MACTS Students in Greenville
Our students select one of two options:
Students may choose from two thesis options: Scholarly or Project.
A scholarly thesis is a traditional, original research project that results in a formal thesis document. Such a project should represent a significant contribution to the body of knowledge regarding the communication phenomenon that is the focus of the thesis.
A project thesis is a creative undertaking such as a documentary, software application, performance, public event, archive, or digital project. However, this must be theoretically informed and include a significant written component.
The thesis committee will be selected in consultation between the student and his/her advisor and be comprised of faculty from the Department of Communication Studies, but may also include faculty representing associated disciplines on the Clemson campus. A minimum of two of the committee members must be from the Department of Communication Studies. A student must secure approval from the thesis committee for his/her thesis proposal before undertaking the thesis project. In order for a student to successfully complete his/her thesis, the student must participate in a public oral defense of the project.
2. Comprehensive Exam
Some students may feel it’s to their advantage to conclude their degree with final exams. The exams may assess students’ knowledge of areas such as: the history and distinguishing characteristics of the communication discipline, relevant communication theory, the range of research methods used in communication research, communication ethics as they apply to communication mediated by technology, how communication mediated by technology may be used to pursue long-term goals in communication (e.g., interpersonal, small group, organizational), the impact of communication technology on social and cultural level variables, as well as material representative of the student’s identified area of emphasis.
The exam committee will be selected in consultation between the student and his/her advisor and be comprised of faculty from the Department of Communication Studies, but may also include faculty representing associated disciplines on the Clemson campus. A minimum of two of the committee members must be from the Department of Communication Studies.
In order for a student to pass his/her exams, the student must participate in a public oral defense of his/her exam answers.
Course of Study
Candidates for the MA in Communication, Technology, and Society must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours, including:
The number of elective courses you take in a specialty area will depend on whether you are participating in the thesis option or comprehensive exam option. Your faculty advisor will help you select courses that meet your goals.
After completing your coursework, you will begin devoting time your thesis or preparing for your comprehensive exams.
Plan of Study:
For more information about the program, please see the links at the left or email firstname.lastname@example.org with “MACTS” in the subject heading.
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