comparable programs

The Master of Professional Communication program at ETSU is unique among the Peer Institutions and state-supported four-year universities in Tennessee. No program offered at the 12 official Peer Institutions (see Table 1) appears to be similar to the PCOM degree program

TABLE 1
EAST TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY PEER INSTITUTIONS  (2009)

Alabama

University of South Alabama

Arkansas

University of Arkansas-Little Rock

Kentucky

Eastern Kentucky University

Florida

Florida A&M University

Florida Atlantic University

North Carolina

Appalachian State University

East Carolina University

University of North Carolina-Charlotte

University of North Carolina-Greensboro

Texas

University of Texas-Arlington

University of Texas-El Paso

Virginia

Old Dominion University

 

Comparable Tennessee Master’s Programs

Among four-year state universities in Tennessee, three master’s degree programs offer similarities to the PCOM degree at ETSU. These programs include offerings at the University of Memphis, Middle Tennessee State University, and the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.  

Ultimately, however, the PCOM program is unique in the following ways:  

1) Our program offers a within program interdisciplinary approach, allowing students to examine their communication from a holistic approach (e.g., Speech, Mass Communication);

2) Our program offers emphasis classes in Advertising, Journalism, Public Relations; Speech (e.g., interpersonal communication, rhetoric & public address, health communication, intercultural communication), and Theatre;

3) Our program requires an additional layer of interdisciplinary work on the part of our students by requiring a cognate component from outside the department (e.g., Marketing, Public Health, English, Art, Sociology, Digital Media, Foreign Languages, Counseling, Storytelling).