Upcoming Courses


COM 8001-001 Qualitative Research Methods

Qualitative approaches to communication research including phenomenology, ethnography, rhetorical criticism, and semiotic analysis. Emphasis on the performative turn in ethnography and alternative forms of ethnographic writing. Primary work consists of semester-long original study. With Departmental permission, this course can substitute for Senior Project.

Instructor: Way W 6:15 – 9:15pm;

COM 8001-DL1 – Distance Learning Option Available

COM 8009-001 Personal Promotion in Communication (one-credit seminar)

This one-credit seminar gives graduate communication students useful information and competitive advantages in many areas of self-promotion in communication. The course is perfect for those preparing to pursue internships as well as initial or enhanced professional employment. The course will include the following components: Promoting Yourself on Paper; Building the “You” Brand; and Creating Your Career.

Instructor: Cowen 

Friday, January 19, 2018 and Saturday, January 20, 2018


COM 8101 Performance Studies

Performance studies focuses on creating and analyzing aesthetic (embodied, creative, cultural) communication. In this course, you will be introduced to performance theory and practice through essays and performances by Performance Studies, Theatre, Rhetoric, and Cultural Studies scholars. We will examine performance as an object of study, a method of inquiry, and a product. To do so, we will explore performance across a variety of contexts, from our everyday performances of our social roles to the stories we tell about our lives and histories; from the knowledges produced in our bodies and the bodies of our ancestors to the ways performance can be used to understand Others; and from traditional staged performances to performance art and protest. We will investigate how everyday and staged performances can simultaneously maintain tradition and lead to social change. We will experiment with performative modes of learning, writing, and moving through the world. We will ask how performance theory and practice relate to other subdisciplines of communication. Most of all, we will aim to understand how performance(s) may contribute to our understandings of our “real” lives, relationships, careers, and senses of self. In this course you will also learn strategies for mindfulness and self-reflection, writing in your own voice, embracing your creativity, and engaging in qualitative research. No prior performance experience required—just a willingness to learn new ways of being in your body!

Instructor: MacDonald

Tuesday, 6:15-9:15


COM 8304 Journalism

This course covers principles of journalism through theoretical, methodological, critical, and practical lenses. The course is organized around three broad themes. The first—journalism as an institution—includes a treatment of the history, relationship to society, ethics, external influences, and industry structure. The second—journalism as process and product—includes coverage of news production, content and audiences. Finally, the changing dynamics of journalism will feature an assessment of the current and future state of journalism in a networked, digital world. 

Instructor: Ksiazek

Monday, 6:15-9:15


COM 8307 Visual Communication & Culture

This course introduces major theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of images as communicative phenomena.  Students explore the philosophical and strategic implications of these approaches for the analysis and production of visual communication in a variety of media and contexts, as well as consider the consequence of such practices for society.

Instructor: Coonfield

Thursday, 6:15-9:15


COM 8318 Developing Crisis Communication Materials-001

Essential strategies and tools needed by professional communicators. Proven techniques for crisis statements, talking points for media interviews, briefs for management and legal counsel, and message vehicles for the post- crisis environment. Agency teams formed to manage crises through developed materials.

Instructor: Cowen

Friday from 05:00 pm to 09:00 pm  2/2/18 and 09:00 am to 4:00 pm Saturday 2/3/18


COM 8401 Special Topics in Qualitative Research: Advanced Qualitative Data Analysis

This course provides an opportunity for students to engage in qualitative data analysis beyond what is offered in the qualitative methods class. It assumes students have a clear understanding of data collection methods and a preliminary background in qualitative analysis. Students will use their own collection of qualitative data texts and learn advanced techniques for analyzing and interpreting this data. The course reviews basic coding and analytic memo-ing and introduces the computer-aided qualitative data analysis software program NVivo. By the end of the module, students will be introduced to various qualitative analysis approaches, gain a working knowledge of NVivo and have the opportunity to analyze their own qualitative data in innovative ways that will advance course and conference papers, journal articles, and dissertations. 

Instructors: Amy K Way

Fri 4/6/17 from 05:00 pm to 09:00 pm and Sat 4/7/17 from 09:00 am to 04:00 pm

Location: TBA 


COM 8002-001 Quantitative Research Methods

Fundamentals of quantitative communication research. After reviewing the philosophy and practice of scholarly inquiry, students engage in research design and execution, thematic and statistical inference, and the presentation of research results. With departmental permission, this course can substitute for Senior Project.

Instructor: Woodard


COM 8005-001 TOP: Digital Communication

This course will investigate the interrelationship between new media technologies, social practices and the nature of the networks society.  Specifically this course will explore core areas in which digital media is influencing social practices related to our understandings and performance of community, identity, authenticity and authority within digital contexts and the unique impact this has upon religious groups and individuals.

Instructor: Campbell (Harron Chair)


COM 8100-001 The Communication Perspective (previously Strategic Com Theory)

Grounds students in communication theory focusing specifically upon various theoretical trends and figures who have contributed to the study of communication. Beginning with an introduction to the history of and nature of a communication perspective, the course moves to a systematic examination of both foundational and contemporary readings in communication theory.

Instructor: Coonfield


COM 8207-001 Organizational Communication

Centrality of communication to organizing and practices or organizational life. Theoretical and historical perspectives on orgcom. Topics: organizational structure and culture, communication networks, decision-making, socialization, training, consulting, and workplace democracy.

Instructor: Way


COM 8208-001 Public Communication Campaigns

Local, national and international campaigns, research target audiences, conduct formative research for message development and design and evaluate multi-media message strategies. May be taught from a health/risk

Instructor: Cowen

Tuesday, 6-9pm


COM 8300-035 Public Relations Writing

Journalistic style of writing, media ethics, targeting audiences, practice in fundamentals,

media relations techniques; create portfolio writing samples, e.g., industry standard news

releases, pitch letters and features, Q&A documents, crisis statements and positions papers.

Instructor: Flanagan

Summer Session 3 – May 30, 2018 – July 30, 2018



COM 8302-010 Advertising

Research process in advertising, creative platform, development and execution, media planning and buying, evaluating, advertising effectiveness, new and non-traditional advertising, internet and web-based advertising, client management, and advertising in a socially conscious marketplace.

Instructor: Minoff

Summer Session 1 – May 30, 2018 – June 27, 2018

Class meets TR 6:00 – 9:00pm


COM 8306-025 Media Production

Provides an overview of the video production experience for those who want to include media production in business, advocacy, research and education.

Instructor: Lewis

Summer Session II: June 29, 2018 – July 30, 2018


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Graduate Program

Dr. Thomas Ksiazek
Associate Professor
Director of Graduate Studies
Villanova University - Garey Hall

Contact          thomas.ksiazek@villanova.edu           610-519-6434


Our mission is summarized in the University motto: Veritas, Unitas, Caritas. An Augustinian institution, Villanova University values dynamic and diverse community members committed to learning, scholarship and service, and who can contribute to the University’s ongoing conversation regarding ethics, community, and social justice.