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Honors Program

The Honors Program in Communication provides an opportunity for exceptional undergraduate students in communication to work closely with a faculty member in an intensive research experience. Each Honors student is required to complete and defend an undergraduate Honors Thesis.

Application to the program ordinarily occurs during the second semester of the junior year or prior to completion of 90 semester hours. Admission to the program is based on the student's overall academic record, performance in communication courses, and recommendations of a faculty member and the undergraduate advisor. Click here for application.

To be admitted to the program, a student should have at least a 3.5 GPA in all communication courses and a 3.0 cumulative GPA. Students are required to complete 3 hours of Honors Reading (COM 4930) and 3 hours of Honors Thesis (COM 4970).

If you are interested in the Honors Program in Communication, you should:

  • Contact the Undergraduate Advisor for an application and verification of GPA requirements.
  • Make an appointment with a faculty member whose classes have been particularly important to your scholarly and personal development. Come prepared to discuss your interest in the Honors Program and to outline some ideas for thesis projects you would like to pursue.
  • Secure a faculty advisor. This faculty member agrees to direct your Honors Thesis and will permit you into COM 4930 Honors Reading and COM 4970 Honors Thesis in the appropriate semesters. You and your advisor will create a schedule for completion, defense, and submission of your Honors Thesis.

Recent Honors Theses

John Luchetti. 2008. From Castration to Comic Relief: Heterosexual Male Drag Performance in Hollywood Comedies.

Derek Ryder Wooten. 2006. Music, Capitalism, and Global Communication.

Nicole Papa. 2006. The Other Side of Eden: Consumerism as Religion.

Jaye Richard Lindsay. 2006. Uncommon Bonds: An Examination of Male Relationships in the Military.

Ken Spivey. 2005. Between Dad and Me.

Fabian Eckstein. 2005. Liquid Horizon: Reshaping the Surf Shop Industry.

Melanie Andre. 2003. Women’s Naming Practices.

Maria Genar. 2003. CASA’s Children.

Krissi Koch, 2001. Father/Daughter Incest Narratives.

Sara Jo Dell. 2000. Public Speaking Speaking Across the Curriculum.

Zener Teo, 1999-2000. E-Orality.