Course Description

Research Courses:

CA 801  Statistics for Social Sciences

Statistical concepts and methodology.  Topics include measures of central tendency, variation, correlation, distributions, statistical inference, hypothesis testing, regression, and analysis of variance.

CA 802  Statistical Survey Techniques

Survey sampling techniques applied in opinion polling, business, economics, and government.  Topics include types of probability and non- probability sampling, descriptive and inferential analytical techniques, and sources of error.

CA 803  Experimental Research

Cover standard experimental design, including factorials, randomized blocked, multifactor experiment, and analysis of covariance.

CA 804  Measurement and Evaluation in Communication

Measurement principles, instruments, and techniques in communication; problems and procedures in testing, measuring and evaluating communication attitudes and skills; development and availability of relevant standardized tests.

CA 805 Research Design in Communication

Nature and selection of communicative research problems; development of strategies, techniques, and appropriate designs; critical evaluation and development of experimental and descriptive procedures.

Major Requirement:

CA 911 Integrated Theory in Communication

This course will provide students with a broad-based introduction to, and critical examination of, the historical foundations as well as the contemporary theoretical investigations of the communication discipline. Students will read primary source materials coupled with contemporary texts extending these works in developing, applying, and testing communication theory.

CA 912  Research Designs and Analysis

This course introduces students to fundamental principles of research design and analysis and serves as a foundation for other courses in the program. Students will learn theoretical principles and research skills associated with four content areas: (a) Metatheoretical Assumptions, (b) Quantitative Design and Analysis, (c) Qualitative Design and Analysis, and (d) Mixed-Method Design.

CA 913   Seminar in Communication

The professional seminar serves to orient students to graduate school and provide forums to discuss what it means to be a scholar, teacher, citizen, and/or communication practitioner.

Electives: Interpersonal Communication Courses

CA 921  Interpersonal Communication Perspectives

Explores theories in interpersonal communication and application in various events to gain better understanding about roles and outcomes.

CA 922  Communication and Information Diffusion

Analysis of major approaches to data and information diffusion systems on local, regional, and international levels.

CA 923  Communication and Persuasion

Process of communication and attitude change, survey of general theories and typical research, analysis of contemporary persuasion.

CA 924  Negotiation and Mediation

Explores communication dynamics involved in negotiating and mediating interpersonal and organizational disputes. Examines research and ethical issues relevant to communication within the contexts of negotiation and mediation.

CA 925  Gender and Communication

Explores variations in communicative behaviors related to biological sex and psychological gender. Examines female and male communication in intrapersonal, interpersonal, small group, public, and organizational settings.

CA 926  Communication in the Family

Examination of the communication concepts that are basic to understanding interaction in the family.  Provides a framework for analysis of family communication.  Explores communication issues that relate to conflict, power, intimacy, and the development of relationships.  Presents a model of effective communication in the family.  Consideration of verbal and nonverbal communication behaviors.

CA 927  Seminar in Interpersonal Communication

Provides advanced graduate students with opportunity to identify and analyze basic components of dyadic communicative system including multivariate nature of both relationships and effects.

Organizational Communication Courses

CA 931  Communication Process in Organization

Interaction between organizational structure and communication within organizations. Emphasis on theoretical and methodological analysis. Primary focus on conducting major research project.

CA 932  Organizational Communication Perspectives

Specific objectives include development of historical progress, examination of major research issues such as information flow, network analysis, communication overload and underload, exploration of theoretical foundations in organizational decision making, superior-subordinate communications, organizational effectiveness, and change processes.

CA 933 Communication Process in Small Groups

Theory and research in group social system, group modification of individual judgment, leadership styles, group vs. individual goals, and intragroup lines of communication in small problem-solving and learning groups.

CA 934  Instructional Training and Development

Includes philosophies of organizational development; theories of instructional design, emphasizing stages of planning implementation, and evaluation; and communication training skills, including needs assessment and evaluation, writing objectives, application of communication content, and selection of instructional modes and resources—all investigated within business, professional, and governmental organizational contexts.

CA 935  Corporate Communication

Explores modes and theories of communication used by an organization to contact and build up positive relationship with internal and external stakeholders: shareholders, administrators, employees, customers, media organizations, political/government/private organizations, and non-profit organizations.

Cross-Cultural Communication Courses

CA 941  Cross-Cultural Communication

Analysis of processes and problems of communication as affected by national cultures; effects of differences in languages, values, meaning, perception, and thought.

CA 942  Communication in Social Conflict

Roles of communication in conflict and conflict in communication.  Communication Strategies for reducing or managing conflict on social situations.

CA 943  Critical Ethnography Research

Provides students with an understanding of how to conduct communication research projects using a qualitative research methodology that stresses the collection and analysis of naturalistic data—ethnography of communication. Students will learn to design and implement communication studies using critical ethnography of communication.

Independent Study

CA 890  Independent Study

Explore interesting issues in communication.

CA 891  Individual Research

Conducting research on interesting issues in communication, be it basic or applied research.


CA 990 Dissertation

This first phase will support the students in systemizing their knowledge and expertise to develop a research proposal. Students will review and improve their proposals and develop their research tools. Students will collect data, analyze data, and conclude their studies. Final dissertation defense and the writing of the research paper in order to be published in an international journal.