Course Template for Social Influence

For more information please contact the faculty associated with this template:

Mike Allen,
Sandra Braman,
Sang-Yeon Kim,
Haeyeon Song,

Suggested Primary Social Influence Communication Courses (15 credits)

Commun 762: Argumentation Theory
Commun 823: Seminar in Small Group Communication
Commun 864: Communication and Social Influence
Commun 865: Theory and Practice of Mediation
Commun 965: Discourses of Conflict

Suggested Methods Courses (minimum 6 credits; typical recommendation is closer to 12 credits)

Commun 700: Quantitative Research in Communication
Commun 702: Qualitative Research in Communication
Commun 770: Measurement in Communication Research
Commun 971: Meta-Analysis
Commun 972: Multivariate Methods in Communication Research

It is recommended that additional research methods courses from outside the department be used to supplement the Communication courses listed above.

Those who are interested in quantitative research methods are encouraged to take courses that address the following topics:

  1. correlation and regression,
  2. experimental design (i.e., ANOVA),
  3. general multivariate techniques,
  4. analysis of categorical data, and
  5. structural equation modeling.

Examples include:

Ed Psy 820: Multiple Regression and Other General Linear Models
Ed Psy 823: Structural Equation Modeling
Ed Psy 824: Advanced Experimental Design and Analysis
Ed Psy 826: Analysis of Cross-Classified Categorical Data
Ed Psy 929: Seminar in Statistics and Research Design
Bus Adm 714: Multivariate Techniques in Management Research
Bus Adm 912: Statistical Methods for Management Research
Bus Adm 914: Advanced Multivariate Techniques in Management Research

Those who are interested in qualitative research methods are encouraged to follow the Communication survey course in qualitative research methods with a more specialized course, if available, in the method in which they are most interested. Those currently available include:

Anthro 561: Techniques & Problems in Ethnography
Anthro 761: Problems in Comparative Method & Theory
Hist 712: Historiography & Theory of History
Hist 713: Historical Research Methods
Hist 714: Oral History

Some research methods courses may introduce you to both qualitative and quantitative approaches. Depending on the instructor, these can include:

Pol Sci 720: Theoretical & Methodological Issues of Comparative Politics
Pol Sci 769: Analyzing & Evaluating Public Policies & Programs

Suggested Electives (minimum of 21 credits)

Anthro 744: Theories of Social Action: Understanding Agency and Social Structure
Anthro 803: Survey of Cultural Anthropology
Commun 801: Seminar in Interpersonal Communication
Commun 802: Marital and Family Communication
Commun 803: Seminar in Gender Communication
Commun 804: Communication and Sexuality
Commun 827: Seminar in Instructional Communication
Commun 850: Seminar in Intercultural Communication
Crm Jst 668: Conceptual Foundations of Law, Order, and Justice
Crm Jst 840: Philosophical Foundations of Policing
Ed Pol 705: Sociology of Education and Community Engagement
Ed Pol 711: Community Organizing: Collective Action for Social Change
Ed Pol 740: Modern Philosophies of Education and Community
English 742: Mass Culture
Hist 712: Historiography and Theory of History
JMC 614: Mass Media and Public Opinion
JMC 810: Media Effects
JMC 820: Persuasion in Mass Communication
JMC 850: Global Media and Local Cultures
Pol Sci 801: Proseminar in Political Theory
Pol Sci 956: Political Culture and Behavior: Industrial Nations
Psych 930: Seminar in Social Psychology
Sociol 715: Systematic Sociological Theory
Sociol 735: Social Change and Social Evolution