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The doctoral program requires a minimum of 60 credit hours beyond the master’s: 48 credits of classes and 12 credits of dissertation work. The curriculum consists of courses in three core areas with required and elective courses available. Additional electives are being developed. Students will be required to develop a planned program of study in consultation with their advisor and the doctoral co-coordinators.

  • Research: Provide students with tools for designing data gathering activities, analyzing data, interpreting existing research, and synthesizing new and old information into useful answers and productive new questions.
  • Theory and Culture: Familiarize students with models of thought and develop a cognition that critically analyzes the impact of media on culture and instruction as well as the impact of culture and instruction on media.
  • Production: Broaden media development skills while enabling learners to begin work on exploring new media formats and applications.
Research Courses (12 Credits: 4 Courses)
Course Number Course Name Credits
COMM 800 Comm. Research Statistics or Equivalent 3
COMM 825 Quantitative Methods in Communications Research 3
COMM 828 Qualitative Methods in Communications Research 3
COMM 910 Advanced Doctoral Research in Communications 3
Theory and Culture Core Courses (9 Credits: 3 Courses)
Course Number Course Name Credits
COMM 801 Ideas that Shape Media 3
COMM 812 Media Ethics 3
COMM 857 Doctoral Seminar in Communications Culture and Technology 3
Theory and Culture Elective Courses (9-12 Credits: 3-4 Courses)
Course Number Course Name Credits
COMM 814 Crisis Communications 3
COMM 815 Teaching Communications Media 3
COMM 818
Media Criticism
3
COMM 822 Children and Media 3
COMM 853 Coprorate Communications 3
COMM 881 Special Topics

3

COMM 900
Culture of Cyber Space
Production Core Courses (12 Credits: 4 Courses)
Course Number Course Name Credits
COMM 830 Media Preproduction 3
COMM 832 Media Production 3
COMM 832 Media Production 3
COMM 846 Instructional Media Solutions 3
Production Elective Courses (3-6 Credits: 1-2 Courses)
Course Number Course Name Credits
COMM 876 Online Media 3
COMM 881 Special Topics 3
COMM 882 Simluations and Games 3

Elective Courses (0-9 Credits)

Other electives with advisor approval

Dissertation (12 Credits)
Course Number Course Name Credits
COMM 995 Dissertation 12

Total: 60 credits beyond a master’s or master’s equivalencies

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