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Areas of Study
The graduate program is generally organized into five major foci: (1) Critical/Cultural Communication, (2) Environmental, Health, and Science Communication, (3) Media and Communication Technology, (4) Organizational/Interpersonal Communication, and (5) Rhetoric. Within and across those areas, the topical and methodological areas supported by the department faculty cut across the field of communication - aging, argumentation, conflict resolution, communication and the law, communication education, applied ethics, family, gender studies, journalism, media history, narrative, media and society, public broadcasting, relationships, semiotics, visual communication, and writing and composition as well as the nearly infinite combinations that can be formed.
See the Graduate Information section of this catalog for general Ph.D. requirements. Additional documentation required for admission includes the GRE, three letters of recommendation, sample of creative or scholarly writing, and a 1,000-word statement of personal and professional goals.
Candidates for the Ph.D. in communication must achieve competency in a minimum of four areas of specialization. Typically, studies outside the department are expected. Proficiency in critical, empirical, or historical research methods is required. All courses taken as alternatives to the requirements must be approved in advance by the department.