ERIC Number: ED290180
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Nov
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Graduate Communication Programs: Are They Justified?
Larson, Harold; And Others
Noting that most graduate study in communication consists of specialization within the broader field, this paper argues that graduate level communication programs are not only justifiable but also are mandatory if students of communication are to advance much beyond the practitioner stage. The first section of the paper, "Graduate Communication Programs: Are They Justified?" argues that graduate programs are the only viable method of providing the interaction among knowledge of procedure, understanding of principle and theory, and appreciation of the philosophical places and relationships involved in and around the discipline, which are essential for those in positions of decision making, supervision, and management. The second section of the paper, "Some Background about Graduate Programs," provides data related to enrollment and curriculum, as well as to career opportunities for communication graduates. The third section of the paper, "What some Universities Are Offering in Graduate Programs," analyzes a number of university programs across the United States, concluding that major changes are underway in communication programs throughout the nation. (FL)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Western Communication Educators Conference (Fresno, CA, November 14, 1987).