Wayne State University

Ph.D in Communication and Urban Sustainability

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 professionals to solve challenging urban problems that require working across disciplines. Students enrolled in this dual title program take courses in topics and develop specific skills relating to urban sustainability. Students in Communication will also conduct an internship or science exchange in Urban Sustainability, help develop and participate in colloquia and seminars, perform community service, and write funding proposals. 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.


Course Requirements: 

Students are required to take eight core courses, at least three research methods courses, and two electives from a list of elective courses (one of which must be from outside the student's home department).


Core Courses:

ANT 5060: Urban Anthropology

BIO 7310: Sustainability of Urban Environmental Systems

CE 5410: Energy, Emissions, Environment (E3) Design

COM 7170: Health and Risk Communication

COM 7810: Seminar in Communication Education (can be waived for another COM course)

COM 8000: Introduction to PhD Studies in Communication

GS 0900: Essential Research Practices: Responsible Conduct of Research

UP 6470: Environmental Planning


Methods Courses:

Three research methods courses. It is expected that student's will bring in at least two research methods courses from their MA coursework.


Elective Courses: 

ANT 5565: Urban Archaeology

ANT 6570: Archaeological Laboratory Analysis

BIO 5040: Biometry

BIO 5180: Field Investigations in Biological Sciences

BIO 6420: Ecotoxicology and Risk Assessment

BIO 7011/PHC 7410: Principles of Toxicology

BIO 7540: Landscape Ecology

CE 6270: Sustainability Assessment and Management

CE/PSC 6910: Pharmaceutical Waste: Environmental Impact and Management

CE 7280: Applied Environmental Microbiology

CE 7995: Special Topics in Civil Engineering II [1]

COM 6140: Public Relations Theory

COM 6250: Organizational Communication

COM 7160: Crisis Communication

COM 7520: Theories of Media Effects

ECO 6200: Advanced Regulation and Regulated Industries

ECO 6520: Advanced State and Local Public Finance

ECO 6800: Advanced Urban and Regional Economics

FPH 7420: Principles of Environmental Health

GEL 5000: Geological Site Assessment

GEL 5510: Environmental Fate and Transport of Pollutants

GEL 5610: Special Topics in Geology

LEX 7231: Environmental Law

UP 5110: Urban Planning Process

UP 5430: Cities and Food

UP 6120: Planning Studies and Methods

UP 6260: Land Use Policy and Planning

UP 6700: Geographic Information System


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