From the Director of Graduate Studies
Welcome and thank you for your interest in graduate studies in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. We offer M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Communication Studies. Our department is nationally recognized as a leader in research and teaching in Communication Studies, and we are proud to extend this tradition of excellence to a new generation of scholar-teachers through graduate education.
Our community is a collaborative one. Our graduate students develop strong working relationships with their primary advisor, other faculty, and fellow graduate students as they progress through the program. At Nebraska, our goal is not simply to guide students through the degree requirements but to mentor students in all facets of their future scholarly lives. For instance, we offer professional development workshops on topics such as searching for an academic position, developing a program of research, and creating a teaching portfolio. In order to encourage our students to make their scholarship visible, we offer financial support for attending regional and national conferences.
Since we emphasize our doctoral program, the M.A. in Communication Studies is most appropriate for students who wish to continue in academia. As you go through this process, please feel free to contact me to further discuss our department, faculty, and life as a graduate student.
I look forward to hearing from you!
Jordan Soliz, Director of Graduate Studies
Living in Lincoln
Lincoln, with a population of about 250,000 people is a large city that feels like a small town. The people are extremely friendly and the businesses are easily accessible with cheap or free parking located throughout the downtown Haymarket area. Lincoln is biker- and pedestrian-friendly with many of the best restaurants, shops, bookstores, and attractions within a ten minute walk from campus. Lincoln is family friendly and has a low cost of living. It is in an excellent location within a driving distance of cities like Omaha, Chicago, Minneapolis, Denver, Kansas City, St. Louis and Des Moines.
Lincoln is full of attractions of historical interest like the home of William Jennings Bryan and the statue of Abraham Lincoln...Beautiful architecture like the Capitol building...Many museums including the Telephone Pioneer Museum, the Nebraska History Museum and the National Museum of Roller Skating...Art museums like the Sheldon Museum on campus and galleries that host art crawls...Theaters like the acclaimed Lied Center and Rococo Theater...There are also a number of fine restaurants unique to Lincoln including Blue Orchid (Thai), Lazlo's (Americana) and The Oven (Indian)...Many children's attractions like the excellent Lincoln Children's Museum and Children's Zoo...over 6,000 acres of public parks including the massive Pioneers Park...farmer's markets...and esteemed sporting events like Saltdogs Baseball, No Coast Derby Girls roller derby, and of course, Huskers Football!