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On May 28, Chancellor Gary S. May wrote:

“The events of this week also cause me to believe even more strongly, if that’s possible, in building an inclusive environment that recognizes and respects people of all backgrounds and experiences. I remain committed to that and hope you will do what you can to eliminate racism, sexism, and other negative influences on our progression as a nation.”

We join Chancellor May in these efforts toward building diverse, inclusive, and equitable environment in the Department of Communication and at the University of California Davis. To learn more, including a list of resources are available for students in crisis, need of support, or who have experienced racism or bias, click here.

Important Covid-19 Information:

In light of the Covid-19 situation,  all UC Davis Spring 2020 course will move to virtual instruction.  As a result, the department’s administrative functions have moved to remote work conditions until further notice.  At this time, the preferred method of contact for departmental staff members is e-mail; please visit our administrative staff contact page for further information.

Course Requirements

The doctoral program requires no less than 56 units of core and elective coursework, as described below.

Core Courses (8 units)

CMN 201: Theoretical Perspectives on Strategic Communication (4)

CMN 202: Communication Theory Construction (4)

Emphasis Electives (48 units)

Group 1: TAKE TWO OF THE FOLLOWING THEORY COURSES (8 UNITS)

CMN 220: Persuasion Theories and Message Design (4 Units)

CMN 221: Communication and Cognition (4 Units)

CMN 230: Social Interaction Theory and Research (4 Units)

CMN 244: Organizational Communication (4 Units)

CMN 250: Mediated Communication Theory and Research (4 Units)

CMN 251: Digital Technology and Social Change (4 Units)

GROUP 2: TAKE TWO OF THE FOLLOWING RESEARCH METHODS COURSES (8 UNITS)

CMN 210: Experimental Methods and Analysis in Communication (4 Units)

CMN 211: Survey Research Methods in Communication (4 Units)

CMN 271: Communication Networks (4 Units)

GROUP 3: STATISTICS REQUIREMENT (12 UNITS)

Take three graduate-level (200 series) statistics course of at least four units, selected in consultation with the major professor.

GROUP 4: GENERAL ELECTIVE (20 UNITS)

Take five graduate level elective (200 series only) from within or outside of the Department, selected in consultation with the major professor.

Special Course Requirements

Any student hired as a TA or AI is required to take CMN 396. Students who are not funded as TAs or AIs are encouraged to take this course as well to become eligible to teach in the program. CMN 396 units do not satisfy the unit requirements for the degree.