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    The University of Maine
   
 
  Dec 10, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Graduate Catalog

Communication



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The Department of Communication and Journalism offers a M.A. and Ph.D. in Communication with two major areas of study: Communication and Mass Communication. Doctoral students also choose an external concentration from areas such as Business, Disability Studies, English, History, Psychology, Women’s Studies, and more. Both Communication and Mass Communication tracks provide students with a) a broad understanding of historical and contemporary theories; b) the research skills necessary to explore and contribute knowledge; and c) the ability to apply their knowledge in varied settings. All students are expected to demonstrate a holistic understanding of theory and research and to be competent analysts of literature appropriate to their program of study. Both tracks encourage the integration of knowledge from among diverse approaches. The Master’s program provides students with a broad foundation for doctoral study and for employment as communication professionals. The doctoral program prepares students to a) become a faculty member or join an appropriate profession; b) conduct research utilizing theories and methods blended from different disciplines; and c) make linkages between disciplines and professions.
Our faculty expect students to develop active research independent of class projects, and to rigorously, creatively challenge knowledge presented by instructors and other students in class. Master’s students may choose to pursue either a thesis or a research paper and exam option as part of their program of study. Doctoral students complete a dissertation and comprehensive exam as part of their program. UMaine faculty support graduate students in producing research, whether it is challenging or revising accepted theory or creating new knowledge.

Program Requirements

The curriculum is designed to provide students with both a central grounding and the flexibility to develop individual interests in Communication and Mass Communication. The program of study in each area is designed to be completed over two years of full-time enrollment for Master’s students, and three years for doctoral students, but may also be completed on a part-time basis over a longer time period. Each course is typically offered once in a two year cycle.
 

Financial Information

In addition to University fellowships and scholarships listed elsewhere in this Catalog, the Department offers graduate assistantships to qualified students. Graduate assistants teach six credit hours a semester (three hours during the first semester of teaching) in basic interpersonal communication, public communication, or oral communication of literature courses, introduction to mass communication, journalistic writing and editing, journalism across platforms, digital media production, or advanced digital media production. Teaching assistants are carefully supervised and must take a course in communication pedagogy so that they develop instructional skills useful in later careers.

Assistantships are nine-month appointments that include tuition waiver and monthly stipends. Applicants interested in an assistantship should so indicate in their initial application for admission and complete the graduate assistantship form that is available on the Department of Communication and Journalism’s graduate web page. Additional information about departmental graduate work can be found in the CMJ Graduate Student Handbook, also available from the department.

 

MASTER OF ARTS

 

1. Communication Area


A broad understanding of communication requires a thorough grounding in theory and research. Students receive training in humanistic and social scientific theories of communication and in ways of conducting research and criticism.

Core Requirements:

Students are required to complete:

Area Concentration


In addition to core requirements, students develop areas of interest by selecting courses from their area concentration and from electives. Students must complete 15 credit hours from the following courses:

Program Electives


Students must complete an additional 6 credit hours of elective course work by taking any CMJ graduate (500 or 600) level courses including CMJ 690 Directed Research (for 1-3 credits) and CMJ 695 Internship (for 1-3 credits) and may, with the approval of the student’s advisory committee, include up to 3 credits of a non-CMJ graduate level course.

 

2. Mass Communication Area


Core Requirements:

Students must complete 10 credit hours in:

Area Concentration


In addition to the core requirements, students further refine their interests by selecting courses from their area of concentration and from electives. Students must complete 12 credit hours from the following courses, including at least 9 credits from:

Program Electives


Students must complete an additional 6 credit hours of elective course work by taking any CMJ graduate (500 or 600) level courses including CMJ 690 Directed Research (for 1-3 credits) and CMJ 695 Internship (for 1-3 credits) and may, with the approval of the student’s advisory committee, include up to 3 credits of a non-CMJ graduate level course.

 

DOCTORATE


Doctoral students have flexibility in designing their program of study. A student must take a minimum of 90 hours of graduate coursework (including his or her Masters degree), with at least 60 hours beyond the Masters. At least 48 of those 90 hours must be in primary Communication or Mass Communication graduate courses, and at least 18 hours must be in an external concentration area. Across the major and concentration, students are also required to take a minimum of 12-15 credit hours each in appropriate theory and methods coursework, to complete a comprehensive examination, and to write a dissertation that draws on and synthesizes the program coursework.

