Theories of communication in small-group interaction, especially in decision making and conflict resolution; examination of the experimental literature.
Special issues, problems, methods, or applications related to communication theory. Methodological focus varies. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 semester hours when topic varies.
Descriptionof the nature of symbols and the major forms of symbolic systems used in speech communication.
Communication-based theories of interpersonal influence, compliance-gaining, and responses to compliance. Focus on the social scientific research on interpersonal influence from the seminar research in the area to recent theoretical and methodological advances. Topics such as strategies of compliance-gaining, theories of interpersonal influence, the role of personality in compliance-gaining interactions, and compliance gaining resistance are covered.
Analysis of communication systems in complex organizations with a focus on communication and organizational goals. Research methodologies emphasizing field study methods.
Intensive study of the means where by individuals communicate, perpetuate, and develop their world views and ethos, with emphasis on the nature and function of communication among, between, and/or within cultures.
Exploration of the functions of interpersonal communication such as uncertainty reduction, social support, self-presentation, influence, and relationship maintenance; examines sociocultural expectations for verbal and nonverbal interaction.
Analysis of motives for developing and criteria for evaluating communication theories. Introduces empirical, interpretive, and critical communication theories, including theories focused on specific contexts such as close relationships, organizational networks, and media processing.
Communication in the development and practice of leadership in modern organizations. Theory and research concerning leadership and communication.
Use of communication to identify performance gaps and direct informed organizational change. Theory and research concerning the central role of communication in organizational development.
Focus on such functions as public relations, marketing, advertising, lobbying, fund raising, long-range planning, government relations, crisis management, sales, and media relations. Theory and research concerning the use of external communicationin accomplishing organizational goals.
Communication theory and research about conflict management, negotiation/bargaining, and mediation; emphasis on interpersonal, group, and organizational contexts.
Selected areas of research on persuasion and application of various theories to persuasive situations such as political campaigns, advertising, and social issues. May be repeated to a maximum of 9 semester hours provided there is no duplication of subject matter.