PhD in Communication

PhD Student

Students in the PhD program in Communication at UofM work with faculty within and across two areas: Rhetoric & Media Studies and Applied Communication.

Rhetoric & Media Studies

Rhetoric and Media Studies draws together faculty and graduate students in the critical study of how language, in the broadest sense of the term, works at the intersection of politics, culture, and history, and within the changing global landscape of media technology.
Specific areas of faculty expertise include:

  • African American Rhetoric
  • Critical/Cultural Studies
  • Digital Media & Technologies
  • Film Studies
  • Public Address
  • Political Communication
  • Rhetorical Theory and Criticism
  • Religious Communication

Applied Communication

Faculty in Applied Communication offer students interdisciplinary experiences in the theory, practice, and research of health communication, persuasion, interpersonal and small group communication, and research methods.
Specific areas of faculty expertise include:

  • Discourse Studies
  • End-of-Life Communication
  • Instructional Communication
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Family Communication
  • Palliative Care
  • Patient-Provider Interaction

Communication graduate students can also earn graduate certificates with programs such as Women's and Gender Studies in consultation with their committees and the granting program.

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Degree Requirements

Specific degree requirements can be found in the UofM Graduate Catalog.