Communication Studies (M.A.)

The program has four tracks, each with 9 credits of required courses and 27 credits of elective courses but students in the joint program take 18 credits of electives and transfer 9 credit from the School of Law to make 27 credits. Communication Studies students must receive a "B" or higher in core courses  (COM 601COM 602, and COM 603), as well as maintain an overall minimum GPA of 3.0 for all courses. Core courses must be completed during the first year of study, or by completion of 18 credits.

Communication Studies Track - Non-Thesis

This program focuses on developing a theoretical foundation with emphasis on applied communication.

Required Communication Core Courses
COM 601Theories of Communication3
COM 602Methods of Communication Research3
COM 603Qualitative Research Methodologies3
Communication Electives18
Elective credits must be chosen with prior approval from a Communication Studies advisor.
Advanced Communication Research Methods and Statistics
Special Topics in Communication
Seminar in Persuasive Communication
Small Group Processes
Gender Issues in Leadership
Conflict Management
Intercultural Communication: International Perspectives
Intercultural Communication: Domestic Perspectives
Culture and Organizations
Survey Of Health Communication
Culture And Health
Organizations, Communication Health
Risk Communication
Health Communication Interventions
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
Law School Credits9
Total Credit Hours36

Health Communication Track - Non-Thesis

This program focuses on human communication in a health-care context.

Required Communication Core Courses
COM 601Theories of Communication3
COM 602Methods of Communication Research3
COM 603Qualitative Research Methodologies3
Communication Electives18
Elective credits must be chosen with prior approval from a Communication Studies advisor.
Advanced Communication Research Methods and Statistics
Seminar in Persuasive Communication
Survey Of Health Communication
Culture And Health
Organizations, Communication Health
Risk Communication
Health Communication Interventions
Seminar in Interpersonal Communication
Communication Studies Practicum
Advanced Special Topics in Communication Studies
Advanced Projects and Directed Research
Law School Credits9
Total Credit Hours36

Intercultural Communication Track - Non-Thesis

This program focuses on 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 East-West relations.

Required Communication Core Courses
COM 601Theories of Communication3
COM 602Methods of Communication Research3
COM 603Qualitative Research Methodologies3
Communication Electives18
Elective credits must be chosen with prior approval from a Communication Studies advisor.
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
Law School Credits9
Total Credit Hours36

Organizational Communication Track - Non-Thesis

This program focuses on communication in the organizational context.

Required Communication Core Courses
COM 601Theories of Communication3
COM 602Methods of Communication Research3
COM 603Qualitative Research Methodologies3
Communication Electives18
Elective credits must be chosen with prior approval from a Communication Studies advisor.
Advanced Communication Research Methods and Statistics
Special Topics in Communication
Seminar in Persuasive Communication
Small Group Processes
Gender Issues in Leadership
Conflict Management
Intercultural Communication: International Perspectives
Culture and Organizations
Organizations, Communication Health
The Executive Communicator
Seminar in Interpersonal Communication
Organizational Training and Development
Seminar in Organizational Communication
Communication Studies Practicum
Advanced Special Topics in Communication Studies
Advanced Projects and Directed Research
Law School Credits9
Total Credit Hours36