Course Descriptions

The following graduate-level courses are offered in communications management. Graduate-level courses are numbered 500-899. Information about course offerings and programs of study is published online and in print each year in the Graduate Catalog.

Required Courses:

MCOM 605 - COMMUNICATION THEORY       

Examination and critique of contemporary communication theories. Prerequisite: MCOM graduate student or consent of instructor.

MCOM 606 - PUBLIC RELATIONS & ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATION

Second in sequence of two courses that examine the body of knowledge in public relations, with a focus on the strategic management of communication, including marketing, case studies and field investigations. Prerequisite: MCOM 605.

MCOM 631 - QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS IN COMMUNICATION

Introduction to quantitative research methods in communication. Development of quantitative communication research designs. Prerequisites: PSYC 212, or MATH 231 or equivalent, MCOM 605 (may be taken concurrently).

MCOM 632 - QUALITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS IN COMMUNICATION

Introduction to qualitative research methods in communication. Development and execution of qualitative communication research design. Prerequisite: MCOM 605 (may be taken concurrently) or consent of the instructor.

MCOM 639 - MASS COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE

Examination of the role of mass media and communication technologies in shaping culture and human agency. Emphasis on both historical and contemporary ideas about how media, culture, and communication technologies intersect to create social meaning. Prerequisites: MCOM 605 and one of the following: MCOM 631 or MCOM 632 or consent of the instructor.


Departmental Electives:

MCOM 603 - CRITICISM IN MASS MEDIA

Critical analysis of film and television with focus upon cultural, commercial and aesthetic values that affect these media.

MCOM 617 - INTERNATIONAL COMMUNICATION

Media systems of the world compared relative to their political, cultural, sociological, economic, religious, historical and broadcasting and print structures. In-depth analysis of American global media efforts.

MCOM 621 - MASS MEDIA LAW & REGULATIONS

Legal limits on freedom of the press, Constitutional guarantees, libel, contempt, obscenity, privacy, ethical problems and the right to know. Origins and concepts of freedom of information and its evolution in Constitutional law and judicial decisions: contemporary problems of censorship in publishing, broadcasting and film.

MCOM 638 - MANAGING COMMUNICATION IN A DIVERSE SOCIETY

Study of the complexities of managing integrated communication in a society composed of diverse audiences including cultural, ethnic, physical, life style, religious and racial diversity. Prerequisite: Student must have graduate standing. 

MCOM 651 - MEDIA AND POLITICS

Relationships between the mass media and the political system. The influence of the media on political careers, the adversarial and support roles of the media.

MCOM 660 - CRISIS COMMUNICATION

Explores communication theories and techniques used in crisis communication and apologia. Topics include inoculation practices, crisis avoidance, bolstering, models of leadership and crisis management plans. Prerequisites: Graduate standing.

MCOM 670 - SPCIAL TOPICS IN MASS COMMUNICATION

Exploration of current media topics. Prerequisite: Varies with each topic.

MCOM 683 - COMMUNICATING IN SOCIETY: PERCEPTION AND REALITY

Examines historic and contemporary impact that communication has played in creating world cultures and societies. Areas of investigation will include public relations, advertising, electronic media, propaganda, the internet, and movies. Prerequisites: MCOM 605, MCOM 606, MCOM 625, and MCOM 631.

MCOM 795 - INDEPENDENT STUDY IN MASS COMMUNICATION

Directed study in production or research in selected areas through readings, projects, papers and/or seminars. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 units. Prerequisites: 15 units of graduate-level mass communication and/or communication studies courses, and consent of instructor. 

COMM 795 - INDEPENDENT STUDY IN COMMUNICATION STUDIES

Directed study through readings, projects, papers or seminars. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits. Prerequisite: 15 credits of graduate-level communication or mass communication courses and consent of instructor.


500-level Departmental Electives:

Note: 500-level MCOM and COMM courses are part of 400-level undergraduate courses. Therefore, 500-level courses are typically taught during the day (8 AM to 4 PM).

COMM 518 - COMMUNICATION TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT

Instructional strategies for implementing objectives, specifying and evaluating results.

COMM 519 - ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATION

Theories and processes of decision making in organizations including classical, human resources, cultural, systems, and critical approaches. Emphasis on the role of communication plays in assimilation, decision making, conflict, diversification, and crisis management.

COMM 522 - CONFERENCE AND MEETING MANAGEMENT

Communicative details in preparing for and conducting events.

MCOM 502 - LITERARY JOURNALISM

Literary techniques and dramatic structure for print and online journalistic media. 

MCOM 507 - MULTIMEDIA REPORTING

Research and create multimedia news and feature articles incorporating hypertext and graphics and photographic, audio and video elements. Not open to students who have successfully completed MCOM 407.Lab/Class fee will be assessed.

MCOM 533 - MEDIA ETHICS

Ethical principles, issues, dilemmas in mass communication; professional codes; interpersonal, small group, organizational and societal factors affecting mediated communication.

