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2016-2017 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog 
  Jul 15, 2024
2016-2017 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Communication: Rhetoric and Communication, PhD

The aim of the program is to train rigorous researchers and excellent teachers. To this end it offers historical, theoretical, and critical approaches to the study of communication. The curriculum includes traditional and innovative course work drawn from four intersecting areas of emphasis: History, Theory and Criticism of Rhetoric; Media and Cultural Studies; Public Address and Argument; and Rhetoric of Science.

Requirements for the PhD

Doctoral students must complete 72 hours of course work (including the MA credits as well as the departmental core requirements of COMMRC 2296 - PROSEMINAR  and COMMRC 3384 - TEACHING PRACTICUM ). Students will, in consultation with their advisor and faculty committee, develop a plan of study. Students’ successful completion of this plan, as well as their comprehensive grasp of the field, will be tested by a written and oral examination, under the supervision of the advisor and faculty committee convened for this specific purpose. On passing this examination, students will work with their advisor to develop a dissertation prospectus. The advisor and committee will guide the ensuing research and writing which will lead to a publicly open defense of the finished work.

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