Jan 18, 2021  
2009-2010 Downtown Campus Catalog 
    
2009-2010 Downtown Campus Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Communication


Chair: Stephen J. Hartnett
Program Assistant: Sally Thee
Graduate Advisor: Barbara Walkosz
Undergraduate Advisor: Wanda Lakota
Internship Coordinator: Suzanne Stromberg
Office: Plaza Building, 102
Telephone: 303-556-2591
Fax: 303-556-6018
Web site: www.cudenver.edu/communication/

Faculty

 
Professors:
Brenda J. Allen, PhD, Howard University
Sonja K. Foss, PhD, Northwestern University
 
Associate Professors:
Larry Erbert, PhD, University of Iowa
Stephen J. Hartnett, PhD, University of California at San Diego
Michael Monsour, PhD, University of Illinois-Champaign
James F. Stratman, PhD, Carnegie-Mellon University
Omar Swartz, PhD, Purdue University and JD, Duke University
Barbara Walkosz, PhD, University of Arizona
 
Instructors:
Deborah V. Burgess, MS, University of Denver
James Hightshoe, PhD, University of Denver
Wanda Lakota, MA, University of Denver
Diann Logan, MA, University of Colorado at Denver
Kathleen Pounders, MA, University of Colorado at Denver
Suzanne Stromberg, MA, Regent University
 

 

Students wishing to study communication may choose to complete a bachelor of arts in communication. The communication curriculum is designed to create a learning environment in which students develop the skills, knowledge and abilities necessary to use communication to create a more civil and humane world.

Communication is a discipline concerned with the study of messages in the contexts of human relationships. Courses examine the nature, use and role of messages among individuals and within small groups, organizations and society in whatever form they assume—oral, nonverbal, written, visual, mediated and technological. The curriculum provides a balance of theory-based knowledge of communication and practical skills.

Undergraduate

REQUIREMENTS FOR MAJOR 

Academic Honors

Academic honors are conferred at graduation on students whose achievements are above those required for the bachelor’s degree. Three levels of honors are available to students. Cum laude honors may be earned by communication majors with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and a GPA of 3.5 in 30 hours of communication courses. Magna cum laude and summa cum laude honors require the completion of a semester-long project during the senior year. Additional information about academic honors may be obtained from the undergraduate advisor in communication.

Undergraduate Internships

Internships are opportunities for students to work in communication-related positions in the community and receive academic credit for that work. They provide a way for students to maximize their communication background and their understanding of concepts, theories, models and frameworks within the communication discipline.

To qualify to register for internships in communication, undergraduate students must be communication majors and have a cumulative GPA of 2.75.

Students typically receive 3 hours of academic credit for a one-semester internship in which they work between 15 and 30 hours a week. Communication majors may complete up to 6 hours of internship credit (CMMU 3939).

For further information about internships, contact the Experiential Learning Center in Tivoli Student Union, Suite 260, 303-556-6656.

MINOR IN COMMUNICATION 

Undergraduate Certificates

UNDERGRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN MEDIATION 

UNDERGRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN PUBLIC RELATIONS 

UNDERGRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN TECHNICAL AND PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATION 

Grade and Residency Requirements for Certificates

A grade of B or better must be earned in each course completed as part of the certificate (B- is not acceptable). All semester hours for a certificate must be earned at the Downtown Campus.

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Graduate

Grade Requirements

Students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher across all courses applied to a graduate degree or to a graduate certificate.

Course Transfer Policy

A maximum of 6 semester hours of relevant graduate course work may be transferred from another university. Students cannot receive credit for transferred courses in which less than a B grade was earned. Course work transferred from another university must be approved by the director of the MA program.

Time Limits for Completion of Degree

Students have seven years from the date of the beginning of their course work to complete all requirements for a master’s degree in communication.

MASTER OF ARTS IN COMMUNICATION 

Application Procedures for U.S. Citizens

Students must submit the following materials to apply for admission to the MA program:

  • letter of application explaining career plans and reason for interest in the degree
  • graduate admission application
  • application for graduate admission—part II
  • three letters of recommendation, preferably from university faculty (those writing the recommendations must use the request for recommendation form and their own letterhead stationery)
  • two official transcripts from every college or university attended
  • resume or vita
  • writing sample
  • GRE scores
  • $50 application fee (nonrefundable)

Application forms are available from the communication department program assistant or the department’s Web site.

The deadline for application for the fall semester is April 1, for spring semester October 1. All application materials should be sent to:

Program Assistant
University of Colorado Denver
Department of Communication
Campus Box 176; P. O. Box 173364
Denver, CO 80217-3364

Application Procedures for International Students

Students who are not U.S. citizens should begin the process of application to the MA program in communication by contacting the Office of International Affairs at UC Denver. This office will assist students in compiling their application materials, which then are submitted to the communication department. International students should not apply to the communication department directly. See the Information for International Students  chapter for further information.

Graduate Certificates

GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN PUBLIC RELATIONS 

GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN TECHNICAL AND PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATION 

Grade and Residency Requirements for Certificates

A grade of B or better must be earned in each course completed as part of the certificate (B- is not acceptable). All semester hours for a certificate must be earned at the Downtown Campus.

COMMUNICATION COURSES 

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