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About this course

The Master of Arts program in Communication Studies provides advanced study of human communication in its various and diverse forms, contexts, and processes. The program prepares students to pursue academic and professional career paths such as a Ph.D. in the field, Community College instruction, or a career in the communication industry. The Master of Arts program in Communication Studies includes coursework in the following areas:

  • Performance, Language, and Cultural Studies (including seminars in Performance Studies, Textual Studies, Communication and Language, Feminist Perspectives on Communication, and Intercultural Communication)
  • Rhetorical Studies (including seminars in Classical Rhetoric, Contemporary Rhetoric, and Postmodern Rhetoric)
  • Communication Theory (including seminars in Communication Theory, Interpersonal Communication, Group Communication, Organizational Communication Research, and Communication and Technology)

The department’s graduate program is governed by the principle that the student should have the opportunity to study and to conduct original research in areas of the student¹s primary interests. Thus, the department seeks to balance two concerns: (a) to permit each student to tailor the Program of Study to individual interests and abilities; and (b) to insure that all students acquire a coherent perspective within the field of communication. The ultimate objective is to prepare students to assume socially responsible and productive roles within their chosen professions.

The program comprises thirty-three units of coursework in Communication Studies selected in consultation with advisors. For the culminating experience, students will choose from directed comprehensive studies, a thesis, or an applied scholarly project.

Entry Requirements

University standards for admission to graduate study will normally be a determining factor in granting a student classified status in the program. Department admission requirements are typically higher than university criteria. Students with limited background in communication studies may be admitted on a Conditionally Classified basis until preparatory undergraduate coursework (to be determined in consultation with the Graduate Coordinator) has been completed. Any student who is admitted to the graduate program on a Conditionally Classified basis is required to meet ALL conditions for fully Classified status by the time s/he has completed 12 units of coursework in the graduate program.

University standards for admission to graduate study will normally be a determining factor in granting a student classified status in the program. Department admission requirements are typically higher than university criteria: For example, the University minimum GPA is 2.5; the Department minimum GPA is 3.0. The university waives the GRE for applicants with GPAs of 3.0 or better; the department requires the GRE of all applicants.