- Seminar in Media, Technology, and Democracy
- Media Theory
- Media Research Methods
- Media Law and Policy
- Teaching Seminar in Communication
- Advanced Research and Project Development
- Principles for Doctoral Research
- Supervised Dissertation
In consultation with the Program Director and a faculty advisor, students select a combination of SOC courses as well as courses from outside the School to complete their thematic concentration. Among the electives, students are required to choose at least one advanced research methods course.
Qualifying Exams and Dissertation:
No later than the end of the fall semester of their second year, students will consult with their faculty advisor to select and recruit faculty members to serve on the student’s qualifying exam and dissertation committee. Committees are comprised of the student's advisor along with three additional faculty. Exam questions will test core knowledge and competency in an area that complements a student’s likely dissertation focus.
After passing the qualifying exams, students will complete a formal dissertation proposal, which must be approved by all members of the dissertation committee and the Program Director before proceeding with the research and writing process. After the dissertation has been completed, the student will submit it to all the committee members, and will convene a meeting of the dissertation committee for oral defense and final approval. Each committee member must agree that the dissertation meets the program and university’s standards for rigor and quality.