There are two ways to break down the credit hours for the doctorate. The first way is by major and concentration. Note that the 66 minimum hours of coursework includes up to 30 hours from your MA degree.
 

Coursework by Degree & Discipline
 

Credits from MA  30 maximum
Hours in Comm/Mass Comm  48 minimum (including MA)
Hours in Concentration Area 18 minimum (including MA)
Sub-total of Degree & Discipline Hours  66 credit hours minimum
Dissertation Hours  12-24 credit hours
Total Hours in the I.Ph.D. Program  90 credits minimum

The second way to break down the credit hours for the doctorate is by course type. Note that students are required to take an appropriate number of theory and methods courses in their concentration so as to be conversant and competent in the forms of research particular to that concentration. The student’s advisory committee will help determine what “appropriate” means in his or her case.
 

Coursework by Course Type
 

Methods: Comm/Mass Comm + Concentration 12-15 credit hours
Theory: Comm/Mass Comm + Concentration 12-15 credit hours
Content: Comm/Mass Comm + Concentration 36-42 credit hours
Sub-total of Method, Theory and Content Hours   66 credit hours minimum
Dissertation Hours   12-24 credit hours
Total Hours in the I.Ph.D. Program   90 credit hours minimum

   

General Information


In the first semester, a temporary advisor will be appointed. Students work with this faculty member in developing their plans for the program of study. The official program must be turned in to the Graduate School after completing 12 hours of course work or prior to the third registration (i.e., during the second semester of a two-year or four-semester program). During the first year (semesters one and two) students select their official advisory committee for either a thesis or non-thesis program. For Master’s students, three faculty members are required for the official committee; at least two must be members of the Graduate Faculty in Communication. For doctoral students, five faculty members are required for the official committee; three Graduate Faculty in Communication are required, as well as two Graduate Faculty from the student’s external concentration. All members of a student’s official committee must approve the program of study. The official committee must also approve changes to the program of study once it has been submitted. Students may change members of the committee as necessary and appropriate.
 

Master’s Program Research Options

Research Paper Option. This option requires:

The student must prepare and present a research project. Although the non-thesis project is not as extensive as the thesis, the research paper must evidence critical thinking.  The student defends the research paper in an oral examination.

 

Thesis Option. Students electing the thesis option enroll in CMJ 699 for a maximum of six (6) hours. The student’s official advisory committee must approve a thesis prospectus prior to the student undertaking the research. After the thesis is completed, the student defends the research in an oral examination.
 

Doctoral Program Research Option

Dissertation. After completing a comprehensive examination, doctoral candidates enroll in CMJ 699 for a maximum of twenty-four (24) hours. The comprehensive exam is a timed essay exam based on questions developed by the committee in consultation with the student. Post-exam, the student’s official advisory committee must approve a dissertation prospectus prior to the student undertaking the research. After the thesis is completed, the student defends the research in an oral examination.
 

Graduate Faculty


Paul Grosswiler, Ph.D. (Missouri, 1990), Professor. International mass communication, culture and technology, media ecology

Liliana L. Herakova, Ph.D. (University of Massachusetts, 2014), Lecturer. Health communication, food studies, pedagogy, social justice.

Bridie McGreavy, Ph.D. (University of Maine, 2012), Assistant Professor. Environmental communication, argument and critical thinking, communication research, sustainability science.

Laura N. Rickard, Ph.D. (Cornell University, 2012), Assistant Professor. Risk communication, strategic communication, environmental communication, sustainability, policy.

Joshua M. Roiland, Ph.D. (University of Saint Louis, 2011), CLAS-Honors Preceptor of Journalism.  Literary journalism, digital media.

Holly E. Schreiber, Ph.D. (Indiana University, 2015), Assistant Professor. Literary journalism, media criticism, poverty studies.

John Sherblom, Ph.D. (University of Maine, 1986), Professor. Organizational communication, computer-mediated communication, complex systems and quantitative research methods.

Michael J. Socolow, Ph.D. (Georgetown University, 2001), Associate Professor and Graduate Coordinator. History of mass communication, broadcast journalism, sports broadcasting, propaganda.

Nathan E. Stormer, Ph.D. (University of Minnesota, 1997), Associate Professor and Chair. Rhetorical theory and criticism, medical rhetoric, and visual communication.

Claire F. Sullivan, Ph.D. (University of Washington, 1991), Associate Professor. Interpersonal communication, health communication, and sport communication.

 

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