A Guy speaking about graduate program

For students who want to advance either professionally or academically, the School of Communication has a course of study for you.

The Master of Arts program offers a broad array of courses that examine, analyze and pursue theoretically based research in the field of human communication, ranging from individual to mass models. It also provides the opportunity for the study and analysis of traditional and current communication media practices and applications, with strong emphasis on evolving media forms. The program is supported by a highly qualified and experienced faculty who offer diverse perspectives and skills in the art and practice of communication. Many of our graduates successfully move on to careers as scholars and educators, while others occupy positions as creative professionals and practitioners.


New master’s concentration launched this fall: Professional Communication and Digital Media
In fall 2015, the School of Communication drew 22 graduate students to its new concentration, Professional Communication and Digital Media. The concentration is aimed at young media professionals who want to improve their communication skills by completing a course of study with media professionals in digital media and storytelling. Each student will complete a professional project. This course of study is aimed at students who want to work professionally, but is also suitable for those who want to teach hands-on skills in the rapidly evolving world of digital media.

Four more concentrations are planned for the spring, 2016. For a complete list of classes and concentrations, download the master’s concentrations document.

For further information, contact Ms. Linda Wynn at the dean’s office: 713-313-7740.

Communication

CM 533

Theory and Process of Communication

Concepts in communication theory; examination of theories and principles relating to the communication process. Required for the Master of Arts Degree in Communication.

Number of Credit Hours: 3

    CM 534

    Introduction to Graduate Research in Communication

    Introduction to historical, experimental, descriptive and creative methodologies in communication; design and implementation of research topics. Required for the Master of Arts degree in Communication.

    Number of Credit Hours: 3

      CM 634

      Advanced Communication Research Methods

      Methodology of sampling, design and analysis utilized in field studies; operation of communication variables; basic principles of measuring attitudes and information levels.

      Prerequisite(s): CM534 and consent of instructor
      Number of Credit Hours: 3

        CM 664

        Graduate Practicum

        Student is placed in a position in a media industry.

        Requirements: Completion of all course work, passing of a comprehensive
        examination, approval of the Graduate Program Advisor and the Graduate Practicum Director, availability of an approved site. Offered as needed.

        Prerequisite(s): CM634 and consent of instructor
        Number of Credit Hours: 6

          CM 698

          Research Project (Thesis)

          Directed individual study on specific Communication thesis topic.

          Prerequisite(s): CM634 and consent of instructor
          Number of Credit Hours: 3

            Journalism

            JOURN 531

            Seminar in Mass Communication

            Cultural, economic, political and social factors which affect communication at the international level; role of communication in affecting social change in relation to developing countries.

            Number of Credit Hours: 3

              JOURN 539

              International Communication Systems

              Analysis of cultural, economic, political and social factors which affect communication at the international level. The role of communication in affecting social change is reviewed in relation to newly developing countries.

              Number of Credit Hours: 3

                JOURN 542

                Computerized Newsroom Procedures and Practices

                Professional level use of common computer language and VDTs, CRTs and other electronic devices used in today’s news rooms.

                Number of Credit Hours: 3

                  JOURN 550

                  Journalism Seminar

                  Study of selected topics in an identified area of journalism. May be repeated for credit as often as topic changes.

                  Number of Credit Hours: 3

                    JOURN 571

                    Literature of Journalism

                    Literary aspects of journalism exemplified in the works of American and English writers, past and present.

                    Number of Credit Hours: 3

                      JOURN 590

                      Media Management

                      Analysis of the management decision-making process in media (radio, television, and print) with particular reference to program policies, sales and personnel administration.

                      Number of Credit Hours: 3

                        Radio, Television and Film

                        RTF 538

                        Impact of Electronic Technology

                        The impact of the change from conventional to digital technology on the mass media industries.

                        Number of Credit Hours: 3

                          RTF 539

                          International Media Systems

                          Cultural, economic, political and social factors affecting electronic communication internationally; the role of electronic communication in affecting social change in developed and developing countries. Offered as needed. (Same as JOURN 539)

                          Number of Credit Hours: 3

                            RTF 550

                            Problems in Electronic Media

                            Analysis of the management decision-making process in electronic media with particular reference to program policies, sales and personnel administration. Offered as needed.

                            Number of Credit Hours: 3

                              RTF 561

                              Seminar in Electronic Media

                              An in-depth examination of the electronic mass media: reviews, practices, impact, audience behavior and other factors.

                              Number of Credit Hours: 3

                                RTF 562

                                Emerging Technologies

                                An in-depth examination of the role played by new developments in converging media technology.

                                Number of Credit Hours: 3

                                  RTF 563

                                  New Video Applications

                                  Principles and concepts of internet media use. Applications for utilization of streaming audio, video, teleconferencing and other associated systems. Offered as needed.

                                  Number of Credit Hours: 3

                                    RTF 590

                                    Media Management

                                    Analysis of the management decision-making process in media radio, television, and print and the internet, primarily with reference to programming policies, sales, and personnel administration. (Same as JOUR 590)

                                    Number of Credit Hours: 3

                                      Speech Communication

                                      SC 532

                                      History and Analysis of Rhetorical Theory and Criticism

                                      Study of the history and tradition of rhetorical theory, criticism and pedagogy practiced in western civilization from the pre-Socratic to the present.

                                      Number of Credit Hours: 3

                                        SC 543

                                        The Ethnograpghy of Communication

                                        In-depth study of effective methods of observing, recording, and evaluating materials for description and analysis utilizing tape recordings, cinematography and/or linguistic transcription.

                                        Number of Credit Hours: 3

                                          SC 549

                                          Seminar in Interpersonal Communication

                                          Models, theories, and variables related to communication in relatively unstructured face-to-face communication.

                                          Number of Credit Hours: 3

                                            SC 550

                                            Problems

                                            Analysis of current research in problems peculiar to the field of speech. Comparison of contemporary theories, emphasis on predictions of future theories in speech and cognate communication. May be repeated as topic changes.

                                            Number of Credit Hours: 3

                                              SC 551

                                              Studies in Public Communication

                                              Theories of persuasion and their application to legal, religions, and political-governmental communication and historical movements. May be repeated once for credit when major focus changes.

                                              Number of Credit Hours: 3

                                                SC 552

                                                Organizational Communication Theories

                                                Dimensions and levels of communication behavior in complex organizations.

                                                Number of Credit Hours: 3

                                                  For detailed information about curricula and degree plans, see University Catalog