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Thesis Guidelines

communication department

Your thesis marks the culmination of your work in the Communication department. It is both a public testimony of your scholarship, and the vehicle by which you make known the contribution to knowledge which your research has made. Consequently, the appearance of your thesis is a matter of some importance to you, and to the department whose name it also bears. If you have any questions about the format of your thesis, please contact Lisa Cuklanz, Chair of the department.

  1. The department requires that you submit two bound copies of your thesis - one copy for your advisor and one copy for the department's library.
  2. The typing of all textual material must be letter-quality, clear, dark black, and double-spaced on one side of the page; notes, bibliographic references, and long quotations may be single-spaced. The use of correction fluids and tapes is not acceptable.
  3. Font: The type size should be 12 point Times New Roman. While only one type size and font should be used throughout your text, the notes, bibliographic references, and long quotations may be in a type size smaller than your text, but must still be at least ten point.
  4. Page layout: Margins must be 1 1/2 inches at the left and on the top if you choose to put your page numbers there, or at the left and on the bottom if you choose to put your page numbers there. They should be one inch on the right and on the remaining side. These margins must be strictly maintained throughout your work.
  5. Pagination: The title page, the copyright page (optional) and the acknowledgements should have no page numbers and should be submitted in this order. Table of contents, acknowledgments, etc. are considered the introductory material of the manuscript and page numbers should be expressed in lower case Roman numerals (i, ii, etc.). Every page of the body of your thesis, after the introductory material, must be sequentially numbered.
  6. Style: The Department does not insist on the use of one particular style manual, but leaves the decision of APA or MLA to the student and advisor. Make sure that you follow one method of reference and bibliographic notation throughout your thesis.
  7. Charts, graphs, tables, and other illustrative material should be produced in black ink. Colors should not be used for shading or in graphs, but should be replaced with labels or cross-hatching. Photographs should be high-contrast black and white, and be affixed with dry mounting tissue or high-quality glue. Over-sized material may be used if carefully folded to 8 1/2 x 11 inches.

Note: The Communication department's guidelines are based on the "Guidelines for the Presentation of Master's Thesis and Doctoral Dissertations" prepared by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (revised in June 2001).