You will acquire the leading-edge theory and research methodologies you need to shape a more ethical and just world.
Whether you seek a career in academia, the industry, or governmental and non-governmental organizations, you will become a critical educator and researcher of communication through rigorous coursework, independent and collaborative research projects, and teaching opportunities.
You will work side by side with your peers and our distinguished faculty to advance knowledge in the field while creating interdisciplinary solutions to complex societal and organizational problems. At the same time, you will build a professional network of worldwide and lifelong connections with fellow scholars and practitioners.
USC Annenberg’s location at the heart of a top-tier research university and in the dynamic city of Los Angeles provides you with the ideal setting to explore ways to inventively fuse your scholarship and expertise in communication studies with disciplines such as political science, international relations, sociology and information sciences as well as gender, media and popular culture studies.
By the numbers
Student and faculty work
Building on her acting career and theater background, Lauren Alexandra Sowa focuses her doctoral studies on media, production culture and fandom.
Driven by her passion for music, Alexandria Arrieta studies how internet meme culture alters distributional and creative strategies within the music industry, especially on TikTok.
During their time as PhD students, Courtney M. Cox and Perry B. Johnson created Sounding Off, a podcast that explores the historic relationship between music, sound, and sport.
It was USC Annenberg’s interdisciplinary faculty — with backgrounds in sociology, international relations, social psychology, and more — that helped Grace Yuehan Wang choose the Communication (PhD) as the right place to explore scholarship about Shenzhen, China’s hub of high-tech commerce.
Work on groundbreaking research with expert faculty
As innovations in information and communication technologies continue at a rapid pace, USC Annenberg remains at the forefront of efforts to explore these social, cultural, rhetorical and organizational processes. You will work and collaborate with fellow doctoral students, our world-class faculty, and industry and public/private sector professionals to advance research and insights across a wide range of interdisciplinary areas of study. You will also have the opportunity to lead research endeavors that impact scholarship and practice across the contemporary communications landscape.