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M.A.
COMMUNICATION &
LEADERSHIP STUDIES

Concentrations

Choosing an optional concentration allows you to customize your degree based on your interests and professional needs.

College Teaching of Communication

This concentration prepares you to teach communication on the college level through:

  • developing a teaching philosophy
  • creating a teaching portfolio
  • observing college communication courses
  • shadowing current communication professors through an internship.

Curriculum

COML Required Concentration Elective Courses (6 credits):

  • COML 510: Communication Teaching & Pedagogy
  • COML 520: Internship (3 credits) – to be approved by Dr. Caputo and Dr. Cunningham

COML Concentration Electives Courses (3 credits – choose one of the following):

  • COML 509: Social Dynamics of Communication & Technology
  • COML 514: Advanced Criticism
  • COML 515: Interpersonal & Small Group Communication
  • COML 516: Media Literacy
  • COML 513: Advanced Topics    Note: COML 513 can be taken twice for elective credit.
  • COML 522: Renaissance Rhetoric and Contemporary Leadership (Florence, Italy)

*To complete the 30-credit COML degree, the required core courses, one additional elective, and the two capstone courses are needed in addition to the above concentration courses.  The capstone course requires a topic choice relevant to college teaching of communication.

Global Leadership

This concentration develops your skills to lead and communicate in diverse and complex work settings.  You will increase your self awareness and cultural sensitivity as you study the impact of global issues on organizations and take part in a 1 to 2 week study abroad course.  You will learn to:

  • adapt your behavior to different cultural contexts
  • understand global issues and their impact
  • formulate a vision for change
  • respond to conflict

Curriculum

The Global Leadership Concentration consists of 12 credits.

  • Required Concentration Course (3 credits)
    • ORGL 570: Introduction to Global Systems

**In rare circumstances international internships may be considered.  Contact your Student Services Coordinator for more information.

*To complete the 30-credit COML degree, the required core courses, one additional elective, and the two capstone courses are needed in addition to the above concentration courses.  The capstone course requires a topic choice relevant to college teaching of communication.

Strategic & Organizational Communication

This concentration provides practical knowledge and skills needed to be successful in 21st century organizations. You will study best practices and relevant theories in order to solve complex organizational problems.  You can choose electives covering the following topics:

  • communication and technology
  • consulting and training
  • strategic and corporate communication
  • interpersonal and small group communication.

Curriculum

COML Required Concentration Elective Course (3 credits):

  • COML 504: Organizational Communication

COML Concentration Electives Courses (6 credits – choose two of the following):

  • COML 509: Social Dynamics of Communication & Technology
  • COML 511: Communication Consulting & Training
  • COML 512: Strategic & Corporate Communication
  • COML 515: Interpersonal & Small Group Communication

*To complete the 30-credit COML degree, the required core courses, one additional elective, and the two capstone courses are needed in addition to the above concentration courses.  The capstone course requires a topic choice relevant to strategic/organizational communication.

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