Programs by Campus


Applied Communication


  • COMM-C 500 Advanced Communication Theory (3 cr.) Students ex­plore how scholars from various traditions have described and explained the universal human experience of communication. Students develop an understanding of a variety of communi­cation theories to more completely interpret events in more flexible, useful, and discriminating ways.
  • COMM-C 501 Applied Quantitative Research Methods in Communica­tion Studies (3 cr.) The course is designed to offer an oppor­tunity to examine, assess, and conduct quantitative research that employs communication theory and quantitative research methods as a means to test theory in applied settings and/or as a means to applied ends (i.e., problem-solving policy analysis).
  • COMM-C 502 Applied Qualitative Research Methods in Communica­tion Studies (3 cr.) P: 6 credits (at any level) of coursework in Communication Studies. Inductive (data-to-theory) approach to knowledge, and associated sequential and non-sequential methods for studying communication in applied everyday situa­tions, e.g., friendships and other close personal dyads, fami­lies, small groups, organizations, and public, media, historical, computer mediated, or health-related contexts.
  • COMM-C 503 Applied Learning Project (3 cr.) An applied learning project that provides students with a culminating educational experience. The project gives students the opportunity to apply their knowledge of communicative processes to real-life orga­nizational problems, and provides the opportunity to produce a body of work reflecting their abilities.
  • COMM-C 510 Health Provider-Consumer Communication (3 cr.) Designed to teach communication skills and practices related to health care talk by examining transactional communication within health care contexts. Topics covered in this course focus directly upon interpersonal dialogue between health care pro­viders and patients.
  • COMM-C 520 Advanced Public Communication (3 cr.) Theory and application of oral communication integral to institutional and corporate profesisonals.  Critical analysis of representative manuscripts of American speechmaking, and development and presentation of forms and types of public address for professionals.
  • COMM-C 526 Effective Media Strategies (3 cr.) This course specifically focuses on the effective use of media as a means of persuasion.  This course explains how ideas are expressed through techniques unique to the language of radio, television, film, and the Internet.
  • COMM-C 528 Group Communication and Organizations (3 cr.) This seminar-format course examines the ways in which informal groups and communication networks facilitate a variety of organizational processes (i.e., socialization, diffusion of innova­tion). Emphasis is placed on developing theoretical understand­ing of informal groups in organizations as well as on method­ological issues involved in studying communication networks in organizations.
  • COMM-C 530 Communication Criticism (3 cr.) This course will introduce students to criticism as a method of studying persuasive mes­sages in speeches, fiction, mass media, musical lyrics, political campaign literature, art, and other modes of communication in contemporary culture.
  • COMM-C 531 Media Theory and Criticism (3 cr.) A course organized primarily around theories and critical strategies commonly considered within the broad category of contemporary criti­cism. The course utilizes primary theoretical texts to introduce students to a variety of methodologies employed in analyzing media messages, and emphasizes the application of theoretical frameworks on the analysis of specific media texts.
  • COMM-C 544 Advanced Relational Communication (3 cr.) An introductory course in interpersonal communication.  Applications of communication theory/research in such areas as relational culture and relationship development. Includes a scholarly project on a real relationship, and applications of research to areas such as pedagogy and couple/family therapy.
  • COMM-C 580 Advanced Organizational Communication (3 cr.) The course provides a solid foundation of concepts for understand­ing and discussing human organizations. Students will analyze, evaluate, and apply the theories and practices related to orga­nizational issues. Through case studies, readings, and practical applications, this course combines a theory-based understand­ing of communication in organizations with real-world applica­tions.
  • COMM-C 582 Advanced Intercultural Communication (3 cr.) Exploration of issues related to the intercultural communication process. Consideration of the role of social, cultural, and historical contexts in intercultural interactions. Examination of the relationship between culture and communication from the socio-psychological, interpretive, and critical perspectives.
  • COMM-C 591 Topics/Seminar in Applied Communication (3 cr.) This is a revolving topics course. The changing nature of the topic allows graduate students to explore, synthesize, and integrate knowledge of the field of communication and the particular discipline of applied communication while focusing on a single topic not otherwise addressed in the course of study.
  • COMM-C 592 Advanced Health Communication (3 cr.) A course designed to teach communication skills and practices related to health care by examing health care communication theory.  Topics range across communication levels (interpersonal, intrapersonal, group, organization, mass media, and mediated communication) within a variety of health care contexts.
  • COMM-C 593 Advanced Family Communication (3 cr.) Applications of theory and research on the role of communication in creating and maintaining marriages/committed couples and families.  Includes a scholarly term paper on a real couple or family's communication.
