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SPH 5003: Human Communication Theory

This communication theory class integrates learning about speech communication in various contexts. It is an in-depth study of contemporary and traditional perspectives of human communication, and synthesizes major concepts in human communication theory development.

Note: May not be taken for credit after the completion of SPH 4003.

SPH 5053: Speech Communication Seminar

A course for both majors and non-majors who want to investigate the relationships between human communication and contemporary social, political, and economic issues.

Note: May not be taken for credit after the completion of SPH 4053 unless the topics differ.

SPH 5063: Organizational Communication

Theories and practices of organizational communication are examined from a critical and historical perspective. Issues related to the personal, relational, cultural, group, business, global, and ethical dimensions of everyday communication practices are analyzed. Includes lecture, discussion, research, and group projects.

Note: May not be taken for credit after the completion of SPH 4063.

SPH 5123: Rhetorical Criticism

This course will provide the principles of rhetorical theories as they have developed throughout history and apply them to the critical analysis of various communication events.

Note: May not be taken for credit after the completion of SPH 4123.

SPH 5153: Persuasive Theory & Audience Analysis

Survey of classical and social science theories of persuasion. Particular emphasis is given to analysis of persuasive strategies, preparation of persuasive appeals, ethics of persuasion, and audience analysis. A consideration of social movements and persuasive campaigns is also included.

SPH 6893: Independent Study

Open to graduate students who wish to pursue individual study or investigation of some facet of knowledge which complements the purpose of the University's graduate program. Students will be required to plan their studies and prepare formal written reports of their findings.

Note: The selected topic may not constitute any duplication of study leading to the accomplishment of a thesis.