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  Graduate School-New Brunswick 2017 Programs, Faculty, and Courses Communication, Information and Library Studies 194 Programs  
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The doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) program is based in the School of Communication and Information (SC&I) and provides doctoral training for students seeking theoretical and research skills for scholarly and professional leadership in the fields of communication, library and information science, and journalism and media studies. The focus of the program is on the nature and function of communication, information and media institutions, policies, processes and systems and their impact on individuals as well as social, organizational, national, and international affairs. Interdisciplinary approaches to these issues are strongly supported and encouraged in the program. The program is especially well-suited for those interested in the interaction between new information and communication technologies, the individuals who use them, and the social/cultural/political systems in which they are embedded. However, students with more narrowly aligned disciplinary interests (e.g., organizational communication, interpersonal communication, health communication, library management, journalism, and critical/cultural studies in communication) will also find that this program serves them well. Students may focus on any of the following areas: communication, library and information science, or media studies.

The communication (COM) area reflects faculty research and scholarship focusing on five interrelated core areas: communication and technology, health communication, interpersonal communication, language and social interaction, and organizational communication; and mediated communication. Students in this area conduct problem-oriented research at the intersection of these areas that focuses on a variety of prominent contemporary topics, such as social networks, social media, online privacy and anonymity, children's media use, community health programs, health campaigns, doctor-patient interaction, family involvement in palliative care, global teams, organizational change, corporate social responsibility, and institutional leadership. Multiple centers and labs provide various opportunities for doctoral students, including theCenter for Communication and Health Issues, theCenter for Organizational Development and Leadership, the Network Science (NetSCI) Lab, and the Collaboratory for Organizing and Social Media (COSM).

The library and information science (LIS) area provides a strong academic foundation for students seeking theoretical and research skills for scholarly and professional leadership in the library and information fields. LIS offers concentrations in such areas as human information behavior; information retrieval, language, and communication; information agencies and artifacts; learning, youth, information and technology; and social and community informatics. The concentration considers the design, management, and evaluation of information systems and services responsive to users' information and cultural needs. Ph.D. students in the LIS area must have two areas of study. With the assistance of their advisers, students select a relevant second area from one of the other areas of the Ph.D. program or from elsewhere in the university.

Media studies (MS) is concerned with the political, social, psychological, and economic impact of the media, as well as with the cultural and historical conditions that give rise to contemporary media. The area includes the study of both the "traditional" mass media and newer electronic technologies and telecommunications. Research and coursework cover media content and effects; audience reception and interpretive processes; the emergence of audiences understood in terms of race, age, gender, class, and politics; the sociology and production of culture; communication law, regulation, and policy; and the media's roles in political and international communication and in educational systems.

To earn a Ph.D., students must complete a minimum of 33 credits of doctoral-level coursework (or 36 if the student's selected area of study is LIS) and accumulate 24 credits of dissertation research (or 27 if the student's selected area of study is MS). In addition, Ph.D. candidates must have completed a minimum of 12 credits of graduate coursework (or up to 24 credits if the student's selected area of study is COM), which can be transfer credits from their master's degree.

As a part of the interdisciplinary coursework requirement, students must take 16:194:601 Communication, Information, and Media Proseminar: 16:194:608 Research Practicum; and 16:194:600 Colloquium. The number of credits in the student's selected area of study within the program is 30 credits in LIS, and 27 credits in COM and MS.

There is no language or residency requirement, and students may pursue the Ph.D. on a full- or part-time basis (except for the media studies area, which is full time only). However, students are required to enroll for a minimum of 6 credits during the time they are taking coursework in the program; furthermore, we currently offer no entirely online courses. Teaching and research assistantships, which include full tuition remission, and various fellowships are available for highly qualified full-time students.

SC&I offers two master's degrees: the master of information (M.I.) and the master of communication and media (M.C.M.). These programs are described on the school's website.
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