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Graduate Degree Requirements

A minimum of 36 credits of graduate-level course work beyond the bachelor’s degree is required, with at least 27 credits at the 600 level or higher. All students must complete at least twelve credits of research courses (CMC 600, CMC 601, CMC 602, and CMC 797). At least 15 additional credits must be taken in seminar courses numbered 690 through 698. (Seminar courses may not be completed by directed study, by independent study or by transfer credit.) Finally, students must complete nine additional elective credits selected by advisement.

The following eight courses, totaling 24 credits, are required of all matriculated graduate students in Communication.

CMC 600 Introduction to Research Methods in Communication 3
CMC 601 Quantitative Research Methods in Communication: Surveys and Experiments 3
CMC 602 Qualitative Research Methods in Communication:
Textual Analysis and Ethnography
3
CMC 797 Research Project in Communication* 3
CMC 692 Seminar in Rhetorical Theory 3
CMC 693 Seminar in Organizational Communication 3
CMC 694 Seminar in Mass Communication 3
CMC 697 Seminar in Interpersonal Communication 3
And ONE (1) of the following:
CMC 690 Seminar in Special Topics in Communication 3
CMC 691 Seminar in Topics in Rhetorical Criticism 3
CMC 695 Seminar in Periods and Types of Rhetorical Discourse 3
CMC 696 Seminar in Media Studies and Criticism 3

In addition to the nine required courses, students must complete at least three additional courses (nine credits). These courses should be selected by advisement from the options listed below.

CMC 510 Speakers, Campaigns and Movements 3
CMC 511 Rhetorical Criticism 3
CMC 517 Political Rhetoric in the Information Age 3
CMC 519 Freedom of Expression 3
CMC 532 Public Relations Campaigns 3
CMC 563 Media and Society 3
CMC 572 Group Leadership 3
CMC 573 Theories of Communication 3
CMC 579 Conflict Management Through Communication 3
CMC 583 Communication Training and Development 3
CMC 592 Theories of Rhetoric 3
CMC 690 Seminar in Special Topics in Communication 3
CMC 691 Seminar in Topics in Rhetorical Criticism 3
CMC 695 Seminar in Periods and Types of Rhetorical Discourse 3
CMC 696 Seminar in Media Studies and Criticism 3
CMC 699 Independent Study in Communication. *

*Independent study options permit graduate students to study areas or develop projects not available through regular course work. Students are ordinarily permitted to include a maximum of 3 credits of independent study as part of their Plan of Study. Exceptions to this policy must be approved by the graduate faculty.

Students with strong undergraduate backgrounds in communication, by advisement and with approval by the graduate faculty, may elect to take one or two courses in disciplines other than communication. Students lacking strong undergraduate backgrounds in communication must take their entire degree in communication courses. Exceptions to this policy must be approved by the graduate faculty.

Students who wish to study film and video production, desktop publishing and related media may do so at the Visual Studies Workshop, located at 31 Prince Street in Rochester. With their advisor’s permission, students may take no more than six elective credits there.

Time Limit
After matriculation, a graduate student has five years in which to complete all degree requirements. With sufficient reason a student can request a leave of absence and/or extension of this time limit.

Last Updated 2/17/12

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