May 24, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
    
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog

Communication


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Chair: Mehdi Semati

Graduate Faculty

Ferald J. Bryan, associate professor, Ph.D., University of Missouri
Gary Burns, professor emeritus, Ph.D., Northwestern University
Kathryn Cady, associate professor, Ph.D., University of Iowa
Randy Caspersen, associate professor, M.F.A., Columbia College
William Cassidy, professor, Ph.D., University of Oregon
Jeffrey Chown, Distinguished Teaching Professor, Board of Trustees Professor, emeritus, Ph.D., University of Michigan
David Gunkel, Distinguished Teaching Professor; Presidential Research, Scholarship and Artistry Professor; Ph.D., DePaul University
Andrea Guzman, associate professor, Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago
Janice D. Hamlet, professor, Ph.D., Ohio State University
David Henningsen, professor, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin
Mary Lynn Henningsen, Presidential Teaching Professor, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin
Richard Holt, professor, Ph.D., University of Illinois
Betty La France, professor, Ph.D., Michigan State University
Robert Miller, associate professor emeritus, Ph.D., Northwestern University
Karla Padrón, assistant professor, Ph.D., University of Minnesota
Joseph Scudder, Distinguished Teaching Professor, Ph.D., Indiana University
Mehdi Semati, professor, Ph.D., University of Missouri-Columbia
Kathleen S. Valde, associate professor, Ph.D., University of Iowa
Laura Vazquez, Board of Trustees Professor, Ph.D., Northwestern University
Karen Whedbee, associate professor, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin
Kerith Woodyard, associate professor, Ph.D., University of Utah
Shupei Yuan, associate professor, Ph.D., Michigan State University

The Department of Communication offers a graduate program leading to the M.A. degree in communication studies. This graduate program is adapted to the student’s individual needs and academic background. Each student plans a program in consultation with an advisor from the graduate faculty of the department. With the approval of the advisor, the student may elect a maximum of 12 semester hours in allied studies in other departments. If approved by the student’s supervisory committee, a maximum of 6 hours of credit may be transferred from another institution for inclusion in the student’s program of study. A maximum of 9 hours earned at Northern Illinois University as a Student-at-Large may be approved for inclusion in a student’s program.

With the advisor’s consent, the student may choose to pursue the degree with or without a thesis. The number of credits transferred from another school or taken as a student-at-large to be approved as part of the student’s program of courses will be determined by the student’s departmental advisory committee.

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