Ph.D. Course Listings

MCO 532 Foundations in Mass Communication Research (3)
This course is designed for students who have not had a course in academic research. For these students, this course is the prerequisite to MCO 710 Research Methods.

MCO 710 Research Methodology in Mass Communication (3)
Identifies research problems in mass communication and provides an overview of questionnaire construction as well as attention to survey, historical, content analysis, experimental and legal research methods.

MCO 711 Critical, Historical, Legal Research Methods in Mass Communication (3)
Introduces critical, legal and historical methods necessary to conduct qualitative mass communication research.

MCO 712 Freedom of Expression Theory (3)
Examines philosophical and legal aspects of press freedom; emphasizes First Amendment theory evolution from 1791 to present.

MCO 720 Mass Communication Theory (3)
Analyzes various theoretic models of mass communication with emphasis on the applications of these theories to professional communication.

MCO 722 Philosophy of Mass Communication (3)
Mass media as social institutions, particularly interaction with government and public; emphasizes criticism and normative statements.

MCO 755 Research Apprenticeship (3)
In this course the student and a faculty member will work on a research project. The expected outcome of the course is a scholarly publication.

Omnibus Graduate Courses are those offered on an experimental or tutorial basis. For example:

MCO 598 Special Topics (3)
Topical courses not offered in regular course rotation.

MCO 790 Readings and Conferences (1-3)
Independent study in which a student meets regularly with a faculty member to discuss assignments.