Communication Studies Research Guide:Graduate Resources

This guide was created to help locate and navigate resources in Communication Studies.

Research Certification

On the Texas A&M University--Corpus Christi campus, Communication and Media Studies students wishing to approach and complete research involving human subjects will need to complete the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative's Human Subject Research Certification and have this certificate on file with the campus Institutional Review Board.

Instructions for the training and other university compliance information can be found here.

(FYI- the training will take some time, so plan for this process in advance!)

TAMUCC Review Process

All activities involving research with human subjects in all fields of University activity shall come under the purview of the Institutional Review Board. This committee has the primary responsibility for maintaining ethical standards of research involving human subjects at the University.

The IRB (Institutional Review Board) is comprised of two representatives from each college, and two community members. The committee meets once a month to review protocols that require "full" committee review. The purpose of this committee is to ensure the safety of human subjects that are being used for research purposes. This research can be as simple as conducting surveys or as complex as drawing blood samples. By ensuring the safety of the human subjects, the IRB also protects the liability of the university.

Learn more about the IRB and find Protocol Forms here

Doctoral Programs

Research Resources

Professional Associations

The ACA is a not-for-profit virtual professional association with actual presence in the world of communication scholars and practitioners.
The Association for Business Communication (ABC) is an international, interdisciplinary organization committed to advancing business communication research, education, and practice.
The mission of Central States Communication Association (CSCA) is to unite and educate people with both an affinity to the central region of the United States and a scholarly interest in all areas of communication for promotion of their mutual goals and advancement of their field.

Lambda Pi Eta

Lambda Pi Eta (LPH) is the official communication studies honor society of the National Communication Association (NCA).
ICA is an academic association for scholars interested in the study, teaching and application of all aspects of human and mediated communication.
NCA is the largest national organization dedicated to communication. Researchers, educators, and professionals, work to understand and better all forms of human communication. Through publications, resources, conferences, conventions, and services, NCA contributes to the greater good of education and society.
The Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) is the world’s largest and foremost organization of public relations professionals. PRSA provides professional development, sets standards of excellence and upholds principles of ethics for its members and, more broadly, the multi-billion dollar global public relations profession.
The Southern States Communication Association's purpose is to promote the study, criticism, research, teaching, and application of the artistic, humanistic, and scientific principles of communication.
WSCA is a not-for-profit educational association of scholars, teachers, and students of communication with over 1,000 members not only from the western states but from all parts of the United States and countries around the world.