Professional Communications Course Descriptions
- COM-610: Professional Communications Theory (3 credits)
- Professional Communication Theory provides an overview of major communication theories with an emphasis on communication styles and approaches operative in today's workplace environment. Strategic planning, analysis, and critical thinking in light of contemporary trends and issues will be studied. The focus will be the application and evaluation of theories through case analysis and discussion. Students will have the opportunity to engage in self-assessment of communication competence and learn strategies for enhancing their abilities. Problems in the context of professional communication will be identified and theory based solutions generated.
- COM-620: Advanced and Professional Business Writing (3 credits)
- This course will examine topics such as the historical formation of professional communication as a discipline; technological, scientific, and multimedia writing; theories and research; ethics and politics; intercultural professional communication; and workplace, pedagogical, and professionalization issues.
- COM-630: New Media in Professional Communications (3 credits)
- New media allow all individuals and organizations to effectively interact with their audiences on an ongoing basis. This course addresses how new and emerging media technologies such as social networks, social media, blogs, podcasts, video sites, search engine management tools, and even virtual worlds can be leveraged by communication professionals in order to further meaningful relationships with their internal and external audiences. This course will give students greater understanding of new media required to allow a rethinking of the overall communication process. As a result students will develop effective communication strategies specifically geared toward the needs of their organization or field of interest.
- MSP-662: Practical Grant Writing (3 credits)
- This course aims to provide a practical foundation to be used toward compiling a full proposal for this course and into the future by learning how to craft careful research questions presented with sound preparation and purposeful writing. Through this course, you will begin to fully understand and be able to articulate the need for a project or organization's work. You will be guided through preparing individual components of the grant application and how to translate the work into a budget for the request. In addition to the basic application components, understanding the funders' interests, packaging and other formats will be covered.