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

    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