Specializations

As a graduate student pursuing an M. A. in Communication, you can choose one of two specializations that you can tailor to your interests and goals.  You can also download an overview of our program.


Communication Professions and Society

Courses in this specialization are structured as non-lecture proseminars.  These intensive, focused seminars allow you to interact at a deep level with faculty and colleagues in your program.  The discussion format allows you to simultaneously explore an area of research in-depth and discover your interests.


After completing this specialization, you will have the theoretical and methodological foundation you’ll need for a position of intellectual leadership in your chosen communication profession or for doctoral studies.  You’ll be able to discover your interests within a broad spectrum of communication concepts, theories, and research methods.


Proseminars are organized under six important contemporary topics.  Their exact content and title will vary, depending upon the term and instructor.  To complete your specialization, you will choose four proseminars from the following list.  You may repeat one proseminar under a different title, but you must complete courses in at least three areas to fulfill your requirement.  All proseminar courses are three credit hours each:

COMM 6953: Proseminar in Health, Science and Environment
COMM 6954: Proseminar in Media
COMM 6955: Proseminar in Organizations
COMM 6956: Proseminar in Public Life
COMM 6957: Proseminar in Relationships
COMM 6958: Proseminar in Technology


Digital Communication Strategies

This specialization provides you with the conceptual foundation and practical training you’ll need to help organizations plan and execute effective digital communication strategies.  In addition to learning how to plan effective strategies and create digital content, your coursework will also explore how to measure the effectiveness of communication messaging in advertising, public relations, and journalism.


The digital communication strategies specialization offers topic-based courses, and you can tailor your course selections to meet your professional goals and interests.  Specific titles will vary upon term and instructor.  After completing this specialization, you will know how to develop an effective communication strategy using a variety of digital communication technologies.


To complete this specialization, choose four courses from the following list.  Each course has variable topics which you may repeat under a different title, but you must complete courses in at least three areas to fulfill your requirement.  All Digital Communication Strategy courses are three hours each:


COMM 6810: Digital Communication Strategies for Content
COMM 6815: Digital Communication Strategies in Metrics
COMM 6820: Digital Communication Strategies for Technologies
COMM 6825: Digital Communication Strategies for Leadership

For a complete list of courses, please visit the Marquette Bulletin.