Master of Humanities

Communication is the key to success – personally and professionally. With TU’s Master of Communication program, you will learn everything from ancient communication philosophies to transmedia storytelling, as well as theories of persuasion to politics and news. Our grads have found that this program was their key to advancement in journalism, grant writing and public relations. 

Graduate Program Tabs

This online course of study will lead Tiffin University students through the history and practice of media, communication, and related technology from ancient times to the digital age. Courses such as Philosophy of Communication, Politics and the News, Transmedia Storytelling, New Media, and Cyber Cultures and Issues in Cyberspace navigate students through the political, legal, and social ramifications of 21st century media practices.

Tiffin University’s Master of Humanities Communication concentration offers the benefits of a comprehensive curriculum taught by professors who are highly qualified academically and professionally, in an online environment that provides students with the flexibility they need to balance life and learning.

The Communication concentration presents students with an effective background for teaching Communication at a two-year college, or for continuing on to a Ph.D. program.

 

Did you know?

  • According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for Public Relations Specialists was $54,170 in May, 2012.
  • Employment of public/media relations specialists is projected to grow 12 percent from 2012 to 2022.  Employment growth will be driven by the need for organizations to maintain their public image.

Potential Career Opportunities in Communication:

  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Editor
  • Higher Education Administration
  • Social Media Specialist
  • Media Relations
  • Technical Writer
  • Event Organizer

Communication Concentration 18 hours
Choose six of the following 3-credit courses 

  • COM520 Philosophy of Communication 
  • COM522 Logic, Reasoning, and Persuasion 
  • COM531 Transmedia Storytelling 
  • COM532 Documentary Film 
  • COM580 Politics and the News 
  • COM625 Philosophers and Philosophies of the Axial Age 
  • COM630 Issues in Cyberspace 
  • COM631 New Media


Master of Humanities: Interdisciplinary Core 9 hours

  • ART623 Aesthetics 
  • ENG564 Literary Theory 
  • HUM510 Introduction to Graduate Humanities 

Capstone or Exam Option 3 hours

  • HUM680 Capstone Project or HUM681 Comprehensive Exam 

Total MH 30 hours

 

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate course offerings for this major. Consult the official Academic Bulletin for detailed registration and advising information.

Online - Offered in a 15-week format with start dates in January, May and August

Philosophy of Communication (COM520) - This course is a survey of the genealogy of communication and how communication creates shared experiences between people. Through a collection of readings, students will examine how and why society thinks about communication the way it does. Philosophy of Communication is generally concerned with analytical, theoretical and political issues that cross different discipline boundaries. It explores how people live their lives and deal with the conflicts that are inevitable whenever communication occurs in a society, whether in person, in groups, electronically or through the mass media. Throughout the course, students are exposed to the broader study of the field and how it relates to contemporary philosophical arguments, positions and concerns. By studying the historical and social contexts for communication, students will come to understand and appreciate how meaning is created through human interaction, more about themselves and how they relate to others.    

Logic, Reasoning, and Persuasion (COM522) -  This course studies the development of reasoning and formal logic and its relationship to persuasion and argumentation. It provides an overview of logical thinking, distinguishing rational inquiry from mythological inquiry and regulative thinking from associative thinking. Students will learn to articulate logical thinking or reasoning as a process of making logical argument and will discuss 3 basic modes of reasoning in persuasion and argumentation: deduction, induction, and abduction, explaining their practical applications in the studies of humanities. Students will also be introduced to possible world semantics and thought experiments, which help participants to build logical foundations for developing rational, independent, critical, and creative thinking.    

Transmedia Storytelling (COM531) - Transmedia storytelling engages audiences across media multi-dimensionally. Students learn to provide critical information, back story and details of an ongoing narrative through multiple media means such as comic books, films, television programs, web content, mobile content, social networks and games, creating a more expansive and immersive experience for the audience. The course examines the role and structure of narrative in audience engagement and who dynamic new trends in media content development impact consumers. Students will analyze case studies, and upon completion of this course, evaluate and develop a transmedia story-strategy.    

Documentary Film (COM532) - Documentary films have emerged as a popular medium for non-fiction storytelling. This course will give a conceptual overview of the form, strategies, and conventions of documentary films and videos. We will screen historical and contemporary documentaries to examine questions of defining the genre, ethical dilemmas, the debate over objectivity, and the ways that documentaries can stimulate critical thinking about the construction of our social world. Students will need to join a movie subscription service to gain timely access to the films for each week. Please note that it will be very difficult to access these films outside of the U.S., and so students living internationally are advised to check on the accessibility of the films before registering for this course.    

Politics and the News (COM580) - This course will critically analyze how the news media influenced public discussion of political and social issues in the 20th and 21st centuries, as well as examine how these issues were debated in the news. Drawing on readings from political science, communications and history, students will also examine how political powers in mass democracies use the news media as a mechanism of persuasion and social control.

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