Programs by Campus
Communication and Culture
College of Arts and Sciences
Departmental E-mail: cmcl [at] indiana [dot] edu
Departmental URL: www.indiana.edu/~cmcl
Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy. Students develop individualized programs of study in consultation with a plan of study committee consistent with the department’s interpretive focus on the relationship between communication and culture as manifested in and through the topics of rhetoric, media, performance, and ethnographic studies. Graduate students may also earn a Ph.D. minor that draws upon the department’s focus on communication and culture.
Special Departmental Requirements
(See also general University Graduate School requirements and the departmental Graduate Handbook for additional information and detailed list of special requirements for specific degree programs.)
Master of Arts Degree
Undergraduate major in a communication-related discipline (e.g., communication and culture, rhetoric, film, media studies, etc.) or other liberal arts (e.g., English, history, anthropology), with evidence of adequate academic background for graduate study. Admission decisions are also based upon scores on the Graduate Record Examination General Test, undergraduate courses taken and grades received, a scholarly writing sample, a personal statement, and letters of recommendation.
A total of 30 credit hours including: 6 credit hours from among C501, C502, and C503; 3 credit hours from among C505, C506, and C507; and 3 credit hours of C700 dedicated to the independent study of the departmental M.A. reading list. A minimum of 15 credit hours must be taken in courses numbered 500 and above; a maximum of 8 hours can be taken outside of the Department of Communication and Culture. In years when C501 is not offered students may substitute C511, C512, or C513.
Written M.A. examination based on departmental reading list is taken during the second year of course work.
Doctor of Philosophy Degree
M.A. degree in a communication-related discipline (e.g., rhetoric, communication and culture, film, media studies, etc.) or its equivalent in a related field such as anthropology, education, English, folklore, history, political science, psychology, or sociology. Admission decisions are based upon evidence such as scores on the Graduate Record Examination General Test, undergraduate and graduate courses taken and grades received, a scholarly writing sample, and letters of recommendation.
A minimum of 90 credit hours, of which eight (3 or 4 credit hour) courses past the M.A. degree must be taken in the Department of Communication and Culture. Dissertation not to exceed 15 credit hours in C810. A minimum of 30 credit hours must be in courses numbered 500 and above.
Outside minor (typically 12–15 credit hours) required, which must be approved by the advisory committee. With approval of the advisory committee, a second minor may be taken.
Foreign Language RequirementReading proficiency in a foreign language. Demonstrated by course work or examination.
Written and oral; may be taken twice only.
Ph.D. Minor in Communication and Culture
A minimum of 12 credit hours of course work in communication and culture, including one course from C501, C502, and C503. Course work must be completed with a grade average no lower than B (3.0). In years when C501 is not offered, students may substitute C511, C512, or C513. Students may transfer a maximum of 3 hours from another university toward this degree with the approval of the director of graduate studies in the Department of Communication and Culture.
To arrange for the minor in communication and culture, students should consult with the director of graduate studies, who will recommend a member of the faculty to serve as an advisor. In consultation with the advisor, a program of study will be outlined, and a copy of the plan filed with the director of graduate studies.