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 Graduate College

Communication Studies (MA)

Department of Communication Studies

www.uni.edu/commstudies/graduate-program
326 Lang Hall
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0139

Head: Christopher R. Martin, Interim Department Head
Phone: (319) 273-6118
E-mail: christopher.martin@uni.edu

Graduate Coordinator: Dr. Tom Hall
Phone: (319) 273-7159
E-mail: tom.hall@uni.edu


Read the UNI Catalog description:

Students interest in this major must submit a completed Application for Admission to Graduate Study and should refer to their MyUNIverse Student Center To-Do list or contact the Department of Communication Studies for any other application requirements. Detailed information on the major, including directions for procedures to follow for applying, in planning a program, and requesting assignment of an advisor, may be obtained from the Head of the Department of Communication Studies, the Director of Graduate Studies, or on the department’s Web page at the following address: www.uni.edu/commstudies/graduate-program. Other graduate information and the application for graduate admission may be found at www.grad.uni.edu/admission.

The Graduate Record Examination (General Test) is not required for admission to the program.

Only graduate courses (course numbers 5000 or above) will apply to a graduate degree, even if the undergraduate course number (4999 or less) is listed.  No exceptions will be made. 

A student may seek a General Communication program or specialize in Communication Education, Mass Communication, Organizational Communication, Performance Studies, or Public Relations. The major is available on the thesis and non-thesis options. A minimum of 30 semester hours for the thesis option and 33 hours for the non-thesis option are required. A minimum of 18 semester hours of 200/6000-level course work is required for the thesis option, including 6 hours of thesis credit. A minimum of 12 semester hours of 200/6000-level course work is required for the non-thesis option.

A student is required to successfully complete either a research project (non-thesis option) or thesis. Successful completion of a final written comprehensive examination is required for both the thesis and non-thesis options.

Of the 30 or 33 hours required:

  • 20 hours of course work must be in Communication Studies (no more than 10 hours outside the department and/or by transfer).
  • No more than 6 hours of independent work: readings, projects, or specialized individual instruction.
  • No more than 3 hours of workshop credit.

Communication Education Emphasis

Non-thesis Option

Required Core
COMM 4411/5411 (48C:122g)Language and Communication3
COMMGRAD 6001 (48C:201,48E:201,48P:201)Introduction to Graduate Study and Research3
COMMGRAD 6011 (48C:224)Communication Theory3
COMMGRAD 6022 (48C:236)Communication Research Methodology3
COMMGRAD 6045 (48C:282)Seminar in Communication Education3
Electives (select 18 hours from the following):18
The Two-Year College
Group Communication Theory and Analysis
Organizational Cultures and Communication
Rhetoric and Civic Culture
Nonverbal Communication
Mediation Theory and Process
Advanced Interpersonal Communication
Communication and Conflict Management
Intercultural Communication
Gender Issues in Communication
Family Communication
Listening
Language and Communication
Digital Culture and Communication
Critical and Cultural Studies in Communication
Seminar in Organizational Communication
Seminar in Communication
Interpersonal Communication
Seminar in Performance Studies
Total Hours33

 Thesis Option

Required Core:
COMMGRAD 6001 (48C:201,48E:201,48P:201)Introduction to Graduate Study and Research3
COMMGRAD 6011 (48C:224)Communication Theory3
COMMGRAD 6022 (48C:236)Communication Research Methodology3
COMMGRAD 6045 (48C:282)Seminar in Communication Education3
COMMGRAD 6299 (48C:299,48E:299,48P:299)Research6
Electives (select 12 hours from the following):12
The Two-Year College
Group Communication Theory and Analysis
Organizational Cultures and Communication
Rhetoric and Civic Culture
Nonverbal Communication
Mediation Theory and Process
Advanced Interpersonal Communication
Communication and Conflict Management
Intercultural Communication
Gender Issues in Communication
Family Communication
Listening
Language and Communication
Digital Culture and Communication
Critical and Cultural Studies in Communication
Seminar in Organizational Communication
Seminar in Communication
Interpersonal Communication
Seminar in Performance Studies
Total Hours30

