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The Department of Communication at the University of Delaware offers a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree that allows students to continue to build their knowledge about the field of Communication while preparing them for research-based careers in academia or a communication-related industry. The Ph.D. in Communication is taught from a social science perspective, allowing students to increase their knowledge and ability to use theoretically founded, empirically based research methodologies, and a variety of techniques of statistical analysis
A graduate of our Ph.D. in Communication program will be able to:
Articulate the central theories, perspectives, principles, and concepts of the discipline
Apply communication science theory and methods to conduct research on complex questions and societal problems
Demonstrate a capacity to communicate research findings to academic and lay audiences
Conduct independent and cooperative research that is publishable in the communication discipline’s core peer-reviewed journals
Establish competency in teaching at the undergraduate level
Incorporate ethical communication principles and practices into their research and teaching
Recognize the cultural basis of communication and acknowledge their own standpoint, with respect for the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion
Employ communication strategies to resolve challenges and empower people.
Appreciate the landscape and norms of pursuing an academic career in the communication discipline
Academic Areas of Emphasis
Students have the flexibility to work with their advisor and the director of graduate studies to tailor their program to their interests. However, our faculty have four key areas of expertise:
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