Strategic Communication M.A. Course Listing

CAS 835: Brand Image & Communication

In this course you will examine the power and value of branding and using consumer based brand equity to differentiate a product, service or company from its competitors. Related issues include the way brands are created, managed and grown, and extensions under the brand umbrella.

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CAS 829: Evaluation Techniques for Working Professionals

This course is designed to develop your ability to conduct and evaluate social scientific research. As a communication professional, you may need to conduct a research project yourself, or may want to commission research from others (e.g., a consulting firm). Specifically, the course will examine the philosophy of social science research, fundamental elements of research design, and statistical methods for analyzing data.

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CAS 842: Ethical Concerns and Controversies for Emergent Thinkers

The main objective of this course is to make informed ethics decisions in your professional life by using a combination of your head, heart, and the ethical philosophies covered in this course. You will learn to identify ethical issues across media communication industries, including those in journalism, public relations, advertising, and convergent media.

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CAS 828: Persuasion Techniques for Working Professionals

This course covers the application of principles of persuasion and compliance focusing on the primary processes that affect the magnitude and manner in which attitudes and behavior are changed. The course also covers the interplay between audience and communicator characteristics and message design are examined.

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CAS 827: Digital Media Strategies

This advanced course in digital media strategies is designed to provide an in-depth overview of new and social media marketing strategies. More importantly, the course applies advertising, consumer psychology, social psychology, and marketing to ensure the effectiveness of social media marketing strategies.

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CAS 831: Digital Content Creation, Curation, and Promotion

This course covers the creation of content for a number of digital media including e-mail, social media (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, YouTube), and interactive media (e.g., websites). An integrated digital communication strategy requires the consideration of design and communication theories, principles, and best practices for written and visual communication.

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CAS 832: Strategic Message Development

The effectiveness of corporate messages can be enhanced by careful, research-informed development. This course provides a model for designing effective marketing communication, along with detailed ideas about topics such as conducting effective stakeholder analysis, setting outcome parameters, designing messages, and engaging your audience.

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CAS 838: Organizational Communication

This course introduces theories, contexts, and processes related to organizational communication issues, including employment interviewing, supervisor-employee communication, role and work group coordination, decision making, and unit climate. This course will also include an overview of research on organizational communication through time, and discuss coordination within and between organizational communication structures.

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CAS 833: Crisis Communication

This course provides skills and strategies to communicate crises experienced by organizations and institutions through optimal media formats. The course will provide the tools to manage effectively the use and the relationship with the media, which plays a crucial role in crisis situations as the vehicle to pass information to affected communities and people.  Students will learn using real-life case studies.

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CAS 844: Capstone

This course is the Capstone in the MA Strategic Communication degree program. It provides practical experience in the planning and management of strategic communication projects involving the use of new and digital media. Using a service-learning format, it requires the application of managerial, communication, and strategic skills to a realistic business project in a virtual team setting.

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