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2016-2017 Graduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Communication Studies

234 Nichols Hall
Fax: 785-532-3714

Department Head:

Tim Steffensmeier

Director of Graduate Studies:

Colene Lind

Graduate Faculty:

Soumia Bardhan, Ph.D., University of New Mexico
Charles J. G. Griffin, Ph.D, University of Missouri-Columbia
Soo-Hye Han, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin
Colene Lind, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin
Gregory Paul, Ph.D., Texas A&M University
Natalie Pennington, Ph.D., University of Kansas
David E. Procter, Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Sarah E. Riforgiate, Ph.D., Arizona State University
Tim Shaffer, Ph.D., Cornell University
William J. Schenck-Hamlin, Ph.D., University of Oregon
Timothy R. Steffensmeier, Ph.D., University of Texas, Austin

Graduate Faculty Associates:

Linda Blong, Ph.D., Fielding Graduate University

The Department of Communication Studies offers a master of arts degree in communication studies. The Department offers a number of Graduate Teaching Assistantships. Graduate assistants receive a waiver of tuition and a stipend. Most graduate assistants teach the basic speech course, but there are also assistantships available which include coaching duties in debate and forensics. Students interested in an assistantship should submit their application by February 15 for the coming academic year.


Students enter the graduate program from a variety of undergraduate majors. However, applicants should possess a strong academic record and appropriate background work in the field of communication studies. Students whose undergraduate record reflects deficiencies may be granted admission on a provisional basis.

Admission is based upon review of the applicant’s undergraduate transcript, three letters of recommendation, statement of objectives, and writing sample (such as an undergraduate term paper). Applicants are encouraged to take the Graduate Record Examination.

Progress through the program

Continuation in the program is contingent upon the student making satisfactory progress towards the degree. Satisfactory progress is defined as follows: (1) The student must maintain an overall grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale). (2) The student must earn a grade of B or better in all required courses. A student who receives a grade below B in a required course must retake the course as a condition for continuation in the program. A student whose overall grade point average falls below 3.0 will be placed on probationary status. Continuation in the program will be contingent upon the student raising his or her grade point average to the minimum (3.0) within one semester.


Master of Arts


Communication Studies