General Communication Emphasis

Non-thesis Option

Required Core:
COMMGRAD 6001 (48C:201,48E:201,48P:201)Introduction to Graduate Study and Research3
COMMGRAD 6011 (48C:224)Communication Theory3
or COMMGRAD 6016 (48E:224)Mass Communication Theory
COMMGRAD 6022 (48C:236)Communication Research Methodology3
Select one of the following 200/6000-level seminars:3
Seminar in Public Relations
Seminar in Organizational Communication
Seminar in Communication
Seminar in Performance Studies
Seminar in Communication Education
Seminar in Mass Communication
Electives (select 21 hours from the following):21
Critical and Cultural Studies in Communication
Mass Communication Theory
Communication Research Methodology (additional section/s of this besides what is required)
Seminar in Public Relations
Seminar in Organizational Communication
Seminar in Communication
Interpersonal Communication
Seminar in Performance Studies
Seminar in Communication Education
Seminar in Mass Communication
Other 200/6000-level or 100g/5000-level (approved through MyUniverse student request)
Total Hours33

Thesis Option

Required Core18
Introduction to Graduate Study and Research
Communication Theory
Mass Communication Theory
Communication Research Methodology
Research (6 hrs.)
Select one of the following 200/6000-level seminars:
Seminar in Public Relations
Seminar in Communication
Seminar in Organizational Communication
Seminar in Performance Studies
Seminar in Communication Education
Seminar in Mass Communication
Electives (select 12 hours from the following):12
Critical and Cultural Studies in Communication
Mass Communication Theory
Communication Research Methodology (additional section/s of this besides what is required.)
Seminar in Public Relations *
Seminar in Organizational Communication
Seminar in Communication
Interpersonal Communication
Seminar in Performance Studies
Seminar in Communication Education
Seminar in Mass Communication
Other 200/6000-level or 100g/5000-level (approved by advisor and submitted through student request)
Total Hours30

*

 First seminar course/topic counts toward core requirement, additional course(s)/topic(s) count as electives.

 

Mass Communication Emphasis

Non-thesis Option

Required Core
COMMGRAD 6001 (48C:201,48E:201,48P:201)Introduction to Graduate Study and Research3
COMMGRAD 6016 (48E:224)Mass Communication Theory3
COMMGRAD 6022 (48C:236)Communication Research Methodology3
COMMGRAD 6046 (48E:222)Seminar in Mass Communication3
Electives (select 21 hours from the following):21
Critical and Cultural Studies in Communication
Seminar in Communication
Selected Topics in Electronic Media
Electronic Media Industries: (Topic)
Electronic Media: Processes and Effects
Electronic Media Criticism: (Topic)
Electronic Media: Law and Policy
Electronic Media and Culture
Communication Technologies
Electronic Media: Audience Analysis
Electronic Media Management
COMM EM 6285 (Readings)
COMM EM 6286 (Studies in)
Seminar in Mass Communication (first course/topic counts toward core requirement; additional course(s)/topic(s) count as electives)
Graduate Internship
History of Mass Communication
Advanced Reporting
Mass Communication Law and Ethics
Global Mass Communication Systems
Feature Writing
Public Relations: Integrated Communications
Public Relations: Cases and Studies
Global Public Relations
Public Relations Campaign Methods
Seminar in Public Relations
Total Hours33

*

First seminar course/topic counts toward core requirement, additional course(s)/topic(s) count as electives.

 Thesis Option

Required Core
COMMGRAD 6001 (48C:201,48E:201,48P:201)Introduction to Graduate Study and Research3
COMMGRAD 6016 (48E:224)Mass Communication Theory3
COMMGRAD 6022 (48C:236)Communication Research Methodology3
COMMGRAD 6046 (48E:222)Seminar in Mass Communication3
COMMGRAD 6299 (48C:299,48E:299,48P:299)Research (6 hrs.)6
Select 12 hours of electives from the following: *12
Critical and Cultural Studies in Communication
Seminar in Public Relations
Seminar in Communication
Selected Topics in Electronic Media
Electronic Media Industries: (Topic)
Electronic Media: Processes and Effects
Electronic Media Criticism: (Topic)
Electronic Media: Law and Policy
Electronic Media and Culture
Communication Technologies
Electronic Media: Audience Analysis
Electronic Media Management
Seminar in Mass Communication (first course/topic counts toward core requirement; additional course(s)/topic(s) count as electives)
COMM EM 6285 (Readings)
COMM EM 6286 (Studies in)
Graduate Internship
History of Mass Communication
Advanced Reporting
Mass Communication Law and Ethics
Global Mass Communication Systems
Feature Writing
Public Relations: Integrated Communications
Public Relations: Cases and Studies
Global Public Relations
Public Relations Campaign Methods
Total Hours30

*

First seminar course/topic counts toward core requirement, additional course(s)/topic(s) count as electives.

