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Department of Communication

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Graduate Program

The Master of Arts (M.A.) graduate program in the Department of Communication is a comprehensive 30-unit course of study reflecting the breadth of the communication discipline. The graduate program is rooted in the diverse backgrounds and interests of the department faculty. The program also reflects the faculty’s commitment to a program grounded in the traditional as well as contemporary approaches to the study of rhetoric, culture, and communication studies.

The program is committed to providing a quality education to students in two primary categories: (1) students pursuing an advanced degree in preparation for further graduate study and/or for teaching in higher education, and (2) students pursuing a graduate degree that will further equip them with knowledge and skills in the discipline of rhetoric, culture, and communication studies.

Our degree program involves 30 units of intensive study covering a range of communication topics including: Communication Theory, Rhetorical Theory, Communication Science Research Methods, Argumentation, Cultural Communication, Environmental Communication,  Organizational Communication, Mediated Communication, Performance Studies, and Rhetorical Criticism. 

Our unique curriculum offers a thesis, applied project, or comprehensive examination option to complete the Masters degree.

Catalog: Master of Arts in Communication