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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Communication Studies

Page address: https://grad.mnsu.edu/programs/bulletin/cmst.html

Department of Communication Studies
230 Armstrong Hall
507-389-2213

Course descriptions

Communication Studies offers programs leading to the Master of Arts, Master of Fine Arts, and the Master of Science degrees. Programs are available for all students who have a bachelor's degree. Students must complete graduate courses in communication theory and research methods and may design the remainder of their program with the approval of the Graduate Coordinator in Communication Studies.

Admission

In addition to completing the minimum requirements for the College of Graduate Studies and Research, students must also have a GPA of 2.75 or better in overall undergraduate studies and a 3.0 for the last two years of undergraduate work. In one packet, students should submit the following items: three letters of recommendation from individuals qualified to judge competence in speech communication scholarship (e.g., a writing sample demonstrating research, sound analysis, organization and evidence such as a term paper, convention paper, professional report): and a statement of personal, educational and professional goals.

The Graduate Coordinator examines applications and determines if requirements have been met. If an applicant does not meet the requirements, admission may be provisional. Probationary status may be provided for applicants with an undergraduate degree whose GPA is below admission standards under the following conditions: Acceptable performance on the GRE and/or acceptance of a student petition and contingency of adherence to contract terms formulated by graduate faculty.

Students with a major in Communication Studies may repeat any course in the department in an effort to improve grades. A student may repeat a specific course only once. In exceptional circumstances, a student may appeal to the department chair for a second repeat of a course. The official grade for the course, listings on a student's transcript, and other matters related to course repeats will adhere to appropriate university policies.

A maximum of six (6) graduate credits from "NFL" courses may be applied toward satisfactory completion of the Master of Arts, Master of Science, and Master of Fine Arts-Forensics in Communication Studies. The limit may be waived with consent of a student’s graduate advisor.

A maximum of three (3) credits from CMST 677-Individual Study may be applied toward completion of the Master of Science in Communication Studies. The limit may be waived with consent of the graduate advisor.

A maximum of six (6) combined credits from CMST 677-Individual Study and/or CMST 697-Internship (i.e., 3 cr. 677 + 3 cr. 697; 6 cr. 677; 6 cr. 697) may be applied toward completion of the Master of Arts or Master of Fine Arts in Communication Studies. The limit may be waived with consent of the graduate advisor.

Communication Studies MA (beginning fall 2017)

(Thesis Plan 33 credits)

Common Core


CMST 600

Seminar in Communication Theory

3

CMST 603

Stategies: Basic

0

CMST 606

Perspectives in Culture & Communication

3

CMST 603 is only required for graduate teaching assistants (GTAs).

Restricted Electives


Specialization in Communication
Choose 6 Credit(s).

CMST 602

Communication Pedagogy

3

CMST 613

Advanced Intercultural Communication

3

CMST 620

Modern Rhetorical Criticism

3

CMST 621

Advanced Interpersonal Communication

3

CMST 640

Special Topics

1-3

Cross-Disciplinary Connections
A total of 9 credits must be completed in Cross-Disciplinary Connections.



Communication Connections
3 - 6 Credit(s)
CMST 599 - 699
   

Companion Connections
Choose 3 - 6 Credit(s)
Courses outside Communication Studies


Any Discipline 500 - 699
   

Research/Methods Course(s)

CMST 611 *

Qualitative Methods

3

CMST 612 *

Quantitative Methods

3

 

Capstone Course


CMST 650

Capstone Prospectus

0

CMST 699 *

Thesis

6

Appropriate research tools such as ethnography, critical analysis, language, statistics or others may be required by the department. No P/N credit is acceptable in fulfilling major requirements except in the case of theses, practicums, internships, in-service courses and individual study, and then only by special permission of the department. Fifty percent (50 percent) of all coursework must be at the 600 level, not including thesis.

Communication Studies MFA-Forensics (starting fall 2017)

(Thesis Option - 48 credits)

The Master of Fine Arts Forensics degree is a terminal degree for forensic professionals. Students who wish to teach and direct forensics programs a the college level will find the MFA is appropriate, tenurable degree at many four-year institutions around the country. The degree additionally certifies intense study of the theory and practice of communicative public performance for those students whose career aspirations are outside of collegiate forensics and teaching. Those students will find the degree as appropriate training for careers as a communication consultant, a motivational speaker and a communication trainer.