MCOM 543 - INTERNATIONAL ADVERTISING

Role of advertising and promotion programs in the world marketplace, consideration of global and local perspectives, key decisions in agency operations, creative aspects and media.

MCOM 547 - ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS

Application of advertising principles and practices to the development of campaigns and the preparation of plan books.

MCOM 550 - PUBLIC OPINION AND THE PRESS

Journalistic aspects of public opinion and propaganda; the impact of mass communication media on the formation of public opinion. Techniques of polling and testing public opinion.

MCOM 551 - PUBLIC RELATIONS FOR NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS

Fundraising and developing, implementing and evaluating public relations campaigns for nonprofit organizations.

MCOM 553 - STRATEGIC PR & INTEGRATED COMMUNICATIONS

Research, planning, implementing and evaluating programs and campaigns. 

MCOM 559 - PROFESSIONAL ISSUES IN PR & INTEGRATED COMMUNICATIONS

Technical, managerial, legal, ethical and accreditation issues and concerns. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.


Electives from Outside the MCCS Department:

ART 610 - ELEMENTS OF WWW DESIGN

Production techniques and research as related to digital imaging, electronic page layout and WWW design. Prerequisite: Acceptance in the Interactive Media Design Certificate Program or consent of the IAMD program director.

ART 620 - GRADUATE TYPOGRAPHY

Studio problems in the theory, concepts and aesthetics of type. Repeatable for a maximum of 6 units with consent of program director and instructor. Prerequisite: ART 610 or consent of instructor.

ART 641 - INTERACTIVE MEDIA CONCEPT AND THEORY

Advanced study of multimedia concept, theory and aesthetics including research and studio application. Repeatable for a maximum of 6 credits with consent of program director and instructor. Prerequisite: ART 610.

ART 765 - GRADUATE DESIGN FOR THE WWW

Authoring techniques and research as related to interactivity, information design and digital imaging. Repeatable for a maximum of 6 units with consent of program director and instructor. Prerequisites: ART 610 and ART 641.

ISTC 541 - FOUNDATIONS IN INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNOLOGY

This introductory course provides an overview of the field of instructional technology. This course focuses on helping students to develop an awareness and understanding of the theories and philosophies driving the field. In addition, this course will explore common computer-related technologies used within most learning environments. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Graduate School.

ISTC 605 - WEB BASED INSTRUCTION IN EDUCATION

Principles of Web-based instruction in creating learning environments. Pedagogical, technological, organizational, institutional and ethical issues related to design, development and delivery. Prerequisite: ISTC 541 or equivalent. 

ISTC 633 - INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEO

Explores the design and production of video for education training. The emphasis on the instructional systems design process is supported by laboratory tasks that lead students through the process of producing instructional video. Computer-based editing is used. Prerequisite: Bachelor's degree.

ISTC 664 - MULTIMEDIA DESIGN

Introduction and overview to digital media (multimedia) in instructional settings. A laboratory task enables students to develop original media, gather and edit digital media assets, integrate their products into a computer presentation program and output their results in a variety of digital and analog media formats.

ISTC 687 - COMPUTER BASED INSTRUCTION

The relationship between programmed instruction and computer-assisted instruction is examined. Students are required to demonstrate competencies in the design and production of computer-assisted instruction. Prerequisite: ISTC 541 or equivalent.

PHIL 563 - BUSINESS ETHICS

Economics is one of the "moral sciences" in so far as it deals with an important sphere of human activity which intends a good. This course will institute a philosophical reflection on economic ideas as they appear in the three main categories of opinion, viz., conservative, liberal and radical. Attention will be drawn to the epistemological, ethical and metaphysical presuppositions of these traditions. Prerequisite: One lower-division course in philosophy. 

POSC 509 - COMPARATIVE POLITICAL SYSTEMS

The course will attempt to bring together the analytical concepts and methodological techniques that may be applied to the study of political systems in a comparative sense. Prerequisite: POSC 103, POSC 137 or consent of instructor.

POSC 527 - POLITICAL THEORY I

Political thought in the West from the Greeks to the end of the 16th century. Prerequisite: POSC 101 or consent of instructor.

POSC 528 - POLITICAL THEORY II

Political philosophers and their writings since the 16th century. Attention given to the conflict of ideologies in the 20th century. Prerequisite: POSC 101 or consent of instructor.

POSC 530 - AMERICAN POLTICAL THOUGHT

Examines American political thinking, key concepts and theorists. Addresses major and minor figures and mainstream and alternative perspectives within the American Political tradition. Prerequisites: POSC 101 or consent of the instructor.

POSC 585 - SEMINAR IN POLITICAL THOUGHT

In depth investigation into the history, theories and applications of political theory. Specific topic of the seminar will vary from semester to semester. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 units if a different topic is chosen. Prerequisites: POSC 301 and POSC 427 or POSC 428 or consent of instructor.

PRWR 617 - EDITING

Study of fundamental editing theory and supervised practice in editing. Also practice in copy editing, exposure to electronic editing, overview of copyright and libel laws, and instruction in publication design and production. Prerequisite: Admission to a graduate program or consent of instructor. Not open to students who have successfully completed WRIT 617.

