Communication Studies

The Department of Communication Studies is concerned with human interaction and communication in all its forms.  The Communication Studies Department provides research, teaching and service to enable students to develop understanding and skills in order to thrive in a global communication environment of unremitting change and increasing diversity. To this end the department offers an undergraduate major in Communication Studies, and graduate courses leading to a Master of Arts in Communication Management.

Master of Arts in Communication Management

The program requires a total of 36 semester hours. Of the 36, no more than 6 hours can be CM 699 (Plan I), no more than 6 hours can be CM 698 (Plan II), and no more than 6 hours can be CM 618 (both Plan I and Plan II). A grade of A or B is required in each course to count toward the degree.

Plan I - 36 hours with Thesis

RequirementsHours
Select 10 classes from list below 1,230
Foundations of Comm Mgmt
Source Credibility
Message Construction
Analysis of Communication Audiences
Communication Effects
Seminar in Applied Communication Research
Communibiology
Instructional Communication
Seminar in Org Communication
Instructional Communication
Nonverbal Communication
Seminar: Political Communication
Intercultural Communication
Health and Med Communication
Training and Development in Communication
Communications Indep Stdy
Communication and the Law
Persuasion
Seminar in Small Group Dynamics
Interpersonal Communication and Relationships
Special Topics in Communication Theory and Research
Seminar in Research Classics
Graduate Internship
Communication Theory
Seminar in Communication Models
Quantitative Communication Research
Data Analysis for Quantitative Communication Research
Qualitative Communication Research
Thesis Research6
Thesis Research
Thesis
Total Hours36

Plan II - 36 hours with Comprehensive Exam

RequirementsHours
Select 10 classes from list below 1,230
Foundations of Comm Mgmt
Source Credibility
Message Construction
Analysis of Communication Audiences
Communication Effects
Seminar in Applied Communication Research
Communibiology
Instructional Communication
Seminar in Org Communication
Instructional Communication
Nonverbal Communication
Seminar: Political Communication
Intercultural Communication
Health and Med Communication
Training and Development in Communication
Communications Indep Stdy
Communication and the Law
Persuasion
Seminar in Small Group Dynamics
Interpersonal Communication and Relationships
Special Topics in Communication Theory and Research
Seminar in Research Classics
Graduate Internship
Communication Theory
Seminar in Communication Models
Quantitative Communication Research
Data Analysis for Quantitative Communication Research
Qualitative Communication Research
Master's Applied Project6
Master's Applied Project
Comprehensive Exam
Total Hours36
1

 Up to 6 hours graduate work may be transferred from an accredited graduate program (Non-UAB) with approval from the Graduate Director.

2

 Up to 6 hours of graduate work (600 or above) in another department at UAB may be applied with approval of the Graduate Director.

Courses

CM 601. Foundations of Communication Management. 3 Hours.

Development of communication models, relationships between models and research, examination of functions of models and their impact on human communication in various media. 999999.

CM 602. Source Credibility. 3 Hours.

Theories of ethos, dynamics of credibility in public speaking, organizational, interpersonal, print and broadcasting contexts. Measures of credibility and methods for constructing credibility.

CM 603. Message Construction. 3 Hours.

Features of communication messages, including audience, situation, and culture and their impact on message construction. The principles underlying the creation of messages in various media.

CM 604. Analysis of Communication Audiences. 3 Hours.

Analysis of the audience and its place in the communication model. Includes needs and gratification from various media as well as how messages and feedback are interpreted.

CM 605. Communication Effects. 3 Hours.

Effects of Communication, especially through mass media, as a result of messages transmitted. Topics include violence, persuasion, and sexuality.

CM 607. Seminar in Applied Communication Research. 3 Hours.

Topics include interpersonal communication, small group communication, organizational communication, and political communication.

CM 609. Communibiology. 3 Hours.

Communication personality traits will be the primary focus of this course. This course is for graduate students only.
Prerequisites: CM 601 [Min Grade: B]

CM 611. Seminar in Org Communication. 3 Hours.

CM 612. Instructional Communication. 3 Hours.

Communication problems in the classroom. Definition of sign and sign process. Signs in communicative action.

CM 613. Nonverbal Communication. 3 Hours.

Elements of nonverbal behavior (physical appearance, gestures, space, voice) which affect communication in person-to-person situations.

CM 614. Seminar: Political Communication. 3 Hours.

CM 615. Intercultural Communication. 3 Hours.

