Communication Studies Combined Masters/Bachelors 3/2 Program
Courses of Instruction

Overview

Available on the Master of Science degree.

Prerequisites:
Bachelor's degree, including at least 15 hours in Communication Studies and 9 hours in related areas.
The graduate major consists of 36 credit hours, including two basic plans.

Plan I:
The non-thesis plan includes 36 hours of course work. A student electing this option must successfully complete oral and written comprehensive examinations as specified by the graduate committee.

Plan II:
The thesis plan includes 30 hours of course work and 6 hours of thesis. A student electing this option must successfully complete the thesis and satisfactorily pass an oral defense of the thesis.

General Information about Plan I and Plan II:
At least 24 hours of a student's program must be at the 60000 level. With special permission from the graduate adviser, students may take up to 6 hours outside the department.

REQUIRED COURSES
SPCO 60113 Seminar in Interpersonal Communication
SPCO 60123 Communication Education
SPCO 60133 Measurement of Communication
SPCO 60143 Seminar in Social Influence
SPCO 60153 Contemporary Issues in Communication
SPCO 60163 Seminar in Organizational Communication
SPCO 60173 Research in Speech Communication
SPCO 60183 Theory of Communication

Combined Masters/Bachelors 3/2 Program

TCU Communication Studies Majors may earn both a Bachelor of Arts or Science degree and a Master of Science degree in five years. Students may apply for the program after completing at least 106 semester hours and satisfying UCR and other degree requirements with the exception of 18 hours of elective courses. Students will complete 18 hours of graduate level courses during their fourth and fifth years of study satisfying the requirements for the Bachelor and Masters degrees.

To be eligible for the 3/2 program, students must formally apply for admission to the Speech Communication graduate program and meet the general requirements for admission to graduate study including, outstanding grade point average, letters of recommendation, and acceptable scores on the Gradute Record Examination's Verbal and Quanitative sections. Prospective 3/2 students must contact their advisory in the Department of Communication Studies or the Director of Graduate Studies for advisement.

Courses of Instruction

SPCO 50223 Nonverbal Communication. Prerequisite: Majors only, senior or graduate standing. Review and critical analysis of theory and research applied to social, vocational and educational settings.

SPCO 50233 Measurement of Communication. 1.) Prerequisite: Senior or graduate standing. A study of principles of measurement theory, tactics for measuring communication variables, techniques of analysis and presentation of data, instruments and apparatus, and classic research studies in measuring communication behavior. 2.) Study of principles of measurement theory, tactics for measuring communication variables, techniques for analysis and presentation of data, instruments and apparatus and classic research studies in measuring communication behavior.

SPCO 50970 Special Problems in Speech Communication. Prerequisite: Senior or graduate standing. Specialized work in student's area of concentration. 1-6 semester hours, 3 hours maximum per semester.

SPCO 60113 Seminar in Interpersonal Communication. Review of advanced theoretical constructs and recent research related to interpersonal communication. Comprehension, critical evaluation and applications will be stressed.

SPCO 60123 Communication Education. Review and analysis of communication theory and research in instructional settings.

SPCO 60133 Measurement of Communication. Study of principles of measurement theory, tactics for measuring communication variables, techniques of analysis and presentation of data, instruments and apparatus, and classic research studies in measuring communication behavior.

SPCO 60143 Seminar in Social Influence. Explores issues of influence, compliance and resistance in interpersonal relationships from a social science perspective. Influence reciprocity and consequences to relationships are examined as effects of everyday social interaction.

SPCO 60153 Contemporary Issues in Communication. Examines communication in the context of various contemporary social issues.

SPCO 60163 Seminar in Organizational Communication. Addresses advanced concepts, issues and research methodologies applicable to communication processes in modern complex human organizations.

SPCO 60173 Research in Speech Communication. Introduction to philosophy of graduate research; study of historical, critical, descriptive and experimental methodology and design, analysis of current research in area of specialization.

SPCO 60183 Theory of Communication. Examination and evaluation of social, psychological and linguistic theory applied to human communication behavior.

SPCO 60193 Advanced Research Methods in Speech Communication. Application of communication principles to organizational practice and/or research projects.

SPCO 60970 Directed Study in Speech Communication. Opportunity for individual work in a specialized area of concentration within the Speech Communication discipline.

SPCO 70970 Research Problems. Advanced research on special problems in speech communication. Content will vary according to the needs and interests of students and faculty.

SPCO 70980 Thesis. Prerequisite: Permission of chair.

SPCO 70990 Thesis. Thesis

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