Admission to the online MFA Program is contingent on approval from the Graduate Coordinator, Director of Forensics, and the Assistant Director of Forensics in the Department of Communication Studies.

Criteria used when granting admission to the online program:

  1. Significant experience as a forensic competitor and/or coach.
  2. Documented need to complete program online rather than on-campus.
  3. Documentation the student can complete the practicum course (CMST 630) with a forensic program the Director of Forensics approves as providing the necessary experiential components.
  4. Documentation of an “on-site supervisor” who can verify required hours for CMST 630.
  5. Number of students currently enrolled in the online MFA program.
Common Core
CMST 509 Performance Studies 3
CMST 535 Forensics Pedagogy 3
CMST 560 Advanced Argumentation and Debate 3
CMST 600 Seminar in Communication Theory 3
CMST 602 Communication Pedagogy 3
CMST 603 Stategies: Basic 0
CMST 630 Forensics Practicum 3
Restricted Electives
Organization/Conflict
Choose 3 Credit(s).

CMST 512 Organizational Communication 3
CMST 545 Conflict Management 3
Intercultural/Interpersonal
Choose 3 Credit(s).

CMST 613 Advanced Intercultural Communication 3
CMST 621 Advanced Interpersonal Communication 3
Rhetoric
Choose 3 Credit(s).

CMST 515 Topics in Rhetoric and Culture 3
CMST 620 Modern Rhetorical Criticism 3
Unrestricted Electives

Cross-Disciplinary Connections
A total of 12 credits in Unrestricted Electives is required to complete the program.
Communication Connections
Choose 6 - 9 Credit(s)


CMST 500 - 698
Companion Connections
Choose 3 - 6 Credit(s)
Courses outside Communication Studies


Any Discipline 500 - 698
Research/Methods Course(s)
CMST 611 * Qualitative Research Methods 3
Capstone Course
CMST 650 Capstone Prospectus 0
CMST 651 Comprehensive Exams 0
CMST 699 * Thesis 1-6


A total of 6 thesis credits is required to complete the program

Appropriate research tools such as ethnography, critical analysis, language, statistics or others may be required by the department. No P/N credit is acceptable in fulfilling major requirements except in the case of thesis, practicums, internships, in-service courses and individual study, and then only by special permission of the department. Fifty percent (50%) of all coursework must be at the 600-level, not including thesis or alternate plan.

Communication Studies MS (starting fall 2017)

(Alternate Plan Paper or Internship Option - 36 credits)

Common Core
CMST 600 Seminar in Communication Theory 3
CMST 603 Stategies: Basic 0


CMST 603 is only required for graduate teaching assistants (GTAs)
Restricted Electives
Organization and Conflict
Choose 6 Credit(s).

CMST 512 Organizational Communication 3
CMST 545 Conflict Management 3
CMST 604 Communication Training and Development 3
CMST 633 Communication for Professionals 3
Culture and Relationships
Choose 6 Credit(s).

CMST 503 Gender and Communication 3
CMST 510 * Topics in Relational Communication 3
CMST 515 Topics in Rhetoric and Culture 1-3
CMST 602 Communication Pedagogy 3
CMST 613 Advanced Intercultural Communication 3
CMST 621 Advanced Interpersonal Communication 3
CMST 640 Special Topics 1-3
Communication Connections
Choose 9 - 12 Credit(s).
Courses in Communication Studies

CMST 500 - 699
Companion Connections
Choose 6 Credit(s).
Courses Outside Communication Studies

Any Discipline 500 - 699
Research/Methods Course(s)
Choose 3 - 6 Credit(s).

CMST 611 * Qualitative Research Methods 3
CMST 612 * Quantitative Research Methods 3
Capstone Course
CMST 650 is required to complete the program

Choose 2 - 6 Credit(s).

CMST 650    Capstone Prospectus    0

CMST 694    Alternate Plan Paper    1-2

CMST 697    Internship                      1-12

 

Certificates in Communication Studies

Graduate Certificate in Professional Communication
12-credit online program

This program is currently suspended and is not accepting new applications.

Employers routinely cite the need for effective oral, interpersonal and group communication skills. The Graduate Certificate in Professional Communication, offered by the Department of Communication Studies at Minnesota State University, Mankato, integrates communication theory, research and practical skills to provide students with the necessary abilities to succeed in a variety of professional arenas.

