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   Chapter Four - Fields of Study

 Communication
 About the Program  Courses


 Facilities  Areas of Study  Requirements
 Joint Degree Programs  For More Information


Degrees Offered

Master of Arts
Master of Fine Arts
Doctor of Philosophy


Facilities for Graduate Work

In addition to the extensive library and computer resources of the University, certain special resources provide support for graduate work in communication.

Chief among these is the Jesse H. Jones Communication Center, a three-building complex housing academic and production facilities for the College of Communication and production facilities for Texas Student Publications.

The center consists of

--Communication building A (CMA), known as the academic building, with six levels housing classrooms, offices, and sophisticated multimedia equipment.

--Communication building B (CMB), a nine-level production building, housing the National Public Radio station KUT-FM and facilities for the Department of Radio-Television-Film.

--Communication building C (CMC), with four levels that house production facilities for the Daily Texan, the Cactus yearbook, and other student publications.

These facilities provide opportunities for programs of graduate study that cross departmental lines, that interrelate print and electronic media, or that combine the resources of the College of Communication in other ways not feasible in a single department. Additional facilities are listed under the headings of the component departments of the college.


Areas of Study

Graduate work in the College of Communication may lead to the Master of Arts, the Master of Fine Arts, or the Doctor of Philosophy or may be taken as a supporting field for a graduate degree in an area outside the college. For the Master of Arts or Doctor of Philosophy, the student may major in advertising, communication sciences and disorders, journalism, radio-television-film, or speech communication; radio-television-film majors may seek the Master of Fine Arts. Advanced graduate work in communication may emphasize the processes of communication, or interdisciplinary combinations of areas of study, or appropriate subdivisions indicated by the courses taught and the specialties of faculty members.


Admission Requirements

The applicant must have an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university and may be required to complete up to twelve semester hours of upper-division coursework in the area of the proposed graduate major. Each program reserves the right to examine the applicant orally or in writing or both regarding the subject matter prerequisite to graduate courses in the major.


Degree Requirements

Master of Arts

The Master of Arts usually requires thirty semester hours of graduate coursework, although additional courses may be required to make up deficiencies.

Master of Fine Arts

This degree is available only in the area of video and film production. Information about that program is given here.

Doctor of Philosophy

The doctoral program cannot be defined in terms of a specific number of hours of credit, although a few core requirements may be stated. Beyond these core courses, the student is required to select a major area of study, to take courses recommended by an advisory committee in this area, and to pursue coursework in one or more supporting fields. The departments in the college work closely together in the coordination of courses for the doctoral programs in communication. Supporting fields are most commonly in the social and behavioral sciences, business administration, education, and linguistics, but the student may suggest other fields.

Core requirements include graduate courses in communication theory and research methodology specified by the departments. Foreign language or substitute research tool requirements are specified by departmental Graduate Studies Committees. Students should consult the department's graduate adviser for specific requirements.


Joint Degree Programs

A student interested in any joint degree program should apply through the Graduate and International Admissions Center. Like all other graduate applicants, the student is responsible for submitting any additional information required by the Graduate Studies Committee for each program.

Master of Arts/Master of Business Administration

The objective of the joint Master of Arts/Master of Business Administration program is to provide students with a graduate-level education in communication and business. For the Master of Arts, the student must major in advertising, communication sciences and disorders, journalism, radio-television-film, or speech communication. The student must complete a combined total of at least sixty-nine semester hours of graduate work in the College of Communication and the Graduate School of Business. A department in the College of Communication may require additional hours of background work relevant to the student's major.

A joint committee composed of faculty members from both the College of Communication and the Graduate School of Business selects students for admission. Students must be accepted by both programs before admission to the joint program. For additional information, write to the Office of the Communication/MBA Program, College of Communication, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas 78712-1094.

Master of Arts/Master of Arts with a Major in Latin American Studies

This joint degree program allows students to study the relationships between the theories and processes of communication and issues pertinent to an understanding of the histories and current policies of the societies and cultures of Latin America. It is designed to meet the need for specialists with multidisciplinary knowledge of Latin American affairs and mastery of one of the disciplines of communication.

Each student must complete thirty-three semester hours of coursework in the College of Communication and thirty hours of work in Latin American studies; the program must include a summer internship in Latin America and a thesis on a topic involving both fields. Departments in the College of Communication may require additional background work relevant to the student's major.

