PhD Degree Requirements
Normally, a student's program of work will consist of the core, below; the four areas, in which a student characteristically will have four or more courses; the statistics requirement and a small number of other courses (e.g. J 398T) that may supplement the program.
Normally, a student’s program of work will consist of the core, below; the four areas, in which a student characteristically will have three or more courses; the statistics requirement and a small number of other courses (e.g. J 398T) that may supplement the program.
A. The Theory Sequence consists of a two-semester sequence of three-credit courses: The first semester will include an introduction to mass communication theory and theories of audience and effects. The second semester will examine critical and cultural theoretical perspectives within the study of mass communication. The Proseminar is taken in the first semester and is an introduction to graduate study and the life of a scholar in journalism/mass communication. Minimum of 15 credit hours.
B. The Research Methodology Sequence will consist of a two-semester sequence of three-credit courses: courses taken in the first year and a third course in qualitative research methods to be taken in the second year of work. The research methods first-year sequence, which begins with an introduction to the primary methods used to conduct quantitative journalism and mass communication research, takes students through a research project, from conceptualization and problem statement through analysis, reporting and writing of research results. Research methods examined during the first semester include surveys, content analysis, and experiments. The second semester will be devoted to data analysis and research report writing. An introductory statistics course is also required. Students emphasizing quantitative and social science approaches will be expected to take additional statistics courses. Students also can take additional statistics and methods courses under their two specialty areas.
For more information on the requirements for the Ph.D., please see the Doctoral Handbook.
Program of Work