CM 616. Health and Med Communication. 3 Hours.

CM 617. Training and Development in Communication. 3 Hours.

Training and Development in Communication focuses on contemporary communication knowledge and skills that every trainer should have. The class will include topics such as: Designing Curricula, Training Content, Methods, Plans, Sessions, Assessment, and Career Opportunities.

CM 618. Communications Independent Study. 1-6 Hour.

Independent Study. Topics of mutual interest to student and faculty member.

CM 619. Communication and the Law. 3 Hours.

Communication and the Law focuses on general effects communication has in the law environment. Conflict, leadership, and use of the law will be considered.

CM 620. Persuasion. 3 Hours.

Current theories and research in the area of attitude formation and change will be explored in this class.

CM 621. Seminar in Small Group Dynamics. 3 Hours.

Current theories and research in small group communication dynamics will be explored in this class. The class will include topics such as: Leadership, Decision-making, conflict and conformity.

CM 622. Interpersonal Communication and Relationships. 3 Hours.

This class introduces students to interpersonal communication concepts, theories, and research and their broad applications to personal and professional relationships. A variety of theories and research are reviewed and applied to relationships in health, organizational, educational, and romantic contexts.

CM 624. Special Topics in Communication Theory and Research. 3 Hours.

Various topics selected by faculty.

CM 630. Seminar in Research Classics. 3 Hours.

Students read and discuss seminal works in Communication and social science.

CM 675. Graduate Internship. 3 Hours.

Professional experience in communication management.

CM 690. Communication Theory. 3 Hours.

The class will introduce students to communication theory providing an introduction to theory construction as well as an overview of several prominent communication theories.

CM 691. Seminar in Communication Models. 3 Hours.

Synthesis of courses on the Shannon-Weaver model of communication, with contemporary adaptations. Students should learn to carefully critique reviews of literature, research questions and hypotheses posed by others.

CM 694. Quantitative Communication Research. 3 Hours.

The study of communication theory from a quantitative perspective. Data gathering, experimental and quasi-experimental design, field research and data analysis in applied contexts to be probed.

CM 695. Data Analysis for Quantitative Communication Research. 3 Hours.

This class introduces students to basic descriptive and inferential data analysis techniques in communication studies research.

CM 696. Qualitative Communication Research. 3 Hours.

Study of communication theory from a qualitative perspective. Historical/critical, participant-observation, and various data gathering methods and models explored from a theoretical and practical point of view.

CM 698. Master's Applied Project. 3-6 Hours.

Master s Applied Project.

CM 699. Thesis Research. 3 Hours.

Thesis Research.
Prerequisites: GAC M

Faculty

Amsbary, Jonathan H., Professor of Communication Studies, 1988, B.A. (New Mexico), M.A., PhD. (Indiana)
Franks, Alan E., Assistant Professor; Director, Broadcasting, 2013, B.S. (UAB); MFDI (Sydney); MFA (Montana State)
Hickson, Mark III, Professor of Communication Studies, 1987, B.S., M.A. (Auburn), M.A. (Mississippi State), Ph.D. (Southern Illinois); J.D. (Birmingham School of Law)
Ibelema, Minabere, Associate Professor of Communication Studies, 1995, B.A. (Wilberforce), M.A., Ph.D. (Ohio State)
Levine, Timothy R., Distinguished Professor and Chair, 2015, B.A. (Northwestern); M.A. (West Virginia); Ph.D. (Michigan State)
McCornack, Steven, Professor of Communication Studies, 2015, B.A. (Washington); A.M. (Illinois at Urbana-Champaign))
Morrison, Kelly, Professor of Communication Studies, 2015, B.A. (Illinois at Urbana-Champaign); M.A., Ph.D. (Michigan State)
Neiva, Eduardo, Professor of Communication Studies, 1993, B.A. (Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro), M.A., Ph.D. (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro)
Park, Hee Sun, Professor of Communication Studies, 2015, B.A. (Michigan State); M.A. (Hawaii); Ph.D. (California-Santa Barbara)
Powell, Larry, Professor of Communication Studies, 1998, B.A., M.A. (Auburn), Ph.D. (Florida)
Richmond, Virginia Peck, Professor of Communication Studies, 2006, B.A. (West Virginia Institute of Technology), M.A. (West Virginia), Ph.D. (Nebraska)
Shaia, Jacquelyn S., Assistant Professor of Communication Studies, 2015, B.A., Ph.D. (UAB); J.D. (Cumberland School of Law)