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Graduate Advising

Course offerings can change, but we understand your desire to plan ahead. Courses often are planned on a two-year rotation. We are into a rotation right now, but here are the offerings at this time. Under these offerings, you will find some information about possible electives you might consider taking.

Fall 2012

COM 500 Communication and Leadership
COM 505 Rhetoric and Leadership
COM 520 Political Communication
COM 502 Research Methods

Spring 2013

COM 508 Visual Communication
COM 506 Communication in Small Groups
COM 551 PR Writing
COM 598 Internship (approval required)

15 hours for non-thesis students or 9 hours for thesis students

This attached list serves as a guide and is not comprehensive. Look through course offerings as well to determine if there are additional courses that are of interest to you. This list does not constitute endorsement of the courses. Some professors vary in how welcoming they are to non-majors in graduate classes, and some classes may not be appropriate for a non-major to feel competent. Remember:

• check for yourself whether they are offered the semester you wish to take them – this list does not constitute a promise these courses currently are being offered
• some courses require prerequisites – be sure you look
• access course descriptions through graduate catalog
• remember that, just like our department, most other departments offer special topics courses that change from semester to semester – consider those
• some departments have different rules about allowing students in full classes – if the class is full, you can always contact the professor and see whether s/he can allow you into the class
• if in doubt, you may contact the professor to ask whether s/he feels you might struggle without appropriate background in the course elective topic


These are available for you to help guide your progress. They can be found in the Appendix section of our departmental graduate handbook (found on our website at


Comprehensive exams are designed to give you the opportunity to synthesize the material you have learned during your master’s coursework. These types of questions tend to be larger, broad questions about communication in these three areas. Nearly everyone who has gone through the comprehensive examination process admits to feeling anxiety and pressure as the exams approach. However, consider another perspective as you prepare for comprehensive exams. You have worked hard to really understand communication and leadership at a richer, more meaningful level than you could in your undergraduate studies. Your comprehensive examinations provide you with a chance to show yourself – and the professors who have worked with you – that you really have come to “master” the subject that you are most interested in knowing. Undeniably, the anxiety will be there, but you can also look at these essays as a really great opportunity to bring together and create meaning from all that you have learned in the program. Please review the attached information to familiarize yourself with the required steps of the comprehensive exam process.

You can find out more about comprehensive exams, including informaiton about scheduling, sample questions, and other important information in our departmental graduate handbook on the website.