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Master of Humanities

Communication

Online

Communicate effectively for your future

30 Credit, 18-Month Program

Communication is the key to success – personally and professionally. With TU’s online Master of Humanities in Communication program, you will study theories of communication and how to turn those theories into practical applications. The program prepares you to either continue your graduate career at the doctoral level or to teach introductory communication and speech classes at the college level. Whatever your goal, the MH in Communication will give you the skills to become a better communicators and helps others to communicate better as well.

The Master of Humanities in Communication is designed to prepare you for either teaching at the community college level or applying for further graduate study at the doctoral level. You will learn how theory turns into practice by studying persuasion, rhetoric, and the methods of communicating in a variety of situations. Our students enjoy creative assignments that build critical thinking and analysis skills in all courses.

As a graduate of the program, you will be prepared to inspire students, continue your studies, or join the workforce as an effective communicator with a strong foundation in communication. Our faculty will guide you through courses and help you reach your potential.

Tiffin University’s MH in Communication was designed for anyone who enjoys learning about the variety of methods humans use for communication and persuasion and anyone who wants to share that knowledge with others.

professional communication training
  • All faculty within the program hold a Ph.D. in the field.
  • Class sizes are small, allowing professors to provide timely, productive feedback and interactions with students.
  • A graduate advisor is specific to the program and will work one-on-one with you to determine your individualized pathway to graduation.
  • The program prepares you for further graduate study or for teaching introductory communication courses at the college level.
  • 100% online, with a combination of 7-week and 15-week courses
  • As a full-time student, you can complete your program in less than two years.

Each instructor within the Master of Humanities program brings experience in their field of study. They bring this real-world knowledge to their teaching, to the building of our curriculum as subject matter experts and to their interactions with students on a daily basis.

As part of our professional program, you’ll learn career-ready skills that will prepare you for a job within the field of Communications. Courses are relevant, and all content is focused on practical skills. You’ll apply your knowledge as you engage in creative assignments, working both individually and in group discussions and projects.

The program will prepare you to be an effective communicator in the field, as well as an accomplished communications specialist who can share their knowledge effectively with others. If you enjoy exploring how humans communicate, then the MH in Communication is for you.

Within the Communication program, you’ll actively engage through discussions with your peers and instructors. Each week, you’ll engage with classmates and complete an outside assignment related to your required readings and interactive activities throughout the week. You’ll apply your learning as you analyze texts and discuss ideas with others.

Within the program, you’ll continuously work on your communication and problem-solving skills as you take part in weekly discussions and assignments. These assignments, focused on textual analysis and synthesis, will require you to critically think about how texts are created and how ideas are communicated.

You’ll participate in a capstone project that allows you to pursue your own more specific interests that you may have discovered in your courses. By the end of the capstone project, you will have a polished writing sample that you can use for future graduate applications and/or seek to publish.

FORMAT

Online – Offered in both 7-week and 15-week courses

SAMPLE COURSES

Graduate Rhetoric/Composition (ENG505) – This course strengthens students’ writing ability so that they can write appropriately at the graduate level. It also provides a foundation of knowledge in rhetoric and composition for students wishing to teach college level writing. The course will be organized around the five canons of rhetoric: Invention, Arrangement, Style, Memory, and Delivery.

Research Methods (ENG525) – This course is a practical introduction to doing research in graduate school. It will introduce students to “joining the scholarly conversation” in their chosen concentration, including finding, evaluating, and using appropriate graduate-level sources. The course will begin with a discussion on the differences between an undergraduate and a graduate education, including expectations in the classroom, and then move to practical skills in working with primary and secondary sources, including the importance of peer review. Students will ultimately write a critical history on a topic or text of their choice, chosen with help from the instructor.

Philosophy of Communication (COM520) – This course surveys 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 that it does.  Philosophy of Communication is generally concerned with analytical, theoretical, and political issues that cross different disciplinary 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 and more about themselves and how they relate to others.

Reasoning, Formal Logic, 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 three 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.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of postsecondary teachers is projected to grow 12 percent from 2020 to 2030. The median annual wage for postsecondary teachers was $80,560 in May 2020.

careers

The online Masters in Humanities in Communication program prepares you for positions related to:

  • Postsecondary Teacher
  • Journalist
  • Speechwriter
  • Political Campaign Manager
  • Marketing Consultant
  • Public Relations Manager
  • Customer Service Representative
  • Sales Representative
What is communication?

Communication is the key to success – personally and professionally. Communication is the act of giving, receiving and sharing information. Communication involves talking or writing, as well as listening or reading.

What is a master’s in communication?

A master’s in communication leads students through the history and practice of media communication and related technology. Students will learn everything from ancient communication philosophies to transmedia storytelling, as well as theories of persuasion to politics and news. The program prepares students to be an effective communicator in the field, as well as an accomplished communications specialist who can share their knowledge effectively with others.

What can i do with a degree in communication?

With a degree in communication, you will be qualified for a variety of career opportunities, including postsecondary teacher, journalist, speechwriter, political campaign manager, marketing consultant, public relations manager, customer service representative, sales representative and more.

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“Tiffin University was recommended to me by a close friend. He knew I wanted to get a Masters Degree…and Tiffin has a great Humanities program. After my first semester, I knew Tiffin was right where I belong.”

Andrea McFall
Master of Humanities
Class of 2019
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