Graduate Communication Course Descriptions

Courses

CU-500. Introduction to the New Media Society. 3 Credits.

This course will provide a foundation to understanding the communication process at various levels of interaction. In addition to covering general theories that have practical applications, it will guide students in analyzing and evaluating strategies to achieve personal and professional goals at the intrapersonal, interpersonal, group, organization and socio/cultural levels. Because many, if not most, communication interactions these days involve some form of electronic and/or digital technology, this course will also explore the current media environment and how to be media literate within it.

CU-501. Strategic Communication Research. 3 Credits.

Strategic communication is the study of how organizations and individuals use communication to convey and influence their opinions in society. Public relations plays a major role. This course teaches the concepts of market research, and exposes students to the process of finding, analyzing and using information to make strategic marketing and communication decisions. The course will teach two distinct strategic communication research methods: a)Quantitative (polling, online research, surveys), and b) Qualitative (focus groups, in-depth interviewing, ethnography, observational). Students will give presentations of their research findings and marketing recommendation in class reports.

CU-502. Strategic Planning and Writing. 3 Credits.

This skills-oriented course teaches the fundamentals of business writing and strategic planning. It is designed to help students master the art of writing compelling prose that delivers results. Students will also learn how to hone editing techniques. As writing is a hands-on skill that requires practice, students will be assigned multiple writing and rewriting tasks tailored to their own industries or interests, and learn how to deliver clear, concise, action-oriented press releases, letters, emails, memos, and other communication vehicles that motivate target audiences.

CU-504. Public Relations. 3 Credits.

Public Relations is used to shape the opinions of target audiences. This course involves research and theory in the following PR disciplines: organizational and interpersonal communications, as well as media studies. Students will learn the psychological and sociological processes that drive group behavior, and how those studies are used in the relationship between organizations and the public in which they seek to communicate and persuade. Students will become familiar with the differences between in-house and agency Public Relations, and how the two groups interact.

CU-506. Marketing Communication and Branding. 3 Credits.

Branding has become a critical key in a fiercely competitive marketplace. This course explores the link between brand equity and business performance. Students will explore how the realities of a changing media landscape are forcing companies to rethink traditional brand-building practices. Marketing concepts and the principles of analysis will be explained. Other topics will include market segmentation, value proposition, and targeting. Students will engage in critical thinking, case analyses, market research, and present strategic analysis that persuades a business decision maker to invest in their brands.

CU-508. Management and Organizational Behavior. 3 Credits.

This course examines how people behave in organizations. Students learn coaching tools, techniques, models and how to become instruments of individual and group growth and development. The course draws upon many disciplines, including psychology, organizational theory, counseling, group process, leadership theory, along with theories such as organizational assessment, powerbases, strategic management, and conflict management. Students are expected to develop competence in management and master concepts and methods for analyzing and predicting individual, group and organizational behavior.

CU-510. Communication Law, Ethics and Policy. 3 Credits.

This course examines how courts, legislatures, and regulatory agencies react to constant change in communication technologies - ranging from television and to telecommunications to the Internet. We will focus on specific technological advances to explore the way legal, economic, social, and technological forces shape and are harnessed by legal system. The course will draw on leading communications law cases and FCC and FTC actions. Prerequisites: CU-500 CU-501 CU-502 CU-504 CU-506 CU-508 OR GB-511.

CU-512. Social Networking and New Media. 3 Credits.

This course is part class and part workshop, covering social networking and other trends that are producing complex and subtle changes in business communications. Topics include blogging, YouTube, Second Life and various social networking sites and their emerging role for private businesses, their products, and markets. Attention is paid to current trends in convergence, creativity, collaboration and community as modern media replaces earlier forms of communication and attracts more active --- and interactive ---audiences. The goal of the course is for students to familiarize themselves with various social networking theories, perspectives, sites, tools, and strategies, and to critique, consult on and create social networking plans. Prerequisites: CU-500 CU-501 CU-502 CU-504 CU-506 CU-508 OR GB-511.

CU-520. Global Corporate Communication. 3 Credits.

This course examines the field of global marketing communications, including cultural factors that enable global marketing. Students will learn how to identify global target audiences, the kinds of products and services that lend themselves to global communications, and leadership characteristics that are preeminent in global communications today. Students consider how levels of development and cultural values affect communications programs and how local differences can be reflected in global programs. Students learn how to approach strategy as well as the development and management of an integrated global communications program. Prerequisites: CU-500 CU-501 CU-502 CU-504 CU-506 CU-508.

CU-526. Capstone Project: Seminar. 3 Credits.

This final course in the Strategic Communication program provides a forum for students to demonstrate their mastery of the principles and best practices of strategic communications. Students identify an organization or issue facing a challenge and act as an independent communications consultant for that organization. The recommended communications strategy is presented in the form of a final written proposal and an oral presentation and defense in front of a review board of faculty and the student's program advisor. Prerequisites: CU-500 CU-501 CU-502 CU-504 CU-506 CU-508.

CU-590. Internship I. 3 Credits.

In-class readings and discussions are integrated with an internship experience in a specialized field of strategic communication.

CU-591. Internship II. 3 Credits.

This internship experience integrates advanced level course work in strategic communication with a job experience in the field.