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Honors Program

Undergrad Communication Studies

The Honors Program in Communication is open to qualified students who wish to pursue a course of study organized around a specific topic, area of interest, or creative project. It is open to all students regardless if their orientation is creative, scholarly or practical communications. Students take a special sequence of courses both inside and outside the School and in their last semester complete a Senior Honors Thesis or a Senior Honors Project under the direction of a faculty advisor.

Requirements

Student must be a Communications major and have completed at least 60 hours of college level work (but not more than 90) with an overall GPA of 3.25. For courses completed in the School of Communication & Multimedia Studies at Florida Atlantic University or at another four year university, the student's GPA must be at least 3.5. Under special circumstances, exceptions may be made to these requirements.

To earn a degree in communication with honors a student must:

  • Fulfill all University, College and School Requirements for a degree
  • Develop a special topic, focus or creative interest which will be pursued in the Honors courses
  • Select an Honors advisor
  • With the Advisor develop a program of Honors courses around a specific topic, area of interest or creative project
  • Earn at least 12 School Honors credits
  • Complete a Senior Honors Thesis or Project (counting for 3 of the 12 credits)
  • Maintain an overall University GPA of 3.25 and a School GPA of 3.6


Honors courses consist of:

  • Graduate level courses in the School of Communication & Multimedia Studies and approved Graduate courses in other departments
  • Directed Independent Honors Study
  • Approved upper division courses in other departments
  • Special Honors seminars
  • Senior Honors Thesis or Creative Project

For More Information:

For further details and more information contact School Honors Coordinator Gerald Sim at gsim@fau.edu or call 561-297-2050.

Current Honors Students News

Michelle Trujillo returned to FAU to participate in the Undergraduate Research Symposium. Her Honors Thesis project, the found footage video collage, See Her (completed last fall), earned First Place in the Poster Presentation section. See Her is a political critique of female representation in contemporary cinema, structured and informed by key works from the feminist film theory canon… Not to be outdone, spring 2015 graduate Jennifer St. Sume (thesis supervisors Becky Mulvaney and David Williams) took home First Place in the Oral Presentation section. Congratulations, Michelle and Jennifer!

Past Honors Students Success

Michelle Trujillo represented the School at the 2014 Telluride Film Festival Student Symposium. Michelle, a senior Multimedia Studies major and a member of the SCMS honors program at the time, was one of only 50 undergraduate and graduate student applicants who are accepted each year. She follows Olympia Kiriakou (FAU/SCMS hons '12) who participated in the Symposium in 2011.

Recent Honors Graduates

Michelle Trujillo, Honors Grad

B.A. Multimedia Studies
Thesis title: "See Her" (2014, 17 mins, digital video)
Committee: Christine Scodari and Lisa Danker.

Michelle graduated magna cum laude and defended her honors thesis project in December 2014. She established Pionera Inc., a film production and editing company that is currently working in collaboration with HBO Latin America Group.

Jenn_StSume_honors

B.A. Communication Studies
Thesis title: “ ‘L’ is for Liscentious: A Rhetorical Investigation of the Relationship between Gender, Identity and the LGBT Counterpublic.”
Committee: Becky Mulvaney and David Williams.

Jennifer graduated magna cum laude and defended her honors thesis in May 2015. She accepted a tuition scholarship offer from the Department of Communication at Wake Forest University, and began its M.A. program in Winston Salem, NC last fall.

Olympia Kiriakou, honors

B.A. Multimedia Studies
Thesis title: “ ‘Marvelous Girl. Crazy as a Bedbug!’ Carole Lombard as a Feminist Comic.”
Committee: Gerald Sim and Chris Scodari.

Olympia graduated summa cum laude and defended her honors thesis in May 2012. She was awarded an Undergraduate Research Grant in 2011, and presented her work at the Visions Film Festival and Conference at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. Part of her honors thesis was published in the journal Film Matters . Olympia went on to earn an M.A. at the University of Toronto and is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Kings College of London.

Danielle Trembley B.A. Communication Studies
Thesis title: “The Rhetoric of Self-Help.”
Committee: Melanie Loehwing and Marylou Naumoff.

Danielle graduated summa cum laude and defended her honors thesis in December 2013.She accepted a position as Client Relations Representative with American Pathology Partners, and is considering graduate school in the future.

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