Program Options

Program A:  Non-Thesis Option

Students selecting Program A/Non-Thesis option must complete 12 courses or 36 credit hours. A minimum of 24 credit hours must be from the Department of Communication. Typically students take 30 - 36 credits within the department.  Students who choose Program A are required to complete the four core courses. The four core courses include two research methods courses, Communication Theory & Models, and a course in mass communication or a course in organizational communication. These core courses are identified below. Students in Program A typically take the written comprehensive exam during their last semester of the program and are encouraged to complete a capstone project or independent study in their final semester of course work.

Program B:  Thesis Option

Students selecting Program B/Thesis Option complete 30-33 credit hours of course work.  At least 6 courses or 18 credit hours must be taken from within the Department of Communication. Students who select Program B are required to complete the four core courses. The four core courses include two research methods courses, Communication Theory & Models, and a course in mass communication or a course in organizational communication. These core courses are identified below.  Students pursuing the Thesis Option typically take the written comprehensive exam during their last semester of the program. The thesis is an original research project designed in conjunction with the advisor and a committee of other faculty members. The thesis be an original research investigation on some important question relevant to the study of communication. Students must register for 3-6 hours of thesis credit (CMM 598 and/or CMM 599) if they are writing a thesis.

Program C:  Communication/Interdisciplinary Option

Students electing the Interdisciplinary Option must complete a total of 12 courses or 36 semester hours of course work.  Eight of those courses or 24 credit hours must be completed within the department of communication.  The four remaining courses or 12 credit hours are taken in one of the following designated program:  psychology, English, political science or business administration.  Students who choose Program C are required to successfully complete the four core communication courses.  The four core courses include two research methods courses, Communication Theory & Models, and a course in mass communication or a course in organizational communication.  These core courses are identified below.   All students choosing Program C must take the comprehensive examination during their last semester of classes.  Students interested in the Interdisciplinary Option select an advisor from within the Department of Communication to help them design an appropriate interdisciplinary plan of study.  Students selecting the interdisciplinary option do not write a thesis.