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Program Options

Program A:  Non-Thesis Track

Students selecting Program A Non-Thesis track must complete 12 courses or 36 credit hours. A minimum of 30 credit hours must be from the Department of Communication. Students 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 in organizational communication. Students in Program A typically take the written comprehensive exam during their last semester of the program. 

Program B:  Thesis Track

Students selecting Program B Thesis track complete 30-33 credit hours of course work of which up to 6 credit hours can be taken from other disciplines.  Students 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 in organizational communication. The thesis is an original research project designed in conjunction with the advisor and a committee of two other faculty members. The thesis should 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 Track

Students electing the Interdisciplinary track 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 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 in organizational communication.  All students choosing Program C must take the comprehensive examination during their last semester of classes.  Students should select an advisor from the Department of Communication to help them design an appropriate interdisciplinary plan of study.  Students selecting the interdisciplinary track do not write a thesis.

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Department of Communication

St. Joseph Hall 121 
300 College Park 
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 1410

937-229-2028