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Courses in LSA Communication Studies
Communication Studies (COMM)
COMM 698. Planning for First-Year Research Project
(1). May not be repeated for credit. This course has a grading basis of "S" or "U".

Students enroll in COMM 698 during the Fall of their first year, where they meet weekly with the instructor. They will plan their individual projects, which they will refine and conduct while enrolled in COMM 699 during the Winter of their first year and the Fall of their second year.

COMM 699. First-Year Research Project
Consent of instructor required. Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (2 - 3). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for a maximum of 5 credits. This course has a grading basis of "S" or "U".

Students enroll in COMM 699 during the Winter term of their first year and the Fall term of their second year. They continue the planning they began in COMM 698 and complete their project as an article suitable for submission to a journal, collaboratively with a faculty advisor.

COMM 775. History of Media Theory: The Humanities Tradition
(3). May not be repeated for credit.

The purpose of this class is to provide students with an intellectual history of media theory and criticism since the 1920s. Students will read many classic primary texts, and/or interpretations of those texts that dramatically influenced the evolution of media theory and communications research in the 20th century. Students will also read several recent applications of media theory to analyses of media history and to the rise of mass culture.

COMM 776. Media Theory Seminar in the Social Science Traditions
(3). May not be repeated for credit.

This course is designed to give you a broad perspective on various social scientific approaches to understanding the uses of the impact of the mass media.

COMM 781. Research Methods I
Graduate standing. (3 - 4; 3 in the half-term). May not be repeated for credit.

This seminar is the beginning of a two part series on research methods and design in communication research. Together, the courses are designed to provide students with an introduction to the logic and techniques of social scientific research in mass communication in it's varied and multiple manifestations.

COMM 783. Research Methods II
Graduate standing. (3 - 4). May not be repeated for credit.

This seminar is the second part of a two part series on research methods and design in communication research. Together, the courses are designed to provide students with an introduction to the logic and techniques of social scientific research in mass communication in its varied and multiple manifestations.

COMM 799. Directed Study
Consent of instructor required. Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (1 - 3). (INDEPENDENT). May not be repeated for credit.

COMM 820. Special Topics in the Humanities Tradition
(3). May be repeated for a maximum of 15 credits. May be elected more than once in the same term.

This seminar introduces students to the major theoretical and methodological frameworks in the humanities tradition in communication studies. The aim of this course is to expose students to humanities research in communication studies, while also providing them with the opportunity to develop research projects which can be used as the foundations for conference papers, journal articles, or other public presentations of scholarships.

COMM 822. Gender and the Media
(3). May not be repeated for credit.

This course provides an introduction to key debates and ideas and various critical and cultural approaches to feminist studies of media, including textual, institutional, and audience methodologies. The course offers the foundational basis necessary for considering the relationship between sex, gender, feminism, and the media in the United States.

COMM 827. Analyzing Media Industries
(3). May not be repeated for credit.

This class provides an overview of the methods and theories supporting the critical study of media industries through a survey of cultural studies, political economy, sociology, and film studies literature. We also examine case studies drawn from these traditions.

COMM 834. Public Opinion
(3). May not be repeated for credit.

In this seminar, we will study the nature and origins of public opinion and its representation through the media. Beyond developing an understanding of what public opinion is and the role it plays in a democracy, we will also look at the representation of public opinion in the media, the collection of public opinion data by and for the media, and the role that the media play in representing the state of public opinion to their audience members. This will include the linkage between elite and mass opinion, and the influence of public opinion on policy making. All of this will take place in the context of understanding the quality of the measurement of public opinion and the accuracy of its representation in the media. The focus will be on the use of polls and surveys to measure public opinion, although other techniques will be briefly considered. We will use the case studies of pre-election and exit polls to consider how information about public opinion is collected and disseminated and what the impact of alternative representations in news stories might be.

COMM 840. Special Topics in the Social Science Tradition
(3). May be repeated for a maximum of 15 credits. May be elected more than once in the same term.

This seminar introduces students to the major theoretical and methodological frameworks employed by social scientists working in communication studies. The aim of this course is to expose students to social science research in communication studies, while also providing them with the opportunity to develop research projects which can be used as the foundation for conference papers, journal articles, or other presentations of scholarship.

COMM 900. Preliminary Examination Preparation
Consent of instructor required. Pre-doctoral standing. permission of instructor. (1 - 6). (INDEPENDENT). May not be repeated for credit.

COMM 990. Dissertation/Precandidate
Graduate standing. Election for dissertation work by doctoral student not yet admitted as a Candidate. (1 - 8; 1 - 4 in the half-term). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit. This course has a grading basis of "S" or "U".

COMM 993. Graduate Student Instructor Training Program
Graduate standing. (1). May not be repeated for credit. This course has a grading basis of "S" or "U".

COMM 995. Dissertation/Candidate
Graduate School authorization for admission as a doctoral Candidate. (Prerequisites enforced at registration.) (8; 4 in the half-term). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit. This course has a grading basis of "S" or "U".

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