Curriculum

  • The doctoral program requires a minimum of 60 credit hours beyond the master’s degree: 48 credits of coursework 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 coordinator. 

    • 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 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 815 Teaching Communications Media
    3
    COMM 857 Doctoral Seminar in Communications Culture and Technology 3
    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
    Elective Courses
    Course Number Course Name Credits
    COMM 814 Crisis Communications 3
    COMM 812 Media Ethics
    3
    COMM 818 Media Criticism
    3
    COMM 822 Children and Media 3
    COMM 853 Corporate Communications 3
    COMM 900 Culture of Cyber Space
    COMM 876 Online Media 3
    COMM 881 Special Topics 3
    COMM 882 Simulations and Games 3

    Other electives can be included 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