Graduate

program requirements

M.A. in Communication

The Master of Arts in Communication Studies is a two-year program with the following curricular requirements:

  • Core Classes
  • SPCM 601 History of Rhetorical Theory
  • SPCM 612 Rhetorical Criticism
  • SPCM 638 Communication Research Methods
  • SPCM 646 Media Theory
  • 12 credits of SPCM graduate elective courses (chosen by the graduate student in consultation with the faculty advisor)
  • 1 graduate course outside the department (up to 3 credits) or an additional SPCM graduate elective
  • 3 credits of SPCM 699 Thesis
  • Professional development courses (these classes are taken during the first year and support M.A. candidates’ development as researchers and teachers)
  • SPCM 692 Seminar
  • SPCM 675 Speech Pedagogy (required for all GTAs)

In addition to those curricular requirements, M.A. candidates must write a master’s thesis, deliver a departmental research colloquium, and submit a research paper to a scholarly conference.

M.A. in Communication, Deliberative Practices Specialization

The Master of Arts in Communication Studies, Deliberative Practices Specialization is a two-year program in which students work closely with our nationally-recognized Center for Public Deliberation (CPD) and are trained to design and facilitate deliberative dialogues. Admission into this track must be approved by the Director of the CPD.

Curricular requirements:

  • Core Classes
  • SPCM 601 History of Rhetorical Theory
  • SPCM 612 Rhetorical Criticism
  • SPCM 638 Communication Research Methods
  • SPCM 646 Media Theory
  • SPCM 408 Applied Deliberative Techniques
  • SPCM 508 Deliberative Theory and Practice
  • 9 credits of SPCM graduate elective courses (chosen by the graduate student in consultation with the faculty advisor)
  • 1 graduate course outside the department (up to 3 credits) or an additional SPCM graduate elective
  • 6 credits in connection with the applied research project
  • SPCM 695 Independent Study
  • SPCM 686 Practicum
  • Professional development courses (these classes are taken during the first year and support M.A. candidates’ development as researchers and teachers)
  • SPCM 692 Seminar
  • SPCM 675 Speech Pedagogy (required for all GTAs)

In addition to those curricular requirements, M.A. candidates must complete an applied research project supervised by faculty experts in public deliberation, deliver a departmental research colloquium, and submit a research paper to a scholarly conference.

Note: students in either track may take SPCM 508 and be affiliated with the Center for Public Deliberation. The Deliberative Practices Specialization is designed for those who want to emphasize public deliberation and work extensively with the CPD.

Elective Courses

The following graduate elective courses are currently being offered and are available to students in either track:

  • SPCM 508 Deliberative Theory and Practice
  • SPCM 538 Communication in the Health Clinic
  • SPCM 604 Rhetoric of Everyday Life
  • SPCM 611 Topics in Public Address
  • SPCM 620 Rhetoric and Public Affairs
  • SPCM 623 Feminist Theories of Discourse
  • SPCM 632 Theories of Interpersonal Communication
  • SPCM 633 Discourse, Work, and Organization
  • SPCM 634 Communication and Cultural Diversity
  • SPCM 639 Communication Theory
  • SPCM 647 Media Industries
  • SPCM 648 Media Texts
  • SPCM 549 Media Audiences
  • SPCM 649 Media Audiences
  • SPCM 650 Contemporary Issues in Media