Moving Image Studies

School of Film, Media, and Theatre – College of the Arts – Georgia State University


Question: Who is my Graduate Director?

Answer: As of July 1, 2013, Jennifer Barker is the Graduate Director for Moving Image Studies (PhD and MA) and Film and Media Production (MA). Natalie Tindall is the Graduate Director for Media & Society (PhD), Rhetoric & Politics (PhD), Human Communication and Social Influence (MA), and Mass Communication (MA).

Question: Do I have to attend all sessions of the fall orientation?

Answer: You should pay close attention to the 2015 orientation schedule of events. You are obligated to attend the sessions pertinent to your graduate status and assignment.

Question: Will I receive advisement during orientation?

Answer: Yes, you will.

Question: Do I have to attend the Ethics Seminar if I have taken an ethics class previously?

Answer: Yes, you do. This is part of the federally mandated ethics requirement (see here  for details), which has two components: the five-hour ethics seminar offered by the department, and the online CITI test that you may take any time but MUST complete successfully prior to registering for thesis or dissertation research hours.

Question: How do I get on the graduate LISTSERV?

Answer: Alicia Gholar handles this, and you will be added soon. If you have not received any notes from COMM-GRADS by the first week of classes, email Alicia (you can find her in the GSU directory), and she will confirm your subscription.

Question: Where can I find the most up-to-date course schedule?

Answer: The department course schedule appears on the GoSolar registration system.

Question: How many hours am I supposed to take if I am on assistantship?

Answer: You must register for 18 hours, which usually works out to 3 seminars plus the “Directed Research” course. See the 2015 registration information, for more details.

Question: What CRN number do I use to register for Directed Research hours?

Answer: All graduate assistants will register under Dr. Lisby’s CRN for COMM 8780 rather than individual faculty supervisors. If you have an assistantship, register for this class under the CRN given in the current semester’s GoSolar class schedule.

Question: How do I calculate my class hours?

Answer: Classes can range from 1, 2, 3 or 4 credit hours. Consult the class schedule on GoSolar to see the credit for any given course.

Question: I’ve heard I can take courses at other schools that will credit to my degree?

Answer. It’s true. Georgia State University students may enroll in courses offered by member institutions of the Atlanta Regional Council for Higher Education (ARCHE) under a cross registration agreement. Students who wish to cross register must meet all eligibility requirements under the ARCHE agreement and the University.

This does require planning in advance: the deadline to apply is July 26th for fall semester, and December 1 for spring semester. See GSU’s page for the ARCHE program for more information and the requisite form (also linked on our “handbooks and forms” page). Contact GSU’s Cross Registration Coordinator for more info and to submit your application. Of course, you must consult with your plan of study or thesis advisor before initiating the process, to make sure that the course suits your plan of study, and to get your advisor’s signature on the application form.

Question: When I try to register for COMM 8035 (Communication Pedagogy), I get a message about a departmental restriction. What now?

Answer: Email Tawanna Tookes, the Administrative Specialist for the Grad Program, for administrative access to the course. Include the CRN of the section you’d like and your student ID.

Question: What should I take during my first semester?

Answer: See the 2015 Registration Guidelines for advice on courses to take for each degree program. Read the first page, then read just the section pertaining to your degree program.

Question: What is the Responsible Conduct of Research/Ethics requirement?

Answer: All undergraduates, graduate students, and post-doctoral appointees involved in empirical research (a designation which applies to all communication graduate students) at Georgia State University are required to undertake Responsible Conduct of Research education and training as part of their requirements for graduation or employment. There are two parts to this requirement:

  1. First, the Department of Communication provides an annual in-person ethics training session that all students must complete within their first year in program. This training is typically connected with start-of-year orientation events and is ONLY OFFERED ONCE A YEAR. DO NOT MISS IT. (This year, it’s Friday, August 14: start time will be posted here closer to the date.)
  2. Second, as part of this educational requirement, web-based training through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) is available for students. See here for more information and detailed instructions.

Question: Why might I want to embargo my dissertation or thesis, and how would I do that?

Answer: By default, any thesis or dissertation that is uploaded to the ScholarWorks database is made publically available on the internet, immediately upon upload.  In certain circumstances, a student may wish to delay or limit access to the document.  There are some scenarios in which you may want to consider limiting or restricting access to your document. See here for sample scenarios and detailed instructions in the event you do wish to embargo your work.

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