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Graduate Courses in Communication (COMM)

This is a listing of all the coursework offered in the Communication department at the graduate level. Not all of these classes are guaranteed to be offered during a term you can take them, but you can always make requests and it’s good to know what your options are - especially for internships and special projects. 

6301 Teaching Communication in Higher Education (3-0). A course designed to prepare students to teach communication courses in higher education and other professional environments.  This course is required for Graduate Teaching Assistants but all students are welcome.  It can be taken concurrently with a teaching assignment.

6302 Quantitative Research Methods (3-0). A course to familiarize the student with the types of research and related statistical tools for the communication professional.

6303 Communication Theory (3-0). An overview of interpersonal, organizational, and mass communication theories impacting the design and maintenance of communication systems.

6304 Introduction to Graduate Studies in Communication (3-0). A review of core literature in communication studies.

6305 Organizational Communication (3-0). Cultural, organizational, and interpersonal issues in communication.

6306 Legal and Ethical Issues in Communication (3-0). Issues and concerns of the communication professional including: communication law, copyright law, technological innovations, instructional/educational paradigms, organizational policies, and application of ethics in communication.

6308 Small Group Communication (3-0). The concepts, theories, and decisions making techniques involved in small group communication.

6312 Qualitative Research Methods (3-0). An introduction to qualitative research methods.  This course will cover historical and critical analysis, discourse and conversations analysis, ethnography, and analysis of narrative and myth.

6313 Rhetorical Analysis (3-0). An introduction to rhetorical analysis.  Persuasive texts along with persuasive tools will be covered.  Fundamental theories of persuasion, influence, and social movements will be introduced along with implications for communication studies.

6314 Intercultural Communication (3-0). Examination of communication dynamics in diverse societies and between different cultural communities.  The interactions among communication, culture and identity are explored within historical and contemporary perspectives.

6315 Race, Gender and the Media (3-0). This course investigates the role of race, ethnicity, gender and culture in a variety of media contexts.

6316 Interpersonal Communication (3-0). The study of hum dyadic interaction, including topics such as perception processes, verbal/nonverbal communication, theoretical models of communication, conflict, and interpersonal communication in various relationships.

6381 Special Topics (Current Issues) (3-0). Selected readings in communication.  May be repeated once for credit when topic varies.

6391 Research (3-0). Directed readings or individual research projects. May be repeated once.

COMM 6399 Thesis.

COMM 6699 Thesis.

Communication Graduate Program

Degree Plan

Bring this graduate degree plan with you when you meet with an academic advisor.

Graduate Student Advising

  • For more information about the M.A. program in communication, contact:

    Dr. Derek M. Bolen

    Assistant Professor of Communication and
    Graduate Program Advisor

    Office: Porter Henderson Library, 3rd Floor/B321
    Phone: 325-486-6086