Wayne State University

Communication Studies

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The Master of Arts in Communication with a Concentration in Communication Studies program is designed for students with a general interest in the study of human communication. It is intended primarily for students preparing for doctoral study in communication. The requirements for the Concentration are: 

One required course: 

COM 7000: Introduction to M.A. Studies in Communication (3 cr) 

A minimum of six courses, including one research methods (M) course, preferably all from one of the following four tracks: 

Rhetorical Theory and Criticism 

COM 6350: Communication, Culture, and Conflict (3 cr)
COM 7110: Theory of Argument (3 cr)
COM 7190: Classical Rhetorical Theory (3 cr)
COM 7200: Rhetoric of Visual Culture (M) (3 cr)
COM 7250: Rhetorical Criticism (M) (3 cr)
COM 7300: Feminist Rhetorical Criticism (M) (3 cr)
COM 7310: Rhetoric & Contemporary Intellectual Developments (3 cr)
COM 7350: Rhetoric of Citizenship and National Identity (3 cr)
COM 8350: Advanced Study in Rhetorical Criticism (M) (3 cr) 

Interpersonal Communication and Social Influence 

COM 6180: Principles of Health Communication (3 cr)
COM 6270: New Media Theory (3 cr)
COM 6350: Communication, Culture, and Conflict (3 cr)
COM 7155: Theories of Interpersonal Communication (3 cr)
COM 7170: Health Communication (3 cr)
COM 7260: Quantitative Research Methods in Communication (M) (3 cr)
COM 7340: Interviewing (M) (3 cr)
COM 7360: Qualitative Research Methods in Communication (M) (3 cr)
COM 7365: Ethnographic Methods for Communication Research (M) (3 cr)
COM 7410: Communication Theory (3 cr)
COM 7580: Content Analysis (M) (3 cr)
COM 8170: Seminar in Interpersonal Communication
DR 7100: Roots of Social Conflict (3 cr)
DR 7210: Concepts & Processes of Dispute Resolution: Negotiation (3 cr) 

Small Group and Organizational Communication 

COM 6180: Principles of Health Communication (3 cr)
COM 6200: Theories of Small Group Processes (3 cr)
COM 6250: Organizational Communication (3 cr)
COM 7140: Public Relations Campaigns (3 cr)
COM 7150: Micro-level Organizational Communication (3 cr)
COM 7160: Crisis Communication (3 cr)
COM 7165: Communication and Issue Management (3 cr)
COM 7170: Health Communication (3 cr)
COM 7240: Communication Consulting and Training (3 cr)
COM 7410: Communication Theory (3 cr)
DR 7210: Concepts & Processes of Dispute Resolution: Negotiation (3 cr) 

Political and Public Communication 

COM 6100: Speech Writing (3 cr)
COM 6350: Communication, Culture, and Conflict (3 cr)
COM 7040: Language of Oppression (3 cr)
COM 7120: Contemporary Political Campaigns (3 cr)
COM 7130: Contemporary Social Movements (3 cr)
COM 7250: Rhetorical Criticism (M) (3 cr)
COM 7260: Quantitative Research Methods in Communication (M) (3 cr)
COM 7700: Mass Media and Political Communication (3 cr)
DR 6120: Human Diversity and Human Conflict
DR 7100: Roots of Social Conflict (3 cr)
DR 7210: Concepts & Processes of Dispute Resolution: Negotiation (4 cr) 

One of the following capstone plan options: 

Plan A: Eight credits of COM 8999: Master's Thesis Research and Direction with an approved thesis, and additional courses as needed totaling a minimum of 32 credits.
Plan C: Additional courses as needed to total 35-48 credits.

NEW! Effective Fall 2017

The Master of Arts in Communication with a Concentration in Communication Studies program is designed for students with a general interest in the study of human communication. It is intended primarily for students preparing for doctoral study in communication, or desiring in-depth study of research and analytical skills (a highly desired skill set by employers). The degree requires minimum 30 credits.

Two required courses (6 hours)

COM 7000: Introduction to M.A. Studies in Communication (3 cr)

COM 7410: Communication Theory (3 cr)

Three research methods courses (9 hours):

COM 7260: Quantitative Methods (3 cr)

COM 7360: Qualitative Methods  (3 cr)

One additional methods course: (3 hours)

COM 6530: Audience Measurement (3 cr)

COM 7250: Rhetorical Criticism (3 cr)

COM 7340: Interviewing (3 cr)

COM 7365: Ethnographic Methods (3 cr)

COM 7580: Content Analysis (3 cr)

One of the capstone plan options Plan A, Plan B, or Plan C:

Plan A: Thesis

  • COM 8999: MA Thesis (9 cr)
  • Thesis credits are distributed across two-three semesters
  • Any 2 courses from department as electives (6 cr)

Plan B: Essay

  • COM 7999: MA Essay (3 cr)
  • Any 4 courses from department as electives (12 cr)

Plan C: Coursework Only

  • Any 5 courses from department as electives (15 cr)