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Degree Requirements

MACTS Graduate Students

Candidates for the M.A. in Communication, Technology, and Society must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours, including:

  • Five core courses of 18 credits total: COMM 8010: Communication Theory I; COMM 8020: Communication Theory II; COMM 8100: Communication Research Methods I; COMM 8110: Communication Research Methods II; COMM 8030: Survey of Communication Technology Studies.
  • Six to nine credits in COMM or another field; selected in consultation with the student’s advisor
  • Six credit hours of thesis work OR three credit hours for exam preparation

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 core courses, our students select one of two options:

1. Thesis

You can 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 is selected in consultation between the student and their advisor, and is comprised of graduate faculty from Communication department, but may also include a member from outside our department. In order for a student to successfully complete their thesis, the student must participate in a public oral defense of the project.

Recent scholarly theses:

  • Avery Allen: HARVEST FOR THE WORLD: A PRACTICE IN STRATEGIC NON-PROFIT COMMUNICATION IN MULTICULTURAL COMMUNITIES
  • Cathlin Clark: THE ANONYMOUS NETWORK: PERCEPTIONS OF SOCIAL CAPITAL AND WELL-BEING AMONG COLLEGE STUDENTS ON YIK YAK 
  • Melissa Jacobs: “THEY’VE COME TO DRAW BLOOD” – HOW WOMEN FANS OF WORLD WRESTLING ENTERTAINMENT PERCEIVE WOMEN WRESTLERS 
  • Amanda Moore: MIND OVER MORALS: CHARACTER MORALITY AND VIEWER NEED FOR COGNITION AS PREDICTORS OF ANTICIPATED ENJOYMENT OF A TELEVISION SHOW 
  • Manuel Rodriguez: “I AM THAT FAMILY MEMBER THAT NO ONE TALKS ABOUT!” LATINO AND LGBTQ STUDENTS’ PERSPECTIVES ON INSTITUTIONAL DISCOURSE OF INCLUSION 
  • Blythe Steelman MORE THAN JUST A JOB: EXPLORING COLLEGE MEDIA ADVISERS’ EXPERIENCES IN STUDENT DEVELOPMENT AND HIGHER EDUCATION
  • Morgan Tadlock EXPLORING THE MASCULINE DOMAIN OF PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL: PERCEPTIONS OF CREDIBILITY OF FEMALE COACHES IN THE NFL 
  • Lauren Watts: IT WASN'T EVEN A QUESTION IF I WOULD BE A FAN: MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL TEAM FANDOM AND INTERGENERATIONAL RELATIONSHIPS 

2. Comprehensive Exams

For students preparing to build their professional skills, a great alternative to a thesis is to conclude their degree with final exams. The exams may asses students’ knowledge of areas such as:

  • Communication in organizations
  • Gender and media
  • Research methods, such as interviewing, surveys or focus groups
  • Music and cultural identity
  • Social media data collection and analysis
  • Communication ethics

Exams may be open- or closed-book, as decided in consultation between the student and their advisor. The advisor may design the entire exams or work with a committee and be comprised of graduate faculty and is comprised of graduate faculty from Communication, but may also include a member from outside our department. In order for a student to successfully complete their thesis, the student must participate in a public oral defense of the project.

For more information about the program, please see the links on the left or email Dr. Scott, director of graduate studies, dscott3@g.clemson.edu with “MACTS” in the subject heading.

Contact

For more information about the program, please see the links at the left or email Dr. Scott, Director of Graduate Studies, dscott3@g.clemson.edu with “MACTS” in the subject heading.

Learn More

Download the MACTS Program Brochure.pdf

Download the MACTS Facts Newsletter.pdf

Download the MACTS Handbook 2018-2019.pdf

Visit the Clemson Graduate School website

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