processes for structuring and conducting focus groups, sampling, measurement, research design, and basic data analysis, will be addressed.

590.  Special Topics. 3 cr.
Discusses professional and/or theoretical problems and advancements in the field of communication.

592.  Communication Ethics: Pedagogy. 3 cr.
Instructs in the philosophy and pedagogy of communication ethics through apprenticeship with the faculty instructor. A course project tired to communication praxis in pedagogy will emerge from the student's participation in the core course, including regular meetings with the faculty member teaching the course, instructional support, evaluation of undergraduate work, and course logistics. Approval of the instructor and department chair required for registration.

593.  History of Communication: Pedagogy. 3 cr.
Instructs in the philosophy and pedagogy of the history of communication through apprenticeship with the faculty instructor. A course project tired to communication praxis in pedagogy will emerge from the student's participation in the core course, including regular meetings with the faculty member teaching the course, instructional support, evaluation of undergraduate work, and course logistics. Approval of the instructor and department chair required for registration.

594.  Integrated Marketing Communication Pedagogy. 3 cr.
Instructs in the philosophy and pedagogy of planning an integrated marketing communication campaign. A course project related to developing a strategic communication plan that emphasizes the importance of communication ethics will emerge from the student's participation in the classroom. Regular meetings with the faculty member teaching the course are required as well as outside research and instructional support and evaluation of undergraduate work.

595.  Rhetoric & Philosophy of St. Augustine. 3 cr.
Considers St. Augustine's post-conversion theory of rhetoric and philosophy of communication with particular implications, appropriations, and applications. A resurgence of scholarly work on Augustine points to the relevance and depth of intellectual ground offered by Augustine on issues at the intersection of rhetoric and philosophy today. Primary texts to be explored include the Confessions, On Christian Doctrine, and City of God.

600.  Readings in Kenneth Burke. 0 cr.
Provides opportunity to study various works of Kenneth Burke in a seminar setting.

601.  Communication Practicum. 1 cr. 
Allows individuals who lack relevant prior experience in their chosen career area to demonstrate application of what has been learned in the program. Depending on the circumstances, the practicum can either be fulfilled through supervised experience at an appropriate agency, company or institution, or through a detailed project undertaken by a student under the supervision of a faculty member to demonstrate the application of what has been learned in the program. Note: Students who have prior work experience should not elect this course.

602.  Rhetoric & Philosophy of Communication Pedagogy. 0 cr.
Required course for graduate students teaching courses for the Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies. Provides a broad range of instructional principles and practices for teaching within an undergraduate curriculum in Communication & Rhetoric Studies.

603.  Rhetoric and Philosophy of Strategic Corporate Communication. 3 cr.
Examines historical and contemporary understandings of strategic corporate communication from a rhetoric and philosophy of communication perspective. Explores philosophical framing of corporations' rhetorical responsiveness to questions of the historical moment.

604.  Seminar: Communication Ethics. 3 cr.
Philosophical examination of discourse ethics from traditional and contemporary perspectives. Final paper will be submitted for review at a scholarly conference and/or scholarship journal.

607.  Rhetoric & Philosophy of Intercultural Communication. 3 cr.
This course will survey the process of communication between and among persons who are different from one another in one or more cultural ways. Topics may include, but are not limited to, communication in and across cultures outside the United States, communnication among cultural groups within the United States, an investigation of the role of diversity and culture in the public arena, and the nature of ethics in intercultural communication.

609.  Rhetorical Theory. 3 cr.
(Core requirements for Rhetoric and the Philosophy of Communication M.A.) Examines classical and contemporary rhetorical theory. Analysis of a rhetorical orientation or era is self-selected by the graduate student.

610.  Rhetoric & Philosophy of Cyberspace. 3 cr.
Considers the impact of digital communication technology on private and public spaces and their changing conditions. The course promotes a constructive understanding of the effects of technologies, including their interaction with shifting cultural landscapes.

611.  Rhetoric & Hermeneutics. 3 cr.
The guiding theme of this course will be the subject of intimacy between rhetoric and hermeneutics. By emphasizing the genealogical history of rhetoric, students will see that both disciplines reveal a pragmatic, poetic, and deconstructive constellation, revealing an intriguing, dynamically open understanding of communication.

614.  Rhetoric & Philosophy of Crisis Management. 3 cr.
This course examines crisis management from a rhetorical and philosophical perspective. Lectures outline major crisis in various historical periods, discussing the rhetorical interruptions that announced a crisis, the manner in which the crisis was understood philosophically, and the practical communicative responses to a given crisis. Students read and present material from scholarly and practioner journals on crisis management and write a research paper on an organization that successfully managed a crisis-framing the rhetorical interruption, the philosophy that centered the crisis and response, the practical rhetorical responses used in meeting the crisis, and an evaluation of the rhetorical consequences of the crisis management. Rhetoric and Philosophy of Crisis Management provides a humanities background for understanding the interaction of rhetoric, philosophy, and crisis management and the practical application of this understanding to contemporary acts of organizational crisis management.

