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Plan of Study & Courses

Advising | Plan of Study | Electives | Optional | Course Descriptions

Program Advising

Mentoring and advisement is an essential part of the program. Students meet with faculty and the program director to ensure that educational and vocational goals are being met. Prospective students are urged to consult with the program academic advisor Professor Shawn J. Parry-Giles, spg@umd.edu.

Plan of Study

GC-EEF is an 18-credit (six 3-credit courses) program designed to be completed in 9 months of full-time study. The plan of study incorporates required, elective, and optional courses. To complete the 18-credit program, all students take 12 credits (four 3-credit courses) of required courses and 6 credits (two 3-credit courses) of elective courses. Students who require deeper English language learning may also register for the optional course which does not count towards program completion.

Students should visit Calendars & Deadlines to determine the semester schedule start and end dates as well as deadlines for cancellation or withdrawal. A minimum 3.0 GPA is required to maintain good academic progress for graduation. Students are responsible for keeping track of their progress and should review their academic record to ensure accuracy.

Full-time Plan of Study

Full-time students complete the program in 9 months by taking nine credits (three 3-credit courses) in the fall semester and nine credits (three 3-credit courses) in the spring semester. Students who require deeper English language learning may also register for the optional course which does not count towards program completion.

Course Title Type Offered
COMM618 Rhetoric and Style Required Fall
COMM638 Rhetoric and Voice Required
Elective See EEF Elective Courses Need to take one 3-credit elective
COMM608 English Speaking and Writing Optional
COMM708 Rhetoric and Context Required Spring
COMM655 Speech Writing Required
Elective See EEF Elective Courses Need to take one 3-credit elective
COMM608 English Speaking and Writing Optional

Part-time Plan of Study

Part-time students may complete the program in 12 months by taking six credits (two 3--credit courses) in the fall, spring, and summer OR in 24 months by taking three credits (one 3-credit course) fall, spring, and summer. Students who require deeper English language learning may also register for the optional course which does not count towards program completion.

Course Title Type Offered
COMM618 Rhetoric and Style Required Fall
COMM638 Rhetoric and Voice Required
COMM708 Rhetoric and Context Required Spring
COMM655 Speech Writing Required
Elective See EEF Elective Courses Need to take one 3-credit elective Summer
Elective See EEF Elective Courses Need to take one 3-credit elective
COMM608 English Speaking and Writing Optional Fall or Spring

Elective Courses

In addition to the four 3-credit required courses (12-credits), completion of GC-EEF calls for the completion of 6 credits (two 3-credit courses) of elective courses. Full-time students register for one 3-credit course in the fall; one 3-credit course in the spring. Part-time students register for elective courses during Summer Term. Below is the list of elective courses that will satisfy program requirements. Not all courses will be offered in all semesters.

EEF Elective Courses
Course Title
COMM601 Historical, Critical Research
COMM604 Argumentation
COMM670 Listening
COMM748 Rhetoric of the Presidency
COMM760 Political Communication
COMM768 Public Address

Optional Course

To assist students who are in need of additional English language learning, the Department or Communication developed COMM608: Professional Communication Enhancement in English Speaking and Writing. This optional course does not count towards program completion.

Course Descriptions

COMM601: Historical-Critical Research in Communication. Intense study in critical and historical methodology as applicable to research in communication. Emphasis will be placed on the composition and the evaluation of historical-critical studies of significance in the field of rhetorical communication scholarship. (Elective)

COMM604: Argumentation Theory. Fundamental concepts, approaches, and problems in argumentation theory. (Elective)

COMM 608: Professional Communication Enhancement in English Speaking and Writing. Speaking and Writing enhancement for students in need of additional English language learning. (Optional)

COMM618: Professional Communication: Rhetoric and Style. Writing instruction in English for professional communicators with a focus on rhetoric, style, and grammar. (Required)

COMM638: Professional Communication: Rhetoric and Voice. Speaking instruction in English for professional communicators with a focus on voice, diction, and pronunciation. (Required)

COMM655: Seminar in Speechwriting. Theoretical and practical aspects of speechwriting at an advanced level. (Required)

COMM670: Seminar in Listening Behavior. A study of research in and measurement of listening behavior. (Elective)

COMM708: Professional Communication: Rhetoric and Context. Speaking and writing instruction in English for professional communicators across such contexts as business, health, law, politics, and science. (Required)

COMM748: The Rhetoric of the Presidency. The study of the historical and contemporary rhetoric of the presidency in appropriate historical and political contexts. Scholarship related to public address studies and theories of the presidency will be featured. (Elective)

COMM760: Seminar in Political Communication. A blend of theory and practice to integrate rhetorical-critical theory and empirical methods with politics. Practitioners in political communication will be drawn in as resource persons. Students will map the communication strategy for candidates and analyze actual campaign strategies. (Elective)

COMM768: Seminar in Public Address. An in-depth study of national and international speakers and issues throughout the history of the spoken word. Emphasis will be placed upon the application of rhetorical principles to the analysis of world speakers and their speeches. (Elective)

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