About the Doctoral Program

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Doctoral students develop their potentials as thinkers, researchers and leaders.

The program does not have formal tracks in the traditional areas that are typical of speech or mass communications programs. Rather, students are encouraged to focus their studies along the lines of the research interests of the faculty. These areas include:

  • Misinformation and society (e.g., mass media, morality, and extremism)
  • Digital and social media (e.g., technology and well-being, social networks, computational research)
  • Media representations and social influence (e.g., media effects, narrative persuasion, entertainment-education)
  • Health communication (e.g., risk analysis, innovative interventions, program evaluation)
  • Political communication (e.g., political polarization, mediated public discourse)
  • Nonverbal communication (e.g., facial expressions and deception)

Graduate students are given an innovative educational experience that emphasizes:

  • a broad theoretical understanding of communication
  • an in-depth understanding of communication research methodologies
  • experience in the practical application of communication theory and research

in an environment that supports individual academic and career goals.

For a complete description of the Graduate Program you may download the Graduate Handbook (PDF format):

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