Communication Studies with Technological Communication Focus, Master of Science (MS)

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Focus: role of established and emerging forms of electronically-mediated communication in local, national and global settings.

Core Courses
Introductory Course
CMST 568INTRODUCTION TO GRADUATE STUDIES2
Theory Courses
CMST 501ADVANCED COMMUNICATION THEORY5
CMST 502CONTEMPORARY TRENDS IN COMMUNICATION STUDIES5
Methodology Courses
CMST 520COMMUNICATION INQUIRY5
CMST 521RESEARCH DESIGN AND ANALYSIS I5
CMST 522RESEARCH DESIGN AND ANALYSIS II5
Technology Course
TECH 504COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGIES4
or CMST 504 COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS
Required
TECH 504COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGIES4
or CMST 504 COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS
Electives22-23
SPECIAL TOPICS
THESIS PREPARATION
SEMINAR
TOPICS IN COMPUTER SCIENCE
and TOPICS IN COMPUTER SCIENCE
TOPICS IN COMPUTER SCIENCE
VISUAL COMMUNICATION DESIGN 3
INFORMATION DESIGN
INSTRUCTIONS AND PROCEDURES
COMPUTER GRAPHICS
INDEPENDENT STUDY
Choose one of the following options:
Option A2-6
The thesis or research project will be selected in consultation with the student’s faculty advisor. Each student shall complete an oral examination, which will focus primarily on the master’s thesis or project but which may also include questions to demonstrate competence in all areas included in the program of that student. Students will provide copies of their master’s thesis or project to the oral examination committee at least two weeks in advance of the scheduled oral examination. The oral examination committee will consist of at least two graduate faculty members representing the interdisciplinary content of the student’s program and a third member designated by the Graduate Office. Students who select Option A are strongly encouraged to take CMST 569 Thesis Preparation.
Option B2-5
The written examination is designed to test students' competence across the breadth of their program. Over the course of 4.5 hours, the student will address questions on theory (1.75 hours), methodology and method (1.75 hours) and one emphasis (1 hour). The student will approach prospective committee members to ensure they are willing to provide examination questions. The MSC Director will provide copies of the student’s written answers to the examination committee at least two weeks in advance of the scheduled oral examination. The written and oral examination committee will consist of four graduate faculty members: two from Communication Studies, one of whom will chair the committee; one from a unit other than Communication Studies that contributes to the MSC; and a faculty member designated by the Graduate Office. For options A and B, the final oral examination will be open to interested faculty and students and may be open to questions from non-committee members at the discretion of the committee. The final oral examination for option A will be no longer than 2 hours. The final oral examination for option B will be no longer than 1.5 hours. With respect to option A, the oral examination will not be held over vacation periods or during summer quarter except by advance approval of all committee members. The same holds true for the written and oral examinations in option B.
Total Credits63

Student Learning Outcomes—students will

  • deploy various written, oral and electronic media in creating and presenting original work;
  • analyze various cultural products through the application of contemporary communications theories and methods.