Communication and Media Studies Doctoral Program Courses

To obtain a PhD in communication and media studies from the SOJC, you’ll need to complete approximately 80 graduate course credits beyond the master’s level and at least 18 dissertation credits. This includes a core sequence you’ll complete in your first year as well as courses in research methods, a media studies specialty, and a field outside the SOJC. After passing comprehensive exams, you’ll apply what you’ve learned to original research and a dissertation that contributes to the field.

To see which order most students take these courses and complete other benchmarks, see our sample schedule. Consult the UO Class Schedule to find out when these courses are offered and register.

J603 Dissertation (18+ credits)
After completing your coursework and passing a comprehensive exam, you’ll be ready to start contributing to the field. Your dissertation is a substantial document presenting your original research that adds to the scholarly body of knowledge about media studies. You’ll need to enroll in at least 18 credits of J603 and work on your research and dissertation for at least two terms. For more details about and guidelines for the dissertation, download the graduate handbook.

J612 Media Theory I (5 credits)
In this first course of a three-part sequence introducing students to media theory, you will focus on the social scientific tradition. Sequence with J612, J613.

J613 Media Theory II (5 credits)
This second course in a three-part sequence focuses on critical approaches. Sequence with J612, J613.

J619 Teaching and Professional Life (4 credits)
Explore teaching strategies, curriculum development, and other aspects of academic professional life in journalism and communication.

J641 Qualitative Research Methods (4 credits)
Get an introduction to qualitative research methods including traditional historical inquiry, oral history, ethnography, and participant observation.

J642 Quantitative Research Methods (4 credits)
Learn about and analyze quantitative research methods in terms of design, measurement, inference, and validity, with a focus on conceptualization in communication research.

J643 Advanced Doctoral Seminar (5 credits)
Demonstrate competence in broad families of social research by drawing on the skills and knowledge you obtained in J612, J613, J614, J641, and J642.


Need some guidance? Here are a few options:

  1. Download our graduate handbook for more details about program requirements and resources.
  2. Contact our graduate student services manager with questions about the program, the application process, and admission.

Once you’re admitted, you’ll be matched with a faculty advisor who will be your first point of contact for academic and career guidance. You’ll also choose a capstone advisor to assist with your terminal project.