Communication Arts
College of Arts and Humanities

Program of Study for the Professional Communication and Leadership MA

Students can complete their entire course of study on either the Armstrong or Statesboro campus. While students have the option to take a course on another campus, it is not necessary. All required courses will be offered on both campuses at some point during the academic year.

*Students accepted into the PCL program beginning fall 2018 must complete the following required courses. Students accepted prior to fall 2018 do not need to take LEAD 7100, LEAD 7700, or LEAD 7900 to graduate.

Armstrong Campus (Savannah)

Required Courses

COMS 7200 – Organizational Communication in Diverse Contexts

Offered during the spring semester.
Credit Hours: 3

Theories and principles of professional discourse applied toward working effectively in ethnically diverse organizations and in international contexts.

LEAD 7100 – Practical Research in Leadership Settings (COMM 7100 on Statesboro campus)

Offered during the fall semester.
Credit Hours: 3

Introduction to the concepts and methods of applied research necessary for professionals in leadership settings. Topics will include survey development, interviews, focus groups, experiments, ethnography, and content analysis. Students will construct a research question, review literature, analyze data, and present the results of their analysis.

LEAD 7150 – Leadership in the Public Arena (COMM 7150 on Statesboro campus)

Offered during the spring semester.
Credit Hours: 3

Examination of the leadership necessary to move from ideas to action on public issues. Course explores the unique role of the public sector in society and will compare leadership issues in public sector and private sector organizations

LEAD 7700 – PCL Internship OR LEAD 7900 – Comprehensive Project

Spring, Summer, & Fall.
Credit Hours: 3 (Courses graded pass/fail, no letter grade)

Students are not required to complete both courses. The PCL Internship and Comprehensive Project must be approved by a faculty member before students can register for the course. For more information about these courses click here.

WRIT 5540G – Plain Language in Workplace Writing

Credit Hours: 3

Introduction to the principles of plain language in workplace communication. Students will analyze document design along with passages at the word-, sentence-, and paragraph-level, and conduct usability testing to improve documents’ clarity. Students will examine the history of plain language movements and understand the social impacts of plain language in legal, medical, and professional contexts. Students will revise and create documents in plain language for use by specific audiences.

WRIT 7100 – Professional Communication Strategies

Offered during the fall semester.
Credit Hours: 3

Communication strategies employed by leaders in business, industry, education, and health professions; practice in writing effective memos, letters, and reports; oral communication skills required for influencing group decisions, conducting interviews, and making presentations.

Elective Courses – Choose 4 courses (12 credit hours)

*5000 level courses are cross-listed with undergraduate courses and may be offered during the day.

*Electives offered on each campus are determined by the expertise and availability of faculty.

COMM 5030G – Selected Topics in Communication

COMM 5335G – Public Relation Campaigns in Health and Science

COMM 7300  – Applied Crisis Communication Theory

COMM 7400 – Health Communication

COMM 7500 – Selected Topics in Communication

COMS 5330G – Communication Theory

COMS 5331G – Communication and Conflict

COMS 5332G – Nonverbal Communication

COMS 5333G – Communication & Gender

COMS 5334G – Interpersonal Communication in the Workplace

COMS 5335G – Family Communication

COMS 5530G – Rhetoric or WRIT 5530G – Rhetoric

COMS 7300 – Professional Communication Presentation Skills (Offered fall semester)

COMS 7400 – Communication Training and Development

GEPH 7134 – Social Marketing for Health Communication

LEAD 7300 – Selected Topics in Leadership Studies

LEAD 7400 – Contemporary Issues in Leadership

LEAD 7800 – Independent Study in Professional Communication & Leadership

LING 5130G – Modern English Grammar

PSYC 6150 – Conflict Resolution

PSYC 6300 – Leadership and Group Dynamics

WRIT 5510G – Writing for Nonprofits

WRIT 5550G – Publication Design

WRIT 5590 – Cultural Rhetorics

WRIT 6030 – Selected Topics in Writing and Linguistics

WRIT 6110 – Managing Digital Documents

WRIT 6133 – Usability and User Experience

WRIT 7110 – Applied Ethics in Professional and Technical Communication

WRIT 7120 – Rhetorics of Health and Medicine

WRIT 8500 – Theory and Practice of Teaching Composition

Statesboro Campus

Required Courses

COMS 7200 – Organizational Communication in Diverse Contexts

Offered during the fall semester.
Credit Hours: 3

Theories and principles of professional discourse applied toward working effectively in ethnically diverse organizations and in international contexts.

