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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 course 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 course are needed in addition to the above concentration courses.  The capstone course requires a topic choice relevant to strategic/organizational communication.

International & Intercultural Communication

This concentration gives you an understanding of communication and leadership in global contexts. The ability to quickly assimilate and discern other cultural values are indispensable tools for anyone working where globalization and multi-culturalism are becoming increasingly important.

Curriculum

This concentration is undergoing revision, please check back for curriculum details or talk with an admissions counselor.

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