The role and function of information processing in human communication behavior.
The transnational movement of people, goods, and discourses blurs the boundaries between the local and global, making intercultural communication and rhetoric essential to our personal and public lives. We explore how rhetoric and communication function …
Rhetorical character of religious controversy and sectarian persuasion in Western religion.
Public discourse as it affects and reflects the process of dynamic social change. Historical and contemporary instances of rhetorical processes.
Significant speeches from throughout history, generally from the United States. Speakers studied include Pericles, Abraham Lincoln, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Frederick Douglass, Emma Watson, John F. Kennedy, Barbara Jordan, Nelson Mandela.
A theory-based examination of the role of communication in attitude formation and planned social change. Analysis and creation of persuasive messages.
An introduction to the study of rhetoric in politics and culture. Explores the interrelationship of theory, criticism, and practice. Students gain an understanding of rhetoric as a social force emerging from political and cultural contexts …
An introduction to social science research methods and statistical analyses applicable to the study of communication research and mass media effects.
Investigate the ways in which individuals use, create, and respond to media content in the context of increasingly blurred boundaries between “mass” and “interpersonal” media. We will consider social scientific theories and research on a …
Examines how personal relationships unfold in online communication contexts (social network sites, online dating, video games). Topics include impression formation and management, deception and trust, self-perception and identity, social support and relationship maintenance.