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Ph.D. in Communication and Information

The integrative doctoral program in the College of Communication and Information at Kent State University provides students with a foundation in communication and information. The curriculum begins with interdisciplinary core courses, and then becomes individually tailored to allow specialization in depth according to each student's developing areas of expertise and research. This Ph.D. program is a logical extension of the convergence of the communication and information disciplines taking place within the college as well as in the academic, commercial and professional world.

Students may emphasize one or more areas including combinations of these faculty specialties:
  • * digital preservation/digital curation
  • * health communication
  • * health informatics
  • * human-information interaction
  • * information and religion
  • * information organization
  • * interpersonal communication
  • * knowledge management
  • * library management
  • * mass communication
  • * media studies
  • * museum studies
  • * organizational communication
  • * public relations
  • * social media
  • * user experience design
  • * youth services librarianship
The Doctor of Philosophy degree is research-oriented. The goal of the Ph.D. program in Communication and Information is to develop doctoral scholars' ability to generate knowledge by conducting and publishing research in their areas of expertise.

You can view the current version of  the CCI Ph.D. Handbook here:

2014-2015 CCI Ph.D. Handbook

If you have reviewed this website and still have questions about the Ph.D. in Communication and Information, please contact:

Don A. Wicks, Ph.D., Associate Professor, School of Library & Information Science
Coordinator of Doctoral Education, College of Communication & Information
Director, Center for the Study of Information & Religion
Editor, Journal of Religious & Theological Information
Kent State University|
131 Moulton Hall, P.O. Box 5190, Kent, OH 44242-0001
P 330-672-0011 330-672-0011 or 330-672-2782 330-672-2782 F 330-672-7965 E

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