Curriculum
Graduate study in Communication provides students with a broad background in the theories and principles that guide human communication. Within a stimulating, challenging, and rewarding educational environment, students learn to critically evaluate and apply communication theory and research methods to analyze communication problems in everyday life. Our nationally recognized faculty pride themselves on offering a superior educational experience through which students can achieve their academic and career aspirations.

A typical curriculum for students enrolled in the Master of Arts in Communication is as follows:

COM 600: Introduction to Research and Graduate Study in Communication and Dramatic Arts (3 Credit Hours)
COM 601: Research Design in Communication (3 Credit Hours)
COM 603: Professional Seminar in Communication
COM 661: Contemporary Communication Theory (3 Credit Hours)
COM 664: Seminar in Organizational Communication (3 Credit Hours)
COM 668: Seminar in Interpersonal Communication (3 Credit Hours)
COM 602: Qualitative Research Methods (3 Credit Hours) OR
COM 750: Seminar in Rhetorical Criticism (3 Credit Hours)
COM 798: Thesis (6 Credit Hours; required only for those choosing the thesis option)
Elective courses (6 Credit Hours for students completing a thesis; 12 Credit Hours for students taking the comprehensive exam).​

Total Required Hours: 33

Course rotation and offering date notes: 
  • COM 600, COM 601, and COM 661 are offered each fall semester
  • COM 664 and COM 668 are offered each spring semester
  • COM 602 is offered odd years in the spring semester (2015, 2017)
  • COM 750 is offered even years in the spring semester (2016, 2018). 
  • Graduate Teaching Assistants will take COM 795: Seminar: Teaching College Communication (3 Credit Hours)​