Organizational Communication Emphasis

Non-thesis Option

Required Core
COMMGRAD 6001 (48C:201,48E:201,48P:201)Introduction to Graduate Study and Research3
COMMGRAD 6011 (48C:224)Communication Theory3
or COMMGRAD 6016 (48E:224)Mass Communication Theory
COMMGRAD 6022 (48C:236)Communication Research Methodology3
COMMGRAD 6041 (48C:232)Seminar in Organizational Communication (6 hrs.)6
COMMGRAD 6045 (48C:282)Seminar in Communication Education3
Department Electives (select 15 hours from the following): *15
Health Communication
Organizational Cultures and Communication
Organizational Communication Assessment
Communication and Conflict Management
Intercultural Communication
Gender Issues in Communication
Critical and Cultural Studies in Communication
Seminar in Public Relations
Seminar in Organizational Communication (first and second courses/topics counts toward core requirement; additional course(s)/topic(s) count as electives)
Seminar in Communication
Seminar in Performance Studies
Seminar in Communication Education (first course/topic counts toward core requirement; additional course(s)/topic(s) count as electives)
Seminar in Mass Communication
Total Hours33

*

First and second seminar COMMGRAD 6041 (48C:232) course/topics count toward core requirement; additional course(s)/topics count as electives.

Elective courses outside the department may also be taken with advisor approval (e.g., courses in business, education, sociology, psychology, etc.) and submitted through a student request on MyUNIverse, with no more than 6 hours taken outside the department.

Thesis Option

Required Core
COMMGRAD 6001 (48C:201,48E:201,48P:201)Introduction to Graduate Study and Research3
COMMGRAD 6011 (48C:224)Communication Theory3
or COMMGRAD 6016 (48E:224)Mass Communication Theory
COMMGRAD 6022 (48C:236)Communication Research Methodology3
COMMGRAD 6041 (48C:232)Seminar in Organizational Communication6
COMMGRAD 6045 (48C:282)Seminar in Communication Education3
COMMGRAD 6299 (48C:299,48E:299,48P:299)Research6
Electives (select 6 hours from the following): *6
Health Communication
Organizational Cultures and Communication
Organizational Communication Assessment
Communication and Conflict Management
Intercultural Communication
Gender Issues in Communication
Critical and Cultural Studies in Communication
Seminar in Public Relations
Seminar in Organizational Communication (first and second courses/topics counts toward core requirement; additional course(s)/topic(s) count as electives)
Seminar in Communication
Seminar in Performance Studies
Seminar in Communication Education (first course/topic counts toward core requirement; additional course(s)/topic(s) count as electives)
Seminar in Mass Communication
Total Hours30

*

First and second COMMGRAD 6041 (48C:232) courses/topics count toward core requirement; additional course(s)/topic(s) count as electives.

Elective courses outside the department may also be taken with advisor approval (e.g., courses in business, education, sociology, psychology, etc.) and submitted through a student request on MyUNIverse, with no more than 3 hours taken outside the department.

 

Performance Studies Emphasis 

Non-thesis Option

Required Core
COMMGRAD 6001 (48C:201,48E:201,48P:201)Introduction to Graduate Study and Research3
COMMGRAD 6011 (48C:224)Communication Theory3
or COMMGRAD 6016 (48E:224)Mass Communication Theory
COMMGRAD 6022 (48C:236)Communication Research Methodology3
COMMGRAD 6044 (48C:212)Seminar in Performance Studies3
Electives (select 21 hours from the following): *21
Intercultural Communication
Gender Issues in Communication
Language and Communication
Communication, Community, and Change
Social Protest: Performance and Rhetoric
Performance and Social Change
Cultural Performance
Interpreters Theatre Production
Digital Culture and Communication
Readings in Performance Studies
Critical and Cultural Studies in Communication
Seminar in Communication
Interpersonal Communication
Seminar in Mass Communication
Electronic Media: Processes and Effects
Electronic Media Criticism: (Topic)
Electronic Media and Culture
Communication Technologies
Electronic Media: Audience Analysis
Acting Studio
Theatre Management
Playwriting
Craft of Poetry
Craft of Fiction
Poetry Workshop
Fiction Workshop
Total Hours33

 

*

With no more than 9 hours taken outside the department.

