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Degree Requirements

Interpersonal Communication Concentration Requirements
Media and Cinema Studies Concentration Requirements
Multicultural Communication Concentration Requirements
Organizational Communication Concentration Requirements

Degree Requirements

Students in this degree program must meet the following requirements:

  • Complete a minimum of 48 graduate credit hours and a degree completion option.
  • Complete all graduate courses and requirements listed in the designated degree program.
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher.

Core Requirements

Course Title Quarter Hours
Required foundations course4
CMNS 500
FOUNDATIONS IN GRADUATE COMMUNICATION STUDIES
Choose one core course4
CMNS 501
COMMUNICATION IN CULTURAL CONTEXTS
CMNS 506
SEMINAR IN INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION
MCS 502
MEDIA AND CULTURAL STUDIES
CMNS 541
ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE
Choose one methods course4
CMNS 581
QUALITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS
CMNS 582
QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS
CMNS 584
METHODOLOGICAL TOPICS
MCS 503
CRITICAL ANALYSIS

Communication and Media Electives

Course Title Quarter Hours
Choose nine electives 136
CMNS 501
COMMUNICATION IN CULTURAL CONTEXTS
CMNS 506
SEMINAR IN INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION
CMNS 509
SPECIAL TOPICS IN MULTICULTURAL COMMUNICATION
CMNS 511
TOPICS IN INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION
CMNS 513
NONVERBAL COMMUNICATION
CMNS 522
COMMUNICATING IDENTITY
CMNS 523
GENDERED COMMUNICATION
CMNS 524
NARRATIVES IN HEALTH CARE
CMNS 525
COMPARATIVE MANAGEMENT COMMUNICATION
CMNS 527
ASSESSMENT AND INTERVENTION IN ORGANIZATIONS
CMNS 528
THE SOCIAL CONSTRUCTION OF HEALTH AND ILLNESS
CMNS 530
INSTRUCTIONAL DEVELOPMENT
CMNS 532
INTRODUCTION TO TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT
CMNS 541
ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE
CMNS 542
MULTICULTURAL COMMUNICATION IN THE WORKPLACE
CMNS 543
COMMUNICATION AND ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE
CMNS 545
COMMUNICATION AND TECHNOLOGY
CMNS 548
TEAMS, DIVERSITY AND LEADERSHIP
CMNS 549
SPECIAL TOPICS IN ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATION
CMNS 552
RELATIONSHIPS AND INFLUENCE IN THE WORKPLACE
CMNS 563
MULTICULTURAL MEDIA REPRESENTATIONS
CMNS 570
INTRODUCTION TO DIGITAL CMN
CMNS 581
QUALITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS
CMNS 582
QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS
CMNS 584
METHODOLOGICAL TOPICS
CMNS 585
THE POLITICS OF HIP HOP CULTURE
CMNS 586
COMMUNICATING HEALTH, RACE AND REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS
CMNS 599
RESEARCH THESIS
MCS 501
FILM AND MEDIA THEORY
MCS 502
MEDIA AND CULTURAL STUDIES
MCS 503
CRITICAL ANALYSIS
MCS 520
TOPICS IN MEDIA STUDIES
MCS 521
TOPICS IN CINEMA STUDIES
MCS 522
TOPICS IN CINEMA/MEDIA HISTORY
MCS 523
TOPICS IN GLOBAL FILM & MEDIA
MCS 530
NEW MEDIA AND CULTURE
MCS 533
LATIN AMERICAN CINEMA/MEDIA
MCS 541
AUDIO DOCUMENTARY
MCS 542
TOPICS IN PRODUCTION
MCS 544
TOPICS IN DOCUMENTARY STUDIES
MCS 550
FANDOM AND ACTIVE AUDIENCES
MCS 575
DIGITAL MEDIA ETHICS
MCS 587
SOUND AND VISION
CMN 591
INTERNSHIP
CMN 592
INDEPENDENT STUDY
CMN 593
RESEARCH PRACTICUM
CMN 598
STUDY ABROAD

Optional Communication and Media Concentrations

Students may opt to complete one of four concentrations. Each concentration requires five courses (20 credits) specific to that concentration; these five courses (20 credits) are included in the 12 course (48 credits) total required for the degree. To view concentration requirements, please view the concentration requirement pages linked below:

Optional Latino Media & Communication Concentration

The graduate concentration in Latino Media & Communication is comprised of at least three graduate courses drawn from the areas of advertising, journalism, media and cinema studies, multicultural communication, organizational communication and public relations. Graduate students in any of the College of Communication Master of Arts programs can elect to complete the Latino Media & Communication concentration. Students may need to use outside electives to complete this concentration.

Students who complete the concentration will:

  • Develop an understanding of the heterogeneous and rapidly changing Latino communities locally, nationally and globally
  • Ground their knowledge of intercultural studies within a more extensive and concrete knowledge of a particular (even though diverse), rapidly growing, and increasingly important population within the U.S.
  • Increase their cross-cultural competence (understanding and ability to dialogue across difference, develop cultural sensitivity and awareness) with Latino communities
  • Enhance their capacity to communicate with and learn from Latino populations in the workplace, in community situations and other sites of engagement
  • Recognize the impact of the movement of Latinos across the globe and develop the skills to critically consume and produce media, public relations and advertisement representations that communicate to and about Latino communities
  • Develop field-specific knowledge of Latino media and communication along with an understanding of how Latino studies shapes other fields of communication

Courses

Students are required to take three courses (12 credits) from the following list:

Course Title Quarter Hours
CMNS 509
SPECIAL TOPICS IN MULTICULTURAL COMMUNICATION 1
CMNS 542
MULTICULTURAL COMMUNICATION IN THE WORKPLACE
JOUR 515
SPECIAL TOPICS IN JOURNALISM 1
MCS 521
TOPICS IN CINEMA STUDIES 1
MCS 533
LATIN AMERICAN CINEMA/MEDIA
PRAD 511
CONSUMER INSIGHTS
PRAD 512
ENGAGING LATINX COMMUNITIES
PRAD 514
CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN PUBLIC RELATIONS AND ADVERTISING 1
PRAD 595
SPECIAL TOPICS IN PUBLIC RELATIONS & ADVERTISING 1
CMN 591
INTERNSHIP 1
CMN 598
STUDY ABROAD 1

Completion Requirement: Comprehensive Final Exam or Project/Thesis

Students in the Master of Arts in Communication and Media complete their degree requirements by passing a comprehensive final exam. Students who attain a 3.75 GPA or higher and obtain prior approval from the graduate program director have the option to complete a culminating project or thesis instead of the comprehensive final exam. Students completing a project or thesis will enroll in CMNS 599 as their 12th and final course in the quarter they defend their project/thesis.  

Grade Requirements  

All students are required to maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.000 in their coursework. If a student's cumulative GPA falls below 3.000, the student will be allowed to complete an additional 16 credits or 3 quarters (whichever comes first) to attain the 3.000 minimum GPA. If the cumulative GPA remains below a 3.000 at the conclusion of this time period, the student may be dismissed from the program. The student's cumulative and term GPAs along with overall academic performance will be factored into the dismissal decision.

Concentration Requirements

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