An interdisciplinary program based in the School of Media and Communication (SMC) at Temple, the Media and Communication Doctoral Program will prepare you for an academic career in teaching and research, or careers in nongovernmental organizations and think tanks, as well as the private sector. In addition to undertaking a specialized course of study, you’ll work alongside award-winning faculty members across SMC’s departments to conduct communication research on a wide range of topics, especially in the areas of globalization, media effects and new media.
Be introduced to doctoral study, the field of communication, and the Media and Communication program. In the fall of your first year, you’ll explore current problems and opportunities in the field through discussions and presentations of current research, and presentations by senior scholars and students.
Learn how to be an excellent instructor, including skills related to designing syllabi, developing classroom techniques and establishing assessment methods.
COMMUNICATION THEORY I
A broad introduction to the field through a review of theoretical frameworks that have served as foundations for and shaped the study of mass communication.
EMERGING MEDIA AND COMMUNICATION
Examination of theory and research related to emerging media and technology. This course examines theories related to the design and affordances of new media technologies, new forms of communication that are made possible by these technologies, and ways of understanding the economic, social, cultural, and political dimensions of new media technologies.
CRITICAL ANALYSIS OF MASS MEDIA
Examination and application of sociological, anthropological, literary studies, historical and cultural studies approaches to the analysis of media. The course surveys the major theoretical perspectives and explores content themes that have shaped contemporary media.
To earn your doctoral degree in this program, you’ll need to take 42 course credits beyond your master's degree, including six required courses.
You’ll complete your degree with a series of exams and then successfully propose, create and orally defend a dissertation. Learn more about culminating events in the PhD program.