PRWR 619 - COMMUNICATION IN THE PROFIT/ NONPROFIT SECTORS

Communication process, with special emphasis on writing, within the profit/nonprofit organization. Theories of organization, management styles, and relationship of written messages to the function of climate of the profit/nonprofit organization. Strategies of preparing written communication to meet internal and external needs. Prerequisite: Admission to MPW program or consent of instructor. Not open to students who have successfully completed WRIT 619.

PRWR 621 - BUSINESS WRITING

Major forms of business and industrial writing, including correspondence, memoranda, short reports and long reports. Emphasis on audience analysis and planning of written communication to meet audience needs. Prerequisites: Two 600-level writing courses or consent of instructor. Not open to students who have successfully completed WRIT 621.

PRWR 623 - TECHNICAL WRITING AND INFORMATION DESIGN

Introduction to the theory and practice of technical writing and information design. Study of rhetorical theory and empirical research supporting best-practice guidelines. Hands-on-projects. Not open to students who have successfully completed WRIT 623. 

PRWR 625 - DESIGN LAYOUT AND PRODUCTION

Intensive workshop in developing and editing technical documents: instructions, feasibility studies, investigation reports, proposals, etc. Not open to students who have successfully completed WRIT 623.

PRWR 627 - MODERN RHETORIC

Current theories of rhetoric and composition, with emphasis upon the cognitive and social aspects of writing; relationships between language and abstraction, conventions of discourse communities, and various approaches to communication in a pluralistic society. Prerequisite: Admission to MPW program or consent of instructor. Not open to students who have successfully completed WRIT 627.

PRWR 628 - DESIGNING CONTENT FOR THE WEB

User-centered design and development of web content. Rhetorical theory and empirical research supporting best-practice guidelines. Projects in web content selection, information architecture, and writing style. Prerequisites: None.

PRWR 670 and 677 - TOPICS IN WRITING

Specialized focus on particular formats, theories or practices in professional writing. May be elected twice. Prerequisites: Two 600-level PRWR or WRIT courses or consent of instructor. Not open to students who have successfully completed WRIT 670, WRIT 671, WRIT 672, WRIT 673, WRIT 674, WRIT 675, WRIT 676, WRIT 677, WRIT 678 or WRIT 679.

PRWR 713 - FREELANCE WRITING

Freelance writing for magazines, newspapers, corporations, associations and technical journals. Analyzing markets, creating jobs; understanding copyrights, contracts and agents. Prerequisite: PRWR 613 or WRIT 613 or consent of instructor. Not open to students who have successfully completed WRIT 713.

PRWR 729 - CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS CONSULTING

Designing and marketing programs, and training writers in business and government. Finding clients, developing workshops, evaluating programs. Students engage in consulting activities. Prerequisite: Recommended PRWR 625 or WRIT 625. Not open to students who have successfully completed WRIT 729. 

SOSC 605 - AMERICAN POLITICS IN THE 21ST CENTURY

The course will constitute the political science department's core offering to the Master of Science degree in Social Science. It will address the change and continuity in American politics and American political science in the last 50 years.

SOSC 606 - SOCIOLOGICAL INSIGHT

Theories, methods and substantive issues in sociology. Consideration of recent advances in sociological research.

WMST 550 - BMORE: BALTIMORE AND URBAN COMMUNICATIONS

Analyzes significant political, economic, ad cultural issues facing Baltimore and other urban communities including poverty, discrimination, economic development, and the criminal justice system; special attention to gender, race, class, and youth activism. Prerequisites: None.

WMST 603 - THE DIVERSITY OF WOMEN

Examination of feminist scholarship on race, class and sexualities, particularly with regard to the distribution of power within a variety of institutions. Prerequisites: WMST 231 or equivalent, and graduate standing. A required course for the WMST Master's Program. Non-WMST Graduate students are asked to join the wait list and will be accepted into the class as space permits.

WMST 604 - WOMEN IN INTERNATIONAL CONTEXT

Examination of the diverse experiences of women in a variety of national and international contexts. Particular attention will be devoted to how global forces impact women's lives today and the diverse ways that women struggle against inequality. Prerequisite: WMST 231 or equivalent, and graduate standing. 

WMST 607 - ADVANCED FEMINIST THEORY

Major feminist theories on women's experience, emphasizing the areas in the graduate concentrations: workplace, health, public policy and international. Prerequisites: WMST 231 or equivalent, and graduate standing. A required course for the WMST Master's Program. Non-WMST Graduate students are asked to join the wait list and will be accepted into the class as space permits.

WMST 611 - WOMEN, PUBLIC POLICY AND SOCIAL CHANGE

How public policy affects the experiences of women and men, and groups to which they belong. Includes study of components of public policy-making, case studies of gender-related public policy, and methods of instituting change. Prerequisite: WMST 231 or equivalent and graduate standing. A required course for the WMST Master's Program. Non-WMST Graduate students are asked to join the wait list and will be accepted into the class as space permits.