COMM 7100 PCL Research (LEAD 7100 on the Armstrong campus)

Offered during the fall semester.
Credit Hours: 3

Introduction to the concepts and methods of applied research necessary for professionals in leadership settings. Topics will include survey development, interviews, focus groups, experiments, ethnography, and content analysis. Students will construct a research question, review literature, analyze data, and present the results of their analysis.

COMM 7150 – Communication and Leadership (LEAD 7150 on the Armstrong campus)

Offered during the fall semester.
Credit Hours: 3

Examination of the communication and leadership on public issues. Course explores the theories and practices associated with leadership in groups and organizations in the public and private sectors. Focuses on interactive aspects of leading and following, and developing leadership skills from a communication perspective.

LEAD 7700 – PCL Internship OR LEAD 7900 – Comprehensive Project

Spring, Summer, & Fall
Credit Hours: 3 (Courses graded pass/fail, no letter grade)

Students are not required to complete both courses. The PCL Internship and Comprehensive Project must be approved by a faculty member before students can register for the course. For more information about these courses click here.

WRIT 5540G – Plain Language in Workplace Writing

Credit Hours: 3

Introduction to the principles of plain language in workplace communication. Students will analyze document design along with passages at the word-, sentence-, and paragraph-level, and conduct usability testing to improve documents’ clarity. Students will examine the history of plain language movements and understand the social impacts of plain language in legal, medical, and professional contexts. Students will revise and create documents in plain language for use by specific audiences.

WRIT 7100 – Professional Communication Strategies

Offered during the spring semester.
Credit Hours: 3

Communication strategies employed by leaders in business, industry, education, and health professions; practice in writing effective memos, letters, and reports; oral communication skills required for influencing group decisions, conducting interviews, and making presentations.

Elective Courses – Choose 4 courses (12 credit hours)

*5000 level courses are cross-listed with undergraduate courses and may be offered during the day.

*Electives offered on each campus are determined by the expertise and availability of faculty.

 COMM 5030G – Selected Topics in Communication

COMM 5335G – Public Relation Campaigns in Health and Science

COMM 7300  – Applied Crisis Communication Theory

COMM 7400 – Health Communication

COMM 7500 – Selected Topics in Communication

COMS 5330G – Communication Theory

COMS 5331G – Communication and Conflict

COMS 5332G – Nonverbal Communication

COMS 5333G – Communication & Gender

COMS 5334G – Interpersonal Communication in the Workplace

COMS 5335G – Family Communication

COMS 5530G – Rhetoric or WRIT 5530G – Rhetoric

COMS 7300 – Professional Communication Presentation Skills (Offered fall semester)

COMS 7400 – Communication Training and Development

GEPH 7134 – Social Marketing for Health Communication

LEAD 7300 – Selected Topics in Leadership Studies

LEAD 7400 – Contemporary Issues in Leadership

LEAD 7800 – Independent Study in Professional Communication & Leadership

LING 5130G – Modern English Grammar

PSYC 6150 – Conflict Resolution

PSYC 6300 – Leadership and Group Dynamics

WRIT 5510G – Writing for Nonprofits

WRIT 5550G – Publication Design

WRIT 5590 – Cultural Rhetorics

WRIT 6030 – Selected Topics in Writing and Linguistics

WRIT 6110 – Managing Digital Documents

WRIT 6133 – Usability and User Experience

WRIT 7110 – Applied Ethics in Professional and Technical Communication

WRIT 7120 – Rhetorics of Health and Medicine

WRIT 8500 – Theory and Practice of Teaching Composition

Last updated: 5/10/2019

Communication Arts Department • PO Box 8091; Statesboro, GA 30460 • 912-478-5138commarts@georgiasouthern.edu