Department of Communication Studies

Mass Communication

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About the Program

This program is designed for students who:

  1. Plan to specialize in the study of mass communication with special emphasis upon theory and methodology.
  2. Desire to broaden their understanding of the role and function of mass communication in a contemporary society.

Non-Thesis Option

Required:

  • 33 hours of graduate level courses with at least 12 hours in courses numbered 6000 or above.

Required Core (12 hours):

  • COMMGRAD 6001 (48C:201) Introduction to Graduate Study and Research (3)
  • COMMGRAD 6011 (48C:224) Communication Theory (3) OR COMMGRAD 6014/6016 (48E/P:224) Mass Communication Theory (3)
  • COMMGRAD 6046/6048 (48E/P:222) Seminar in Mass Communication (3)
  • COMMGRAD 6022 (48C:236) Communication Research Methodology (3)

Electives (21 hours):

Research Paper and Comprehensive Exams:

  • Comprehensive Exams (no credit)
  • Research Paper (no credit)

Thesis Option

Required:

  • 30 hours of graduate level courses (includes thesis credit) with at least 9 hours in courses numbered 200 or above.

Required Core (18 hours):

  • COMMGRAD 6001 (48C:201) Introduction to Graduate Studies and Research(3)
  • COMMGRAD 6046/6048 (48E/P:222) Seminar in Mass Communication (3)
  • COMMGRAD 6011 (48C:224) Communication Theory (3) OR COMMGRAD 6014/1016 (48E/P:224) Mass Communication Theory (3)
  • COMMGRAD 6022 (48C:236) Communication Research Methodology (3)
  • COMMGRAD 6299 (48E/P:299) Research (6)

Electives (12 hours):

Comprehensive Exams (no credit

 


  • Mass Communication Graduate Program (20 hours of electives for non-thesis; 12 hours of electives for thesis)
    COMMGRAD 5646 (48E:121g) Electronic Media and Culture
    COMMGRAD 5633 (48E:123g) Electronic Media Criticism
    COMMGRAD 5655 (48E:131g) Electronic Media Audience Analysis
    COMMGRAD 5636 (48E:132g) Electronic Media: Law and Policy
    COMMGRAD 5656 (48E:134g) Electronic Media Management
    COMMGRAD 5611 (48E:139g) Electronic Media Industries
    COMMGRAD 5616 (48E:141g) Electronic Media: Processes & Effects
    COMMGRAD 5647 (48E:161g) Communication Technologies
    COMMGRAD 5600 (48E:166g) Selected Topics in Electronic Media
    COMMGRAD 6046 (48E:222) Seminar in Mass Communication (1st course/topic counts toward core requirement; additional course(s)/topic(s) count as electives)  
    COMMGRAD 6285 (48E:285) Readings in Mass Communication
    COMMGRAD 6286 (48E:286) Studies in Mass Communication
    COMMGRAD 6900 (48E:292) Graduate Internship
    COMM J 5711 (48J:121g) History of Mass Communication
    COMM J 5743 (48J:132g) Mass Communication Law and Ethics
    COMM J 5754 (48J:151g) Global Mass Communication Systems
    COMM J 5735 (48J:171g) Advanced Reporting           
    COMM J 5765 (48J:176g) Magazine Article Writing
    COMM J 5715 (48J:178g) Specialized Reporting
    COMM PR 5822 (48P:170g) Global Public Relations
    COMM PR 5855 (48P:182g) Public Relations Campaign Methods 

    COMM PR 5844 (48P:184g) Public Relations: Integrated Communications

   COMM PR 5811 (48P:188g) Public relations: Cases and Studies

   COMMGRAD 6027 (48P:282) Seminar in Public Relations

   COMMGRAD 6042 (48C:222) Seminar in Communication

   COMMGRAD 6014 (48C:251) Critical & Cultural Studies in Communication