Graduate Course Descriptions
Graduate Classes in Communication
600. Classical Rhetoric. (3) Study of major writings in Greek and Roman rhetorical theory from the Sophists to Augustine. Offered in alternate years.
601. Semantics and Language in Communication. (3) Study of how meaning is created by sign processes. Among the topics studied are language theory, semiotics, speech act theory, and pragmatics.
602. Argumentation Theory. (3) Examination of argumentation theory and criticism; emphasis on both theoretical issues and social practices. Offered in alternate years.
604. Freedom of Speech. (3) Examination of the philosophical and historical traditions, significant cases, and contemporary controversies concerning freedom of expression. Offered in alternate years.
605. Communication and Ethics. (3) A study of the role of communication in ethical controversies.
606. Burke & Bakhtin Seminar. (3) Examines the language theories of Kenneth Burke and Mikhail Bakhtin in relation to contemporary rhetorical theory.
610. Advanced Media Production. (3) Special projects in audio and video production for students with previous media production experience. P—POI.
612. Film History to 1945. (3) Survey of the developments of motion pictures to 1945. Includes lectures, readings, reports, and screenings.
613. Film History since 1945. (3) Survey of the development of motion pictures from 1946 to present day. Includes lectures, readings, reports, and screenings.
614. Media Effects. (3) Theoretical approaches to the role of communication in reaching mass audiences and its relationship to other levels of communication.
615. Communication and Technology. (3) Exploration of how communication technologies influence the social, political, and organizational practices of everyday life.
617. Communication and Popular Culture. (3) Explores the relationship between contemporary media and popular culture from a cultural studies perspective using examples from media texts.
620. Media Theory and Criticism. (3) Critical study of media including a survey of major theoretical frameworks.
630. Communication and Conflict. (3) Review of the various theoretical perspectives on conflict and negotiation as well as methods for managing relational conflict.
635. Survey of Organizational Communication. (3) Overview of the role of communication in constituting and maintaining the pattern of activities that sustain the modern organization.
636. Organizational Rhetoric. (3) Explores the persuasive nature of organizational messages—those exchanged between organizational members and those presented on behalf of the organization as a whole. Offered in alternate years.
637. Rhetoric of Institutions. (3) A study of the communication practices of institutions as they seek to gain and maintain social legitimacy. Offered in alternate years.
638. 20th-Century African-American Rhetoric. (3) Explores how African Americans have invented a public voice in the 20th century. Focuses on how artistic cultural expression, in particular, has shaped black public speech.
640. Public Discourse I. (3) Examines the interrelation of American rhetorical movements through the 19th century by reading and analyzing original speeches and documents, with emphasis on antislavery and women’s rights.
641. Public Discourse II. (3) Examines the interrelation of American rhetorical movements in the 20th century by reading and analyzing original speeches and documents. Among the movements addressed are labor, civil rights, student radicals, and women’s liberation.
642. Political Communication. (3) Study of electoral communication including candidate and media influences on campaign speeches, debates, and advertising. Offered in alternate years.
643. Presidential Rhetoric. (3) Examines theory and practice of speechmaking and mediated presidential communication.
650. Intercultural Communication. (3) Introduction to the study of communication phenomena between individuals and groups with different cultural backgrounds. Offered in alternate years.
651. Comparative Communication. (1.5, 3) Comparison of communicative and rhetorical processes in the U.S. with one or more other national cultures with an emphasis on both historical and contemporary phenomena. a) Japan; b) Russia; c) Great Britain; d) Multiple countries. Offered in alternate years.
654. International Communication. (3) In-depth look at the role of mass media in shaping communication between and about cultures using examples from traditional and emerging media systems.
655. Health Communication. (3) Examination of theories, research, and processes of health communication in contemporary society.
656. Health Communication: Patient-Provider. (3) Explores contemporary issues related to communication in health care contexts, notably theories and research on patient-provider communication.
657. Health Communication Campaigns. (3) Examination of the principles behind designing, implementing, and evaluating a health campaign, including message design and application of media theories for behavior change.
670. Special Topics. (1-4) Examination of topics not covered in the regular curriculum.
680. Great Teachers. (3) Intensive study of the ideas of three noted scholars and teachers in the field of communication. Students interact with each teacher during a two- or three-day visit to Wake Forest.
719. Theory and Research Design in Communication Science. (3) Examination of communication science theory with a focus on critiquing and utilizing theory in research, accompanied by an overview of quantitative research design and methodology.
720. Quantitative Analysis in Communication Science. (3) Overview of statistical data analysis, interpretation, and reporting for communication research. P—COM 719.
752. Contemporary Rhetorical and Communication Theory. (3) Introduction to theory building in human communication and rhetoric, with a survey and evaluation of major contemporary groupings of theorists. Approaches studied are those which emphasize the symbol (George Herbert Mead and Kenneth Burke), human relations (Martin Buber), the media (Marshall McLuhan), and systems (Norbert Wiener.
753. Seminar in Persuasion. (3) Study of contemporary social science approaches to persuasion theory and research. Influence is examined with interpersonal, social, and mass media contexts.
758. Rhetorical Theory. (3) Introduction to primary texts in the theory of rhetoric including classical theories, dramatism, semiotics, and critical/cultural studies.
759. Rhetorical Criticism. (3) The critical application of rhetorical theories aligning with the traditions covered in Communications 758. P—COM 758.
763, 764.Proseminar in Communication. (1.5, 1.5) Introduction to graduate study in communication.
773. Seminar in Interpersonal Communication. (3) Study of recent research and theoretical developments in dyadic communication. Methodology examined includes conversational analysis, field, and experimental approaches.
774. Research and Theory of Organizational Communication. (3) Advanced study of theoretical approaches to the role of communication in organizations and empirical application of such theories.
780. Special Seminar. (1-3) Intensive study of selected topics in communication. Topics may be drawn from any theory or content area of communication, such as persuasion, organizational communication, or film.
781, 782. Readings and Research in Speech Communication. (1-3, 1-3) Students may receive credit for a special reading project in an area not covered by regular courses or for a special research project not related to the master’s thesis.
791, 792. Thesis Research. (1-9)