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Graduate Program


All CMT students must take and pass three communication electives (9 credit hours) offered by the School of Communication. The communication electives are described below.

COMM -705 - Technology-Mediated Communication
An inquiry into interactive media and how they exert a powerful influence on communicative practices and society. Positioned at the intersection of technology, identity, and culture, interactive media are altering the ways in which people communicate in a wide range of contexts, including education, marketing, civic discourse, politics and popular culture. Applying theories about the relationship between communication technology and culture, this course will explore the current and potential future impact of interactive electronic communication and the social changes that are occurring. Class 3, Credit 3 (Semester offered: Spring)
Prerequisites: none

COMM -706 - Crafting The Message
This course will focus on the creation of written and visual messages appropriate to a targeted audience and specific medium including print, broadcast, interactive, digital and online technologies. Case studies of both effective and unsuccessful messages from advertising, politics, public service, education and entertainment will be examined. Students will create and execute a variety of messages using different writing styles with images that are directed toward specific target audiences. Class 3, Credit 3 (Semester offered: Spring)
Prerequisites: none

COMM -707 - International Media
Evaluation of media technology use in the international setting and in various countries and regions of the world. Major theories about media, current trends in media, journalism practices, and governmental challenges and restrictions are considered. Special attention is paid to the uses and effects of media technologies within various countries focusing on global implications of the Internet and digital technologies on international cooperation, trade, and culture. Class 3, Credit 3 (Semester offered: Fall)
Prerequisites: none

COMM -708 - Communication Education
An analysis of and practicum in teaching communication in higher education. Students explore teaching and learning styles, the role of technology in higher education, and teaching assessment methods. Students create teaching resources and gain teaching experience in a college classroom. Class 3, Credit 3 (Semester offered: Spring)
Prerequisites: none

COMM -709 - Online Advertising
A review of the theory and practice of interactive advertising. Topics include digital interactive media used for advertising purposes, interactive advertising theories and models, and the strategies and tactics for developing effective ad campaigns using interactive media, including the Internet, virtual communities, video games and mobile phones. Class 3, Credit 3 (Semester offered: Spring)
Prerequisites: Open only to students majoring in Communication & Media Technologies

COMM - 710 - Visual Communication
Cross-listed with undergraduate course offering
This course explores visual communication, the process through which individuals--in relationships, organizations, and societies--create, interpret and evaluate impact of those visual messages. A variety of theories from the disciplines of art history, psychology, communication and graphic design will be discussed to develop methods for analyzing mediated messages. Students analyze visual messages from the following media: print photography, video, film and the Internet. Class 3, Credit 3 (Semester offered: Fall)
Prerequisites: none
COMM - 711 -  Persuasion in a Digital Age
Digital communication technologies blur the lines of distinction between mass persuaders, various publics, personal networks and individuals. This course combines traditional theories and research in media, rhetoric and persuasion within the context of new and dynamic channels of communication. This course will investigate the prevalence of persuasive communication in various facets of our society with particular attention to the impact of digital communication channels on persuasion. Class 3, Credit 3, (Semester offered: Fall)
Prerequisites: none
COMM - 713 - Classic Media
Required of students without an undergraduate degree in Communication
To introduce students to a broad range of important texts. Students will gain an understanding of how theory and research developed in the study of mass media and communication. The course is historical but focuses on the literature and media of the twentieth century. Key research studies and media production are analyzed. Students learn to write in American Psychological Association style and conduct secondary research. Class 3, Credit 3 (Semester offered: Fall)
Prerequisites: none
COMM 789 - Special Topics in Communication
May be cross-listed with undergraduate course offerings (COMM-525)
Offered on an occasional basis, course content varies. Class 3, Credit 3
Prerequisites: none