Our program has been developed primarily for working professionals who are unable to enroll in a traditional face-to-face graduate degree program. The graduate certificate program is offered entirely online. Prospective students can complete our program while continuing to work, and need not travel to Mankato for coursework. There is no residency requirement for this certificate.

Our program meets the needs of working students who have a bachelor’s degree in a communication-related field and are employed in an occupation in which they are using communication skills. Our program provides these students with advanced training in communication skills for job enhancement, promotion opportunities, and/or career re-training.

The graduate certificate is 12 credits, all of which are available online and all of which will also transfer into the MA program in Communication Studies should students decide to continue. The program consists of two core courses, and then students may select two additional courses from four more offerings. The program is designed to be completed in two years or less. Each course listed below will be offered at least once every two years.

Core (6 credits) 

  • CMST 604  Communication Training and Development
  • CMST 633  Communication for Professionals

Required Electives (Choose 6 credits)  

  • CMST 512  Organizational Communication
  • CMST 515  Topics in Rhetoric and Culture
  • CMST 545  Conflict Management
  • CMST 601  Communication Research Methods


Graduate Certificate in Communication Education
18-credit online program

Designed for individuals interested in teaching at technical and community colleges. Minnesota and many other states have a standard requirement that community and technical college faculty must hold a master’s degree and a minimum of 16 credit hours in-discipline. This graduate certificate provides a means for anyone who holds a master’s in another discipline but also wishes to teach in speech communication/communication studies.

Common Core

Common Core
.
CMST 633 Communication for Professionals 3
Restricted Electives
Teaching
Choose 3 - 6 Credit(s).
If a student takes both CMST 602 and CMST 605, only 9 credits are required in the Theory & Practice Category.

CMST 602 Communication Pedagogy 3
CMST 605 Teaching Communication Studies Online 3
Theory & Practice
Choose 9 - 12 Credit(s).
12 credits are required unless a student takes both CMST 602 and CMST 605 in the Teaching category.

CMST 515 Topics in Rhetoric and Culture 1-3
CMST 535 Forensics Pedagogy 3
CMST 545 Conflict Management 3
CMST 550 NFL-Pedagogy 1-3
CMST 551 NFL-Introduction to Debate 1-3
CMST 552 NFL-Advanced Debate 1-3
CMST 553 NFL-Basics in Forensics 1-3
CMST 554 NFL-Introduction to Interpretation 1-3
CMST 555 NFL-Forensics Theory and Practice I 1-3
CMST 556 NFL-Forensics Theory and Practice II 1-3
CMST 557 NFL-Forensics Theory and Practice III 1-3
CMST 620 Modern Rhetorical Criticism 3
CMST 621 Advanced Interpersonal Communication 3

 

 

Communication and Composition MS

37 credits (APP or Internship program)

A multi-disciplinary program designed for individuals with an interest in teaching both communication AND composition at community colleges and technical colleges. Most states require a minimum of in-discipline credit hours to teach at community and technical colleges.

Students are encouraged to contact the appropriate state agency and confirm the number of credit hours required for certification to teach at a technical or community college.

Common Core
Students are required to take ENG 555 for at least 3 credits to earn the degree.
CMST 602 Communication Pedagogy 3
CMST 605 Teaching Communication Studies Online 3
ENG 625 Seminar: Composition Theory 3
ENG 655 Topics in Teaching Writing 3
Restricted Electives
Communication Electives
Choose 9 Credit(s).

CMST 515 Topics in Rhetoric and Culture 1-3
CMST 535 Forensics Pedagogy 3
CMST 545 Conflict Management 3
CMST 550 * Speech-Debate: Pedagogy 1-3
CMST 551 * Speech-Debate: Intro to Debate 1-3
CMST 552 * Speech-Debate: Advanced Debate 1-3
CMST 553 * Speech-Debate: Adv Pedagogy 1-3
CMST 554 * Speech-Debate: Interpretation & Performance 1-3
CMST 555 * Speech-Debate: Theory & Practice I 1-3
CMST 556 * Speech-Debate: Theory & Practice II 1-3
CMST 557 * Speech-Debate: Theory & Practice III 1-3
CMST 620 Modern Rhetorical Criticism 3
CMST 621 Advanced Interpersonal Communication 3
Composition Electives
Choose 9 Credit(s).
ENG 621 or ENG 622 may be taken, with the permission of advisor, as a substitute for ENG 655. ENG 621 and 622 are only offered on-campus.

