Apr 13, 2024  
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Communication Studies

234 Nichols Hall
Fax: 785-532-3714

Department Head:

Gregory Paul

Director of Graduate Studies:

Heather Woods

Graduate Faculty:

*Sean Eddington, Ph.D., Purdue University
Charles J. G. Griffin, Emeritus, Ph.D., University of Missouri-Columbia
*Soo-Hye Han, Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin
*Colene Lind, Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin
*James Alex McVey, Ph.D., University of North Carolina
*Gregory Paul, Ph.D., Texas A&M University
David E. Procter, Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln
*Tim Shaffer, Ph.D., Cornell University
William J. Schenck-Hamlin, Emeritus, Ph.D., University of Oregon
*Timothy R. Steffensmeier, Ph.D., University of Texas, Austin
*Heather Woods, Ph.D., University of North Carolina


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

Graduate Certificate


Communication Studies