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.
Examination and critique of contemporary communication theories. Prerequisite: MCOM graduate student or consent of instructor.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Critical analysis of film and television with focus upon cultural, commercial and aesthetic values that affect these media.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Exploration of current media topics. Prerequisite: Varies with each topic.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Instructional strategies for implementing objectives, specifying and evaluating results.
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.
Communicative details in preparing for and conducting events.
Literary techniques and dramatic structure for print and online journalistic media.
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.
Ethical principles, issues, dilemmas in mass communication; professional codes; interpersonal, small group, organizational and societal factors affecting mediated communication.
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.
Application of advertising principles and practices to the development of campaigns and the preparation of plan books.
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.
Fundraising and developing, implementing and evaluating public relations campaigns for nonprofit organizations.
Research, planning, implementing and evaluating programs and campaigns.
Technical, managerial, legal, ethical and accreditation issues and concerns. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Political thought in the West from the Greeks to the end of the 16th century. Prerequisite: POSC 101 or consent of instructor.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Theories, methods and substantive issues in sociology. Consideration of recent advances in sociological research.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.