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Administration
Christopher Poulos, Department Head
Loreen Olson, Director of Graduate Study

About
There is nothing on this earth more fascinating than the study of human communication. Meaning making is a complex, continuous, collaborative, dynamic process. Sometimes, we are transported into a world we could hardly imagine as we engage in deep listening and active dialogue with friends, loved ones, and colleagues. Sometimes a great speech will take us to soaring heights of understanding and even epiphany. Sometimes we are like ships passing in the night, hardly even understanding one another. And sometimes, we crash into each other like rams on a hillside, embroiled in conflict, with no apparent exit!

Friends, families, work groups, organizations, communities—we study them all, and all offfer endless opportunities for study, sense making, and intervention. All of this action, and more, will confront you as you engage in your studies. And, at the end of it all, you will not only have a lifelong quest ahead of you (as you come to understand and engage in various forms and practices of communication), you will also find yourself equipped to succeed in a wide variety of fields and careers.

Mission statement
We teach and research communication to connect people, create change, and work toward a just world.

The Master of Arts program in Communication Studies prepares students for scholarly or applied communication careers in the social, public, and private sectors, community college teaching, or advancement to a doctoral program. As they master the tools of scholarship, students acquire: 1) a deep, research-based, critical understanding of communication in relation to public and private contexts and issues, and 2) the ability to participate in and contribute to the communication discipline as scholars and practitioners.

Graduate Programs

  • Accelerated BA to MA Degree Program in Communication Studies
  • Master of Arts (MA) in Communication Studies, 30 hours
Professors

  • Spoma Jovanovic, Community, ethics, civic participation, communication activism, critcal service-learning, and social action research methods. (E)
  • Loreen Olson, Family/interpersonal communication, dark side of communication, gender communication (Director of Graduate Study). (E)
  • Christopher N. Poulos, Ethnography/Autoethnography, family communication, dialogue, film and relationships, communication ethics (Head of Department). (E)
  • Roy Schwartzman, Figurative language, rhetoric of science and technology, digital communication, critical theory, Holocaust studies, public argumentation, scholarship of teaching and learning. (E)

Associate Professors

  • David Carlone, Organizational communication, social and cultural theory, cultural studies of work and organization.
  • Cerise Glenn, Organizational communication, communication theory, intercultural communication, cultural identity and negotiation, African American culture and identity, organizational culture, third wave feminism, occupational socialization, identification of diverse groups.
  • Peter M. Kellett, Narrative inquiry, relational conflict, positive communication, disability. (E)
  • Etsuko Kinefuchi, Critical intercultural communication, community engagement, language and culture, cultural identity and identity negotiation, qualitative methods.
  • Marianne E. LeGreco, Public health, organizational policy, nutrition promotion and practice, food policy, research methods.
  • Elizabeth J. Natalle, Gender and communication theory, interpersonal processes, feminist criticism. (E)

Adjunct Graduate Faculty

  • Jessica McCall, Communication pedagogy, experimental education, relational communication, small group and team communication.
Application and Admission
Qualified UNCG undergraduate students may apply for admission to the Accelerated Degree Program in Communication Studies. A cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.5 based on at least 30 hours earned at UNCG is required. Applicants must have completed at least 60 semester credits and may not apply for admission to the ADP before the first semester of the junior year.

Communication Studies has the following additional requirements:
At least 15 credits of undergraduate Communication Studies courses, with an earned 3.5 GPA in these courses. The 15 credits must include CST 300, with a minimum grade of B. Of the remaining 12 credits, 6 credits must be from among CST 105, 200, 207, and 210. Standard application requirements for the Master of Arts program (i.e., undergraduate transcript(s), GRE scores, three letters of recommendation, personal statement, writing sample, interview).

All applicants must submit the Request for Accelerated Degree Program to the Graduate School and must simultaneously apply for admission to the Communication Studies Master of Arts degree program.

Admitted students may apply a maximum of 12 credits of graduate-level coursework toward completion of both the undergraduate and graduate degrees, provided that they earn a grad of “B” (3.0) or better in each graduate course and fulfill graduate-level requirements.

ADP Courses
As with all graduate students in Communication Studies, courses counted toward the Master of Arts (MA) degree need the prior approval of the Director of Graduate Study. Up to, but not more than, 12 hours of graduate courses may be double-counted. For a course to apply toward both degrees, the student must earn a grade of “B” (3.0) or better in the course and fulfill graduate-level requirements.

The MA degree requires 30 hours of graduate-level coursework. If the maximum of 12 hours is double-counted toward both the undergraduate and graduate degrees, the student must complete an additional 18 hours of graduate-level coursework to complete the MA degree. No more than 9 hours at the 500-level may be counted toward the MA degree. Please see the section below for a full description of the MA degree requirements.