  • COMM-C 594 Communication and Conflict Management in Organiza­tions (3 cr.) This seminar-format course examines the com­munication exchanges that facilitate conflict management within organizational contexts. Specific attention is focused on negotiation and mediation; however, the communication of alternative means of conflict and dispute resolution are also discussed. In addition, students will be introduced to methods for assessing conflict interaction in organizations.
  • COMM-C 597 Thesis (3 cr.) Applied communication students who choose the thesis option will identify a research topic and develop it under the guidance of the student’s thesis director (IUPUI professor). The thesis topic will be related to the field of applied communication in its foci and method.
  • COMM-C 598 Internship (1-3 cr.) This course integrates applied com­munication theory and practice in a practice setting. Students will apply theoretical concepts and research tools, conduct projects, and interact with communication professionals in the designated setting. In concert with the student's chosen area of concentration, he or she will address issues of importance to that particular organization.
  • COMM-C 599 Independent Study (1-6 cr.) This course provides stu­dents with the opportunity to synthesize and apply knowledge acquired through course work and professional experience into a completed research project in applied communication. Stu­dents will work independently on a topic/issue of choice under the guidance of graduate faculty.
  • COMM-C 620 Computer-Mediated Communication (3 cr.) An overview of practical and scholarly approaches to computer mediated communication. The readings address mass communication, discourse, community, gender, intercultural understanding, ethics, interpersonal relationships, identity, organizational com­munication, and education.
  • COMM-C 521 Family Comm in Health Contexts (3 cr.) This interdisciplinary seminar focuses on communication involving families in health care settings, addressing significant issues for graduate/professional students who will work with families, including students in Comm. Studies, Nursing, Psychology, Social Work, Public Health, and Medicine.  Topics include communication with families about health care concerns and family-patient-health provider systems
  • COMM-C 621 Persuasion (3 cr.) This course takes a rhetorical/critical approach to persuasion in its broadest sense, how it affects our lives everyday and how we can find evidence of persuasive tactics in unexpected places. We will look broadly at theories of persuasion and their application across contexts and fields.
  • COMM-C 644 Political Communications (3 cr.) This course will examine the public communication involved in various political contexts. We will consider the communication involved in political campaigns, advertising, and oratory; social media, technology, and popular culture; the news, framing, and political media; citizenship, public deliberation, and decision making in what some argue is a divided political culture. We will read and discuss state of the art research in political communication and meet individuals who are currently working in a communication capacity in public political campaigns.
  • COMM-C 650 Health Communication Media (3 cr.) Focus on the effect of media on health behavior. Theories of health behavior change and media effects examined; applications of theory to health campaigns evaluated. Examples of mediated health campaigns and effectiveness discussed. Considerations include: interplay among theory, research, practice; how theory informs practice; how research aids in theory construction/refinement.
  • COMM-C 680 Doctoral Qualitative/Rhetorical Methods (3 cr.) Focuses on health-related issues and topics through the complementary lenses of rhetoric and social sciences in communication. Qualitative social science-based approaches to research share numerous assumptions with rhetoric. These include, but are not limited to: Research based on inductive reasoning; methods cannot be detached from the objects of the research; researchers cannot separate themselves from the research; research is at least as much an art as it is a science.
  • COMM-C 690 Doctoral Quantitative Methods (3 cr.) Course focuses on the principles and theory of descriptive and inferential statistics within the context of health communication research. Topics include ttest, ANOVA, MANOVA, ANCOVA, correlation, multiple regression, and SEM. Students will gain proficiency using SPSS to analyze novel data sets, and will conduct their own health communication research projects and report the results.
  • COMM-C 695 Communication and Healthcare (3 cr.) This seminar offers the unique opportunity to gain insights and better understand the challenges of healthcare communication from those actively administering care and conducting medical research. The experts, who have agreed to lecturing in this seminar, include faculty and investigators in the IU School of Nursing, IU School of Medicine, the Charles Warren Fairbanks Center for Medical Ethics, Regenstrief Institute, the IU School of Dentistry, IU School of Social Work, The Center for Medical Humanities, the Center for Hispanic Health, Riley Child Development Center, researchers in women's health, mental health policies, surrogate decision-making, cellular and integrative physiology, adolescent health, intercultural communication, and drug prevention and experts in clinical care.
  • COMM-G 598 Communication Studies Thesis Research (0 cr.) Master's students who have enrolled in 30 or more hours of graduate course work applicable to the degree and who have completed all other requirements of the degree except the thesis of the final project of performances may enroll in COMM G598.  Requires section authorization.

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