615.  Rhetoric & Philosophy of Organizational Communication. 3 cr.
Humanities study of Organizational Communication theory and action. Examines the rhetoric or organizational symbols within the corporate context. Paper and/or essay is co-written with supervising faculty members.

622.  Rhetoric & Philosophy of Communication Scholarship. 0 cr.
Introduction to graduate study which examines the ideas and literature of communication and rhetorical studies. Addresses valued ways of knowing as well as practical skills needed for professional success.

626.  Rhetoric & Philosophy of Free Speech. 3 cr.
This class explores the philosophical grounding of free speech as a rhetorical practice within the Western tradition. Historical and contemporary perspectives for discourses in a democratic society are considered.

628.  Rhetoric & Philosophy of Technology. 3 cr.
Explores the theoretical and philosophical grounds for engaging technology as a socio-cultural phenomenon. The course focuses on the development and effects of emerging technologies throughout history, distinguishing technology as a tool from technology as an end.

632.  Hermeneutic Phenomenology. 0 cr.
The seminar in Hermeneutic Phenomenology engages primary and secondary scholarship of authors in the phenomenological philosophical tradition. Students meet together with seminar leaders weekly after reading assigned textual material. The seminar is designed as a six-semester experience. Students provide a 1-page per chapter summary/reaction for materials read. At the conclusion of the class,students will use one philosopher as a lens for their interpretive work, submitting an essay for review at a regional or national conference. An interpretive or summary essay concludes the six-semester experience; students turn in a folder each year to the co-directors of the seminar, providing evidence of a scholarly essay addressing a communicatively rich content area topic explored from a phenomenological and/or existential phenomenological interpretive perspective.

633.  Rhetoric & Philosophy of Advertising. 3 cr. 
Humanities study of Advertising Communication. Historical and current philosophical implications of the impact of advertising or the culture are investigated. Paper and/or essay is co-written with supervising faculty member.

634.  Rhetoric & Philosophy of Communication Economics. 3 cr.
Examines the rhetorical and philosophical implications of historical development in Communication Economics, detailing the relationship between economics and the type of information provided, the manner of investigation, and the style of presentation.

635.  Rhetoric of the Marketplace. 3 cr.
This course examines the rhetorical implications of the construction, evolution, and social importance of the marketplace. The course traces changes in the marketplace through historical periods.

636.  Rhetoric & Philosophy of Integrated Marketing Communication. 3 cr. 
Humanities study of Marketing Communication. Social and cultural implications of historical and current marketing practices are examined.

649.  Rhetoric & Philosophy of Public Relations. 3 cr. 
Humanities study of Public Relations practices, historical and current. The social obligations of relating to the public from a corporate setting is examined from an ethical and critical perspective.

654.  Philosophy of Interpersonal Communication. 3 cr.
Humanities study of Interpersonal Communication theory and action. Course explores the philosophical implications of current and past theories in interpersonal communication, connecting each to a historical moment within the culture.

659.  Philosophy of  Communication. 3 cr.
(Core requirement for Rhetoric and the Philosophy of Communication M.A.) Examines basic philosophical assumptions that undergird traditional and contemporary communication theory. The graduate student will analyze the work of a scholar doing philosophical study of communication such as Martin Buber, Emmanuel Levinas, Dietrick Bonhoeffer, Hans Gadamer, or Jurgen Habermas.

678.  Rhetoric of the Humanities. 3 cr.
The theories and practices of rhetoric and the philosophy of communication are embedded in their own historical contexts. In this course, students consider the rhetorical implications of art, philosophy, architecture, politics, religion, etc., of major historical eras, thereby increasing their knowledge of the intellectual and cultural dynamics involved in interpretation, theory and practice from a rhetorical perspective.

690.  Directed Reading in Communication. 1-6 cr.
Allows in-depth study of an area not available in the current curriculum or otherwise accessible because of scheduling conflicts. In order to qualify for a Directed Reading, the student must submit an application letter to a faculty member into the chosen area of study. The application is due at least three weeks before the beginning of the semester and must include a critical bibliography of books and periodical to be read, with a summary of the contents of each. The minimum reading requirement consists of at least six books or a comparable collection of articles from periodicals. During the course, students are required to write 3-5 page papers on each reading selection, and a final paper of at least ten pages synthesizing the reading undertaken. Not available to students doing a thesis. Approval of a member of the graduate faculty and of the department chair is required.

700.  Thesis – Communication. 1-6 cr.
Students undertake a significant research project resulting in a thesis. The study is directed by a member of the graduate faculty and a 3+ person committee. Available only to those anticipating continuing their studies in a Ph.D. program. Prerequisite: Approval of a member of the graduate faculty and of the department chair.

701.  Dissertation Communication (FT). 1-6 cr.
Graduate students must complete 6 credits to complete the PhD degree.

702.  Teaching Practicum. 0-3 cr.
Infrequently, for experienced students, the department affords an opportunity to earn academic credit by assisting faculty in a classroom setting.