Graduate Students in the Department of Communication Studies undertake a more specialized study of human communication from its classical antecedents to contemporary areas. The central focus is the pragmatic communication in which human beings engage when they are making decisions, solving problems, managing conflict, or participating in public discussions. Graduate course work, in combination with the thesis, enables students to develop expertise in one or a combination of three areas of emphasis: (1) media and visual culture, (2) relational and organizational communication, or (3) rhetoric and civic engagement.