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Coursework

For more information, check out the Master of Science in Communication brochure

Core Courses 31 credits

 As an MSC student, you are required to take core courses as a foundation on which to build your interdisciplinary degree. These include:

Introductory Course

CMST 568 Introduction to Graduate Studies (2 cr)

Theory Courses

CMST 501 Advanced Communication Theory (5 cr)
CMST 502 Contemporary Trends in Com. Studies (5 cr)

Methodology Courses

CMST 520 Communication Inquiry (5 cr)
CMST 521 Research Design and Analysis I (5 cr)
CMST 522 Research Design and Analysis II (5 cr)
Pre-requisite: Undergraduate Statistics Course

Technology Courses

TECH 504 Communication Technologies (4 cr)
Or CMST 504 Communication Systems (4 cr)

 

Interdisciplinary Component 26-27 credits

You will need to choose a minimum of two courses (minimum 8-10 credits) from at least two of the following four emphasis areas--organizational, technological, instructional, and cultural communication. One of these two courses must be the required course in the emphasis area. Suggested course offerings for each emphasis area are given below. Deviations from the suggested offerings must be petitioned in writing to, and approved by, the graduate faculty advisor and the MSC Director.

ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATIONS
Required

CMST 530 Communication in Organizations (5)

Electives

BADM 541 Managerial Communications (4)
CMST 438 Topics in Leadership and Strategic Communication (5)
CMST 539 Special Topics (1-5)
CMST 550 Problem in Contemporary Public Communication (5)
CMST 569 Thesis Preparation (1)
CMST 578 Seminar in Consulting Processes (2)
CMST 598 Communication Seminar (1-5)
ENGL 568 Technical Communication and ESP (5)
JRNM 451 Intro. to Public Relations Theory (4)
JRNM 452 Advanced Public Relations Theory (4)
JRNM 453 Public Relations Writing (4)
JRNM 498 Seminar in Journalism Problems (1-5)
PADM 503 Concepts and Values of Public Service (4)
PADM 511 Public Sector Organization Theory & Dynamics (4)
PADM 517 Professional Employment (2)
PADM 525 Public Sector Grants-Writing and Administration (4)
PADM 571 Entrepeneurship: Journey or Destination (4)
PSYC 507 Human Development: Research, Theories, and Applications (4)
PSYC 544 Counseling Theory and Techniques (4)
PSYC 545 Appriasal in Mental Health Counseling (4)

TECHNOLOGICAL COMMUNICATION
Required

TECH 504 Communication Technologies (4)
or CMST 504 Communication Systems (4)

Electives

CMST 539 Special Topics (1-5)
CMST 569 Thesis Preparation (1)
CMST 598 Communication Seminar (1-5)
CSCD 439 Seminar/CSCD 539 Topics in Computer Science (4)
CSCD 539 Topics in Computer Science: Multimedia Techniques (4)
DESN 463 Visual Communication Design 3 (5)
ENGL 503 Information Design (5)
ENGL 504 Instructions and Procedure (5)
TECH 550 Computer Graphics (4)
TECH 599 Independent Study: Advanced Web Design (4)

INSTRUCTIONAL COMMUNICATION
Required

CMST 578 Seminar in Consulting Processes (2)
or PSYC 507 Theories of Human Development (4)

Electives

CMST 539 Special Topics (1-5)
CMST 550 Problems in Contemporary Public Communication (5)
CMST 569 Thesis Preparation (1)
CMST 598 Communication Seminar (1-5)
COIN 571 Survey of Post-Secondary Education (4)
COIN 572 Strategies for Teaching Adults (4)
EDUC 505 Current Issues in Education (4)
EDUC 507 Philosophy and Organization of the American School (4)
EDUC 530 Foundations of Ed. Comm. and Info. Technology (4)
EDUC 533 Instructional Systems Development (4)
PSYC 505 Applied Learning Theory and Behavior Modification (4)
PSYC 515 Advanced Educational Psychology (4)
PSYC 544 Counseling Theory and Techniques (4)
PSYC 545 Appraisal in Mental Health Counseling (4)
PSYC 580 Consultation in the Counseling Profession (2)

CULTURAL COMMUNICATION
Required

CMST 570 Communication and Cultural Studies (5)

Electives

CMST 314 Gender and Communication (5)
CMST 411 Negotiation Skills and Strategies (5)
CMST 440 Global Communications (5)
CMST 539 Special Topics (1-5)
CMST 550 Problems in Contemporary Public Communication (5)
CMST 569 Thesis Preparation (1)
CMST 598 Communication Seminar (1-5)
ENGL 555 Contemporary Composition Theory (5)
ENGL 568 Technical Communication and ESP (5)
ENGL 573 History of Rhetoric (5)
ENGL 575 Contemporary Rhetorical Theories (5)
SOWK 555 Conflict Management (4)
WMST 410 Feminist Theory (4)

 

Final Comprehensive Examination Options

Before the awarding of the master's degree, each student will successfully complete one of two options: (A) A thesis or other research project; (B) A written examination. Both options also involve an oral examination component.

 

Option A: The thesis or research project will be selected in consultation with the student's faculty advisor. Each student shall complete an oral examination, which will focus primarily on the master's thesis or project but which may also include questions to demonstrate competence in all areas included in the program of that student. Students will provide copies of their master's thesis or project to the oral examination committee at least two weeks in advance of the scheduled oral examination. The oral examination committee will consist of at least two graduate faculty members representing the interdisciplinary content of the student's program and a third member designated by the Graduate Office.  Students who select Option A are strongly encouraged to take CMST 569, Thesis Preparation.

 

Option B: The written examination is designed to test students' competence across the breadth of their program. Over the course of 4.5 hours, the student will address questions on theory (1.75 hours), methodology and method (1.75 hours) and one emphasis (1 hour). The student will approach prospective committee members to ensure they are willing to provide examination questions. The MSC Director will provide copies of the student's written answers to the examination committee at least two weeks in advance of the scheduled oral examination. The written and oral examination committee will consist of four graduate faculty members: two from Communication Studies, one of whom will chair the committee; one from a unit other than Communication Studies that contributes to the MSC; and a faculty member designated by the Graduate Office. 

 

For options A and B, the final oral examination will be open to interested faculty and students and may be open to questions from non-committee members at the discretion of the committee. The final oral examination for option A will be no longer than 2 hours. The final oral examination for option B will be no longer than 1.5 hours. With respect to option A, the oral examination will not be held over vacation periods or during summer quarter except by advance approval of all committee members. The same holds true for the written and oral examinations in option B.

 

Option A:

Required core credits 31 credits

Interdisciplinary component credits 26 credits

Research component 2-6 credits

Minimum total 63 credits

 

Option B:

Required core credits 31 credits

Interdisciplinary component credits 27 credits

Research component 2-5 credits

Minimum total 63 credits

 

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