ENG 553 Topics in Rhetoric and Composition 4
ENG 554 Persuasive Writing on Public Issues 4
ENG 555 Advanced Writing Workshop 0-4
ENG 584 Pedagogical Grammar and Academic English 4
ENG 629 Second Language Literacy Development 3
ENG 649 Topics in Creative Writing 1-3
ENG 657 Teaching Writing with Literature 3
ENG 658 Seminar: Argumentation Theory 3
Research/Methods Course(s)
Choose 6 Credit(s).
The research course in both disciplines is required.

CMST 633 Communication for Professionals 3
ENG 656 Teacher Research in the Writing Classroom 3
Capstone Course
Choose 1 Credit(s).
Consult with your advisor. CMST 650 is required if selecting CMST 694 or CMST 697. Only one discipline is required.

CMST 650 Capstone Prospectus 0
CMST 694 Alternate Plan Paper 1-2
CMST 697 Internship 1-12
ENG 694 Alternate Plan Paper 1-2
ENG 698 Internship 1-6

 

 

Course Descriptions

CMST 503 (3) Gender and Communication

This course is designed to develop an understanding of how gender and communication interact. Students learn the basic theories and principles of communication as it applies to gender and develop skills to enhance communication between and among gender groups.

CMST 509 (3) Performance Studies

This course is an overview of key performance studies concepts, including cultural performance, performance of everyday life, theories of play, social influence, and identity performance. Students will develop and present performances as a means to understand theoretical concepts.

CMST 510 (1-3) Topics in Relational Communication

Special interest courses devoted to specific topics within relationship communication. Topics vary, and course may be retaken for credit under different topic headings. (Fall, Spring , Summer on demand)

CMST 512 (3) Organizational Communication

This course is designed to develop an understanding of speech communication in the organizational context. The course will aid each individual in working more effectively within any type of organization through exposure to major theories and works in the area of organizational communication.

 CMST 515 (1-3) Topics in Rhetoric and Culture

Special interest courses devoted to specific topics within the intersecting fields of rhetoric and culture. Topics vary, and course may be retaken for credit under different topic headings.

CMST 516 (1-3) Topics in American Public Address

Special interest courses devoted to specific topics within the field of American Public Address. Topics vary, and course may be retaken for credit under different topic headings.

CMST 517 (3) Experiential Study in Communication and Culture 

This is a special interest course devoted to the development of students’ understanding of the strategies and practices of communication in cultural contexts. The course is an experiential course involving travel, typically outside the United States.  Spring:  Odd Years.

 CMST 535 (3) Forensics Pedagogy

Course is designed to give students a theoretical understanding of competitive speech and debate.

CMST 540 (1-3) Special Topics

A course designed for students who have a general interest in communication studies. Content of each special topics course will be different. May be retaken for credit.

CMST 545 (3) Conflict Management

This theory and research-oriented course examines the relationship between communication and conflict, and is designed to provide students with knowledge and skills in dealing with conflict situations.

CMST 550 (3) (1-3) Speech-Debate: Pedagogy

Course reserved for graduate students taking online NFL modules.

CMST 551 (1-3) Speech-Debate: Intro to Debate

Course reserved for graduate students taking online NFL modules.

CMST 552 (1-3) Speech-Debate: Advanced Debate

Course reserved for graduate students taking online NFL modules.

CMST 553 (1-3) Speech-Debate: Adv Pedagogy

Course reserved for graduate students taking online NFL modules.

CMST 554 (1-3) Speech-Debate: Interpretation & Performance

Course reserved for graduate students taking online NFL modules.

CMST 555 (1-3) Speech-Debate: Theory & Practice I

Course reserved for graduate students taking online NFL modules.

CMST 556 (1-3) Speech-Debate: Theory & Practice II

Course reserved for graduate students taking online NFL modules.

CMST 557 (1-3) Speech-Debate: Theory & Practice III

Course reserved for graduate students taking online NFL modules.

CMST 560 (3) Advanced Argumentation and Debate 

This course is designed to provide graduate students in Communication Studies with the theoretical foundations necessary to both participate in and critique arguments. Students will engage contemporary theories of argumentation and apply those theories in discussion and debate. Fall:  All Years.

CMST 600 (3) Seminar in Communication Theory

An introduction to the communication field focusing on theory construction and the function of communication theory/models in the human experience. Contemporary theories of communication will be reviewed.

CMST 602 (3) Communication Pedagogy

Required for all graduate students in the Department of Communication Studies. Surveys traditional pedagogical theories as well as critical pedagogical theories as they pertain to teaching communication courses.

