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About Departmental Honors

The Communication Studies Department Honors Program allows exceptional communication studies students to independently explore an area of the discipline through a research or creative project conducted with a faculty mentor of their choosing.

In four independent studies, totaling 12 credits, the honors student works directly with the faculty mentor on this project. This opportunity is open to students with a 3.5 GPA who complete this application form.

Honors Projects and Testimonials

Students have completed a wide variety of projects in the Honors Program that have directly applied to their graduate studies or professional endeavors. Click here to read more about the exciting projects that happen in the Honors Program in communication studies.

Program Details

The courses are typically taken in the following sequence:

  1. CMN 44441:  Honors Independent Study I  (3 credits)
  2. CMN 44442:  Honors Independent Study II (3 credits)
  3. CMN 45551:  Honors Research I  (3 credits)
  4. CMN 4644:  Honors Thesis  (3 credits)

When offered, CMN 4666 - Honors Seminar (3 credits) can be substituted for one of the Honors Independent Study classes.

Students who have completed the Departmental Honors requirements and have a 3.5 GPA at graduation will be certified as graduates of the Honors College.

Forms for Honors Course Work

As each course in the sequence runs an independent study, students must fill out a simple form for each course. Each can be found below in .docx form (Control+click [Mac] or right click [PC] to save).

  1. Form for CMN 44441: Honors Independent Study I
  2. Form for CMN 44442: Honors Independent Study II
  3. Form for CMN 45551: Honors Research I
  4. Form for CMN 4644: Honors Thesis

Contact the Coordinator

More information about department honors programs at Eastern is available at the Honors College website.  For further information about the department Honors Program in Communication Studies, please contact Dr. David Gracon.

Office: Coleman Hall 1814
Email: dgracon@eiu.edu