Departmental Honors

Departmental Honors

GRADUATE WITH HONORS IN COMMUNICATION STUDIES!

If you are a Communication Studies major with senior standing, you may be eligible to participate in the Communication Studies Departmental Honors Program and graduate with Departmental Honors in Communication Studies. 

In order to complete the program, a student must complete the three-segment Honors sequence (198A, 198B, and 198C) in the Fall, Winter, and Spring quarters of his or her senior year.  During Fall Quarter, Honors students will develop a comprehensive research project under the direct supervision of a Communication Studies faculty member, culminating with a written thesis proposal submitted to the supervising faculty member and Department Chair.  The proposed research is undertaken during Winter Quarter, and the final Honors Thesis is then completed and submitted to the faculty mentor and Department Chair at the end of Spring Quarter.  Please see the Program Description below for additional information.


COMMUNICATION STUDIES DEPARTMENTAL HONORS PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:

The Communication Studies Departmental Honors Program offers a select group of highly-motivated students the opportunity to conduct original research under the supervision of a faculty mentor, culminating in the preparation of a journal-length research article, the Honors Thesis.  Graduation with Communication Studies Departmental Honors demonstrates the student's dedication to the scholarly pursuit of learning and provides an excellent preparation for graduate and professional level study.

Eligibility

Admission to the Communication Studies Departmental Honors Program is limited to Communication Studies majors with a Global G.P.A. of 3.6 and a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.3., and who have taken CS 150 (Research Methodologies in Communication).  Students admitted to the program are required to enroll in the 198 Honors sequence (198A, B and C) in the Fall, Winter, and Spring Quarter of their senior year.

The Communication Studies Departmental Honors Program is separate and distinct from the Letters and Science College Honors Program, and Communication Studies majors who meet the eligibility requirements of both programs can graduate with both Communication Studies Departmental Honors and College Honors.  

Requirements

(1) CS 198A: Development of a comprehensive research project under the direct supervision of a Communication Studies faculty member, culminating with a written thesis proposal submitted to the supervising faculty member and Department Chair.

(2) CS 198B: Continuation of work undertaken in 198A, culminating with a written summary of the research results submitted to the supervising faculty member and Department Chair. 

(3) CS 198C: Completion of the research project, culminating with the submission of the Honors Thesis to the supervising faculty member and Department Chair.

Selecting a Faculty Supervisor

Your faculty supervisor should be engaged in research that is related to the research that you wish to undertake.  In selecting a faculty supervisor, you may approach a faculty member with whom you have done research in the past or from whom you have taken a class.  

Registering for Honors Courses

CS 198A, B, and C are contract courses, and you will register for these courses using the forms on the MyUCLA web site.  Go to the web site and sign in, then look under the MyUCLA Features (to the left of the My Study List box) and you will see a link that says Contract Courses.  Click on that link and it will bring up all the information you need to register.  You will fill out the forms (the site explains the information you will need) and have them signed by your faculty mentor and the Department Chair.  After you have both signatures, please turn the contract in to the Undergraduate Advisor (2316 Rolfe) to register.