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 6016 (48E/P:224) Mass Communication Theory (3)
  • COMMGRAD 6022 (48C:236) Communication Research Methodology (3)
  • COMMGRAD 6046 (48E/P:222) Seminar in Mass Communication (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 6016 (48E/P:224) Mass Communication Theory (3)
  • COMMGRAD 6022 (48C:236) Communication Research Methodology (3) 
  • COMMGRAD 6046 (48E/P:222) Seminar in Mass Communication (3)
  • COMMGRAD 6299 (48E/P:299) Research (6)

Electives (12 hours):

Comprehensive Exams (no credit

 


  • Mass Communication Graduate Program (21 hours of electives for non-thesis; 12 hours of electives for thesis)

  • COMM DM 5612 (EM 4616) Digital Media: Processes & Effects

  • COMM DM 5621 (EM 4646) Digital Media Criticism

  • COMM DM 5622 (EM 4655) Digital Media Audiences

  • COMM DM 5631 (EM 4636) Digital Media Law

  • COMM DM 5641 (EM 4633) Critical Studies in Digital Media: (Topic)

  • COMM DM 5642 (EM 4647) Digital Technologies: (Topic)

  • COMM DM 5654 (EM 4656) Digital Media Management

  • COMM DM 5711 (J 5711) History of Mass Communication

  • COMM J 5735 (J 5735) Advanced Reporting

  • COMM J 5743 (J 5743) Journalism and Law

  • COMM J 5754 (J 5754) Global Mass Communication Systems

  • COMM J 5765 (J 5765) Feature Writing

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

  • COMM PR 5822 (48P:170g) Global Public Relations

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

  • COMM PR 5855 (48P:182g) Public Relations Campaign Methods

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

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

  • COMMGRAD 6042 (48C:222) Seminar in Communication

  • 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