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Communication & Journalism Department

Emphases in Media and Human Communication

The University of Wyoming COJO Graduate Program offers two primary directions for your degree.


In human communication, students study many different areas, such as cross-cultural communication, interpersonal communication, small group communication, rhetoric (from ancient to 21st century to visual communication), communication apprehension, and more.

The graduate curriculum addresses six major areas of inquiry in human communication: (1) the structure and function of contemporary epistemological, ontological, theoretical, and methodological paradigms in the communication discipline; (2) theories of language and nonverbal symbolic interactions; (3) communication processes in organizational settings; (4) communication as an agent of stability and change in diverse social systems; (5) the role assumed by communication processes in the formation, development, and coordination of intimate human relationships; and (6) the nature and function of argumentative discourse in democratic societies.

Faculty members who research human communication include Drs. Sandy Hsu, Li Li, Tracey Owens Patton, and Matt Liu. 


In media communication, students study both traditional and new media including advertising, public relations, visual communication, radio and audio, blogging, news, entertainment, political communication, and other forms of Internet and mobile-driven communication. The master's program in mass media addresses media issues and problems from a theoretical perspective. The program is designed to be flexible so that students can examine questions that relate to their specific interests in the media. Again, areas of interest include but are not limited to, print media, new media, broadcasting, advertising, and public relations.

Faculty members who research media communication include Drs. Kristen Landreville, Cindy Price Schultz, Kaatie Cooper, and Shane Epping

Students are free to draw on classes from either discipline to build their course of study.

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Dr. Chia-Fang (Sandy) Hsu

437 Ross Hall

1000 E. University Ave.

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-3122


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