Subject Areas

Our graduate program is a generalist program. This means that students don’t specialize in any one area but instead, take courses in many different interest areas. However, students are welcome to focus more specifically on one or two subject areas. This approach allows students to craft the course of study that meets their specific needs and interests.

For example, you may decide to combine classes across interest areas to develop your course of study in areas such as

  • Risk Communication
  • Global and International Communication
  • Social Advocacy
  • Health Information
  • Health Care Groups and Teams
  • Health Care Organizations
  • Organizational Narratives
  • Media Organizations 

Our rotation of elective courses covers topics such as

  • Narrative Ethnography
  • Communication Focus Groups
  • Spirituality and Health
  • Health Care Campaigns
  • Communication and Aging
  • Network Society
  • Cultural Studies
  • Rhetorical Criticism
  • Organizational Power and Control
  • Information Communication Technology
  • International Public Relations
  • Communication and Gender
  • Risk Communication
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Communicating Loss and Grief
  • Virtual Work
  • Campaign Management
  • Non-standard Work.

Students have the opportunity to combine these different courses  to obtain a unique master's degree in Communication Studies that reflects their interests. 

It should be noted that we encourage you to take a variety of classes. This program is designed to provide students with a well-rounded and robust understanding of Communication Studies as a field; the program is not designed for students to take classes in only one subject area. It is absolutely fine to take more classes in one specific subject than another but it is not advisable to attempt to take classes exclusively in one subject.