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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Arts
October 1, 2014
 
 
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Program Requirements



There are two required core courses in the program. The Graduate Seminar in Communication Studies is team-taught by faculty members.  Key texts and current debates in the field are surveyed so that students are given the opportunity to expand and deepen their fundamental skills.  

Communication Studies Research Methods is the second core course, reviewing central methodological issues necessary for successful research at the graduate level.  Students will work on preparing their research proposals, in order to help them meet the April 1 deadline for submitting a research proposal set by the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

In addition to these two core courses, students will normally take four courses of electives.  Once course work has ended, students will write a major research paper (MRP).  Under certain exceptional circumstances, and with the written permission of the Graduate Officer, students may be allowed to write a thesis and take 2 elective courses. 

The usual course load will look like this:

1) Major Research Paper Option:
CS600 Graduate Seminar in Communication Studies (.5)
CS601 Communication Research Methods (.5)
4 Half-Credit Elective Courses
CS695 Major Research Paper

2) Thesis Option:
CS600 Graduate Seminar in Communication Studies (.5)
CS601 Communication Research Methods (.5)
2 half-credit elective courses
CS699 Thesis

Related Information Title Type
2012 Thesis Guidelines Document
2009 Major Research Paper Guidelines Document