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PhD in Mass Communications

Subject of Study: Media Psychology

PhD students work closely with faculty mentors to conduct advanced research on such topics as Media Processes and Effects, Media Psychology, Media and Sexuality, Communications and Politics, Telecommunications Policy and Law, Children and Media, and other academic research topics involving communications, the individual, and society. The best guide to the PhD work available in the department is to browse recent academic publications by the faculty. The following sample program illustrates the courses one would take to get a PhD with a specialization in Media Psychology. This program is just an example; all PhD students are able to design their own Program of Study, with different courses and different areas of emphasis, under the guidance of the student's faculty advisors.

PhD in Media Psychology
Semester 1
Dept. Course Credits
TEL
TEL
HPER
TEL
T501 Philosophy of Inquiry in Telecommunications
T512 Communication and Politics
C589 Models and Theories of Health Behavior
T600 Proseminar in Telecommunications Research
3
3
3
1
Semester 2
Dept. Course Credits
TEL
TEL
COGS
T502 Intro to Research Methods in Telecommunications
T503 Telecommunications Theory
Q540 Philosophical Foundations of Cognitive Science
3
3
3
Semester 3
Dept. Course Credits
TEL
PSY
T602 Topical Seminar: Psychophysiology: Theory & Practice
P553 Advanced Statistics in Psychology I
3
3
Semester 4
Dept. Course Credits
TEL
PSY
COGS
TEL
T552 Cognitive Approaches to Media
P554 Advanced Statistics in Psychology II
Q733 Cognitive Science Colloquium Series
T600 Proseminar in Telecommunications Research
3
3
0
1
Summer
Dept. Course Credits
GRAD
GRAD
G675 Structural Equation Models/LISREL
G741 PhD Research in Mass Communications
3
3
Semester 5
Dept. Course Credits
TEL
GNDR
COGS
COGS
TEL
GRAD
T510 Research Methods in Message Analysis
G701 Bill, Hill & Others Bodies Politic
Q530 Programming Methods in Cognitive Science
Q733 Cognitive Science Colloquium Series
T600 Proseminar in Telecommunications Research
G741 PhD Research in Mass Communications
3
3
3
0
1
2
Semester 6
Dept. Course Credits
TEL
TEL
GNDR
GNDR
TEL
T642 Communication Campaigns
T602 Topical Seminar in Telecom Processes & Effects
G601 Research in Gender Studies: Social & Behavioral Sciences
G701 Disability Between Law and Culture
T600 Proseminar in Telecommunications Research
3
3
3
3
1
Summer
Dept. Course Credits
GRAD
G741 PhD Research in Mass Communications 6
Semester 7
Dept. Course Credits
TEL
TEL
GNDR
GRAD
T504 Telecommunications Institutions & Industry
T511 Research Methods in Audience Analysis
G702 Researching Gender Issues
G741 PhD Research in Mass Communications
3
3
3
3
Semester 8
Dept. Course Credits
GNDR
TEL
SLIS
GRAD
G701 Privacy, Sexuality and Law
T540 Special Projects in Telecommunications
L567 Gender and Computerization
G741 PhD Research in Mass Communications
3
3
3
1

Total Graduate Credits (minimum 90 to graduate): 91
Total Transfer Credits (no more than 30): 0
Total Telecom Courses (at least 10): 12