A Comparative Analysis of the Role of Communication Studies in the Freshman Seminar Course
Date of Graduation
Master of Arts in Communication
The goal of the project was to study how communication was incorporated in the freshman seminar course at colleges and universities in the United States. The data gathering tools consisted of 22 interviews, analysis of syllabi and policy statements, and a review of textbooks. General themes emerged from the analysis of the interviews. The themes were 1) no special degree, background, or experience necessary, 2) written communication wins, 3) class participation is essential, 4) developing student faculty/staff relationships, 5) skills for future and career , and 6) dialogue. The analysis of the syllabi and policy statements divided the findings into communication categories such as written, oral, interpersonal, career, and technology. The findings of the textbooks were general and reinforced the use of communication in the freshman seminar course.
© Teri D Buell
Buell, Teri D., "A Comparative Analysis of the Role of Communication Studies in the Freshman Seminar Course" (2003). MSU Graduate Theses. 675.