There are four areas of study for the Masters of Arts in Communication Studies
Rhetorical studies offer a broad overview of research in the classical as well as contemporary rhetorical traditions. The department offers graduate courses in rhetorical theory and criticism, contemporary speakers and speeches, communication ethics, political communication in America, the rhetoric of controversy, methods of rhetorical criticism, theory and uses of argument, and rhetorical approaches to social movements. The seminars may focus on such topics as presidential rhetoric and communication and gender.
Media Studies at NIU offers a diverse range of coursework emphasizing critical, theoretical, and production methods at the graduate level. Typical seminars in the curriculum examine the documentary tradition, film history and theory, narrative scriptwriting, gender in film and television, computer mediated communication, and documentary production... [MORE]
Communication Theory offers a wide range of graduate courses. A student may select to study interpersonal communication,organizational communication, group communication and persuasion. There are increasing opportunities to integrate these areas of study with interests in technology through the interactive media lab.
Graduate students may focus their graduate study in Journalism, taking 400-level JOUR courses and 500-level COMS courses on varied topics for graduate credit.