Communication and Urban Sustainability (Ph.D. Dual-Title)

Students admitted to the Ph.D. program in Communication can apply to earn a Ph.D. in Communication with a dual title in Urban Sustainability. This dual title degree is designed to prepare researchers and professionals to solve challenging urban problems that require working across disciplines. Students enrolled in this dual title program take courses that help develop knowledge and skills relating to urban sustainability. Students in the program also undertake activities such as community service, participate in colloquiums, and prepare a funding proposal related to urban sustainability. The dual title coursework follows competencies outlined by the Transformative Research in Urban Sustainability Training program.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet the admissions standards of the Graduate School and the Department of Communication and be first offered admission to the Communication doctoral program.

Students are required to take six core courses plus 12 elective credits of Urban Sustainability coursework. A minimum of 7 of the 12 elective credits must be from coursework outside of the student's home department. 

Core Courses
Urban Anthropology
Sustainability of Urban Environmental Systems
Energy, Emissions, Environment (E3) Design
Health and Risk Communication
Essential Research Practices: Responsible Conduct of Research
Environmental Planning
Elective Courses
Urban Archaeology
Archaeological Laboratory Analysis
Biometry
Field Investigations in Biological Sciences
Ecotoxicology and Risk Assessment
Principles of Toxicology
Landscape Ecology
Sustainability Assessment and Management
Pharmaceutical Waste: Environmental Impact and Management
Applied Environmental Microbiology
Special Topics in Civil Engineering II 1
Crisis Communication
Advanced Regulation and Regulated Industries
Advanced State and Local Public Finance
Advanced Urban and Regional Economics
Principles of Environmental Health
Geological Site Assessment
Environmental Fate and Transport of Pollutants
Special Topics in Geology
Environmental Law
Urban Planning Process
Cities and Food
Planning Studies and Methods
Land Use Policy and Planning
Geographic Information Systems