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Communication Studies Emphasis Area

The Communication Studies emphasis (30 credits) is a flexible program that draws from the richness of the communication field to allow students to pursue a number of interests and professional goals. Working closely with the M.A. program directors, students choose courses housed in any of the emphasis areas to develop a unique program of study designed to build particular skill sets and capabilities necessary for an ever-changing marketplace. Developing competencies in a number of areas (including intercultural and interpersonal communication, organizational communication, argumentation, persuasion, event planning, etc.), this emphasis prepares students for careers in both the for-profit and non-profit industries, law, public policy, or business.

Students complete the following required CORE COURSES:

  • COMM 500 Professional Communication
  • COMM 501 Persuasion in the Marketplace
  • COMM 515 Organizational Communication
  • COMM 522 Communication Research Methods
  • COMM 523 Communication Ethics & Professional Civility

Students select seven (7) electives in consultation with advisors.