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Facilities available in the Department of Speech Communication include two state-of-the-art audio laboratories; a library of more than two thousand audiotapes; a conversation library of about two hundred hours of interpersonal interaction, both audiotaped and transcribed; and an editing center equipped for making master recordings and for dubbing to and from audio cassettes, reel-to-reel tape, and videotape.
Additional facilities for training and research include Academic Computing and Instructional Technology Services, specialized libraries such as the Wasserman Public Affairs Library, an extensive collection of manuscripts of twentieth-century writers, and a major oral history collection.
The master's and doctoral degree programs in speech communication provide training in the following areas of communication studies: interpersonal communication, language and culture, organizational communication, rhetorical studies, and performance studies.
The Doctor of Philosophy degree with a major in speech communication is a research degree; doctoral students can expect opportunities to work closely with the faculty on research and to participate in the publication of research findings. All doctoral students are expected to achieve mastery of research design principles and methods appropriate to their program of study.
Entering students must have a bachelor's degree (or the equivalent) from an accredited institution, and their undergraduate preparation should include at least twelve semester hours of upper-division coursework in speech communication. All applicants must meet the requirements for admission to the Graduate School given in chapter 2.
Satisfying these minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. Each applicant's credentials are scrutinized by each member of the faculty of the program. No single criterion, such as grade point average or GRE score, is given undue weight in the decision process; every attempt is made to assess the special strengths that the applicant might bring to the program.
With the approval of the Graduate Studies Committee and the graduate dean, work toward the major may be divided among two or more areas in communication. To be counted toward the degree, all coursework in the major must be at the graduate level and must be completed with a grade of at least B. Students in the master's degree program should complete all requirements for the degree in one or two years of graduate study; doctoral students should complete all requirements in three or four years of graduate study. Individual study programs must be arranged in consultation with the graduate adviser.
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Mailing address: Graduate Program in Speech Communication, Department of Speech Communication, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas 78712-1089