Department of Communication Studies

Major Graduate Program

A degree in Communication Studies is fiercely relevant. You will learn from award-winning faculty who inspire students to discover their voices and expand their horizons while bringing passion for scholarship mixed with fun to the classroom. Your coursework encompasses the study of oral, written, nonverbal, visual, electronic and computer-mediated communication whether through film, television, popular culture, relating, organizing, public communication or citizenship. With your B.A. in Communication Studies, you’ll know how to work in teams, make decisions, solve problems, analyze data, persuade others, and verbally communicate ideas — skills that set you above your peers, reward you financially, and serve you for life.

Our M.A. degree offers an introduction to the field of Communication Studies, with core courses in our three areas of study and instruction in critical and social scientific research methods. Students augment core courses with electives of their choosing, and they complete a master’s thesis under the advisement of a faculty committee. M.A. students with Graduate Teaching Assistantships are the instructors of record in their own sections of public speaking (SPCM 200) and may assist faculty in other courses. Our award-winning instructor training prepares graduate students to succeed as teachers, and the professional experience gained in the classroom is valued by employers in diverse contexts.

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