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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.
Instructors: Dron M. Mandhana
Attributes: Writing Intensive Requirement
Prerequisites: COM 8008 Concurrency: Yes

COM 8003 Internship in Communication
Internships at area businesses and orga­nizations supervised by a faculty mem­ber. Graduate Students may only take this course once.

COM 8004 Communication Directed Study
Individual research project in an advanced area of communication, conducted under the guidance of a faculty member.

COM 8006 Thesis Direction I
Independent capstone research experience under the direction of a graduate faculty advisor. Satisfactory completion requires a successful defense of a completed research prospectus.

COM 8007 Thesis Direction II
Independent capstone research experience under the direction of a graduate faculty advisor. Satisfactory completion requires a successful defense of a completed research project.

COM 8008 Orientation to Graduate Study
Orients new students to graduate study in communication. (1 cr.)

COM 8013 - 001 IGR Dialogue
Through semi-structured, co-facilitated sessions,1-credit IGR courses advance communication skills of listening, asking good questions, and engaging in self-reflection, all while learning to dialogue with others. Students also learn about why individual experiences can be so vastly different because of the ways our identities "show up" within structures and systems in society. Topical sections are comprised of people with differing identities; e.g., in a course on race it would be half students who identify as persons of color and half students who identify as white.
Instructors: Sheryl P. Bowen
Prerequisites: COM 8008 Concurrency: Yes and COM 8100 Concurrency: Yes and ( COM 8001 Concurrency: Yes or COM 8002 Concurrency: Yes)

COM 8100 - 001 The Communication Perspective
Grounds students in communication the­ory orienting them to theoretical and eth­ical issues involved in strategic dis­course. Tracing historical and contemporary issues in the development of communication study, the course examines meaning-making and its consequences in various contexts.
Instructors: Gordon W. Coonfield
Prerequisites: COM 8008 Concurrency: Yes

COM 8101 - 001 Performance Studies
Examines performance across contexts: public to interpersonal, verbal to nonverbal, stage to everyday life. Uses performance, rhetorical, and cultural studies theory to experience the strategic nature of performance in aesthetic, political, interpersonal, organizational, and cultural contexts. Emphasizes both analyzing and creating performance.
Instructors: Heidi M Rose
Prerequisites: ( COM 8008 Concurrency: Yes and COM 8100 Concurrency: Yes) and ( COM 8001 Concurrency: Yes or COM 8002 Concurrency: Yes
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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 com­munication, political communication, or public communication perspective.
Instructors: William L. Cowen
Attributes: 50% Distance Learning
Comment: In-person dates: August 25, October 6 and December 8; The remaining dates are online;
Prerequisites: ( COM 8008 Concurrency: Yes and COM 8100 Concurrency: Yes) and ( COM 8001 Concurrency: Yes or COM 8002 Concurrency: Yes)

COM 8313 - 001 Communication Directed Study
Individual research project in an advanced area of communication, conducted under the guidance of a faculty member. (1 cr.)
Prerequisites: ( COM 8008 and COM 8100) and ( COM 8001 or COM 8002)

COM 8317 - 001 Basic Web Design
Aesthetics of making quality web sites through HTML coding and Adobe Dreamweaver software. Conformity with W3C standards and website architecture. (1 cr.)
Instructors: James F. Parente
Prerequisites:( COM 8008 Concurrency: Yes and COM 8100 Concurrency: Yes) and ( COM 8001 Concurrency: Yes or COM 8002 Concurrency: Yes)

COM 9080 - 001 Thesis Continuation
Continuation of supervised research for student writing a Master’s thesis.
Prerequisites:COM 8001 and COM 8002 and COM 8008 and COM 8100

 

 

 

 


COM 8003 - 030 Internship in Communication
Internships at area businesses and orga­nizations supervised by a faculty mem­ber. Graduate Students may only take this course once.
Days: TBA Location: TBA
Instructors: Thomas B. Ksiazek
Comment: Summer Session III: 5/27/20 - 7/27/20; Permission of Graduate Director required;

COM 8004 - 030 Communication Directed Study
Individual research project in an advanced area of communication, conducted under the guidance of a faculty member.
Days: TBA Location: TBA
Instructors: Thomas B. Ksiazek
Comment: Summer Session III: 5/27/20 - 7/27/20; Permission of Graduate Director required;

COM 8005 - 010 TOP:Globalization & Culture
Contemporary topics in communication. Taught on an occasional basis to reflect critical and changing debates and inquiries in the discipline.
Days: MW from 06:00 pm to 09:00 pm Location: TBA
Instructors: Raka Shome
Comment: Summer Session I: 5/27/20 - 6/24/20;

COM 8006 - 030 Thesis Direction I
Independent capstone research experience under the direction of a graduate faculty advisor. Satisfactory completion requires a successful defense of a completed research prospectus.
Days: TBA Location: TBA
Instructors: Thomas B. Ksiazek
Comment: Summer Session III: 5/27/20 - 7/27/20; Permission of Graduate Director required;

COM 8007 - 030 Thesis Direction II
Independent capstone research experience under the direction of a graduate faculty advisor. Satisfactory completion requires a successful defense of a completed research project.
Days: TBA Location: TBA
Instructors: Thomas B. Ksiazek
Comment: Summer Session III: 5/27/20 - 7/27/20; Permission of Graduate Director required;

