The doctoral program in Communication Washington State University provides world class curriculum, faculty, and facilities to prepare students as scholars and educators. In our doctoral program, you will work with diverse faculty who study health communication, media, society and politics or science communication.
Descriptions of these areas are provided below:
- Media & Health Promotion focuses on media messages and health behavior. This includes social level analysis of mainstream and alternative media as products of and influences on the health of individuals and society; individual level analysis of psychological processes through which health related knowledge, attitudes and behaviors are shaped; and the creation of messages related to health and social well being, as well as how strategic messages campaigns can influence decision making and social development.
- Media, Society and Politics focuses on the role that communication plays in political institutions and in creating robust civic engagement. We examine political communication from multiple perspectives and examine the interplay of emerging technology, media, and communication with information seeking, processing, and decision making. Our research focuses on both individual-and societal-level outcomes. Faculty and graduate students work in teams to test and develop theory related to political communication.
- Science Communication focuses on enhancing the relevance and accessibility of scientific information and local context needed for collaborative and sustainable resource management, especially among local populations most at-risk. The program focuses on environmental communication, natural or technological hazards and the use or communication of public policy. Faculty and students specialize in science education, communication campaigns, communicating risks, risk perception analysis, spatial modeling of vulnerability and adaptive capacity of human population, audience segmentation, media analysis, and public engagement.
1) Knowledge of the field. Understand the breadth and depth of knowledge within the discipline, including current theories and methods and demonstrate competency in identifying and interpreting research on topics in communication.
2) Scientific reasoning and research process. Conduct independent research to identify research questions and hypotheses and design, execute, analyze, report on original research.
3) Communication. Communicate complex problems and research effectively to diverse audiences using appropriate media and communication tools.
4) Original scholarly contribution. Make original contributions to the discipline through presentation at academic conferences and publication in peer-reviewed academic outlets.
5) Teaching proficiency. Nurture and train graduate students to become effective teachers in the field of communication.
Ph.D. Application Deadline
Completed applications must be submitted to the Graduate School by January 10 for fall admission. The priority deadline for applications is December 31.