Thesis Option:

Required Core
COMMGRAD 6001 (48C:201,48E:201,48P:201)Introduction to Graduate Study and Research3
COMMGRAD 6011 (48C:224)Communication Theory3
or COMMGRAD 6016 (48E:224)Mass Communication Theory
COMMGRAD 6022 (48C:236)Communication Research Methodology3
COMMGRAD 6044 (48C:212)Seminar in Performance Studies3
COMMGRAD 6299 (48C:299,48E:299,48P:299)Research (6 hrs.)6
Electives (select 12 hours from the following):12
Intercultural Communication
Gender Issues in Communication
Language and Communication
Communication, Community, and Change
Social Protest: Performance and Rhetoric
Performance and Social Change
Cultural Performance
Interpreters Theatre Production
Digital Culture and Communication
Readings in Performance Studies
Critical and Cultural Studies in Communication
Seminar in Communication
Interpersonal Communication
Seminar in Mass Communication
Electronic Media: Processes and Effects
Electronic Media Criticism: (Topic)
Electronic Media and Culture
Communication Technologies
Electronic Media: Audience Analysis
Acting Studio
Theatre Management
Playwriting
Craft of Poetry
Craft of Fiction
Poetry Workshop
Fiction Workshop
Total Hours30

*

With no more than 9 hours taken outside the department.

Public Relations Emphasis

Non-thesis Option

Required Core
COMMGRAD 6001 (48C:201,48E:201,48P:201)Introduction to Graduate Study and Research3
COMMGRAD 6011 (48C:224)Communication Theory3
or COMMGRAD 6016 (48E:224)Mass Communication Theory
COMMGRAD 6022 (48C:236)Communication Research Methodology3
COMMGRAD 6027 (48P:282)Seminar in Public Relations3
COMM PR 3844/5844 (48P:184g)Public Relations: Integrated Communications3
Electives (select 18 hours from the following):18
Critical and Cultural Studies in Communication
Seminar in Organizational Communication
Seminar in Communication
Interpersonal Communication
Seminar in Performance Studies
Seminar in Communication Education
Seminar in Mass Communication
COMMGRAD 6285 (Readings)
COMMGRAD 6286 (Studies in)
Graduate Internship
Selected Topics in Communication
Selected Topics in Electronic Media
History of Mass Communication
Advanced Reporting
Mass Communication Law and Ethics
Global Mass Communication Systems
Feature Writing
Public Relations: Cases and Studies
Global Public Relations
Public Relations Campaign Methods
Total Hours33

 

*

COMMGRAD 6022 (48C:236) counts toward core requirement; additional seminar  course(s)/topic(s) count as electives.

Thesis Option

Required Core
COMMGRAD 6001 (48C:201,48E:201,48P:201)Introduction to Graduate Study and Research3
COMMGRAD 6011 (48C:224)Communication Theory3
or COMMGRAD 6016 (48E:224)Mass Communication Theory
COMMGRAD 6022 (48C:236)Communication Research Methodology3
COMMGRAD 6027 (48P:282)Seminar in Public Relations3
COMMGRAD 6299 (48C:299,48E:299,48P:299)Research (6 hrs.)6
COMM PR 3844/5844 (48P:184g)Public Relations: Integrated Communications3
Electives (select 9 hours from the following): *9
Critical and Cultural Studies in Communication
Seminar in Organizational Communication
Seminar in Communication
Interpersonal Communication
Seminar in Performance Studies
Seminar in Mass Communication ((first course/topic counts toward core requirement; additional course(s)/topic(s) count as electives))
COMMGRAD 6285 (Readings)
COMMGRAD 6286 (Studies in)
Graduate Internship
History of Mass Communication
Advanced Reporting
Mass Communication Law and Ethics
Global Mass Communication Systems
Feature Writing
Public Relations: Cases and Studies
Global Public Relations
Public Relations Campaign Methods
Total Hours30
*COMMGRAD 6027 (48P:282) counts toward core requirement; additional seminar course(s)/topic(s) count as electives.