The Media Studies PhD program, one of three tracks offered under the umbrella PhD in Media Research and Practice, is dedicated to interdisciplinary inquiry into the social, political, economic and cultural dimensions of media, nationally and internationally, historically and in contemporary societies.
Students of media theory and research draw from a wide range of fields and disciplines, including anthropology, political science, cultural studies, sociology, philosophy, history, linguistics, economics, business, psychology, literature, law and public policy. The interdisciplinary nature of media studies is reflected in the range of faculty research and in the curriculum, in which students receive training in qualitative and quantitative research methods and take courses inside and outside the department and college.
Students graduate from the program with broad knowledge of the intellectual history of media studies as an important interdisciplinary field of researchits origins; its perennial questions and controversies; its evolution in response to technological, political, economic and cultural change; the full range of methods it employs, both humanistic and social scientificand a demonstrated capacity to design and execute original and socially significant research about media and their historical and contemporary power and importance. The program strives to produce graduates who demonstrate intellectual leadership, nationally and internationally, in the areas of research they choose and/or pioneer, and an interest in and aptitude for generating public awareness and conversation about their scholarship. An important part of doctoral students’ education is their participation in the department’s research and teaching missions through their assignments as research assistants, teaching assistants and instructors.