The following courses have been identified as those that may be counted toward the BA and MA degrees. These courses have been chosen because they are well suited to ADP students and because they are offered frequently enough to provide students substantial opportunity to enroll in them. All courses that lead to the completion of the MA degree must be approved with the Director of Graduate Study.

The following courses may be counted toward the Bachelor and Master degrees:
CST 502 The Semiotics of Everyday Life (3:3)
CST 506 Speaking Out for Community Change (3:3)
CST 520 African American Culture and Identity (3:3)
CST 555 Relational Communication and the Hollywood Feature Film (3:3)
CST 601 Engaging Communication Theories (3:3)
CST 602 Engaging Communication Research Methodology (3:3)
Substitutions for the above courses require the permission of the Director of Graduate Study in the Department of Communication Studies.

Degree Requirements
Please consult with an advisor to determine how the courses taken at the graduate level will meet requirements in the bachelor’s degree program. All degree requirements for the Master of Arts in Communication Studies remain the same.

Communication Studies, MA, (30)

The MA in Communication Studies requires 30 semester hours of the mandatory core courses, elective course work, and the capstone experience.

Application and Admission
For information regarding deadlines and requirements for admission, please see the Guide to Graduate Admissions.

In addition to the application materials required by The Graduate School, applicants must submit a 2-3 page statement describing their educational background, relevant experience, career goals, and purpose for graduate study in the field of communication; an academic writing sample, preferably a research paper written for a prior course in communication studies or a relevant discipline; and a resume or curriculum vitae. Applicants must also complete an interview with the Director of Graduate Study or a member of the graduate faculty.

Procedural Guidelines
Upon admission to the Department, the Director of Graduate Study will advise students on Departmental and Graduate School processes and procedures.

After completing the core requirements, students will be informed by the Director of Graduate Study if they are or are not meeting the academic standards and requirements of the program. At that time, students may be allowed to continue in the program or be asked to leave the program.

In the semester immediately prior to their final semester, students will form an advisory committee to assist with completion of the Final Research Project. The committee, ideally, will consist of two faculty members with whom the student has taken courses toward the degree and/or with whom the student shares common research interests. One of these faculty members will serve as the major guiding professor on the project. The committee will guide the student through the development and execution of a research project appropriate to the culmination of the MA degree. The final product will be a scholarly essay. Satisfactory projects, with revisions, are typically suitable for submission for presentation at a local, regional, or national conference. To allow for adequate planning, the committee should be formed before either fall or spring break in the semester prior to the final semester.

Degree Requirements

Required Core Courses (6)
CST 601 Engaging Communication Theories (3)
CST 602 Engaging Communication Research Methodology (3)
The core courses form the foundation for effective scholarship and inquiry. During their first year in the program, students are required to take CST 601 in the fall semester and CST 602 in the spring semester to introduce students to the theories and methodologies necessary to engage in communication scholarship.

Elective Course Work (21)
Satisfactory completion of 21 hours in CST cognate, graded courses is required. All new teaching assistants are required to take CST 599 Communication Pedagogy (3) in the fall of their first semester in the program. CST 599 is included in these 21 hours. Students may elect to take CST 652 Practicum in Communication Research under supervision of a faculty member. CST 652 could also be included in the 21 total electives.

Students may take CST 650 Independent Study once certain requirements are met. However, independent study credit hours do not count toward the minimum 30 hours required for the degree.
A maximum of 9 semester hours of electives may be taken at the 500-level.

Course Work outside the Department
Students are permitted to take course work outside the department when additional course work is required for a student’s plan of study, as determined by the Director of Graduate Study and the student. Up to three hours of course work outside the department may be included in the minimum 30-hours requirement for the MA degree.

Capstone Experience (Final Research Project) (3)
CST 698 Capstone Experience in Communication (Final Research Project)
All students must complete a final research project, in consultation with the Graduate Faculty, as a demonstration of mastery of the arts of communication scholarship (see Procedural Guidelines above for more information). All students must enroll for a total of 3 hours in CST 698.

Exit Questionnaire
All graduating students complete an exit questionnaire on the MA program.

SACSCOC 18-Hour Requirement
Community college instructors interested in earning 18 semester hours in communication to satisfy SACSCOC requirements should consult the Director of Graduate Study for guidance in course selection.

