The M.A. in Global Communication features five areas of emphasis, which allow students to examine both traditional and new media systems and organizations, intercultural interactions and message and information flows across the world.

Emphasis Areas:

  •     Global Media and Communication
  •     Global Politics and Governmental Relationships
  •     Global Health, Risk and Interaction
  •     Global Business and Inter-organizational Networks
  •     Global Civil Society, NGOs and Social Movements

Global Communication Faculty:

  • Suzy D'Enbeau, Ph.D., Purdue University
    • Interests: Constructing and performing gender in different organizational contexts and in popular culture, organizational communication, gender and communication and qualitative methods and analysis
  • Paul Haridakis, Ph.D., Kent State University
    • Interests: Media uses and effects, law, public policy, new communication technologies, sports communication and freedom of speech
  • Yesim Kaptan, Ph.D., Indiana University
    • Interests: Media, society, and culure (particularly Middle Eastern and Turkish media) and the analytical perspectives of contempory global media studies and media ethnography.
  • Mei-Chen Lin, Ph.D., University of Kansas
    • Interests: Communication and aging, intercultural communication, inter-generational communication across cultures, communication across life-span, group dynamics 
  • Teddy Workneh, Ph.D., University of Oregon, Eugene
    • Interests: global media flows and the role of transnational media industries in the production, distribution and consumption of communication resources through critical political economy and postcolonial approaches


Graduates with this emphasis pursue careers in a wide variety of locations and fields such as multicultural management, international health campaigns, multinational corporate negotiations, communication management in diplomatic settings, social movement, media coordination, corporate or governmental documents translation, cross-cultural technical communication and training as well as leadership within any sector confronting current global challenges.

Course Information:

  • Elective courses from other schools in the College of Communication and Information and from disciplines outside the college, including anthropology, business, economics, education, geography, political science and sociology, may complement Communication Studies courses.
  • Students interested in a particular area of the world should combine the global communication M.A. degree with the appropriate preparation in languages and focused research.
  • Download the curriculum checklist PDF or view the checklist here.