The Ph.D. in mass communications prepares students for teaching and research careers in higher education and for research and management positions with mass communications organizations.
The doctoral program in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications is small and selective, permitting students a considerable degree of flexibility in tailoring courses and areas of study to fit their special needs and career goals.
The doctoral core requirements, listed below, are designed to equip the student with a strong background in quantitative and qualitative social science research methods and design, communications theory, ethical perspectives, historical and legal research methods, and teaching methods. Required courses include the basic doctoral core, a minimum of 18 graduate hours of directed electives, and a minimum of 12 hours of dissertation credit.
The Ph.D. in journalism and mass communications prepares students for teaching and research careers in higher education and for research and management positions with mass communications organizations.
Students will demonstrate overall understanding of specialized topics of the student’s interest necessary to teach college-level courses and to carry out scholarly research.
Students will demonstrate thorough knowledge of theories and practices of university-level instruction.
Students will be able to apply their knowledge and skills to teaching journalism and mass communications.
Students will demonstrate a thorough knowledge of advanced statistics, quantitative research methodology, and qualitative research methodology appropriate for journalism and mass communications scholarship, including the application of such knowledge in their own research and the ability to correctly evaluate peer-reviewed research.
Students will demonstrate effective writing and presentation skills and the application of those skills in journalism and mass communications scholarship suitable for high-level peer-reviewed journals and conference presentations.
The three graduate programs of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications were named inconsistently, causing great confusion among students and applicants. We are changing the names of the three programs in a more consistent way:
Journalism and Mass Communications, M.M.C.
Journalism and Mass Communications, M.A.
Journalism and Mass Communications, Ph.D.
We are also making changes to the learning outcomes to reflect a new set of learning outcomes that the School crafted over the summer of 2016.
Need to update and add" PhD in journalism and" to the description.
Need changes to the bulletin to reflect content taught in our doctoral program.
Ph.D. Name change from: Mass Comm to Journalism and Mass Comm.
Name changes are handled as follows: BOT-AA, BOT, CHE NOC and Notify SACS
NOTE: No learning outcomes will be approved through APPS as of yet. Learning outcomes are currently changed through the Assessment Plan Composer through OIRAA.
BOT approved 6/23/17. NOC to CHE, and notify SACS
CHE approved: 11/9/17
NO SACS appv required.