Upcoming Courses

COM 8001-001 Qualitative Research Methods (Blended; Model A)
Instructor: MacDonald 

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.

COM 8205 Intercultural COM
Instructor: Wang

Historical and contemporary study of intercultural communication in interper­sonal, organizational, and mass mediated contexts. Topics: cultural identity, ethno­centrism, culture and language, culture and the body, intercultural conflict, inter­cultural communication competence, and cultural adaptation.

COM 8211 Communication & Identity
Instructor: Crable

This course has the (mis)fortune to run when questions of identity, community, and the creation of social change seem as vital as at any point in American (or global) history. Together, we will be grappling with these questions, by turning, perhaps counterintuitively, to works written in the 1930s by rhetorical theorist Kenneth Burke. In a letter to a friend, he noted, "Meanwhile I ponder the morality and immorality of rhetoric, asking: How can a world with rhetoric stay decent, how can a world without it exist at all?" Inspired by Burke’s question, this course is designed to be an examination of the role played by rhetorical discourse in the struggles over identity—both individual and community—and in the creation and alleviation of social conflict (of all kinds). Since this topic touches equally upon the personal and the political charges of our symbol-use, this examination will allow us to discuss both the rhetorical obstacles to and the means toward social change. (This course will be conducted entirely in person, on Villanova’s campus.)

COM 8310 New Media (BLENDED; Model B)
Instructor: Oswald
In the classroom dates:  1/31, 2/21, 3/14, 4/4, 5/2

In this course, we begin the semester learning that new media aren’t just digital media… in fact, all media were new once! To that end, we work with new media theory as we consider the newness of familiar communication media (tele-technologies including the telegraph, telephone, and television) before venturing forward into theory and research on topics including the technological sublime, algorithmic culture, big data, wearables, and smart technologies. You will also learn the Create a Research Space (CARS) method of writing introductions to academic papers.

1 Credit Courses/Seminars

COM 8009-001 Personal Promotion in Communication
Instructor: Cowen 

Friday, January 18TH, 5-9, Saturday, January 19, 9-4

This course offers useful information and competitive advantages in many areas of self- promotion in Communication. The course is perfect for those preparing to pursue internships, initial or enhanced professional employment, or comprehensive graduate studies. The course will include the following components: Building the “You” Brand; Promoting Yourself with Collateral; and Creating Your Career.

COM 8318 Developing Crisis Communication Materials-001
Instructor: Cowen
Friday, February 1, 5-9, Saturday, February 2, 9-4

Crisis Communication is a real world-driven, fast-paced, hands-on, seminar/workshop style course that explores the many facets, intricacies and opportunities while preparing for and managing organizational crisis. Concept areas in crisis management and strategic communication include: types and stages; models and classes; assessing potential; key messaging and issues management; protecting reputation; understanding your role; identifying operational versus true communication issues; preparing a comprehensive plan; building and using perception equity within core audiences; training and supporting spokespeople; working effectively with executive and legal teams; handling the media; discovering new opportunities within each scenario; post-event image rebuilding and maintenance communication; and engaging, while maximizing, the universal phenomenon of social media. Students will directly experience crisis communication and strategic planning through critical analysis of a variety of industry cases which include real-time components such as news conferences. 

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

This course is 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. 


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


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.