MM&C Program News Archive 2006-2007


  • MM&C Course Changes [04.12.07]
  • Ninth Annual SCT Graduate Student Research Forum [02.24.07]
  • Spring 2007 Semester Party May 11 [02.14.07]
  • MM&C Ranked in Top 10 in U.S. in Chronicle Index [01.20.07]
  • Fall 2006 Semester Party December 8 [11.12.06]
  • New MM&C Policies and Procedures [10.19.06]

MM&C Course Changes [04.12.07]

Effective in fall 2007, most MM&C courses will be offered for 4 rather than 3 courses. This change means the typical “full-time” load of 9 credits allows students to take three rather than two courses each semester. Therefore,

  • Our pedagogy (Teaching Communication) course will be available to first-year students as well as second- and third-year students
  • First-year students can take electives in addition to the core required courses
  • MM&C can offer two electives rather than one each semester
  • Second- and third-year students have more variety and depth in their coursework

Ninth Annual SCT Graduate Student Research Forum [02.24.07]

The Ninth Annual SCT Graduate Student Research Forum was held on Friday, February 23, 2007, 8:30 am to 12:30 pm at the Tuttleman Learning Center and was a very enlightening and enjoyable event. Congratulations to the authors of the award-winning papers: Dianne GaryantesKelly Ryan and Ted Nannicelli of the Film & Media Arts Department, who received award plaques and $200, $150 and $100 prizes.

  • Call for Papers
  • Forum program

Spring 2007 Semester Party May 11 [02.14.07]

All students, alums, faculty and friends of MM&C are invited to the semester party for spring 2007, which will be held on Friday May 11. Details will be posted here and on the MMC listserv as the date approaches!

MM&C Ranked in Top 10 in U.S. in Chronicle Index [01.20.07]

The MM&C program was ranked among the top 10 doctoral programs in Mass Communication/Media Studies in the 2005 Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index compiled by Academic Analytics and published in The Chronicle of Higher Education. The details are available here (see the report on the Chronicle web site here).

Fall 2006 Semester Party December 8 [11.12.06]

The MM&C first-year cohort invites everyone to the Fall 2006 Semester and holiday party. Festivities will begin at 7 p.m. on Friday, December 8at Fab Darling-Wolf’s house. For more information please contact Tina Peterson.

New MM&C Policies and Procedures [10.19.06]

The MM&C faculty has approved several important changes in the program’s Policies and Procedures. The changes, described below and included in the Policies and Procedures on the program’s web site, are to be followed for all students now in their first year in the program; students in their second year and beyond may choose to follow either the old or new policies and procedures. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your advisor.


1. Preliminary examinations redesigned

The preliminary examinations have been redesigned to better assess the student’s overall knowledge in the field rather than knowledge in narrow topic areas linked to her or his dissertation. Rather than a selection of three from seven topic areas, the new examinations consist of a question in each of three topic categories: Communication Theory, Research Methods, and Other (the last topic category includes Communication History, Institutions, Message Systems, Behavior, etc.).

2. New procedures for evaluating examination answers

The written responses to the set of preliminary examination questions continue to be evaluated on a pass/fail basis by the student’s three member examination committee. But if the student’s performance on all three questions is deemed acceptable, no oral defense is conducted and the student will have passed the examinations. If the student’s performance on any of the three questions is deemed below average by the committee, the student is required to have an oral defense of the examinations, after which the members of the committee determine whether the student has passed the examinations or must re-take them (as before and following Graduate School policy, students may only attempt the preliminary examinations twice).

3. Examinations no longer directly linked to dissertation proposal defense

The timing of the preliminary examinations and dissertation proposal defense has been changed. The student first takes and passes the examinations. She or he is then expected to defend the dissertation proposal within 120 days. Only in cases of extreme need that establish clear and compelling reasons why a student has not yet defended the dissertation proposal can she or he petition the MM&C faculty for a waiver of the 120-day limit between preliminary examinations and proposal defense. Otherwise the student will be considered not to be making satisfactory progress toward the degree and will be ineligible for assistantship support or a Dissertation Completion grant. If the proposal is not defended within one year after the student passes the preliminary examinations, she or he must retake the examinations.

Current MM&C Program News is available here.