Priority in the graduate program is given to the development of students’ expertise and skills in each of the following areas:
- Mastery of knowledge and abilities in communication theory and practice.
- Completion of theses that prepare students to become change agents in the career paths they are pursuing.
- Collaboration in research and instructional teams.
- Participation in fieldwork in diverse settings relevant to the social issues being investigated.
- Presentation of scholarly papers at professional conferences.
- Co-authorship of research articles with faculty and other graduate students.
The School of Communication offers new and continuing graduate students the opportunity to teach undergraduate classes, primarily Communication 103 – an introductory course in oral communication. Graduate Teaching Associates (GTAs) receive an annual stipend. Some GTA positions may include an out-of-state fee waiver. GTA positions are competitive and admission to the graduate program does not ensure the assignment of a teaching associate appointment.Graduate Program of Study