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2013- 2014

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October 15, 2013

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Course Requirements

The Master of Arts in Organizational and Multicultural Communication offers two separate tracks, Organizational Communication and Multicultural Communication, as well as the option for a dual concentration in both.
The Master of Arts in Organizational and Multicultural Communication also offers the option for a specialized concentration in Training and Development.

The M.A. in Organizational and Multicultural Communication requires 12 courses (48-credit hours) — three core courses, one methods course and eight Organizational/Multicultural Communication electives that include the option to earn a concentration in Training in Development. If preferred, two of the electives can be taken outside of the program with the permission of the graduate program director.

Core Courses

Students are required to take all of the following:​

Methods Requirement

Students choose one of the following:

Elective Courses

Eight elective courses are taken from a selected track; students electing the dual track take 3-4 courses in each track*

Organizational Track

Multicultural Track

Concentration in Training and Development

Completion of all three classes required to earn concentration:

* With approval of the graduate program director, students can take up to two relevant elective courses from other College of Communication graduate programs or relevant elective courses from other graduate departments/programs outside of the College of Communication.
 

Comprehensive Final Examination or Project/Thesis

Students in the Master of Arts in Organizational and Multicultural Communication complete their degree requirements by passing a comprehensive final examination. Students who attain a 3.7 GPA or higher and obtain prior approval from the graduate program director have the option to complete a culminating project or thesis instead of the comprehensive exam. Students completing a project or thesis will enroll in CMNS 599 as their 12th and final course in the quarter they defend their project/thesis.
 

Grade Requirements

Students must maintain a 3.0 average in their graduate work to remain in good standing. Students who drop below this average will be put on academic probation and expected to attain the minimum requirement within two quarters. Failure to meet the conditions of academic probation result in dismissal from the program.​

CMNS 555

ADULT LEARNING THEORIES AND STRATEGIES

The relationship between effective communication in training contexts and principles of adult learning is explored. The adult learner wishes to function in an autonomous and self directed environment, and brings a foundation of life experience and professional knowledge to the classroom. Communication trainers must provide goal oriented instruction that is both relevant and practical to those with intellectual and professional resources from which to draw. Adaptation and adjustment on the part of the instructor to the adult audience necessitates familiarity with both appropriate instructional strategies and applications.
Prerequisites:
Status as a Graduate Communication student is a prerequisite for this class.

CMNS 554

TECHNOLOGY & COMMUNICATION TRAINING STRATEGIES

This course explores how communication processes in training contexts may be improved via the effective use of technology. Because employees have limited time to participate in onsite training activities, online strategies for the presentation of information, relevant application, peer review of objective mastery as well as employee discussion and feedback will be explored. Special communication strategies are needed to animate employee interest in online education as well.
Prerequisites:
Status as a Graduate Communication student is a prerequisite for this class.
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CMNS 553

COMMUNICATION AND DIVERSITY TRAINING FOR LEADERS

Diversity translates into knowledge, competencies and skills in business contexts. Diversity training for leaders will include an examination of EEO (Equal Employment Opportunity) requirements, affirmative action, sexual harassment and the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). This course provides an overview of how knowledge of diversity should influence training, recruiting, retention and other key managerial functions of business leaders including application of managerial philosophy.
Prerequisites:
Status as a Graduate Communication or Relational Communication student is a prerequisite for this class.

CMNS 584

METHODOLOGICAL TOPICS

THIS COURSE IS A SPECIAL TOPICS COURSE IN RESEARCH METHODS, WHEREIN STUDENTS STUDY AND PRACTICE A SPECIALIZED APPROACH TO DATA COLLECTION AND KNOWLEDGE GENERATION. STUDENTS WILL ENGAGE THE PHILOSOPHICAL FOUNDATIONS AND PRACTICAL METHODOLOGICAL OPERATIONS OF THE STUDY OF HUMAN COMMUNICATION FROM A SPECIFIC RESEARCH PERSPECTIVE.