MCS Sample Program

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The Media and Communication Studies Program consists of 33-36 credit hours taken over two years. The following sample program is offered as an example of a student’s course load for the duration of the program. Students are given a great deal of flexibility to design a program of study that best meets their educational and career goals. A specific plan based on student interest will be developed with an advisor after admission to the program.

Year One

Fall Semester

Requirement: Analysis of Communication Theory (COM 5401)
Requirement: Communication Research Methods (COM 5312)
Concentration: Student choice — see examples below
Cognate: Student choice — see examples on MCS Courses page

Spring Semester

Concentration: Student choice – see examples below
Concentration: Student choice – see examples below
Cognate or Concentration: Student choice
Cognate: Student choice — see examples on MCS Courses page

Summer Semester

Concentration: Student choice – see examples below
Cognate: Student choice — see examples on MCS Courses page
Capstone Experience: Student choice

Year Two

Fall Semester

Additional Coursework: Students may choose the course work only option in place of the capstone experience by completing six hours of MCS coursework in addition to their concentration area.

 

OR

Capstone Experience: Creative Project or Thesis
Generally the capstone experience is begun in the fall of the second year. Depending on the capstone choice, it may be completed the same semester or completed in the spring. For details on the various capstone experience options please see the MCS Courses page.

Examples of Concentration Courses

Students, with assistance from committee members, will select 12 to 15 hours of concentration courses in a specific area of media and communication studies (taught by one of the Media and Communication Studies faculty). For instance, students interested in media studies might be advised to take classes in media regulation and policy, media effects, and audience analysis. Students interested in politics and communication might be advised to take classes in rhetoric, persuasion, and political communication. Students interested in creating media content might be advised to take classes in digital video production and new communication technologies.

To give students a sense of how a concentration area might be developed, we offer a few examples:

MEDIA TECHNOLOGY POLITICAL COMMUNICATION MEDIA RESEARCH
MMC6489:Communication and
Change: Diffusion of Innovations
RTV5702: Communication
Regulation and Policy
RTV5253: New Communication
Technology: Theory & Research
RTV5253: New Communication
Technology: Theory & Research
SPC5545: Studies in
Persuasion
COM5314: Measurement of
Listener-Viewer Attitudes and
Responses
RTV6425: Advocacy Video
Production
RTV6425: Advocacy
Video Production
COM5316: Statistical Methods
in Communication
COM6400: Foundations of
Digital Video Production
COM6400: Media, Culture
and the Environment
COM6400: Qualitative Research
Methods
COM5325: Documentary
Video Production
COM6400: Gender and
Communication
ADV5505: Media Market
Research