The Intercultural Communication Track is designed to provide students with an understanding of the way communication functions in intercultural settings, how culture affects the communication process, and the reciprocal effects of intercultural perceptions on policy in the history of Eastern-Western relations. Career opportunities in this field include corporate diversity trainer, communication director, human resource manager, international service representative, negotiator, and foreign correspondent with government and business organizations. Two programs are offered. The thesis track emphasizes student development of research skills under faculty supervision (30 credit hours). The non-thesis track emphasizes a theoretical foundation based on application of communication courses (36 credit hours).

Thesis Program

Required Communication Core
COM 601Theories of Communication3
COM 602Methods of Communication Research3
COM 603Qualitative Research Methodologies3
Communication Electives
Select 3 - 5 of the following:9-15
Advanced Communication Research Methods and Statistics
Special Topics in Communication
Seminar in Persuasive Communication
Intercultural Communication: International Perspectives
Intercultural Communication: Domestic Perspectives
Culture and Organizations
Culture And Health
The Executive Communicator
Seminar in Interpersonal Communication
Seminar in Organizational Communication
Communication Studies Practicum
Advanced Special Topics in Communication Studies
Advanced Projects and Directed Research
Outside Electives 10-6
Thesis
COM 810Master's Thesis1-6
Total Credit Hours30
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A maximum of 6 credit hours thesis track may come from outside the Department of Communication Studies (COS or COM courses). Elective credits must be chosen with prior approval from a Communication Studies advisor.

Non-Thesis Program

Required Communication Core
COM 601Theories of Communication3
COM 602Methods of Communication Research3
COM 603Qualitative Research Methodologies3
Communication Electives
Select 6 - 9 of the following:18-27
Advanced Communication Research Methods and Statistics
Special Topics in Communication
Seminar in Persuasive Communication
Intercultural Communication: International Perspectives
Intercultural Communication: Domestic Perspectives
Culture and Organizations
Culture And Health
The Executive Communicator
Seminar in Interpersonal Communication
Seminar in Organizational Communication
Communication Studies Practicum
Advanced Special Topics in Communication Studies
Advanced Projects and Directed Research
Outside Electives 10-9
Total Credit Hours36
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A maximum of 9 credit hours non-thesis track may come from outside the Department of Communication Studies (COS or COM courses). Elective credits must be chosen with prior approval from a Communication Studies advisor.