Communication

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Degrees

Graduate

PhD in Communication

The doctoral program in communication focuses on health and strategic communication. It prepares students for increasingly complex public and private communication environments. Students receive a strong theoretical and multi-methodological foundation, which enables them to examine the critical role communication performs in health promotion, disease prevention, quality of care, risk assessment, and crisis management. Students may also emphasize science communication in conjunction with either of these areas of focus.

MA in Communication

The master of arts program in communication has three major areas of emphasis: strategic communication/public relations, health communication, and science communication. Through their coursework, students in this program examine the powerful role played by communication practices in contemporary society. They are prepared to be practitioners in the community or to go on to advanced graduate studies in communication.

Science Communication concentration in the MA in Communication

Graduate Certificate in Science Communication

This certificate is designed for graduate students with or without an academic communication background to upgrade their knowledge of the field. It is geared to meet the needs of both communication professionals and science professionals who want to emphasize science communication work in their future careers.

Undergraduate

BA in Communication

The bachelor’s degree in communication prepares students for graduate study or entry-level positions in such fields as interpersonal and organizational communication, journalism, media production and criticism, persuasive and political communication, and public relations.

Interpersonal and Organizational Communication concentration in the BA in Communication

Journalism concentration in the BA in Communication

Media Production and Criticism concentration in the BA in Communication

Persuasive and Political Communication concentration in the BA in Communication

Public Relations concentration in the BA in Communication

Minor in Communication

The minor in communication provides students with useful knowledge of human resources management, advertising, marketing, public relations/political campaign management, events management, speech writing, or media production.  It encourages students to develop a broad understanding of communication theory and research while honing oral, written, and production skills.

Minor in Electronic Journalism

The minor in electronic journalism teaches students about the writing style and research techniques unique to broadcast, online, and computer-assisted reporting.  Students in this minor also develop a solid understanding of copyright, ethical, and First Amendment issues and how they relate to new technologies.

Minor in Sport Communication

The minor in sport communication offers students the opportunity to examine important and timely sports-related issues in an ethical context as well as analyze sports from cross-cultural perspectives. Students will gain an understanding of sport mass media, sport communication, sports reporting, interpersonal and organizational communication, and the impact each has in our global society.