Public Communication

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.

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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), Edelman and Fortune 500 companies. 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 (CDC).

The doctoral program in Rhetoric and Politics in the Department of Communication was ranked #3 among “top up and coming rhetoric programs” in 2004. It is specifically designed to provide students with the conceptual and methodological tools to study all forms of public persuasion. Faculty in this area specialize in rhetorical theory and criticism, international social movements and protest, national identity studies, presidential rhetoric, and political communication.

The doctorate in Rhetoric and Politics is designed to give students a solid foundation in rhetorical theory and criticism, along with innovative and often interdisciplinary approaches to the study of public address. Our program encourages theoretically rigorous, historically grounded work in rhetorical studies.

Additional Information

Application Process

Graduate Admissions 

Our doctoral students are very active in the professional organizations in our field. They have presented conference papers at the annual meetings of the National Communication Association, ALTA, the Rhetoric Society of America, and the Southern States Communication Association.

The city of Atlanta is 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 (CDC). A major world media center, Atlanta also offers students in the doctoral program a wealth of opportunities. Georgia State is within walking distance of CNN, Turner Broadcasting System (TBS) and the Atlanta Journal Constitution.