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Professors: Boileau, Decker, Friedley, Lont (chair), Manchester, Sesno (University Professor), Taylor
Associate professors: Akwule, Finn, S. Muir, Rowan
Assistant professor: Sparks, Gibson
Visiting assistant professor: Forbes, Kimble, Mellen, C. Smith
Visiting instructors: M. Dickerson, Fahema, R. Smith, Tomasovic
Adjuncts: Bridge, Caron, Chaaban, Clarke, Copelin, N. Dickerson, Dickerhoof, Doyle, Elliott, Eves, Farrill, Garifo, Gladis, Gray, Hansche, Holsonbake, Hopper, Joffe, Kahn, Kehoe, Klein, Korn, LeValley, Lincoln, Mangus, Mathison, Mattox, M'Bayo, McKelvy, Mellom, Nadler, Piland, Riley, Rogers, Roller, Siegel, Singer, Slagle, Slaughter, Traynham, Van Zummeren, Winkler, Wright, Wood
Study in communication prepares students for graduate study or entry-level positions in fields such as international and intercultural communication, interpersonal and organizational communication, journalism, media production and criticism, persuasive and political communication, and public relations.
In addition to satisfying the university-wide general education requirements and the requirements for the B.A. degree in the College of Arts and Sciences, students majoring in communication must complete 36 credits in communication:
Of the 21 credits in 2 and 3, 12 must be at the 300400 level and the total may include no more than 10 credits from the following courses: COMM 140, 141, 142, 143, 145, 148, 157, 340, 341, 342, 343, 345, 346, 348, 349, 450, 451, 452, 499. Also, the total may include no more than 6 credits of internship (COMM 450). No more than 9 credits of internship (COMM 450 and/or GOVT 450) may be applied toward the 120 credits required for graduation.
All students are encouraged to participate in one of the communication activities: Broadside, debate, forensics, GMView, Mason Cable Network, PRSSA, or WGMU. Many students include an internship during their senior year as a way of gaining practical experience with national and international businesses, associations, or government agencies.
The university requires all students to complete at least one course designated as writing intensive in their majors at the 300 level or above. Students majoring in communication fulfill this requirement by successfully completing COMM 300.
All communication majors are required to take at least one of the following courses to fulfill the presentation intensive requirement: COMM 100, 104, 210, 260, 310, 320, 356, or 399 (special occasion speaking).
Communication majors who have completed 80 credits with an overall minimum GPA of 3.500 and a minimum GPA of 3.500 in communication courses are eligible to enter the departmental honors program. Candidates for the honors program must have successfully completed or be enrolled in COMM 250, 300, 301, and 302. Students who meet the criteria for admission are invited to submit a proposal for an honors thesis. If the proposal is approved, they are admitted to the honors program. To graduate with honors in communication, students must complete COMM 499 Independent Study in Communication and an honors section of COMM 420, maintaining a minimum GPA of 3.500 in these courses and an overall minimum GPA of 3.500. For more information, contact the director of the honors program in Communication.
The department coordinates the minors in electronic journalism and in telecommunications (see below) and participates in several interdisciplinary minors: film and media studies, multimedia, and women's studies. For a description of these minors, see the Interdisciplinary Minors section of this chapter.
Students who wish to become teachers should consult the Professional Licensure section in the Graduate School of Education chapter and attend an information session during their sophomore year. Information sessions for teacher licensure are offered every month. Call (703) 993-2892/4648, e-mail email@example.com, or consult the web site at gse.gmu.edu for more information.
Electronic Journalism provides a foundation in journalism with a focus on the writing style and research techniques unique to broadcast, online, and computer-assisted reporting. Students must complete 18 credits distributed as follows.
The M.A. in Communication prepares students for dynamic organizational, social, and economic climates where effective communication is key to success. The program offers students a foundation in theories of interpersonal and organizational communication and encourages research application in domains such as: health, risk, and crisis communication, and issues of gender and culture in the workplace.
In addition to the Application for Graduate Study and supporting materials required by the university, applicants should present the following:
Candidates for the degree must successfully complete 33 credits of graduate course work, distributed as follows.
The Department of Communication coordinates the concentration in Video-Based Production within the Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (M.A.I.S).
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In its broadest sense, telecommunications includes technology (software and hardware), policy issues (national and international), mass media, and management. No longer can computer technologists sit alone working on code; they must be able to manage technical and nontechnical people, understand policy issues, and present technical material to others in the corporate setting. The required and elective courses in this minor provide a solid introduction to the work world of telecommunications.
Students in this minor complete 18 credits distributed as follows.
1. Two required courses (6 credits) chosen from:
This minor is not available to communication majors who have a concentration in journalism.
The M.A. in Telecommunications is designed for telecommunications professionals, people who wish to make career changes, and others whose interests, talents, scholarly research or professions bring them into contact with the world of telecommunications. Because telecommunications has both technological and humanistic elements, our program includes courses of study in educational technology, electrical engineering, information systems, international telecommunications, management, policy, and visual technologies. Graduates are professionally prepared for a wide range of employment opportunities with the federal government, large firms that conduct business with the government, and a host of large and small national and international telecommunications firms.
In addition to university requirements for admission to graduate study, applicants should submit the following:
With guidance from a faculty advisor, students choose from a wide variety of courses available at the university to tailor course work to their particular interests and needs. Choice of an area of concentration also depends on the student's undergraduate preparation. A student advising form, which outlines the student's degree plan and serves as a guide, should be completed and submitted by the student soon after admission to the program. For more information about the program, contact the Telecommunications Programs Office at (703) 993-1314.
Students must complete a minimum of 30 credits of approved graduate course work, including 15 credits of core courses and 15 credits in one of nine concentrations: educational technology; information systems; international telecommunications; management, organization, and policy; network technologies and applications; production theory and practice; telecommunications systems; telecommunications systems modeling; and wireless communication.
The M.A. in Telecommunications program in the Department of Communication offers three graduate certificates: International Telecommunications; Telecommunications Management, Organization, and Policy; and Telecommunications Production Theory and Practice. The M.S. in Telecommunications program in the School of Information Technology and Engineering offers three additional certificates in Network Technologies and Applications; Telecommunications Systems Modeling; and Wireless Communications.
Students can earn a certificate as part of their work towards a M.A. or M.S. in Telecommunications or as a goal in itself. Students currently in a master's program who decide to receive a certificate should fill out a secondary degree application. Students not currently in a degree program can apply to the certificate program using the application for graduate studies. The admission requirements for the certificates below are the same as for the M.A. in Telecommunications. Certificate students may later apply for admission to one of the master's degree programs, but should be aware of the master's degree requirement that 18 credits have to be taken after admission to the master's program.
To receive a certificate, students must complete 15 graduate credits as specified below, earning a minimum grade of 3.00 in each course. Students pursuing one of the master's degrees may use the coursework to fulfill both the certificate requirements and the concentration requirements of the respective degree program.
Students may not transfer courses earned at another institution into any of the six certificate programs.
Other electives may be possible with approval of the advisor.
The MBA courses are open to degree-seeking students only. Other electives may be possible with approval of the advisor.
Other electives may be possible with approval of the advisor.