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Graduate Courses

Listed below are the on-campus M.A. and Ph.D. courses taught in the Department of Communication Studies. Unless noted, each course is worth three credit hours. In addition to these courses, new courses are often proposed and customized to fit the unique interest areas of current graduate students.

For a list of courses in the Corporate M.A. program, click .

M.A. and Ph.D. Courses

  • COMM 509 Health Communication Dissemination
  • COMM 600 Communication in the Classroom
  • COMM 601 Instructional Communication
  • COMM 602 Interpersonal Communication
  • COMM 603 Communication Training and Development
  • COMM 604 Theory and Research in Persuasion
  • COMM 605 Theory and Research in Mass Communication
  • COMM 606 Theory and Research in Organizational Communication
  • COMM 607 Theory and Research in Language
  • COMM 608 Nonverbal Communication
  • COMM 609 Communication Apprehension and Avoidance
  • COMM 612 Small Group Theory and Practice
  • COMM 615 Media in Communication and Education
  • COMM 616 Communication in the Educational Organization
  • COMM 617 Communication Problems of Children
  • COMM 619 Communication and Affect in Instruction
  • COMM 622 Gender and Communication
  • COMM 626 Intercultural Communication
  • COMM 629 Health Communication
  • COMM 691G Communication and Aging
  • COMM 691H Computer-Mediated Communication
  • COMM 691N Communication Traits
  • COMM 691O Communication Campaigns
  • COMM 691P Seminar in Relational Maintenance
  • COMM 693G Developmental Communication
  • COMM 693H Presence
  • COMM 693I New Media and Society
  • COMM 700 Survey of Human Communication Theory
  • COMM 701 Graduate Research Methods
  • COMM 713 Qualitative Research Methods
  • COMM 790 Teaching Practicum (variable credit)
  • COMM 793D Foundations of Communication Inquiry
  • COMM 793H Seminar in Communication Research Design

Ph.D. Courses

The following courses are typically reserved for students pursuing the Ph.D. in Communication Studies.

  • COMM 702 Advanced Interpersonal Communication
  • COMM 706 Advanced Organizational Communication
  • COMM 711 Advanced Seminar in Research Methods
  • COMM 712 Communication Measurement
  • COMM 719 Advanced Instructional Communication
  • COMM 793C Seminar in Family Communication
  • COMM 794A Seminar in Communibiology
  • COMM 794B Seminar in Personality
  • COMM 794N Seminar in Affectionate Communication
  • COMM 794T Seminar in Aggressive and Antisocial Communication
  • COMM 795 Special Topics
  • COMM 796 Graduate Colloquium (variable credit)
  • COMM 797 Research (variable credit)

Seelio: Sharing Student Work

Students enrolled in COMM courses are asked to study the theory and process of human communication so that they can apply this knowledge to understanding real-world issues. As part of this process, COMM students have adopted the Seelio platform – a social media platform that allows students to create an online portfolio of their coursework that is easily accessible to the public. Sharing these portfolios shows the importance of the COMM degree while also giving prospective employees a clear, accurate look at the academic work our students are doing.

Seelio Student Coursework Showcase

Academic Advising

Our advisors are available during the summer, fall and spring semesters during office hours. Check 108 Armstrong Hall, call 304-293-3905, or e-mail an advisor to check office hours for the semester (see below for contact information).

The COMM academic advisors are:

Nikki Loy –
Dr. John Shibley –
Mary Donato –


Request a Mountaineer Intern

Professional Field Experience (PFE) is a key element in the undergraduate COMM curriculum that allows students to gain experience in applying their classroom knowledge to a variety of corporate and organizational environments. Organizations looking for students with an in-depth understanding of communication areas that include (but are not limited to) communication theory, data analysis, health communication, interpersonal communication, organizational communication, and social media/communication technology now have the opportunity to request an intern from the Department of Communication Studies at WVU. Use the form below to read up on our PFE program, and to request a Mountaineer intern today.

Organization Intern Application