The Master of Arts in Relational Communication requires 12 courses (48-credit hours) — two core courses, one methods course, and nine Relational 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.
Students are required to take both of the following:
Students choose one of the following:
Nine elective courses are taken from the following list*:
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 Relational 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 RELC 599 as their 12th and final course in the quarter they defend their project/thesis.
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.
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.
HEALTH AND RELATIONAL CMN
THIS COURSE EXAMINES THE HEALTH IMPLICATIONS OF RELATIONAL COMMUNICATION. THE ULTIMATE GOAL OF THIS COURSE IS FOR STUDENTS TO UNDERSTAND THAT HEALTH IS PARTIALLY DEPENDENT ON COMMUNICATION, THAT COMMUNICATION INFLUENCES HEALTH, AND THAT WE OFTEN HAVE TO COMMUNICATION ABOUT HEALTH. TOPICS INCLUDE COMMUNIBIOLOGY, DEMAND-WITHDRAW PATTERNS, SEX, AVOIDANCE OF HEALTH INFORMATION, INVISIBLE ILLNESS, SUPPORT, AND HIV.