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Graduate Catalog 2017/2018


Communication (SPE)

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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
CIP Code: 09.0101
College of Arts and Sciences (AS)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 87
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Masters Degree): 51

Contact Information:
College of Arts and Sciences
Communication Department (SPE)
4202 E. Fowler Avenue CIS 1040
Tampa FL  33620

Program Director or Coordinator:
Ambar Basu
Phone: 813-974-2145
Email: abasu@usf.edu

Website: http://communication.usf.edu


Faculty Search: Arts and Sciences Faculty List


Major Information


The Department of Communication offers a broad and integrated approach to communication studies that embraces the traditions of the humanities, the convergence of rhetorical and communication theory, and the relations among aesthetic, humanistic, and scientific approaches to inquiry. Students are encouraged to examine the pragmatics of rhetorical and communication theory in such settings as business and industry, government, education, medicine and health care, media, the arts, and the family. The department offers course work leading to the Master of Arts degree and the Doctor of Philosophy.

 

Accreditation Information:

Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools.

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Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

Major Priority Deadline

Fall: January 15
Spring: ---
Summer: ---

Graduate Admission Application Deadlines

MASTER'S AND
EDUCATION SPECIALIST DEGREES

Admission for
Fall Semester

Admission for
Spring Semester

Admission for
Summer Semester

  • Applications received by the Priority Deadline will receive maximum consideration. 
  • Applications received after the Priority deadline, but by the Final University Deadline, are considered on a space available basis. 
  • Applications must be complete with all required information by the stated deadline.  Any application materials received after the deadline may be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Check with the Graduate Major Director for availability or to discuss options for admission in a subsequent term. 

Priority Deadline
(for funding and consideration)

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Final University Deadline
Domestic
Applicants

June 1

October 15

February 15

Final University Deadline
International
Applicants

June 1

September 15

February 15

DOCTORATE DEGREES

Admission for
Fall Semester

Admission for
Spring Semester

Admission for
Summer Semester

  • Applications received by the Priority Deadline will receive maximum consideration. 
  • Applications received after the Priority deadline, but by the Final University Deadline, are considered on a space available basis. 
  • Applications must be complete with all required information by the stated deadline.  Any application materials received after the deadline may be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Check with the Graduate Major Director for availability or to discuss options for admission in a subsequent term. 

Priority Deadline
(for funding and consideration)

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Final University Deadline
Domestic
Applicants

February 15

October 15

February 15

Final University Deadline
International
Applicants

February 15

September 15

February 15


Admission Requirements

You must comply with general University policies and meet general University Admission requirements in addition to those listed below.

Must meet University requirements (see Graduate Admissions), as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.

  • three letters of recommendation
  • a writing sample
  • a statement of purpose
  • GRE with preferred scores of at least 153V (550V prior to August 1, 2011)V
  • TOEFL Scores
  • transcripts
  • CV or resume

Admissions Status: Apply

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Major Requirements

Major Requirements
  • Establish a supervisory faculty committee consisting of a major professor and at least two additional members from the Department of Communication and at least one member outside the Department of Communication. The supervisory committee must be approved by the Director of Graduate Studies.
  • Prepare a Plan of Study approved by the student's supervisory committee. The Plan of Study expresses the ways in which the student will show evidence of the following:
    • expertise in one of the central domains of communication study
    • expertise in the research methodologies needed to carry out original research in the specialized area of concentration.

REQUIRED COURSES

 

Credits

CORE REQUIREMENTS

6

COM6001
COM7325

Theories and Histories of Communication
Qualitative Methods OR Critical Methods

3
3

In addition to the six (6) hours of core requirements, students are required to take a minimum of 39 hours of coursework beyond the M.A. degree (not counting credits for dissertation research).

Research Tools
In addition to COM 7325, complete an additional six (6) hours of graduate coursework to fulfill the research toolrequirement. If students elect to take both Qualitative and Critical Methods, they must take an additionalmethods course (3 hours) subject to the approval of their major professor.

Seminar Requirement
Complete a minimum of four (4) sections (12 credits) of the following course:

12

COM7933

Seminar in Communication Studies

3

Qualifying Exam Requirement
All students must pass a written and oral qualifying examination covering the student's area of specialization and methodological competence. This examination will be prepared and evaluated by the student's supervisory committee.

 

THESIS REQUIREMENTS

6

SPC7980

Dissertation: Doctoral

6

In consultation with the major professor and supervisory committee, students will select a dissertation topic and write and orally defend a dissertation proposal. Upon completion of the dissertation, the student must pass an oral defense.

 

MINIMUM TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS

51 (post-masters)

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College Degree Requirements

Refer to the College Section of theGraduate Catalog for College requirements and information.

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USF Degree Requirements

See USF Degree Requirements —
http://www.grad.usf.edu/policies.php

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Financial Assistance


Financial Aid

Fellowships & Scholarships

Graduate Assistantships

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Registration Process

First, contact your graduate advisor for guidance courses to register for. Obtain any electronic course permit if necessary. Register for the new student orientation online at http://www.grad.usf.edu/orientation.php. Then go to http://oasis.usf.edu/ the link to OASIS, USF's on-line registration system to register for your classes. Follow the directions given on-line.

To access online course materials, students must have a USF NetID (e-mail account). Please visit: https://netid.usf.edu/una/ to obtain your NetID.

New students, including those studying online, may obtain a USFCard. Please visit: http://www.usf.edu/it/class-prep/usf-card.aspx to obtain your USFCard.

Tuition and fees: Fees are determined by the level of the course. Please visit Cash Accounting, Controller's Office, for information on tuition and fees.

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Graduate Course Information

Use the list below to lookup graduate courses related to this program in the USF Course Inventory:

COM6001, COM7325, COM7933, SPC7980,