Program Information

College: Communication & Information
Limited Access: Yes
Contact: Arienne Ferchaud
School of Communication
Suite 3100, University Center C, FSU
P.O. Box 3062664
Tallahassee, FL USA 32306-2664
Phone: (850) 644-7278

Pursue a Ph.D. in Communication at Florida State

The doctoral program is primarily designed for students who are interested in pursuing positions at research-based institutions within the communication discipline, especially academic positions at research universities. However, students may choose to use the degree to launch a career in research, consultancy, not-for-profit organizations, governmental affairs, or one of the various communication-related industries. Regardless of the student’s chosen career path, the primary objective for all will be to become an independent and original scholar. Beginning with a common set of foundational courses, students will encounter a range of philosophical, theoretical, and methodological approaches to communication scholarship. A major goal of the program is for students to gain knowledge of and an appreciation for the complexities and interdependencies within communication inquiry. To that end, students will gain a critical, historical, and theoretical grounding in the broad communication discipline and then will pursue more advanced study through doctoral-level seminars, directed independent studies, and supervised research experiences. The program emphasis is communication theory and research.

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