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PhD

The Graduate Program in Communication offers students a multi-disciplinary
curriculum leading to the Ph.D. degree. The program is designed to prepare students for
research and teaching in one of two primary areas of emphasis: public communication
and moving image studies. Required core courses are designed to provide students with
in depth training in communication pedagogy and the professional expectations of the
discipline, as well as mentored experiences in both teaching and research.

The Moving Image Studies emphasis draws theoretical perspectives from film, television,
new media and performance studies. It prepares students to investigate how moving
images are constructed, how they are perceived, and how they impact culture. Dr.
Jennifer Barker is the area director for Moving Image Studies. Dr. Barker can be reached
by phone at 404-413-5793, or by e-mail at jmbarker@gsu.edu.

The Rhetorical Studies emphasis draws theoretical perspectives from rhetorical and
philosophical traditions to illuminate public discourse and persuasion. It prepares
students to investigate rhetoric and public address with specific emphasis on how
communities are constructed and maintained. Dr. Natalie Tindall is the area director for
Rhetorical Studies. Dr. Tindall can be reached by phone at 404-413-5685, or by e-mail at
ntindall@gsu.edu.

The Media & Society emphasis draws theoretical perspectives from journalism and mass
communication research. It prepares students to investigate the relationship between
media and its audiences, with specific emphasis on international communication, media
effects and stereotypes, and health communication. Dr. Natalie Tindall is the area director
for Rhetorical Studies. Dr. Tindall can be reached by phone at 404-413-5685, or by e-mail
at ntindall@gsu.edu.