Graduate Program Committee Meeting Schedule

The Communication Studies Department Graduate Committee typically meets once each month. Check the schedule below to determine when you need to submit Plan A: Thesis, Plan B1: Exams (the old exam), or Plan B2: Project materials for review. Proposals should be carefully edited and well organized. All proposals should include a list of completed course work that includes the grade received in each class and the instructor's name. Make five (5) paper copies of all materials for review and submit to the Graduate Program Coordinator, Dr. Matthew Spangler, during his office hours, or send one (1) electronic copy to Dr. Spangler at

Graduate Committee Meetings for Fall 2016 will be Announced

5 Paper Copies or 1 Electronic Copy of Materials Due By… For Committee Meeting Scheduled On…


Tips for proposals

1) Write for a diverse audience. The Graduate Committee consists of faculty with many different research interests and expertise. Not everyone on the committee may be familiar with terms common to the literature you read. Help your reader by defining key terms and concepts.

2) Explain the significance of your thesis or project and your scholarly reasons for undertaking it. Though a topic may be interesting to you, that alone does not constitute a sufficient reason for undertaking research. It may be that no one else has written about your topic, but neither is that a sufficient reason to undertake research.  No matter how unusual or under-researched the topic, it is necessary that you make clear how your research will contribute to the study of communication. 

3) Provide your readers with context and detail about your topic.  While your argument may be crystal clear to you because you're familiar with your topic, your reader has only the information you provide in a few short paragraphs. Use that space wisely to give your reader the information they will need to appreciate your argument. 

4) Consider whether the format you have chosen (i.e., thesis or project) is the best one to accomplish your research goals. If you are unsure, consult with your advisor. 

5) Don't take on too much. Outline a reasonable and manageable thesis or project. When in doubt, consult with your advisor.