To be admitted to the program the student must pass a language proficiency examination in either Spanish or Portuguese. A joint committee composed of faculty members from the College of Communication and the Language and Area Center for Latin American Studies selects students for admission. Students must be accepted by both programs before admission to the joint program. For more information, write to the Office of the Communication/Latin American Studies Program, College of Communication, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas 78712-1094.

Master of Arts/Master of Arts with a Major in Middle Eastern Studies

This joint program combines advanced communication studies with interdisciplinary area studies and language courses. It responds to an increased need in both the public and the private sectors for communication specialists with a thorough understanding of the cultures, economies, geography, history, and politics of the Middle East and North Africa.

For the communication degree, each student must major in advertising, journalism, radio-television-film, or speech communication. To earn both degrees, he or she must complete a total of sixty-three semester hours of graduate work in the College of Communication and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, including a summer internship and a thesis based on original research and co-supervised by a College of Communication and a Middle Eastern studies faculty member.

Upon completion of the program, students must have proficiency in Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, or Turkish equal to that shown by completion of two years of coursework. This requirement may be met either through formal language study or by passing a proficiency examination administered by a University faculty member. Students are encouraged to achieve the required level of proficiency as early as possible. Those with no previous knowledge of a Middle Eastern language are advised to enroll in intensive language courses during the summer before they begin the joint degree program. Students who are native speakers of a Middle Eastern language must take a second Middle Eastern language.

A joint committee composed of faculty members from both the College of Communication and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies selects students for admission. Students must be accepted by both programs before admission to the joint program. For more information, write to the Office of the Communication/Middle Eastern Studies Program, College of Communication, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas 78712-1094.

Master of Arts/Master of Arts with a Major in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies

This joint program combines advanced communication studies with interdisciplinary area studies and language courses. It responds to an increased need in both the public and the private sector for communication specialists with a thorough understanding of the cultures, economies, geography, history, and politics of the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe.

For the communication degree, each student must major in advertising, journalism, radio-television-film, or speech communication. To earn both degrees, he or she must complete a total of at least sixty-three semester hours of graduate work in the College of Communication and the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, including a summer internship and a thesis based on original research and co-supervised by a College of Communication and a Russian, East European, and Eurasian studies faculty member.

Students must have proficiency in a language of the area, normally Russian, Czech, Polish, or Serbo-Croatian, equal to that shown by completion of three years of coursework. This requirement may be met either through formal language study or by passing a proficiency examination administered by a University faculty member. Students are encouraged to achieve the required level of proficiency as early as possible. Those with no previous knowledge of a Slavic, East European, or central Asian language are advised to enroll in intensive language courses during the summer before they begin the joint degree program. Students who are native speakers of an area language must learn a second area language.

The program is administered by a committee composed of the associate dean for academic affairs in the College of Communication, the graduate adviser in the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, and the graduate adviser from the student's major department in the College of Communication. The associate dean of the College of Communication coordinates the administration of the program, including admission decisions. A joint committee composed of faculty members from both the College of Communication and the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies selects students for admission. Students must be accepted by both programs before admission to the joint program. For more information, write to the Office of the Communication/Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies Program, College of Communication, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas 78712-1094.

Master of Arts/Master of Public Affairs

The purpose of this joint program is to allow students to study the relationships among the theories and processes of communication and a variety of public policy issues. It is designed to meet the need for public policy analysts with a theoretical understanding of one of the disciplines of communication and to equip communication specialists with an extensive understanding of the public policy process. For the Master of Arts, the student must major in advertising, communication sciences and disorders, journalism, radio-television-film, or speech communication. Students are expected to complete a total of at least sixty-nine semester hours of graduate work in the College of Communication and the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, including a master's report and a summer internship.

Admission to the public affairs program is considered by an Admissions Committee made up of faculty members and second-year students. Admission to the College of Communication program is considered by the program's Graduate Studies Committee. After the student has been admitted to each program, a decision on his or her application to the joint program is made by consultation between the two programs. For more information, write to the Office of the Communication/Public Affairs Program, College of Communication, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas 78712-1094.


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Chapter 2: Admission and Registration
Chapter 3: Degree Requirements
Chapter 4: Fields of Study
Chapter 5: Members of Graduate Studies Committees
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