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Ph.D. in Communication and Information: SLIS Areas of Study

Watch a video open house discussion of the new Ph.D. in Communication and Information. You can also download the PowerPoint presentation.

Watch a video open house discussion of digital libraries and digital preservation, two of the areas of study that are available in Ph.D. program with an LIS focus; this video also offers a brief discussion of the Ph.D. You can also download the PowerPoint presentation.

Read about two students, Darin Freeburg and Shelley Blundell, who are pursuing the Ph.D. in Communication and Information with a focus on library and information science.

The School of Library and Information Science is one of four schools that make up the interdisciplinary doctorate in communication and information (along with the Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication, Communication Studies and Visual Communication Design).

The curriculum in this program begins with core courses in communication and information, and then becomes more specialized to fit each student’s individual needs and interests.

While there are several SLIS-related areas of study within the Ph.D., each student will have a unique program of study, based on his/her master’s degree background and research interests. Students will have the opportunity to create their own combination of courses from across the college, drawing on the strengths of all CCI faculty and schools. Each student’s program of study will be reviewed by the Doctoral Studies Committee.

SLIS-related areas include but are not limited to the following:

  • Digital Preservation/Digital Curation
  • Health Informatics
  • Human Information Behavior
  • Human Information Interaction
  • Information and Religion
  • Information Organization
  • Library Management
  • Knowledge Management
  • Museum Studies
  • Youth Services

Visit the Ph.D. program site for more information including admission requirements, application instructions, etc.

Below is a partial listing of dissertation proposal and dissertation-related competitions for students focusing on the library and information science field:

Dissertation proposal awards:

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