Degree Programs

PhD studies

The Department of Communication offers a PhD program.

  • The PhD requires a minimum of 60 credits beyond the bachelor's degree plus 6 credits (or more) in research methodologies or other research tools, plus credits for the dissertation. See the PhD overview.
  • Plans of study conforming to specific program requirements are prepared individually in consultation with faculty advisors.
  • Specialization

    We recognize the field’s distinctive perspectives, each with its own units of analysis and observation, traditions of research, and theories and applications. Disciplinary specializations we offer include the following:

    • Communication Theory
    • Intercultural Communication
    • Communication Policy
    • Media Effects
    • Critical Cultural Studies
    • Performance Studies
    • Cultural Production
    • Political Economy
    • Feminist Studies
    • Popular Culture
    • Film Studies
    • Rhetoric and Public Discourse
    • Global Communication Studies
    • Language and Social Interaction