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The linked bachelor's/master's degree in lifespan and digital communication is administered by the Communication and Theatre Arts Department. The purpose of this option is to allow exceptional majors in communication to count up to 6 hours of 500-level graduate coursework towards both the B.A. or B.S. in communication and, if accepted, the M.A. in lifespan and digital communication. Students in the linked program must earn a minimum of 156 credit hours (120 for the undergraduate degree and 36 for the graduate degree).
Study with award-winning, nationally- known communication faculty members
Learn to research by working directly with actively publishing scholars as well as working professionals
Present your papers at professional conferences internationally, nationally, and regionally
Get to know communication’s graduate faculty and graduate students during weekly dinners
Have fun with graduate faculty and graduate students during program outings while you build professional communication networks
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Perspectives on nonviolent communication and peace are covered from the micro level |e.g., individual beliefs and worldviews) to interpersonal relationships |e.g., conflict management), groups |e.g., tribes, gangs), organizational systems |e.g., businesses, governments), and macro or global level |e.g., political relationships between nations).
The role of television in the cultural, psychological, and economic life of America. The structure and design of television programs; and the history and function of television in reinforcing or altering public perceptions of ideas, events, and people. Major critical approaches are employed in examining television's social impact and global reach.
This course examines communication theories and research in light of the theories and research of positive psychology. Topics include: strengths-based communication theorizing, communication and happiness, positive communication functions, creative communication, and positive communication outcomes (health, wellness, peace, hope). Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor.
Students entering the BA+MA,BS+MA program in Communication, Lifespan & Digital Communication should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Undergraduate Admission)
Admission to the Linked Program
Junior status, undergraduate average of at least 3.25 in Communication and a 3.0 overall; two letters of recommendation from faculty members; a 500-word essay that outlines the applicant's professional and personal goals in pursuing this degree, while explaining the relationship of these aforementioned goals to the Lifespan and Digital Communication degree program.
Admission to the MA Program
Must earn a B or better in the 500-level course(s) taken during linked undergraduate studies. In addition to meeting all general University requirements for undergraduate degree completion, an applicant must have an undergraduate average of at least 3.25 in Communication; at least a 3.0 overall; and submit GRE scores in average ranges, for example: Verbal 152 – 158, Quantitative 153 – 158, and Writing 4.0, in order to be accepted to continue into the MA program.
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Competitive graduate assistantships (Teaching, Research, and Program Support) are available after admitted to the MA degree.
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