COM 8300 - 015 Public Relations Writing
Areas covered include journalistic style of writing, targeting audiences, practice in fundamentals and media relations techniques. Students will create portfolio writing samples, e.g. industry standard news releases, pitch letters and features, Q&A documents, crisis statements and position papers.
Days: TR from 06:00 pm to 09:00 pm Location: TBA R from 06:00 pm to 09:00 pm Location: TBA T from 06:00 pm to 09:00 pm Location: TBA T from 06:00 pm to 09:00 pm Location: TBA
Instructors: William L. Cowen
Attributes: Distance Learning
Comment: Summer Session I: 5/27/20 - 6/24/20; Hybrid Course: In-Person Dates: Thursday 5/28/20, Tuesday 6/9/20 and Tuesday 6/23/20; The remaining meeting dates are online;

COM 8302 - 025 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.
Days: T from 06:00 pm to 09:00 pm Location: TBA TR from 06:00 pm to 09:00 pm Location: TBA T from 06:00 pm to 09:00 pm Location: TBA R from 06:00 pm to 09:00 pm Location: TBA
Instructors: Ashley B. Pattwell
Attributes: 50% Distance Learning
Comment: Summer Session II: 6/26/20 - 7/27/20; On-Campus Dates: June 30 and July 21;

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.
Days: MW from 06:15 pm to 09:15 pm Location: TBA
Instructors: Hezekiah Leon Lewis
Attributes: Distance Learning
Comment: Summer Session II: 6/26/20 - 7/27/20;

COM 8313 - 030 Communication Directed Study
Individual research project in an advanced area of communication, conducted under the guidance of a faculty member. (1 cr.)
Days: TBA Location: TBA
Instructors: Thomas B. Ksiazek
Comment: Summer Session III: 5/27/20 - 7/27/20; Permission of Graduate Director required;

COM 9080 - 030 Thesis Continuation
Continuation of supervised research for student writing a Master’s thesis.
Days: TBA Location: TBA
Instructors: Thomas B. Ksiazek
Comment: Summer Session III: 5/27/20 - 7/27/20; Permission of Graduate Director required;
 

COM 8001 - 001 Qualitative Research Methods
W 18:15 21:15 Bryan Crable SIMULCAST
Attributes: Writing Intensive Requirement

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 8003 001 Internship in Communication
Amy Way
Special Approval - Grad Director
Internships at area businesses and orga­nizations supervised by a faculty member. Graduate Students may only take this course once.

COM 8004 001 Communication Directed Study
Amy Way
Special Approval - Grad Director
Individual research project in an advanced area of communication, conducted under the guidance of a faculty member.

COM 8005 001 Communication Special Topics: Surveillance, Big Data & Cultural Inequalities

T 18:15 21:15 Raka Shome ONLINE (SYNCHRONOUS) DISTANCE LEARNING

This course adopts a critical and cultural studies approach to such issues. TOPICS covered will include: Surveillance and the demise of democracy; Gender, Sexuality, Surveillance and Data; Surveillance, Big Data and Racialization; Datafication of Society; Surveillance and Colonialism; Selfies as Surveillance; Technology and Global E-Waste; Life in the Age of Drones; Surveillance and Islamophobia.

COM 8006 001 Thesis Direction I
Amy Way
Special Approval - Grad Director

Independent capstone research experience under the direction of a graduate faculty advisor. Satisfactory completion requires a successful defense of a completed research prospectus.


COM 8007 001 Thesis Direction II
Amy Way
Special Approval - Grad Director 

Independent capstone research experience under the direction of a graduate faculty advisor. Satisfactory completion requires a successful defense of a completed research project.

COM 8008 - 001 Orientation to Graduate Study
S 09:00 17:00 Director ONLINE (SYNCHRONOUS) 1/9/2021
Orients new students to graduate study in communication. (1 cr.)

COM 8009 - 001 Personal Promotion
William Cowen HYBRID
1/29/2021 (17:00 - 21:00) and 1/30/2021 (09:00-16:00)

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 8013 001 IGR Dialogue
 F 16:30 19:30 Sheryl Bowen ONLINE (SYNCHRONOUS)
Special Approval - Grad Director

Using self-reflection, identity exploration, and dialogue, learn how everyday communicative interactions can lead to cross-cultural mistrust and misunderstanding. Students also learn how social structures and institutions, e.g., schools, neighborhoods, media, and health organizations, function to allocate privilege and sustain societal inequities.

COM 8100 001 The Communication Perspective
 
M 18:15 21:15 Gordon Coonfield HYBRID

Grounds students in communication the­ory orienting them to theoretical and eth­ical issues involved in strategic dis­course. Tracing historical and contemporary issues in the development of communication study, the course examines meaning-making and its consequences in various contexts.

COM 8201 001 Health Communication
M 18:15 21:15 Allyson Levin ONLINE (SYNCHRONOUS) DISTANCE LEARNING

Examines interpersonal, organizational and mediated communication in various health domains. It includes a review of relevant health communication theory and methods to inform such areas as doctor/patient relations, public health campaigns and communications about health in organizing and organizations. 

COM 8310 001 New Media
R 18:15 21:15 Kathleen Oswald ONLINE (SYNCHRONOUS)

Examines communication technology from the multiple perspectives of tech­nology, markets and policy.

COM 8313 - 001 Communication Directed Study
Amy Way
Comment: Permission of Graduate Director required

Individual research project in an advanced area of communication, conducted under the guidance of a faculty member. (1 cr.)

COM 8318 - 001 Developing Crisis Com Material
William Cowen HYBRID
2/19/2021 (17:00-21:00) and 2/20/2021 (09:00-16:00)

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 9080 001 Thesis Continuation
Amy Way 
Comment: Permission of Graduate Director required

Continuation of supervised research for student writing a Master’s thesis.

Graduate Program

DIRECTOR
Dr. Amy Way
Associate Professor
Director of Graduate Studies
Villanova University - Garey Hall

Contact 
amy.way@villanova.edu
610-519-3591

faculty

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