Communication Studies AGRADE Program

The AGRADE program enables highly qualified Communication Studies seniors to enroll simultaneously in undergraduate and graduate programs and to apply a maximum of 12 credits toward both the undergraduate and graduate degrees. The program encourages such students to continue to graduate school at Wayne State by reducing the time to the master's degree. Only AGRADE-approved courses in which the student has earned a B or higher will transfer to the graduate transcript. Once in the master's program, students may be required to repeat an AGRADE course in which they earn less than a B grade. 

Eligibility: AGRADE applicants must have an overall undergraduate GPA of 3.5. Applicants are also expected to have performed at a superior level in their major, as determined by the major department and reflected in a GPA in the major of at least 3.6 at the time of application.

Application: A student seeking AGRADE status should present to the Department of Communication Graduate Committee all of the materials which that department requires for normal admission to the M.A. program with a concentration in Communication Studies. Specific departmental admission requirements can be found in this bulletin or obtained from the Graduate Advisor in the Department of Communication (313-577-2959).

The earliest date by which a student may apply for the AGRADE program is during the semester in which he/she completes 90 credits toward the undergraduate degree.

AGRADE Credits: Students may elect a minimum of three and a maximum of twelve AGRADE credits. These credits will be used to complete the baccalaureate degree as well as to serve as the beginning of graduate study. Upon formal admission to a master’s program, AGRADE credits are transferred as if they were graduate credits transferred from a graduate program at another university. The remaining graduate credits required for the master's degree will be earned in the conventional manner following formal admission to the graduate program. Formal admission to the graduate program occurs as AGRADE students complete their baccalaureate degree.

Students admitted into an AGRADE program will develop a Plan of Work for the master's program, specifying the courses that will be taken in the AGRADE status as well as the courses required for the balance of the undergraduate degree. Note that COM 7000 must be taken in the first semester of AGRADE coursework. The remaining AGRADE courses must be approved by both the student's undergraduate program advisor and the graduate director of the master's program. In courses permitting both undergraduate and graduate students to enroll, AGRADE students will be held to the graduate standard.

For more details about the AGRADE program, contact the Graduate Advisor in the Department of Communication (313-577-2959)

Major in Communication Studies

Students majoring in Communication Studies must complete 36 credit hours, distributed as follows:

Required courses18
Oral Communication: Basic Speech
Introduction to Communication Studies
Argumentation and Debate
Theories of Communication
Rhetorical Criticism
Research Methods in Communication
Senior Project in Communication Studies
Select two of the following 2000/3000 level courses:6
Campaigns and Social Movements
Persuasive Speaking
Interpersonal Communication
Intercultural Communication
Fundamentals of Public Relations
Introduction to Organizational Communication
Business and Professional Presentations
Select two of the following 4000 level courses:6
Rhetoric and the Body
Studies of Legal Argument
Communication Ethics
Popular and Celebrity Culture
Communication and Conflict
Rhetorical Criticism
Nonverbal Communication
Research Methods in Communication
Group Communication
Leadership Communication
Select two of the following 5000 level courses:6
Public Address
Communication and Social Marketing
Special Topics in Communication Studies
Health Communication
Rhetoric of Visual Culture
Gender and Communication
Total Credits36

The Master of Arts in Communication with a Concentration in Communication Studies

The M.A. in Communication with a concentration in Communication Studies requires a minimum of 30 credits, distributed as follows:

Required courses6
Introduction to MA Studies in Communication
Communication Theory
Research methods courses9
Quantitative Research Methods in Communication
Qualitative Research Methods in Communication
Select one additional methods course from the following:
Communication, Culture, and Conflict
Rhetorical Criticism
Ethnographic Methods for Communication Research
Content Analysis
Select one of the following capstone plan options:15
Plan A: Thesis
Master's Thesis Research and Direction (Thesis credits are distributed across two or three semesters. A total of 6 thesis credits is required.)
Any three courses from the department as electives. (9 credits)
Plan B: Essay
Master's Essay Direction (Thesis credits are distributed across two or three semesters. A total of 3 essay credits is required.)
Any four courses from the department as electives. (12 credits)
Plan C: Coursework
Any five courses from the department as electives. (15 credits)
Total Credits30