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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 will take courses in topics and develop specific skills relating to urban sustainability across several departments. Students in the program will 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.

Program Requirements

Students in the Communication and Urban Sustainability dual-title program are required to take eight core classes, at least three research methods/tools courses, and two electives from a list of elective courses (one of which must be from outside the Department of Communication). 

Core Courses
Urban Anthropology
Sustainability of Urban Environmental Systems
Energy, Emissions, Environment (E3) Design
Health and Risk Communication
Seminar in Communication Education
Introduction to PhD Studies
Essential Research Practices: Responsible Conduct of Research
Environmental Planning
Methods/Tools Courses
Three research methods courses. It is expected that students will bring at least two additional research methods courses from their M.A. coursework.
Elective Courses
Urban Archaeology
Archaeological Laboratory Analysis
Field Investigations in Biological Sciences
Ecotoxicology and Risk Assessment
Principles of Toxicology
Sustainability Assessment and Management
Pharmaceutical Waste: Environmental Impact and Management
Applied Environmental Microbiology
Special Topics in Civil Engineering II 1
Public Relations Theory
Organizational Communication
Crisis Communication
Advanced Regulation and Regulated Industries
Advanced Urban and Regional Economics
Principles of Environmental Health
Geological Site Assessment
Environmental Fate and Transport of Pollutants
Special Topics in Environmental Science and Geology
Applied Geologic Mapping
Environmental Law
Sociology of Urban Health
Advanced Survey of Approaches and Techniques of Social Research
Topics in Urban Sociology
Sociology of Urban and Labor Studies
Urban Planning Process
Cities and Food
Planning Studies and Methods
Land Use Policy and Planning
Geographic Information Systems

In order to satisfy the elective requirement, the topic area must be relevant to the program. Students should consult with their advisor for details.

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