Core (all courses offered annually)
COMC 700 Proseminar in Communication Theory
COMC 701 Quantitative Research Methods
COMC 702 Qualitative Research Methods
COMC 705 African American Issues in Comm.
COMC 706 Comm. Theory Building and Application (prereq: COMC 700)
COMC 707 Philosophical Foundations of Comm. Theory (prereq: COMC 700)
Methodology Core (departmental requirement for "Foreign Language")
Courses are offered every two years, annually if they are also listed as "cluster" courses (see cluster list).
Two courses in Quantitative Research Methods from the following:
SOCI 510 Experimental Research
SOCI 511 Survey Research Methods
POLS 257 Multivariate Data Analysis
SOCI 910 or 911 Readings in Research Methodology (Quantitative)
Two courses in Qualitative Research Methods from the following:
SOC 910 or 911 Readings in Research Methodology (Qualitative)
ANTG 322 Ethnography
COMC 719 Qualitative Design and Analysis
COMC 717 Critical Approaches in Comm. Research
COMC 731 Afrocentric Research Methods in Comm.
HIST 200 Historiography
Cluster (Specialization) Courses
Students choose courses from an approved list of "clusters" (see cluster list). The s tudent creates and defends a program of study that reflects a disciplinary focus as well as primary and secondary "clusters" reflecting her/his particular research foci. This structure places responsibility of defining scholarly identity on the student, fostering scholarly independence to a greater degree. "Cluster" courses are offered on a two-year rotating cycle, which is distributed to students for program planning purposes (see cluster list) .
Cluster #1 (4 courses, 12 cr)
Cluster #2 (3 courses, 9 cr)
Cognate (6 cr)
Two courses outside the department in a focused area
Dissertation (12 cr)