CMST 603 (0) Teaching Strategies 

Open only to teaching assistants of the basic course in Communication Studies. Covers course design, course evaluation, methodologies for skill development, and related topics.

CMST 604 (3) Communication Training and Development

This course focuses on preparing professional trainers and developers in communication teaching, training and development.

CMST 605 (3) Teaching Communication Studies Online

Course is designed to prepare students to teach communication courses online. This course is not intended to teach communication pedagogy, but rather to teach how to prepare units, modules, and courses for an online environment.

CMST 606 (3) Perspectives on Culture and Communication 

This course explores theories, concepts, and issues relevant to understanding communication in culturally diverse contexts. Course instructors will use specific topics and case studies to examine and understand the intersections of culture and communication. The emphasis will be placed on developing critical literacy to engage complex issues in an increasingly global world.  Fall:  All Years; Spring:  All Years.

CMST 611 (3) Qualitative Research Methods 

This course is designed to provide graduate students in Communication Studies with knowledge and skills necessary to evaluate qualitative research as it appears in scholarly writing and to perform qualitative research in the academic or organizational context with the rigor appropriate to that context.  Fall:  All Years.

CMST 612 (3) Quantitative Research Methods 

This course is designed to provide graduate students in Communication Studies with knowledge and skills necessary to evaluate quantitative research as it appears in scholarly writing and to perform quantitative research in the academic or organizational context with the rigor appropriate to that context.  Spring:  All Years.

CMST 613 (3) Advanced Intercultural Communication

This course explores the reasons we have difficulty communicating with people from other cultures, why misunderstandings occur, and how to build clearer and more productive cross-cultural relationships.

CMST 620 (3) Modern Rhetorical Criticism

This course includes the skills in the analysis, application, and evaluation of argumentative communication.

CMST 621 (3) Advanced Interpersonal Communication

This course explores and critically examines interpersonal communication theory development, current research and leading theoretical perspectives, and potential applications in contemporary interpersonal communication contexts and relationships.

CMST 630 (3) Forensics Practicum

This course is designed to help prepare students for their professional roles as directors or assistant directors of collegiate or high school forensics programs.

CMST 633 (3) Communication for Professionals

This course is designed to enhance the communication skills of professionals. Students will learn theory and techniques of presentation for academic conferences, professional meetings, business and industry presentations, interviews, and group meetings. The use of technology in professional communication will be highlighted.

CMST 640 (1-3) Special Topics

This course provides both graduate students and faculty the opportunity to work together with a specific theme that is timely and relevant to the field. May be repeated for credit.

CMST 650 (0) Capstone Prospectus

Capstone Prospectus requires a student seeking an MA, MS, or MFA to complete a research proposal. The student defends the prospectus before their committee. See advisor for specifics.

Prerequisite: CMST 601

CMST 651 (0) Comprehensive Exams

The course requires a graduate student seeking an MFA to successfully pass comprehensive exams. The student is required to enroll and take the exams at least one semester before graduation. See advisor for specifics on the comprehensive exam.

Prerequisite: CMST 601.

CMST 677 (1-6) Individual Study

Advanced independent study. A maximum of three (3) credits of CMST 677 may be applied toward completion of the MS in Communication Studies. The limit may be waived with consent of the graduate advisor. A maximum of six (6) combined credits from CMST 677-Individual Study and/or CMST 697-Internship (i.e., 3 cr. 677 + 3 cr. 697; 6 cr. 677; 6 cr. 697) may be applied toward completion of the MA or MFA in Communication Studies. The limit may be waived with consent of the graduate advisor.

CMST 690 (1-4) Workshop

Topics vary as announced in class schedules.

CMST 694 (1-2) Alternate Plan Paper

Review and interpretation of a body of research.

CMST 697 (1-12) Internship

Provides first-hand experience in applying communication theories in the workplace under the direction of an on-site supervisor. Must complete minimum of 18 graduate credits before taking CMST 697-Internship. A maximum of six (6) combined credits from CMST 677-Individual Study and/or CMST 697-Internship (i.e., 3 cr. 677 + 3 cr. 697; 6 cr. 677; 6 cr. 697) may be applied toward completion of the MA or MFA in Communication Studies. The limit may be waived with consent of the graduate advisor.

CMST 699 (1-6) Thesis

Original research which meets accepted research standards.