CST 502 The Semiotics of Everyday Life (3:3)
Language, meaning, and sign systems as communication process. Emphasis on projects to apply theoretical concepts from general semantics and semiotics to promote understanding of how humans symbolically construct reality.
Prerequisite
Upper-division undergraduate or graduate student status

CST 506 Speaking Out for Community Change (3:3)
Exploration of theory and practice in community advocacy. Focus on public deliberation, moral conflict, and community dialogue in value-laden topics and controversies.
Prerequisite
Upper-division undergraduate or graduate student status; CST 305 recommended for undergraduates
Offered
Fall or Spring

CST 520 African American Culture and Identity (3:3)
Examines dynamic ways that African Americans construct, maintain, and negotiate their social identities in a variety of contexts. Explores the connections among race/ethnic identity, communication, and culture.
Prerequisite
Upper-division undergraduate or graduate student status; CST 305 recommended for undergraduates

CST 540 Social Entrepreneurship: Justice and a Green Environment (3:3)
Interdisciplinary engagement of social entrepreneurship as model for change on an issue of environmental sustainability. Exploration of models that respond to social, economic, environmental, and justice issues.
Cross Listed Courses
Same as BUS 540, CPS 540, ENT 540, SWK 540, WGS 540
Prerequisite
Upper-division undergraduate or graduate student status

CST 555 Relational Communication and the Hollywood Feature Film (3:2:3)
Analysis and application of images, discourses, and practices concerning human communication and relationships as they are represented in the powerful cultural medium of film.
Prerequisite
Undergraduates: CST 207, CST 300 or CST 305, and upper division standing
Offered
Alt years

CST 562 Organizational Change: Diversity and Identity (3:3)
Contemporary theory and practices of communication applied to changing organizations. Emphasis on the role of diversity and issues of identity driving change.
Prerequisite
Upper-division undergraduate or graduate student status

CST 589 Experimental Course
This number reserved for experimental courses. Refer to the Course Schedule for current offerings.

CST 599 Communication Pedagogy (3:3)
Seminar focusing on the effect of communication upon learning. For graduate teaching assistants in any discipline, graduates or undergraduates interested in teaching or training. Emphasis on pedagogical principles and instructional materials.
Prerequisite
Upper-division undergraduate or graduate student status

CST 601 Engaging Communication Theories (3:3)
Contemporary theories of communication, including interpretive, critical, rhetorical, and scientific. Emphasis on engaging social and cultural contexts in which to utilize theory.
Prerequisite
Admission to appropriate degree program or permission of instructor

CST 602 Engaging Communication Research Methodology (3:3)
Provides a foundation in communication research methodology. Introduces positivist, interpretivist, and critical research paradigms, and links these to focus groups, in-depth interviewing, participant observation, and document analysis.

CST 605 Communicating for Social Change (3:3)
Theoretical and practical views on how to work inside and outside institutions of power to transform values, assert credibility, and mobilize others. Emphasis on how communication creates social change. Topics and emphasis vary by semester.

CST 612 Seminar in Communication Studies (3:3)
Subject matter varies.
Prerequisite
Admission to appropriate degree program or permission of instructor
Notes
May be repeated for credit.

CST 630 Organization, Democracy, and Community (3:3)
Draws upon critical organizational communication and critical/cultural studies to consider the role of communication in creating and sustaining democratic organizing in micro, meso, and macro contexts.

CST 632 Seminar in Communication Ethics (3:3)
Theory and practice of communication ethics in a free society. Issues and cases ranging from intrapersonal to mass media communication situations.
Prerequisite
Admission to appropriate degree program or permission of instructor

CST 635 Identity, Culture, and Communication (3:3)
Takes critical/cultural studies approaches to examine how culturally significant identity sites such as race, ethnicity, gender, and diaspora are constructed, negotiated, and resisted through communication.

CST 650 Independent Study (1–3)
Topic to be determined by faculty advisor and student.
Prerequisite
Admission to appropriate degree program or permission of instructor and major advisor

CST 652 Research Practicum in Communication (1–3:0:3–9)
Engagement in communication research with the direct supervision of a member of the Graduate Faculty.
Prerequisite
Permission of Graduate Faculty member with whom student wishes to work
Notes
Grade: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory, S/U

CST 659 Communication and Gendered Communities (3:3)
Ways in which communication process constructs gendered communities. Analysis of gendered language codes, speech communities, and messages that transform community.

CST 663 Seminar in Relational Communication (3:3)
Major interpersonal communication theories and constructs, and methods for investigating them.
Prerequisite
Admission to appropriate degree program or permission of instructor

CST 698 Capstone Experience in Communication (Final Research Project) (1–3)
Synthesis of theories, research methods, and practices of communication that will shape the 21st Century, demonstrated through independent scholarly research (conducted in consultation with faculty committee).
Notes
Grade: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory, S/U

CST 711 Experimental Course
This number reserved for experimental courses. Refer to the Course Schedule for current offerings.

CST 803 Research Extension (1–3)