Course of Study
Total Hours Required: 30
Students complete degree through four required courses, 12 elective hours, and six final-project hours.
Core Courses, 12 hours
Courses may be completed in any order.
- COMM 710 Intro to Communication Research Methods (fall)
- COMM 720 Perspectives on Communication (fall)
- COMM 730 Classical or 732 Contemporary Rhetorical Theory (spring)
- COMM 733 Rhetorical Criticism or COMM822 Field Research in Communication Studies (spring)
Electives, 12 hours
- Any COMM 630 or 820 course, including Work/Life Balance, Critical Intercultural, Political Communication, or other special topics
- COMM 716 Small Group Communication
- COMM 735 Leadership Communication
- COMM 742 Interpersonal Communication
- COMM 756 Practicum in Communication & Conflict
- COMM 780 Education Abroad (summer and winter intersession)
- COMM 780 Intercultural Communication
- COMM 790 DDPE: Theoretical Foundations
- COMM 791 Deliberation & Dialogue Process Models
- COMM 845 Approaches to Public/Community Engagement
- COMM 916 Communication Theories & Engagement
- Other COMM courses 600 and above as offered
- Up to 6 hours 500-level or higher outside COMM, per approval by graduate director
Final Project, 6 hours
Option One: Comprehensive Exams
Student answers three questions covering a predetermined theory, method, and special topic.
- Choose two additional, three-hour elective courses
Option Two: Report
Student writes an academic essay reviewing research literature.
- COMM 899 Masters Research for two hours
- COMM 799 Problems in Communication Studies or 810 Research Writing, one hour
- One additional three-hour elective course
Option Three: Thesis
Student writes original scholarship contributing to the discipline.
- COMM 899 Masters Research for six hours