All students take a core of four classes:
- Survey of Communication Studies
- Theories of Communication
- Research Methods I
- Research Methods II
Graduate teaching assistants must also take College Teaching in Communication during or prior to their first semester as a teacher. You may elect to complete your program with original research leading to a thesis or a comprehensive examination.
Thesis-track students take a minimum of 30 credits of coursework plus six credits of thesis work that ends with an oral defense of the thesis. Examination-track students take at least 36 credits of coursework followed by an eight-hour examination and oral defense. Professional Paper-track students take at least 36 credits of coursework and produce a substantial professionally-oriented research paper followed by an oral defense.