Culminating experience for the major; completion with a C or higher required. Advanced examination of the nature of communication theory, research and methods. With the instructor’s permission, a student not majoring in speech communication may enroll and propose a project specific to the speech communication discipline. Prerequisites: COMM 230, C average or higher in Speech Communication courses, minimum of 15 hours of 300- or 400-level communication courses, senior standing.
Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):
COMM 230, a C average or higher in Speech Communication courses, minimum of 15 hours of 300- or 400-level communication courses, senior standing.
Course Rotation for Day Program:
Most current editions of the following:
Most current editions of books like the following:
Introducing Communication Theory: Analysis and Application
By West, Richard and Lynn H. Turner (McGraw Hill) Recommended
Theories of Human Communication
By Littlejohn, Stephen W. & Karen A. Foss (Humanities and Social Sciences) Recommended
Communication Research: Strategies and Sources
By Rubin, R. B.; A. B. Rubin, & L. J. Piele. (Wadsworth) Recommended
Writing Up Qualitative Research
By Wolcott, Harry (Sage) Recommended
By Griffin, Em (Wadsworth) Recommended
Communication Research Methods in Postmodern Culture
By Miller, Katherine (Pearson) Recommended
Course Learning Outcomes
Demonstrate well-grounded bodies of knowledge and judgment concerning specific communication theories and methodologies.
Demonstrate advanced level of clarity and accuracy when conducting and presenting communication research.
Demonstrate advance critical writing skills reflective of the discipline.
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
All students in this class MUST complete following culminating assessment devices: a departmental comprehensive subject test, a major research paper (15-20 pages) and formal professional presentation (8-10 mins.) with a question and answer session.
Communication theory, philosophy and scholarship
Communication research methodologies
Defining and proposing a research topic
Selecting and reading primary text as well as research materials related to topic
Proper writing and research methods
Completion of research paper and formal presentation of findings.
Recommended maximum class size for this course: 15
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by
the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this
course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course learning outcomes and cover the subjects listed in the Major Topics/Skills to be Covered section.
However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's
subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.