Master's Program

Research Research

What strategy should I use? Which message will resonate? How do people integrate emerging media technologies into their everyday lives? Questions like these are what drive the science of communication. These are questions only a well-trained researcher can answer.

Research is the foundation for effective communications.

In our program, you will become an expert in established and emerging research methods from some of the top researchers in media and communication science.  Qualitative and quantitative research methods, design and analyses will help prepare you for research-intensive Ph.D. programs and careers in both industry and academia.

As you do your own research to build knowledge in the science of communication, you will have access to researchers and practitioners with a range of expertise.

The college has five primary areas of study:

  1. Health and Science Communication
  2. Media Effects
  3. Communication and Technology
  4. Law, Policy and History
  5. Media Industry and Consumers
  6. Strategic Communication
  7. International Communication

Take a look at the Research and Insights coming out of the college.

Submit your work to be featured on the Research and Insights page.

To the left you will find past conference papers, research from our graduate students and information on the research lab. To the right you find information on our various MA tracks.

CJC Insights

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Fake News Isn’t New; History Offers A Way To Fight It


Fake news is nothing new. Rich Shumate, media historian and CJC Ph.D. candidate, takes us through a piece of its history.

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Ministry of Truth a Looming Danger


With various alternatives and mounting evidence calling into question the impact of fake news, do the American people really need the government to establish truth from untruth?

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What Universities Can Do About Digital Literacy in the Age of Fake News


People can’t differentiate between paid advertising and editorial content. Here are five ways to increase media literacy.

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Is Awareness Ever Enough?


The Frank Karel Endowed Chair in Public Interest Communications Ann Christiano, the Frank Karel Chair in Public Interest Communications sat down with Kristen Grimm, president of Spitfire Strategy, to discuss the role of raising awareness in driving long-lasting social change.

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