The doctoral program in Media and Society is part of a program in the Dept of Communication. It is specifically designed to provide students with the conceptual and methodological tools to study the mass media and its relations with audiences. Faculty in this area specialize in international communication, media effects and stereotypes, health communication, gender and the media, journalism law and ethics, and journalism history.
The doctorate in Media and Society is designed to give students a solid foundation in media theories and history, along with innovative and often interdisciplinary approaches to the study of mediated phenomena. Our program encourages theoretically rigorous, historically grounded work on the intersections of media and society.
Our doctoral students are very active in the professional organizations in our field. They have presented conference papers at the annual meetings of the International Communication Association, the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, the National Communication Association, and the Southern States Communication Association.
The city of Atlanta, a major world media center, offers students in the Media and Society program a wealth of opportunities. Georgia State is within walking distance of CNN, Turner Broadcasting System (TBS) and the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Atlanta is also home to the Martin Luther King Jr., Center for Nonviolent Social Change, the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CD).