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Undergraduate Courses

CMS 372k: Advanced Organizational Communication, Undergraduate

Writing and Independent Inquiry Flags

Fall 2019 - MW 2-3:30 PM, 07080

Organizations influence all aspects of society (e.g., neighborhoods, family, work, governance, entertainment, healthcare). By offering an understanding of the many relationships between organizing and society, this course aims to help us better navigate our civic, familial, and personal duties and prepare us to help manage the organizing in which we will find ourselves. We will discover patterns in organizing that can be constructive/destructive, effective/ineffective, or just/unjust. We will also practice new ways of relating and develop research-based recommendations for improved communication practice. Topics include the history, problems, and promise of the corporate form; participative management; self-managing teams; and organizational communication design.

Qualified students may waive the prerequisite (CMS 313M). 


CMS 350C: Crowds, Clouds, and Community, Undergraduate

Network Analytic Approaches to Organizational Communication - Quantitative Reasoning Flag

Spring 2019 - MW 12-1 PM

This course explores the use of social network theory and analysis to understand the connectivity and complexity of teams, families, organizations, and communities. We will study the formation of systems of interaction broadly conceived. We will consider examples of network analytic approaches to theorize, visualize, analyze, and understand, for example, criminal networks, professional service firms, government contracting, social media platforms, virtual worlds, interorganizational dynamics, post disaster recovery, and ad hoc organizational forms.

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Note: The hybrid portion of the course is asynchronous, meaning that you will have work to complete at some point between face-to-face meetings but the timing will typically be at your discretion. In other words, the class does not meet online at a set time on Fridays. Instead, the hybrid portion of the course is self-directed and self-paced.

CMS 313m: Introduction to Organizational Communication

Summer 2019 - Web Based, 73175

Communication processes within government, private, and volunteer organizations.

It is through organizations that members of a society achieve their collective goals—from making laws and building bridges, to the local and international trade of goods and services. Organizational communication is the study of how people accomplish these goals through the creation and exchange of messages within a network of interdependent relationships to cope with environmental uncertainty. Through including case studies, class activities, and online discussions, we will examine organizational communication practices within and across organizations and empower you to improve communication and organizations.

Graduate Courses


CMS 390S.12 Engaged Communication Scholarship

Spring 2019 - T 3:30-6:30 PM

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This course will explore the theories and methods helpful for engaged research. Topics include (a) practical theory such as action research, communication design, grounded practical theory; (b) organizational change including work on organization communication management, social justice, and technology implementation; and (c) research methods common to consulting, program evaluation, and engaged scholarship such as ethnographic interviewing, survey design, organizational shadowing, natural experiments, and case studies. The course will focus in particular on the practical problems and ethical dilemmas associated with doing research with collaborators including negotiating access, co-designing research projects, co-producing research findings, and designing findings workshops. We will explore these topics with an eye toward orthodox academic careers as well as the paths of aspiring consultants, market and organizational development researchers, technology change managers, data scientists, government and think tank researchers, and pracademics of all sorts.


CMS 390T: Organizational Communication Theory: Topic 2 Macro, Graduate

Macromorphic Communication

Fall 2018 - W 3:30 PM - 6:30 PM

The course will explore theory and research related to macro-level organizational communication phenomena and the expression of macro-level forces in organizational microprocesses (i.e., macromorphic). Topics include organizational rhetoric, interorganizational relationships, diffusion of organizational innovations, and institutional theory of organizational communication (e.g., institutional messages, institutional work, institutional entrepreneurship). The course will consist of three subsections: interorganizational communication, macromorphic organizational communication, and the organization as the producer of communication.




Com 102: Introduction to HeaLth Communication, Undergraduate

Forum Seminar

Spring 2019 - M 1-3 PM

We will examine the ways in which communication may be both an instrument and a determinant of health. With the help of many excellent guest speakers, we will explore the field of health communication through the lens of education, advocacy, research, and partnerships. This course will encourage students to consider human health on different levels, from the individual to the societal and the political.

Health communication is an inherently interdisciplinary field; in this course alone we have speakers who have research backgrounds in interpersonal and interprofessional relationships, strategic science communication, health literacy, organizational communication, and persuasive communication theory. Students should expect an introduction to new topics and to expand the category of health-related careers.