Master of Arts in Communication Course Descriptions

COM 060 Orientation to Online Learning (0)
Required prior to enrollment in any graduate communication courses. Students with prior experience in online learning may request a waiver.

COM 502 Graduate Seminar (3)
Introduces students to expectations and resources for graduate study. Includes orientation to research as well as program specific library resources. Must be taken before or concurrent with any other first course.

COM 504 Communication Theory and Worldview (3)
An overview of theoretical frameworks related to various contexts of communication. Theology and ethics of communication are examined in light of a Christian worldview. Prerequisite: COM502.

COM 606 Research Methods in Communication (3)
Students develop skills in designing, interpreting, and evaluating research designs by examining and applying both quantitative and qualitative research methods. A thesis or portfolio proposal is prepared. Prerequisites: COM 502, 504 and at least 15 hours in the program.

COM 601 Interpersonal Communication (3)
An examination of interpersonal study and analysis of the relationships between interpersonal communication and group, family, gender, and intrapersonal processes. Prerequisite: COM 502.

COM 603 Group and Public Communication (3)
Examines how personal and professional communication styles impact group dynamics, conflict, team building, leadership and public presentations. Prerequisite: COM 502.

COM 605 Mass Communication, Culture and Technology (3)
Examines the challenges of and opportunities for living faithfully in mediated societies as new media technologies create new ways to serve people and to oppress them. Prerequisite: COM 502.

COM 607 Communication Ethics & Moral Reasoning (3)
Case study approach to problems and issues that confront communicators in contemporary culture. Prerequisite: COM 502.

COM 609 Intercultural Communication (3)
An analysis of intercultural communication competence, examining paralinguistic and nonverbal influences in cross cultural contexts. Theological impacts will be considered. Prerequisite: COM 502.


Concentration Courses

Leadership Concentration

COM 510 Communication Leadership (3)
Explores effective communication styles of effective leaders through an analysis of research and practice. Prerequisite: COM 502. (Offered in fall of odd academic years).

COM 610 Advertising and Public Relations (3)
Considers current research and practice in advertising and public relations. Traditional and nontraditional techniques are explored. Prerequisite: COM 502. (Offered in spring of odd academic years).

COM612 Conflict Resolution (3)
Current theories of conflict resolution, with a special emphasis on biblical peacemaking. Prerequisite:  COM502.

Education Concentration

COM 520 Educational Technology (3)
The course is an introduction to the field and theory of Instructional Technology. It explores the multiple roles of technology in instruction and management of the learning process, including the use of social media.  Prerequisite: COM 502

COM 620 Assessing and Teaching Communication Arts (3)
Examines teaching and assessing communication competencies, in interpersonal, small group, public , intercultural and mass media contexts. Prerequisite: COM502.

COM 622 Online Pedagogy (3)
A study of best practices in online communication education. Includes emerging technologies such as social book marking and collaborative environments. Prerequisite: COM502.

Ministry Concentration

COM 530 The Church in Cyberspace (3)
Examines the religious uses of the Internet, social media and other digital technologies with a focus on creating and sustaining community and expanding cultural influence in postmodern cultures. Prerequisite: COM 502.

COM 630 Communication in Christian Ministries (3)
Explores effective communication techniques from a pastoral perspective, with applications for staff and volunteers. Includes speaking, writing and listening. Prerequisite: COM502.

COM 632 Communicating Change: Spiritual Formation and Renewal (3)
Examines spiritual formation as transformation and develops strategies for helping others understand and apply its principles. Prerequisite: COM502.

All Concentrations

COM 598 Case Study (1)
Upon completion of 12 hours or more, students in the certificate program enroll for this one hour project. The case study applies concepts from their concentration to a professional problem or opportunity. (For certificate only; offered each semester.)

COM 694 Capstone Experience (3)
The student proposes and develops a capstone project that meets department criteria regarding length, number of sources, etc. Suitable projects may include case studies, action research, portfolio pieces, academic articles, or presentations or book proposals. A philosophy of communication is also developed and career expectations and strategies are explored. Prerequisite:  COM606. (Offered in spring.)

COM 699 Thesis (by invitation only) (2) 
A thesis answers a research question through the collection of data and the analysis and application of communication literature and theory. May be repeated once. Enrollment by permission only.

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