Doctoral Program 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. 

    • Media Research and Teaching: 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.

    • Media Uses and Effects: 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.

    • Media Processes and Production: Broaden media development skills while enabling learners to begin work on exploring new media formats and applications.

    Media Research and Teaching (12 Credits: 4 Courses)
    Course Number Course Name Credits
    COMM 800 Comm. Research Statistics 3
    COMM 815
    Teaching Communications Media
    3
    COMM 825 Quantitative Methods in Communications Research 3
    COMM 828 Qualitative Methods in Communications Research 3
    COMM 857
    Doctoral Seminar in Communication
    3
    COMM 910 Advanced Doctoral Research in Communications 3
    Media Uses and Effects (9 Credits: 3 Courses)
    Course Number Course Name Credits
    COMM 801 Ideas that Shape Media 3
    COMM 812
    Media Ethics
    3
    COMM 814 Crisis Communication
    3
    COMM 818
    Media Criticism
    3
    COMM 820
    Political Communication
    3
    COMM 822
    Children and Media
    3
    COMM 835
    Global Media, Communication, and Culture
    3
    COMM 845
    Health Communication
     
    COMM 853
    Corporate Communication 
    3
    COMM 881
    Special Topics
    3
    COMM 882 Culture of Cyberspace
    3
    Media Processes and Production (12 Credits: 4 Courses)
    Course Number Course Name Credits
    COMM 830 Media Preproduction 3
    COMM 831
    Multiplatform Media Production
    3
    COMM 832 Media Production 3
    COMM 834 Organizational Video Production
    3
    COMM 836
    Video Production
    3
    COMM 837
    Audio Production
    3
    COMM 838
    Digital Photography and Imaging
    3
    COMM 841
    Documentary Production
    3
    COMM 876
    Online Media
    3
    COMM 882
    Simulation and Games
    3

    Bold indicates core/required courses (24 credits); the remaining 24 credits of coursework will come from a combination of electives listed above.

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

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