Graduate Special Topics Courses (594)

A course labeled “Special Topics in Communication” (Comm 594) is usually a one-time offering of a new or special topics class that has been created by a faculty member. The content of each specific Comm 594 course generally does not appear in the UCSB Course Catalog or in GOLD's listing; please check this page or the quarterly listing of classes for details of what is offered each quarter. 

To sign up for a 594 in GOLD, select "COMM 594 - SPECIAL TOPICS", indicate the number of units (generally 4), and then select the instructor (indicated in the course description on this site) from the drop down menu.

Winter 2018 

Seminar in Scholarly Writing - Professor W.J. Potter

The objective of the course is to help you become a better writer of scholarly manuscripts. To help you reach this objective, you will learn how (1) to develop your critical “eye” for recognizing quality (and problems) in the scholarly work of others, (2) to use particular formulas that guide scholarly writing, and (3) to develop your skills of analysis, evaluation, induction, deduction, classification, synthesis, abstraction, and persuasive expression. Students who enroll in the seminar should have at least a rough draft of a project (convention paper, proposal, thesis, etc.) and the willingness to work on improving this draft throughout the quarter. 



Spring 2018

Foundations of Computer Mediated Communication - Professor Joe Walther