The PhD in Communication in the Journalism and Mass Communication program is dedicated to interdisciplinary inquiry into the social, political, economic and cultural dimensions of media, nationally and internationally, historically and in contemporary societies.
The program’s PhD program focuses on the following two areas:
- The range of theories, paradigmatic approaches and studies that have contributed centrally to the field. The program attends to the full range of interdisciplinary theory and perspective drawn from relevant domains in the social and behavioral sciences, the humanities and associated professional fields.
- The institutional sources of cultural meaning, the history and development of media industries and systems, and their relationships to other social institutions. The program asks questions about organiztion and structure, ownership and control, law and policy resources and technology, and proper professional practices. The media/cultural industries are studied as national and transnational institutions bound by exterior and interior realities and engaged in the social construction of media content, as foundaries for the creation of meaning in social life.
Doctoral students in the Media Studies program must take 42 hours of course work, pass the written and oral comprehensive examinations at the conclusion of course work, and prepare and defend a dissertation. The course work includes a two-semester Proseminar (6 hours), which is required of all first-year doctoral students in the program; 15-18 hours in one or two areas of emphasis within the program; 12-15 hours of electives, taken outside the program; and 6 hours of the qualitative and quantitative methods courses offered within the program. 3 hours of graduate – level course credits may be considered for transfer into the doctoral program on a case-by-case review.
Financial aid in the form of fellowships, assistantships and tuition stipends is available to doctoral students in the Media Studies program, depending on university funding.