College of Communication > Academics > Graduate Programs > Independent Study & Experiential Learning
Graduate students in the College of Communication are permitted to take a maximum of 8 credits worth of independent study/experiential learning courses. These courses include:
Independent study is an opportunity for high-achieving students with substantial training in a communication subspecialty to individually shape a course of study with a faculty expert. An independent study is not a substitute for regular curricular offerings, a way around requirements or a schedule alternative for students unwilling to accommodate the timetable of a needed course. Independent study is an avenue for continued learning if a student possesses the initiative and discipline to structure and pursue a course of study on fairly independent terms.
If you are interested in conducting an independent study, please consult with your program director before proceeding.
STEP 1: Student must submit an independent study request form and an independent study proposal. The independent study proposal will contain as a minimum the following provisions:
This proposal will serve as the course syllabus and it can be referred to in cases of grade challenges. Only changes mutually agreeable to student and instructor are permissible and then such arrangements must be in place in writing and signed by both parties.
STEP 2: The independent study request form must be signed and approved by your faculty advisor and graduate program director before being submitted. If approved, you will be registered for the appropriate independent study course (CMNS 592, HTHC 592, JOUR 592, MCS 592, PRAD 592).
STEP 3: Please submit your signed, completed independent study form and proposal to:
College of CommunicationGraduate Independent Studies14 E. Jackson Blvd., Suite 1814
Please submit your independent study form and proposal by the following dates:
The research practicum is an opportunity for high-achieving students with substantial training in a communication subspecialty to connect with a faculty expert. Students will train in a specialized communication research method and/or achieve hands-on practice in conducting scholarly research.
The research practicum may take various forms. For example, the student may become part of an ongoing research project led by the faculty member, and the research practicum would provide an opportunity for the student to apply previously studied research methods to the research project. Typical activities include data gathering, data analysis, interpretation of results, and writing research reports.
If the student wants to learn about a particular research method practiced by the faculty expert but not available in a regular graduate course offering, then the research practicum could be a course of study focusing on specialized research method(s) with agreed upon readings and assignments.
STEP 1: Student must submit a research practicum request form and a research practicum proposal. The research practicum proposal will contain the following provisions:
STEP 2: The form must be signed and approved by your faculty advisor and graduate program director before being submitted. If approved by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, you will then be registered for the graduate research practicum course.
STEP 3: Please submit your signed, completed research practicum form and proposal by email to the Assistant Director for Graduate Student Services or in hard copy to:
College of CommunicationGraduate Research Practicum14 E. Jackson Blvd., Suite 1814
Please submit your research practicum form and proposal by the following dates: