Jay Allison, Associate Professor and Department Chair; Ph.D., Louisiana State University. Literary and performance theory and criticism; narrative theory and the narrative structure of everyday life; southern culture and fiction.
Suzanne Enck, Assistant Professor; Ph.D., Indiana University. Rhetorical criticism; feminist theory and critique; gender studies; rhetoric of social movements and resistance; critical rhetoric; media and film theory; service-learning; critical pedagogy; visual rhetoric/ culture; American studies; cultural studies; democratic theory.
Brian Lain, Associate Professor and Debate Director; Ph.D., University of Iowa. Rhetorical criticism and theory; visual rhetoric; materialism and poststructuralism; Japanese American rhetorics.
Brian Richardson, Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies; Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin. Whistle-blowing; peer reporting of unethical behavior; sexual harassment; disaster/crisis communication.
Kelly Taylor, Associate Professor; Ph.D., Louisiana State University. History of theatre; family narratives; online communication; chambers of rhetoric.
Shaun Treat, Assistant Professor; Ph.D., Louisiana State University. Rhetorical theory and criticism; political communication; cultural and media studies; psychodynamics of fantasy; free speech issues; propaganda and mediated persuasion; rhetorical leadership and team building; mythic narrativization; the constitutive rhetorics of postmodern civic identities.
Justin Trudeau, Assistant Professor; Ph.D., Louisiana State University. Performance historiography; performance theory and criticism; performance methods; performance composition; performance art.
Zuoming Wang, Assistant Professor; Ph.D., Cornell University. Computer-mediated communication; social computing; decision making in virtual groups; the effect of new technology on social interactions and interpersonal relationships.
The graduate program in Communication Studies at the University of North Texas examines communication and the processes through which humans interact. We facilitate your command of theory and research, develop your research capabilities, and prepare you for a variety of careers or for further graduate study.
The Department of Communication Studies offers course work leading to a Master of Arts or Master of Science degree in Communication Studies with concentrations in interpersonal/organizational communication, rhetorical studies and performance studies.
As you progress through the program, you will use analytical, critical, qualitative and quantitative methodologies to explore communication from applied and theoretical perspectives. The necessary course work examines gender and diversity issues, narrative and social change, and political and social influence.
Our faculty members are outstanding scholars in the field with diverse approaches to the study of communication. Our professors have won awards and research grants from the National Institutes of Health and the North Texas chapter of the Arthritis Foundation. They also coach intercollegiate debate; consult for organizations in the community, region and various parts of the United States; direct performances; and hold professional leadership positions. Their research interests include:
You will have opportunities to conduct research with faculty members and participate in regional and national festivals, professional conferences, and internships with corporations, social service organizations, arts organizations and government agencies.
This area examines the impact of communication theory in multiple interpersonal and organizational contexts. You explore how human communication influences cultures, groups and individuals. The goal is to blend theory, research and practical application while fostering development of analytical and applied skills in multiple contexts related to human communication.
Through historical, critical and qualitative research, this concentration promotes understanding of communication phenomena. You examine how communication influences the formation and growth of every culture. This allows you to understand and contribute to a cultureís development.
As a primary mode of human experience, knowledge and action, performance often provides a strong sense of self and others. This leads to self-expansion and an enriched sense of cultural pluralism. This area promotes an understanding of human beings and human cultures through critical, historical and empirical investigations; experiential learning in the classroom; and sharing discoveries with public audiences.
Because of the interdisciplinary nature of communication studies, admission is open to students from a variety of undergraduate majors. You will need to meet the admission requirements for the Toulouse Graduate School, available at gradschool.unt.edu, and our departmentís specific requirements.
.We conduct a holistic review for program admission. Admission requirements and procedures are outlined at communication.unt.edu using the graduate link. Undergraduate students anticipating graduate work in the department should take the GRE no later than the fall semester of their senior year. You may pursue a masterís degree on a full-time or part-time basis.
If you are pursuing the M.A., you will need to meet a foreign language requirement.
We offer teaching assistantships that provide valuable experience as a classroom teacher, debate assistant or performance assistant. Stipends for teaching assistants are competitive and include medical insurance benefits. In addition, out-of-state and international students who receive assistantships are eligible to pay in-state tuition rates. Information about other financial assistance opportunities is available at financialaid.unt.edu.