Communication, Culture, & Media Studies (Ph.D.) | Graduate
Our scholars investigate contemporary issues and practices in mass media, communication, and cultural studies, and apply critical interdisciplinary frameworks in communication theory, discourse and network analysis, semiotics, and other methodological approaches to better understand mediated cultural and social phenomena locally, nationally, and globally.
The Ph.D. in Communication, Culture and Media Studies at Howard's Graduate School welcomes applicants who hold a master’s degree (M.A., M.F.A. or M.S.) with backgrounds in the social sciences, humanities, fine arts, and other communication-related fields. Our program highly encourages an interdisciplinary, multicultural approach to investigating communication issues locally, nationally, and globally. Students engage theoretical concepts across diverse fields, including critical media and cultural studies, visual culture, sociology, history, science and technology studies, anthropology, history, and political economy. As a graduate of the program, you'll be prepared to compete successfully for postdoctoral positions, tenure-track teaching appointments at colleges and universities, and senior-level communications consulting or research positions in the public or private sector. Our program emphasizes critical frameworks and mixed methodological approaches to communications studies, including quantitative and qualitative methods, discourse analysis, network analysis, semiotics, critical communication theory, and ethnography. You may choose from three distinct areas of specialization: health communication; media, and cultural studies; and technology, policy, and society. You'll enjoy a highly collegial atmosphere and the close mentorship of faculty notable for their wide-ranging research, including examinations of the role of communication in health promotion, mass communications and public policymaking, strategic communication, culture and media history, the political economy of media, multicultural and mediated communication, and interrelations between global social movements, art, and media.
❱ 72 credit hours
❱ On-campus format
❱ Degree: Ph.D.
Spring 2024 entry:
❱ No spring entry
Fall 2024 entry:
❱ Dec. 1, 2023 (priority deadline)
❱ Jan. 31, 2024 (final deadline)
Applicants should submit their applications as early as possible for earlier consideration of departmental funding opportunities. Applicants have until the final deadline to apply. However, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis throughout the admissions cycle.
Transfer credits accepted (reviewed by committee; students may transfer up to 24 credits in communication-related courses from their master’s program)